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Hahndorf celebrations and Maggie Beer's market return

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Upcoming food and wine happenings, including a month-long celebration of culture in Hahndorf, Maggie Beer’s return to Adelaide Farmers’ Market, and a uniquely South Australian celebration, The Clare Valley Festival of the Lamb.

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HAHNDORF. HANDMADE. HANDCRAFTED. HANDPICKED. – throughout September

A broad program of more than 250 intimate events and experiences will be held in and around the Main Street of Hahndorf, from wine tastings to art and craft sessions, dining experiences, beer, history, and culture. A German beer masterclass (pictured) will be held September 18 at The Haus, complemented by a German meal. Most events are ticketed and can be booked online.

Adelaide Wine Market – September 12

The Adelaide Wine Market will be held at 1 Holland Street, Adelaide, with an early session from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, and a late session from 8pm to 10pm. Revamped with COVID-safe practices, the sessions will be seated as producers deliver a mini-masterclass format. The experience includes mini cheese platters and a take-home wine glass.

Maggie Beer returns to Adelaide Farmers’ Market – September 13

South Australian food legend Maggie Beer brings her exclusive range of Maggie’s Orchard produce and Pheasant Farm wines to Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market on Sunday, September 13. This is not the popular range found in supermarkets, but small batches of unique products from Pheasant Farm. Maggie’s granddaughter Lilly will be running the weekly stall inside the pavilion, but Maggie will be popping in regularly to lend a hand selling a range of goodies.

Gilles at the Grounds – September 13

Gilles at the Grounds is held at the Brick Dairy Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground. The event hosts local sellers in fashion, vintage, art, and craft, with a range of local food vendors and live music across indoor and outdoor spaces. The market is held concurrently to the Adelaide Farmers’ Market in the Stirling Angas Hall, with entry from Goodwood Road, Leader Street, or Rose Terrace.

Blend your own wine at The Lane – September 12

Hahndorf’s iconic The Lane Vineyard hosts a behind-the-scenes winemaking crash course, under the guidance of the winemaking and cellar door team who will educate participants on the art of winemaking. The interactive experience will be followed by a cheese board and glass of wine, before taking home a personalised bottle of your signature blend. Tickets are from $100 per person.

The Clare Valley Festival of the Lamb – September 16 to 22

Focusing on the villages of Mintaro, Sevenhill, Watervale and Auburn, The Clare Valley Festival of the Lamb will see hotels and restaurants partner their chefs and visiting guest chefs with local farmers to feature lamb-inspired menus matched with local wines. The timing coincides with new-season lamb as well as the transformation of Clare Valley’s rolling hills into fields of gold, with canola flowers cropping up around every corner. Wide-ranging events include an open-air cinema, knitting and shearing demonstrations, degustations, and a “blessing of the fleece”.

23rd Street Distillery birthday degustation – September 24

To celebrate the birthday of 23rd Street Distillery, Siberia Bar and Restaurant will host a pairing of the distillery’s most popular spirits to five delicious courses of food at Siberia’s balcony bar, overlooking the Adelaide Parklands on East Terrace. Tickets are limited and cost $120.

Feast through the Middle East – September 30

Adelaide Central Market favourite Real Falafel will host a cooking demonstration experience, teaching how to make authentic falafel and hummus. Enjoy a three-course meal as Real Falafel’s Mitch Aldawsari presents his tips and tricks and how to replicate them in your home cooking. Traditional belly dancers will also perform to complete the experience. Twenty per cent of ticket profits will be donated to Multicultural Youth SA.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations – Throughout October

Producers in the Coonawarra region will host more than 60 free and ticketed events throughout October as part of Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Celebrating the Coonawarra wine region’s signature red wine Cabernet Sauvignon, the festival will include tasting experiences, blending masterclasses, dinners, and lunches.

The Maker & Me: VHS Wines – October 14

The Fruitful Pursuit’s intimate wine tasting event series The Maker & Me returned in late August, now at a new venue, Yiasou George. On Wednesday, October 14, 20 people will sip wines from mad scientist, Sam Smith, founder of VHS wines. The Maker & Me allows South Australia’s best and most interesting winemakers to showcase their wares, including unreleased wines and hard-to-find museum stock, to a small selection of drinkers dedicated to knowing and understanding the dynamic local wine industry. Tickets for the VHS event can be found here.

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