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14 July 2014

A meet and greet at the kegel barn in Tanunda will kick start an intense schedule for the 2015 Young Ambassador programme.

Mrs Emily Kroschel, 2013 Young Ambassador, is leading the call for young adults across the region to consider nominating for the programme which is held in conjunction with the Barossa Vintage Festival, April 15-19 2015.

Participants in the Young Ambassador programme have the opportunity to work with the Vintage Festival sub-committee to help with the organisation of the four key events.

Emily, who leads the committee with former Young Ambassadors Sarah Noack and Linda Parbs, has enjoyed her role since being awarded the title in 2013.

“From opening table tennis tournaments to being a flag bearer at the Barons Declaration of Vintage, there has always been an opportunity to be part of this wonderful community that we live in,” said Emily.

“With the new ownership of the Vintage Festival this year, we are working with Tourism Barossa and now the new manager, Andrew Dundon… this is shaping up to be a great year - which will be here before we know it.”

Emily will use her prize to travel the Napa Valley next month where she hopes to gain an insight into their cheese and wine tourism.

“I am hoping to pick up some excellent examples on how the Napa region, known for both its cheese and wine, much like the Barossa, presents their products and hopefully use these skills back here in the Barossa especially in the new tasting area of Barossa Cheese Company,” said Emily.

While on her trip, Emily will also take a ride on the Napa Wine Train to see if the experience could help get the Barossa Wine Train back on track.

Since being crowned Young Ambassador, Emily was also fortunate to participate in the Barossa Future Leaders Programme, giving her great tools on how to show leadership and be involved with the community. 

“This region runs on volunteers - they are present even in the spots we forget to look,” said Emily.

“There are many ways to get involved this Vintage Festival, whether you’re a young person and want to join the Young Ambassadors, or you are a local that can help steward at the Parade, let us know as you are the people who keep long standing traditions like this alive.”

For more information on the Barossa Vintage Festival or the Young Ambassador programme contact Emily via email

Download Nomination Form

YAB 2014 Nomination Form (PDF 685kb)


What is the Young Ambassador Programme?

The Young Ambassdor programme was created as a new chapter for the Barossa Vintage Festival, replacing the Vintage Queens.

Mr Adrian Hoffmann was awarded the inaugural title in 1999.

The programme aims to identify and raise the profile of future community leaders - offering young adults the opportunity to undertake training and networking in the local community, and to actively participate in hosting and promoting the Barossa Vintage Festival.

Employers can nominate a staff member or young people aged over 18 can nominate themselves.

Following the selection process of the 12 ambassadors, they will undertake tailored training focusing on Barossa history, culture, food, wine and tourism.

Barossa Young Ambassador programme chairperson, Mrs Emily Kroschel said there will be three awards presented at the conclusion of the Festival, which includes the Young Ambassador who will go on and chair the 2017 event, Award of Excellence and a Project Award.

Nominations close July 30.


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