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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including a gin battle in Stirling, a long, slow goodbye to Superfish, Tasting Australia events, and a preview of Sea and Vines and the Beer and BBQ Festival.

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Tasting Australia – Until May 7

Tasting Australia continues through to the weekend, with events to come including The Original Foodies, an introduction to Kaurna food and culture hosted by Conscious Lifestyles which includes a walk around the Warriparinga Wetlands at Bedford Park accompanied by Kaurna elders, plus a four-course shared meal featuring native ingredients and wine from Patritti wines (it’s on Sunday; tickets $159). Other events include the Heroines Soul to Glass event at Fall From Grace in Aldinga, the Chesser Street Picnic, Chefs Supper Club, a Fresh Wine Disco at Uraidla and the Fleurieu Olive Harvest Day at Nangkita Olives. You can also taste a range of flame-grilled, wood-fired and smoked delights at the Charred street-food market at Town Square (Victoria Square) until 5pm this Sunday. Download the full Tasting Australia program here.

Cinco de Bye-o at Superfish – May 5-7

It’s been a storied four years for what started as the Little Miss Mexico pop-up, and it’s finally time for The Happy Motel and The Social Creative crew to say goodbye to the site as it currently exists. It wouldn’t be a proper Superfish send-off without a three-day Cinco de Mayo party, featuring elotes (Mexican-style corn on the cob), tacos, paella, prosecco and margaritas. There’s also a Super Send-Off day party on Sunday with DJs spinning tunes and a pig on a spit. For more information, see the event page.

Clare Valley on Leigh Street – May 5

In the lead-up to the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, this pop-up event in the city will feature new vintage varieties, flagship wines and iconic Rieslings from 22 of the region’s wineries, including Kilikanoon, Paulett, Penna Lane, Sevenhill Cellars, Tim Adams and Claymore. Clare Valley on Leigh Street will run from 4.30pm until 7.30pm on Friday, May 5.

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.

Gin King Debate – June 1

Gin is serious business in South Australia and two industry heavyweights, Prohibition Gin and Bombay Sapphire, will go head-to-head at The Stirling Hotel to settle once and for all who of the two will be crowned Gin King. Guests will get to sample each distillery’s most popular gins, with matching botanicals, accompanied by finger food. Tickets are $45 and available here, or for more information see the event page.

The Fruitful Pursuit [Autumn ’17] – May 27

The Fruitful Pursuit is bringing the best forward-thinking winemakers to The Henry Austin, including South Australian favourites Jauma, Sanglier and The Mysterious Mr Black. The event will also feature a heavy roster of interstate talent, officially launching The Fruitful Pursuit’s broader national focus. Tickets are $65 plus booking fee, and the event will run from noon until 4pm on Saturday, May 27.

Sea and Vines – June 10-12

Sea and Vines Festival is back in McLaren Vale this June long weekend, and the region’s venues and producers have quite a spread planned. There will be Pizza Lock Ins, Porchetta Parties, a Blues and Brews Cabaret, and plenty more. For further details, see the website.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 28-30

Last year’s Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival.

The 2017 Beer & BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showground announced its program this week, with Canadian dude-food legend Matty Matheson of the SBS Viceland show Dead Set on Life among the chefs and restaurants that will present their take on barbecue. More than 60 beer and cider brands will be on show in the main beer hall, and there’ll be a beefed-up music line-up including Regurgitator, Ali Barter and West Thebarton Brothel Party.

News, tips and information?

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