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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including Heirloom Weekend at the Botanic Gardens, the ABC Gardeners’ Market, City Cellar Door, a smorgasbord of gourmet events in the Barossa Valley and more.

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Heirloom Weekend – April 8-9

This event hosted by The Diggers Club and Adelaide Botanic Gardens will include workshops on growing and preserving, a farmers’ market, heirloom vegetable displays, stalls selling baked goods, live music and kids’ activities. It is at the Botanic Gardens from 10am – 3pm on Saturday and Sunday (info here). From 11am – 2pm on the Saturday there will also be a special “cultivate, preserve and consume” master-class hosted by Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson and restaurateur Andre Ursini (bookings essential for the masterclass).

Aperitivo Time – from April 7

The Propaganda Club on Grenfell Street is launching its new “Aperitivo Time” with a party this Friday (April 7) from 4pm-7pm (bookings here). An Italian tradition, Aperitivo is a time between work and dinner when people socialise and enjoy a drink and snacks. Following its launch – where there will be cocktails, wine and simple food offerings –  The Propaganda Club will host Aperitivo Time every day from 4pm, with special guests on Fridays to “showcase all the cultural aspects of Aperitivo”.

ABC Gardeners’ Market – April 8

The autumn ABC Gardeners’ Market at 85 North East Road, Collinswood, will include plants galore, as well as a cooking class with Callum Hann and Cameron Neal from Sprout, a variety of multicultural food and children’s entertainment. It runs from 8am – 1pm, with entry by gold coin donation.

City Cellar Door – April-May

WineThe National Wine Centre’s new food and wine series will this month feature a progression masterclass with Adelaide Hills winery Vinteloper and Clare Valley’s Shut the Gate. Tickets are $40 and the event will run from 5pm – 6pm. Bookings here. Other upcoming City Cellar Door events will feature Barossa Valley’s Hentley Farm and Barossa/Eden Valley’s Chaffey Bros (April 28) and McLaren Vale’s Wirra Wirra and Barossa’s Yalumba (May 26).

La Vache wine and cheese tasting – April 6

Described as “an evening for Francophile gourmands”, this combined wine and cheese tasting and film screening is part of the French Film Festival at Palace Nova Cinemas. The eating and drinking bit begins at 6pm, with wines from l’Escalier au Ciel and Veuve Amiot, plus French regional cheeses supplied by Bottega Rotolo. It will be followed at 7pm by the screening of La Vache (One Man and his Cow), a comedy about an Algerian man’s road trip to take his prized cow to the Paris International Agricultural Show. Details/bookings here.

Barossa Vintage Festival – April 19 to 23

Unearthed at Seppeltsfield. Photo: Nathaniel Mason

Unearthed at Seppeltsfield. Photo: Nathaniel Mason

The Barossa Valley’s annual food, wine and entertainment showcase features more than 90 events over five days. They include a Spanish-style tapas dinner with matching wines hosted by Seppeltsfield Wines  in its 1882 Vinegar Haus; a black-tie cocktail dinner in a 1940s setting at Lindsay Wine Estate, a Beer vs Wine Degustation at Barossa Valley Brewing, a Let the Fun be Gin boutique crafting experience, and Nuriootpa’s Long Table Lunch – a five-course degustation feast presented by Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis. See the full list of festival events here.

Bottega Rotolo cheese classes

Bottega Rotolo is hosting a range of cheese classes throughout the coming months in which participants will taste and learn about different cheeses and drinks that can accompany them. Classes include French Cheese on May 3 ($50 per person), Blue Cheese and Dessert Wine on  May 24 ($65 per person), Cheese and Whisky on June 7 ($75 per person) and White Mould Cheese on July 5 ($50 per person). All classes run from 6.30pm-8pm and are held at Bottega Rotolo’s King William Road store. Bookings here.

Tasting Australia – April 30 – May 7

Tasting-Australia---East-End-masterclassesAn “Australian Spirit Day” featuring free tastings, a cocktail-style Chef’s Supper Club, Meet Your Maker wine tastings and master-classes (including a six-decade tasting of Grange); degustation dinners and cooking demonstrations are part of the 2017 Tasting Australia program, which encompasses events in the city and regions. The festival will have a showpiece restaurant, The Glasshouse Kitchen, in Victoria Square. See the full Tasting Australia program here.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 19-22

Almost 40 wineries, three breweries and 30 restaurants will be participating in events during the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend this May. The program includes tasting and blending sessions, master-classes, opportunities to meet the winemakers, picnics, gourmet breakfasts, long-table lunches, live music and more.  See the full program for event details and shuttlebus services. 

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