Solstice: A midwinter cellar door – June 15
To celebrate the shortest day of the year, 15 South Australian wineries will be sharing their wines at this event in the former Royal Adelaide Hospital foyer on North Terrace between 5pm and 8pm on Friday. There will also be food available from local producers, including Woodside Cheese Wrights, Forage & Feast and Kimchi Club. Entry is $5 (including a souvenir wine glass); there are no free tastings but wines will be available to buy by the glass or half-glass. Details here.
Dinner in the Dark – June 15
Guests will be blindfolded for this four-course degustation dinner at the National Wine Centre hosted by Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House. The event – which will raise money to support South Australian children who are blind, deaf, hearing and vision-impaired – will see each table hosted by a local winemaker, with the menu combining textures and flavours that seek to “ignite the senses”. Tickets are $180 per person, and available here.
Ark Beer & Cider Fest – June 17
The Ark Beer and Cider Fest at the Arkaba Hotel will feature more than 80 beer and cider tastings, street food and a masterclass. Local and international craft beers and ciders will feature at the event, which is now in its 12th year. Ticket price ($25 pre-sale or $35 at the door) includes a tasting glass and all tastings.
Cabaret Festival Wintergarden and Gin Bar – until June 23
The pop-up Wintergarden is back on the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Riverdeck and surrounds for the duration of Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with several bars and food vendors including Oh, My Goyza, Staazi & Co and Crepe Cart. The centre’s bars are also offering special platters, and you’ll find a designated Gin Bar in the Festival Theatre serving Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 Degrees Gin, infused gins and gin martinis.
Boilermakers with Starward + Little Bang + NOLA – June 21
If you fancy an evening of whisky, beer and soul food, get yourself along to this event at NOLA on Vardon Avenue. The East End small bar is joining with Starward Distillery and Little Bang Brewing to create five beer/whisky/food combinations. The fun begins at 7pm, and tickets (available here) are $70pp.
Pink Moon Saloon’s Harvest Moon banquet dinners – June & July
Pink Moon Saloon is warming up winter in the West End with a series of mid-week long-table dinners. Each 16-seat Harvest Moon dinner will see chefs Matthew Standen and Angus Love cook a themed menu that matches with the work of different guest winemakers. Upcoming dinners include “Forrest, Fire and Forage”, featuring wines from new label Freddy Nerks (June 20), and “Patagonian Nights”, with wines from Tomfoolery (June 27).
Penfolds Dinner at Mayflower Restaurant – June 21
The Mayfair Hotel has joined with Penfolds for a dinner in its Mayflower Restaurant where executive chef Bethany Finn will present a six-course menu designed to complement seven premium Penfolds wines, including the 2013 Grange, Bin A Chardonnay, St Henri Shiraz and RWT Shiraz. Penfolds Wines ambassadors will be seated with guests at the dinner, which costs $395 per person. For menu details and bookings, visit the Mayfair Hotel website.
Mayura Station dinner at 2KW – June 27
SA Wagyu beef producer Mayura Station has teamed up with 2KW for this “meats for the senses” dinner, which will celebrate beef, Japanese whisky, red wine and dark beer. Think dishes like Wagyu pancetta and Wagyu rump cecina matched with a black IPA, and Yuzu sorbet with a Yamazaki apricot old-fashioned. Tickets are $130pp, with the full menu available here.
Barossa Seasons: Winter – July 6-8
Offering an excellent incentive to abandon your winter hibernation, this series of events in the Barossa includes Winterville, a Christmas in July cocktail party and European-style Christmas Fair hosted by Barossa Distilling; a 1918 Centenary Lunch hosted by 1918 Bistro & Grill; a fortified wine and chocolate truffle matching event at Liebichwein winery, and a fire-pit feast at Schild Estate. See all the events here.
Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival – July 6-8
This year’s festival at the historic Brick Dairy Pavillion at Adelaide Showgrounds will deliver three days of beer, barbecue and beats, including discussions with brewers, master-classes and the Up in Smoke BBQ competition. More than 60 brewers and cider-makers will be represented at the festival, and BBQ ambassador Duncan Welgemoed of Africola has curated a line-up of barbecuers including Canadian TV chef Matty Matheson, the boys from Adelaide’s Low ‘N’ Slow American BBQ and Victorian vegan chef Shannon Martinez. Read more here.
Winter Reds – July 27-27
The Adelaide Hills is gearing up for its annual red wine fest, with more than 30 wineries hosting events during this year’s Winter Reds. A few likely highlights are five-course truffle dinner at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, an “Armchair Pinot Tasting” at Anderson Hill at Lenswood, a “Taste of Tuscany” seasonal degustation meal matched with rare museum wines at Bird in Hand, and a low, slow, smoky barbecue at Longview Vineyard. See the full program here.
Wizardry High Tea – August 19
This Harry Potter-themed high tea at Stamford Plaza Adelaide includes a “butter beer cocktail” on arrival and sweet and savoury treats such as Haigh’s chocolate frog slice, Muggle quiche Lorraine and Ginny’s Pygmy Curry puffs. A “master wizard” and balloon artist will attend the high tea to help guests make their own wands. Tickets are $52 for adults and $27 for children aged five to 12.
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