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Crush Festival and Dinner D'Or

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Upcoming food and wine happenings, including the Adelaide’s Hills’ Crush Festival, an evening of open-air fine dining at the National Wine Centre and the Santos Festival of Cycling.

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Crush Festival 2021 – January 22 to 24

Crush Festival is back for 2021, with a program that sees more than 30 venues throughout the Adelaide Hills hosting events from long lunches and degustations to garden parties and live music at the region’s many picturesque cellar doors. General entry to Crush is free. An official souvenir wine glass is available for $10 and is required to purchase wine at all non-ticketed events.

National Wine Centre’s Dinner D’Or – January 22

The National Wine Centre of Australia celebrates the return of safe events with Dinner D’Or, a new dinner function to be held on the stunning terrace of the National Wine Centre overlooking the setting sun across the Botanic Gardens. Guests will enjoy a two-course meal prepared by the National Wine Centre’s award-winning executive chef Steven Clark. The evening promises live music, a bar with a delicious range of cocktails and fun fundraising activities to help those facing homelessness. Tickets are $120 per person, in support of Hutt Street Centre, and the dress code is “a touch of gold”.

The Santos Festival of Cycling – January 19 to 24

The Santos Festival of Cycling takes place from January 19 to 24 and will include a variety of cycling disciplines, as well as opportunities to explore the food and wine offerings of South Australia. Stage 1 will be held in the Barossa on Thursday, January 21; Stage 2 will travel through The Adelaide Hills on Friday, January 22; Stage 3 features the famous McLaren Vale and Willunga circuit on Saturday, January 23; Stage 4 will be based around Victoria Park in the city.

Summer Sessions at The Gardens – January 23, 24, 30 and 31

Over the next two weekends, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens will host the pop-up Summer Sessions with wines, cocktails, food and music to relax and enjoy in the summer sun amongst the leafy surrounds. Held from 1pm Saturday and Sunday, the Summer Sessions will be held at the Schomburgk Pavilion next to Café Fibonacci.

Ute Boot III – January 24

Known in the Adelaide hospitality scene as a purveyor of ‘living wines’, Son of Dot is hosting its third Ute Boot sale at The Scenic Hotel in Norton Summit. The event will feature a curated selection of minimal intervention wines sold at wholesale (aka ute-boot) prices. A ticket to the event will get you two hours of tastings, plus there’ll be pizza slung from the back of the Sunny’s Pizza truck and more food available from The Scenic’s chef, Dylan Marshall. The musical stylings of Django Rowe, Banjo Jackson, Blue Lagoon Band, and Slow Mango will be on show, and there’ll be a range of speakers talking on topics including wine, science, land and culture. Purchase a ticket here.

Oddio Summer Finale – January 29 to 31

Th is is the last Oddio summer party of the season, before vintage kicks off. Across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Bowden-based cellar door will host Oddio Summer Finale, with a party featuring new release wine from Frederick Stevenson and Delinquente, cold beer, spritzes, DJs and Sunny’s pizza.

Sundown Cinema – January 30

Tapanappa Wines at Piccadilly hosts the second Sundown Cinema with a screening of the classic wine film Bottle Shock (2008). Gates open at 7pm and the film starts at 9pm. Guests can pack a picnic, chair, bean bag and blankets, with wine and beer available for purchase on the night, but strictly no BYO alcohol. Tickets are $25 and available here.

Pouring Ribbons Rum + Tiki Party – February 4

Hains & Co’s women-only tasting club, Pouring Ribbons, will host a Tiki Party featuring Abby Roennfeldt — a burlesque dancer, award-winning mixologist and owner of Semaphore’s Hades Hula House. Be immersed in premium local and international rums, spiced up with some tiki signature cocktails and tastings. Bookings are essential, with only 16 people per session.

2021 Cellar Door Fest – February 5 to 7

Experience the best of South Australia’s regions at Cellar Door Fest, which brings together more than 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers from across South Australia’s many diverse regions. The festival is hosted at the Adelaide Convention Centre from February 5 to 7, offering a vast program of intimate experiences and masterclasses. Learn how to whip up unique dishes in Jessie’s Kitchen, discover SA’s latest up-and-coming producers in the Emerging Producers zone, or dine with leading local food and wine personalities at the Long Table dining events.

HomeBrewed Beer & BBQ Festival – February 5-7

Local brewers, barbecuers and musicians will come together to provide three days of entertainment at Adelaide Showground for HomeBrewed Beer & BBQ Festival. The event will take place on the Rose Terrace side of the Adelaide Showground, with dozens of brewers from the far corners of SA and even Alice Springs. The festival is bolstered by a musical line-up that includes The Superjesus, West Thebarton and Wolf & Cub.

Somm for a Day Series – February 14

Ever wondered exactly what a sommelier does? National Wine Centre’s head sommelier, James Boden, will host four interactive sessions on the topic. The Somm for a Day series will cover different aspects of the job while exploring six of James’ favourite Australian wines. Session 1, The Basics, will be held Sunday, February 14, from 1.30pm. The following sessions will be held February 28, March 14 and March 28.

2021 Lunar New Year Street Party – February 20

The Adelaide Chinatown Precinct celebrates the 2021 Lunar New Year on February 20 with the 2021 Chinatown Adelaide Lunar New Year Street Party. Make your way to Gouger Street any time from noon to 9pm to enjoy the festivities, with more than 100 exhibitors, food and drink stalls and performances from a variety of Asian cultural groups.

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