Another long weekend, another plethora of things to see and do in Adelaide and Glenelg. Locally, the Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club is hosting the IRB championships for 2011. The Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) is the work-horse of Australian surf life saving clubs. Since its introduction into surf rescue in the 1970s, it has revolutionized rescue procedures on our beaches, and consequently, has been involved in saving many lives. The purpose of IRB racing is to improve the skills of the IRB drivers and crews in order to improve safety outcomes on our beaches. IRB crews consist of a driver and a crewperson. The objective is to rescue a 'patient' or 'patients' from the water in the quickest time.
The long weekend also sees the return of the annual BankSA Sea and Vines Festival in McLaren Vale. A celebrated event in this renowned wine region that attracts large crowds every year. During the Sea and Vines Festival, the local wineries perfectly match their wines to delicious seafood delights. McLaren Vale venues offer a specially created seafood meal, as well as most wineries having options of an alternative, non-seafood, children's and vegetarian dish. There's plenty of entertainment on offer too. McLaren Vale is where the vines meet the sea, located in the Fleurieu Peninsula and a short drive from Adelaide.
At the Adelaide Festival Centre, you can experience the Adelaide Cabaret Festival every June beginning on the Queen's Birthday long weekend. Over the last ten years the Festival has become a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar, as the most comprehensive cabaret festival in the world with a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists in the cabaret genre, with classic and contemporary cabaret performances.
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