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Food and drink happenings around SA, including a McLaren Vale Meets Leigh Street pop-up, Little Bang’s Farewell Union Street Party, Lucky Dumpling Market’s final week, Sunny’s Pizza birthday celebrations, and a teppanyaki feast with Henschke.

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McLaren Vale Meets Leigh Street – November 9

McLaren Vale winemakers will be popping up in Leigh Street from 4.30pm for this event showcasing trophy winners from the 2018 McLaren Vale Wine Show. The $20 entry includes five tastings and a take-home Plumm wine glass, with wines also being sold by the glass or bottle. Bookings here (no tickets will be available on the door).

Sunny’s Pizza Party – November 10-11

Solomon Street pizza bar Sunny’s is holding a two-day “festivus for the bestivus” to celebrate its second birthday, with a kitchen takeover from 3pm on the Sunday by Africola chef Duncan Welgemoed and tunes from Digital Afrika, Cazeaux OSLO and Nan, and a soundsystem takeover from 5pm on the Saturday by Melbourne’s Crown Ruler, with $13 margaritas. You can find out more on the Facebook event page, and in this CityMag story.

Lucky Dumpling Market – until November 11

With the OzAsia Festival ending this weekend, it’s also your last chance to visit The Lucky Dumpling Market on the Riverbank precinct (on the Convention Centre lawns). There’s a range of stalls selling Asian cuisines, including The Filipino Project, Sookii La La, Teppanyaki Noodles, Humpty Dumplings and Astonish Patisserie. Drink options include a sake bar and bubble tea from Bubble Bus. The market is open from 4.30pm-late Monday to Friday, and from midday until late on Saturday and Sunday.

Noon Winery Cellar Door opening – November 10

McLaren Vale’s Noon Winery is a small business that sells most of its wine direct to customers via a mailing list, but for one month of the year it opens its Rifle Range Road cellar door – and that month is November. With owners Drew and Rae Noon on hand, and the 2017 reds and 2018 rosé available for tasting, the cellar door will be open from 10am-5pm this weekend, and again on November 17-18 and 24-25. There will also be limited bottles available to buy.

Little Bang’s Farewell Union Street Party – November 10

After three years of brewing beers and pouring beers at their warehouse in Union Street, Stepney, the folk at Little Bang Brewing are preparing to move to new digs on Henry Street. But before they go they’re holding a free big-bang farewell shindig – with two bars, a couple of food trucks (Bohemian BBQ and Soza’s Sri Lankan), DJs, Crackle & Pop Records pop-up store and even beer slushies. It kicks off from 12pm at 8A Union Street (details here).

Beer & Bubbles – November 17

East End Cellars is bringing the annual Beer & Bubbles celebration back to Vardon Avenue this November, with a selection of SA craft beers, ciders, sparkling wines and possibly even a “splash of gin”. East End eateries The Tasting Room, Mothervine, Nola and Lemongrass will all have pop-up shops serving food to go, with Skin Contact in charge of the tunes. Beer & Bubbles runs from midday until 5pm, and the tickets ($39 plus booking fee in advance or $45 on the day) include 15 tasting tokens.

Yoga, Wine, Yes Please! – November 18

Wine for Yoga Lovers (more about them here) is heading to Plant 4 Bowden for this event, which will begin with a yoga session, followed by a chance to sample wines from the Wine for Yoga Lovers range, then maybe buy a glass or bottle and listen to tunes from acoustic duo Girls Next Door. Plant 4 eatery My Grandma Ben will have gourmet grazing boxes available throughout the afternoon, including cheese, dips and pickles with home-made lavosh and sourdough baguette. The yoga begins at 4pm and tickets (available here) are $30.

For the People: Gin & Food Experience – November 21

Raising funds for The Hunger Project Australia, this Prohibition Liquor Co event promises “an evening of delectable food, gin and fun”. Earlybird tickets (available here) are $60, and guests will enjoy a tasting flight of three Prohibition gins (or two glasses of wine/beer), plus food from Yvonne’s Table, live music from LACIA (aka vocalist and producer Lesley Williams) and the opportunity to participate in a gin masterclass.

This Little Piggy Went to Market – November 16

Photo: Feast! Fine Foods.

Golding Wines is joining with Feast! Fine Foods for this event in the Lobethal winery’s Fridays with Friends series. This Little Piggy Went to Market will be all about the glory of Christmas ham: guests will start off on the terrace with a glass of fizz and platters, to be followed by a “hands-on ham glazing session” with Golding head chef Josh Dorset, then a long-table dinner with – of course – ham and all the accompaniments. Tickets are $90 (including take-home goodie bag with recipes).

Women in Wine – November 22 & December 12

The Wrattonbully region will be the focus of the next Women in Wine event at Electra House’s Level One restaurant, with guest winemakers Jane Richards of Eight at the Gate, Susie Harris of Land of Tomorrow, and Sue Bell of Bellwether Wines. It will be followed by a McLaren Vale dinner on December 12 featuring Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Taranga, Vanessa Altman from Switch Wines, and Gill Gordon-Smith from Fall from Grace. At the $75pp dinners, each winemaker matches one of their wines to a course from Level One’s modern Asian shared-plates menu, with the meal  followed by a Q&A session.

Mount Gay Rum at Hains & Co – November 22

There will be plenty of fun for rum lovers at this Hains & Co evening with Mount Gay Rum brand ambassador Mark Hickey. As well as learning about the history of the rum, guests will get to enjoy a bespoke cocktail and five variants of Mount Gay, while nibbling on bites from the Hains galley.  brings out tasty morsels to keep trucking. Tickets are $40 (including a 50ml Mount Gay Black Barrel rum and collector’s tin to take home).

Croatian Food and Wine Festival – November 24

The Croatian Food and Wine Festival or “Fešta” is celebrating its 15th year on November 24 with a showcase of traditional Croatian heritage from dancing and games to, of course, food and wine. Edible options will include spit-roasted meats, sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls), chevapchichi, “Croatian pita” (rolled savoury pastry) and cakes … but we’re told it is acceptable to head straight to the stand selling krofne (fluffy Croatian donuts). Fešta is on from 11am until late at the Croatian Sport Centre, State Sports Park, Gepps Cross.

Henschke 150th Anniversary Dinner – November 28

To commemorate 150 years of winemaking, Henschke has joined with InterContinental Adelaide for a degustation dinner in the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Shiki. Guests will enjoy a five-course teppanyaki feast designed by Shiki chef de cuisine Kenny Trinh, accompanied by Henschke wine – including a tasting of the iconic Henschke Hill of Grace. Tickets are $245, with the full menu and further details available here.

Gincident – December 1

“An event that happened due to one too many gins” is the tagline for this spirited celebration which will take place in Port Adelaide at the Flour Shed at Hart’s Mill. The Howling Owl will host the main bar, serving a selection of gin cocktails, while Fever Tree Tonic and Hains & Co will host a “garnish bar”. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to taste around 20 different gins from the likes of Prohibition, 36 Short, McHenry, Adelaide Hills Distillery and Never Never, with food vans serving bites outside and live entertainment. Gincident will run from midday until 9pm, with pre-sale tickets costing $25 ($35 on the door).

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