Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch returns for 2021

FEAST: Karena Cowley, Makenna Dunning and Toni Mantle present one of the Port Lincoln Hotel's dishes for this weekend's Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch.
FEAST: Karena Cowley, Makenna Dunning and Toni Mantle present one of the Port Lincoln Hotel's dishes for this weekend's Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch.

After missing out in 2020 due to COVID-19, local food lovers' tastebuds will be tingling for the return of the Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch this Sunday.

The annual food, wine and music event will take place across eight venues from 12 noon until 5pm with people dining on a range of dishes prepared by local restaurants and featuring local produce.

This includes a Spencer Gulf king prawn brioche sandwich at Boston Bay Wines, surf n turf tacos at Beer Garden Brewing or charcoal bao buns at Rogue & Rascal.

The event will raise funds for Variety SA, The Children's Charity via local Variety Bash team, Car MLC The Runaway Brides.

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Del Giorno's is another venue that will feature at the Long Lunch and owner Kris Bunder said everyone was looking forward to the event's return.

"It should be a big event, showing what Port Lincoln has to offer," he said.

The Port Lincoln Hotel is also excited to once again be a part of the Long Lunch and marketing manager Karena Cowley said a fantastic menu had been prepared, featuring local produce.

"The response from the community has been overwhelming, they've really been wanting this event back and we're so excited to bring the event back to Port Lincoln this year," she said.

Dolores Divine will be making their Long Lunch debut this year and will be based out of the Port Lincoln RSL.

Manager Karen DuBois said this was a great opportunity to expose the business to potential new customers and bring support in for the RSL, encouraging people to buy a drink while they were there.

"We're thrilled and we're really excited because we feel being in that central location we may be able to to get people who haven't experienced Dolores Divine before and they will be able to learn more about what we do," she said.

"We really view the RSL as an important organisation that needs to be supported to ensure its longevity, support them by buying a drink on the day."

The other venues taking part are the Grand Tasman Hotel and the Port Lincoln Yacht Club.

A city loop bus will provide transport to each venue from 11.45am until 4.45pm, with bus passes available from Variety SA stalls for $10 per person.

BRIDES: The Runaway Brides team of Deb White, Emma Pedler, Leticia Waters and Sandra Lukin are ready for the Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch. Photo: Supplied

BRIDES: The Runaway Brides team of Deb White, Emma Pedler, Leticia Waters and Sandra Lukin are ready for the Port Lincoln Bendigo Bank Long Lunch. Photo: Supplied

Live music will be played at venues throughout the day and the hotel will also have an after party featuring group Spanish Harlem.

The Runaway Brides are excited to once again be the charity of choice for this event and have thanked all venues for contributing to a raffle with tickets being sold at each location.

Boss Bride Sandra Lukin said this would be at least the fourth year they had been involved with the event and it had proved to be a great fundraiser for Variety SA.

"We are very fortunate to have current Brides, ex Brides and other supporters to help us out each year," she said.

"Each venue has been very supportive of our fundraising not only for the Bendigo Bank Long Lunch but for other events during the year."

The team has also welcomed a new 'Virgin Bride', Leticia Waters from Port Lincoln who is keen and ready to fundraise and participate in her first Bash in August.

After this event the Brides have one more public fundraiser, a Backstage Pass Bus trip on June 12 to three secret locations and a secret band playing at each location and the music is for all ages.

The ticket includes the Bus Pass, the music, and drinks including beer, red wine and soft drinks, as well as a sausage sizzle during the night. Tickets are $120 inclusive and are available from any of the Brides.

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