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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including picks for the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, a World Whisky Dinner at The Propaganda Club, a gin masterclass, and a foraging and fermenting long-table lunch in the Hills.

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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 starting this Friday.

The program includes Into The Woods, a collaboration between Jeanneret Wines and Clare Valley Brewing Co on May 20-21, hosted at the Jeanneret cellar door. It will feature tasty wines, “special brews” from CVBC, food by Sam Worrall-Thompson and tunes from Jimmy Flamingo Party Cartel.

Pikes Brewery and Winery is holding its annual Brewhouse Blues event at 223 Polish Hill Road on Friday, May 19, with live music from Wanderers, Louise Adams and PJ Michael, as well as a roster of fine beverages. Adult tickets are $20, including a free drink on arrival.

Mitchell Wines and Terroir Auburn are teaming up for a breakfast picnic on Sunday under the trees at Mitchell Wines, featuring a menu based on the locally sourced delights for which the Terroir Auburn kitchen has made its name.

See the full program for event details and shuttlebus services.

Settlers Spirits Gin Masterclass – May 20

Settlers Spirits is bringing gin lovers together for a make-your-own masterclass, where its head distiller will supervise the creation of your very own gin. To book, call 8323 8777 or email admin@settlersspirits.com.au. For further information, see the event page.

World Whisky Dinner at The Propaganda Club – May 23

The Propaganda Club is hosting a World Whisky Dinner, enlisting Mike Collings – the distiller behind Classic Malts, Johnnie Walker Blue and Imperial Tribute – to take patrons through the stories of some of the world’s most iconic distilleries. The dinner will feature a tasting of six whisky labels. Tickets are $160pp and can be purchased here.

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.

Crafers Wine Dinner Series with BK Wines – May 30

The Crafers Hotel Wine Dinner Series is bringing chefs, sommeliers and winemakers together for a perfectly matched meal. Brendon Keys of Basket Range winery BK Wines will MC the evening with star sommelier Liinaa Berry. Call Crafers Hotel on 8339 2050 to book.

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.

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.

Long-table lunch at The Other Right – June 11

Adelaide Hills winery The Other Right is hosting Preparation: Foraging and Fermenting, a long-table lunch organised in collaboration with Tiffany Schultz from Conscious Lifestyles. As well as indulging in food and wine, guests will be introduced to responsible foraging and fermenting techniques. Tickets are $139pp plus booking fee and include four courses, three glasses of wine, a bus from the city to The Other Right’s wine shed and a wild mushroom and plant forage on the way. For more information contact ecoconscious@internode.on.net.

Cabaret Dinner – June 14

Photo: Claudio Raschella

Cabaret and the culinary arts are coming together during Adelaide’s Cabaret Festival. Hosted by singer Libby O’Donovan, the Cabaret Dinner at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre will see chef Simon Burr of The Olfactory Inn present a three-course meal “honouring the produce of the Adelaide Hills, matched carefully to Grant Burge wines and the best of this year’s festival stars”. Tickets are $175 and available here.

Slice and Dice – June 19

There are two musts when heading to McLaren Vale: one is Alpha Box and Dice and the other is Pizzateca. Like good neighbours do, the two are joining forces for Slice and Dice, a pizza and wine event not to be missed. Buses leave from the CBD and will carry you from one venue to the next – all you have to worry about is whether to start on white or red, a margherita or quattro formaggi. Tickets available here.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 28-30

The 2017 Beer & BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showground will feature Canadian dude-food legend Matty Matheson, of the SBS Viceland show Dead Set on Life, among guest 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. Read more here about the ABBF and other craft beer events coming to Adelaide in July.

Winter Reds – July 28-30

The Adelaide Hills will be warming up during Winter Reds, a festival showcasing the region’s best winter drops. The program is a mix of free and ticketed events, with more than 30 venues providing the perfect excuse to steal away to the Hills for a weekend. Tickets are available now and the full list of events can be found at the Winter Reds website.

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