Events and festival grants to build regional South Australia

The Marshall Liberal Government is investing in a variety of successful and emerging regional events and festivals through an annual grants program designed to further drive the $6.8 billion visitor economy.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said he was pleased to announce the 30 recipients of the 2019-20 Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP) and the Community Events Development Fund (CEDF), with each sharing in $348,000 in total grant funding.

The grants, which will contribute to event delivery and marketing, will assist food and wine, cultural, artistic and sporting events and reinforce the Government’s commitment to supporting the state’s 18,000 hardworking and passionate local tourism operators.

“We are delighted to be able to support and encourage some of our fantastic regional events and festivals which not only create enormous excitement and goodwill in a community but generate significant flow-on economic benefit and potential jobs growth,” said Minister Ridgway.

“Tourism is a vital economic driver for regional South Australia. The regions account for a quarter of the state’s population but generate nearly half of SA’s tourism expenditure.

“We want to encourage more South Australians and interstate and international visitors to get out and about and experience the very best that SA has to offer, spending time and money in our regions and growing our tourism sector.

“Events and festivals are a wonderful way to enhance the tourism offering of a particular region and ensure positive economic benefit for local restaurants, motels, cafes and small retailers.”

The grants build on the Government’s significant investment in tourism – with the 2019-20 State Budget committing $43 million for international and domestic marketing of South Australia.

Successful sponsorships under the program are:


South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA)


Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival

Feast Festival

Bay Sheffield

Adelaide Hills

Bay to Birdwood


Winter Reds


Barossa Gourmet Weekend

Clare Valley

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

Eyre Peninsula

Ceduna Oysterfest


Rodeo by the Sea (new event)

Teakle Autosprint

Fleurieu Peninsula


Lower Lakes Stockman’s Challenge

Festival of Nature

Red Poles & Spinning Yarns

Flinders Ranges & Outback

Coober Pedy Opal Festival

500 Miles of Music

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Cup

Limestone Coast

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations

Fringe in Mount Gambier

Generations in Jazz

Robe Home Brew & Craft Beer festival

Bay Escape

Murray River Lakes & Coorong

Dupang Festival


Riverland Dinghy Club Championships

Riverland Wine & Food Festival

Yorke Peninsula

Seafood on Spencer (new event)

Yorke Peninsula Saltwater Classic


The REFP and CEDF are managed by the South Australian Tourism Commission.

There is no maximum amount for funding delivered through the REFP, while the CEDF provides grants of $5,000 to assist organisers with operational, marketing and communications activities.

In 2019-20, 8 events have received funding through the CEDF and 22 have received sponsorships under the REFP.

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