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Eating and drinking at the Fringe and Festival

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Interesting food and drink experiences will be popping up all over the place during the Adelaide Fringe and Festival – from garden bars, retro food vans and flaming barbecues, to long lunches and cultural experiences.

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Fringe bites – February 17 – March 19

Garden of Unearthly Delights (Rundle Park)

Amid the myriad food and drink stalls to be found in the Garden, a couple of quirky options stand out. Definitely not for the vegetarians is Pigs on Fire, serving up open-fire roasted delights from under a huge windmill (photo above), while Josh Baker (of Clever Little Tailor and Pink Moon Saloon) returns to take over a corner of the site with his espresso martini stand, barber shop, and a deck with DJs. Other Garden stalls include a ’50s-style soda pop van serving soda and ice-cream floats plus alcoholic alternatives, and vegetarian and vegan food stall Bing Bong’s, which offers mock chicken satay skewers and a meat-free alternative to hotdogs with organic sauerkraut and homemade Timorese chilli sauce.

Gluttony (Rymill Park)

This year Gluttony will introduce a new lake bar, designed by Cassie Sibbin, where Fringe-goers can sit under a tree and enjoy a view over Rymill Park lake. Other bars include a Little Creatures Bike Bar, a Cocktail Bar and a Rosemount Bar, alongside four permanents food venues (Greek Palace, Well Hung and Tender, Satay Hutt and Saint Espresso). Gluttony will host a selection of different food trucks, with Forage Supply Co in residence for the first three weeks.

Royal Croquet Club (Pinky Flat)

The Captain's Table at the RCC.

The Captain’s Table at the RCC.

The RCC is introducing a range of fresh food options to go with its new site on the northern bank of the Torrens, including Pizzateca Discoteca (presented by McLaren Vale-based restaurant Pizzateca), which will serve up its traditional Italian-style pizzas alongside old-school disco tunes; an immersive dining and entertainment space on the water’s edge called Utopian State;  Slo Moe Smokery, selling meats smoked over Australian Iron Bark and American Bourbon Whiskey Oak; Melbourne-based Poké Me, which offers a menu of Japanese-inspired Hawaiian poke bowls; and Schnitty on a Stick from The Happy Motel. The hub will also feature eight different bars, from the Pimms Garden and Captain’s Tavern (with 80-person rooftop) to late-night spot the Neon Forest Pagan Bar.

Stirling Fringe bar and food

Located under the trees on the lawns outside the Coventry Library, the pop-up Stirling Fringe Bar will operate from February 24 until March 5, offering drinks from Hills producers, nightly cocktail specials, Cuban rice dishes from local restaurant Miss Perez, and locapops popsicles.

Fat Tuesday Street Carnival – February 17

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Photo: Duy Dash

Vardon Avenue in Adelaide’s East End will take on the feeling of the New Orleans French Quarter this weekend, with a Fat Tuesday Street Carnival to kick off the Fringe. There will be music, plus a range of New Orleans-inspired food and drinks, including from Nola Adelaide, Mothervine, East End Cellars and El Choto Paella Catering. The event runs from 5pm-12am.

Riverbank Palais and Park Palais – March 3-19

The two-storey floating Riverbank Palais on the Torrens and the surrounding “Park Palais” precinct in Elder Park will be the hub for this year’s Adelaide Festival. Along with a program of live entertainment and events, the Parc Palais will feature bars and a range of food cooked by chef Brad Sappenbergh of Comida – from paella and a flaming fire pit with free-range pigs and lamb on giant spits, to fish and chips and vegetarian food cooked over the flames. Festival-goers will also be able to enjoy drinks in the Riverbank Palais bars, or share breakfast with local media commentators.

Adelaide Festival Long Lunch Series – March 4-19

Cheong-Liew-Christine-Manfield_1200x720-1100x660Six long lunches will take place on the floating Riverbank Palais on the Torrens during the Adelaide Festival. The lunches will be hosted by chefs Cheong Liew, Cath Kerry, Christine Manfield, Mark Best, Karla Firla and Michael Ryan, with dishes paying tribute to the 1980s. Each event will cost $145pp for three courses to share, plus canapes and a drink. Read more here.

Taste the World at WOMADelaide – March 10-13

Poh Ling Yeow will bring her Jamface cafe to Botanic Park as chef-in-residence at WOMADelaide’s Taste the World Restaurant. She will serve up dishes inspired by childhood memories of her birth country Malaysia, with guests served a six-dish banquet including dessert for $60. Bookings recommended. The Taste the World program, in a marquee in the Speaker’s Corner, will once again see musicians taking part in sessions where they will share the food and culture of their home countries.

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