FROM our food and wine to our community spirit and multicultural roots, Griffith is set to go on display during one of the city’s busiest weekends of the year.
Thousands of visitors have already begun pouring in for the June long weekend festivities and they certainly won’t be short of things to do.
The annual unWINEd festival will be as big as ever with nearly every winery in the region throwing open their doors to visitors.
Live music, wine blending and wine tasting are just a few of the events visitors and locals alike can enjoy at the city’s celebrated wineries.
Griffith City Council tourism manager Rick Matkowski said the weekend would be worth more than $1 million in revenue and was a great time to showcase the city.
“Griffith’s a great place for the long weekend,” he said.
“All the beds are booked out and, if you take in day visitors as well, there’s going to be over $1 million in out-of-town money coming in – that’s new money that will be distributed around town.
“It’s a huge boon for the city and it also raises Griffith’s profile as a busy, bustling place with friendly people and a great place to hold events.”
The city’s multicultural side will be on display in the form of the 16th annual Shaheedi Memorial Tournament, set to take over Ted Scobie Oval with sports such as kabaddi, soccer and tug-of-war.
Griffith’s Italian community will also be out to celebrate this weekend with the Festa Della Republica Italiana dinner dance on tomorrow night.
The city’s famous community spirit will be on show when residents rally behind former local sports star Nick Scott during his dinner dance fundraiser at the Southside Leagues Club on Saturday night.
If it’s shopping you’re after this long weekend, the city’s main street and shopping centres have plenty of half-yearly sales on, the Griffith Showground will be holding markets from 8am tomorrow morning while the Rotary markets will open on Sunday.
Sporting enthusiasts will also get their fill this weekend with the MIA Tennis Open and the Country Cup coming to town.
But holidaymakers are being urged to rug up before heading out the door with winter well and truly making itself at home in the city.
Temperatures will drop down to a chilly -1°C over the nights with frosty mornings, but the sun is set to shine on the city during the days with a