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Artisan food and wine at Marble Hill & paddock-to-plate dining

Food & Wine Events

The best upcoming food and wine events in SA, including a festival of artisan fare at historic Marble Hill, a gathering of craft beer producers, on-farm dining and an elegant pop-up picnic.

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Sidewood Wine Dinner – November 18
Join Owen Inglis (Sidewood owner and vigneron) at the Union Hotel for a three-course dinner plus canapés and cheese matched to nine Sidewood wines and ciders, including the 2013 Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz, gold medal winner at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards. Tickets are $85 per head; bookings essential by phoning the Union Hotel on 8231 2144.

Fresh Pairings for Summer – November 18
Mercato, in partnership with La Casa del Formaggio, is hosting a fresh cheese and bright Italian white wine tasting. Enjoy trecce with Soave Classico, fresh ricotta with honey and Arneis, mascarpone with glazed pears and Moscato D’Asti, marinated chevre with Friulano, and fresh pecorino with prosciutto and Bardolino Superiore. The tasting runs from 5pm to 6.30pm at Mercato. Tickets are $20 per person.

McLaren Vale Wine Show showcase – November 19
Join 2KW (pictured below) as it showcases McLaren Vale Wine Show trophy-winning wines matched with a three-course dinner menu. Tickets are $190 per person. Information and bookings here.


Crafty Beer Fork – November 20
The next Fork on the Road food-truck gathering will feature some of Adelaide’s best craft brewers. The event will be held in Light Square between 5pm and 10pm.

Coonawarra on Leigh Street – November 20
Welcome in the weekend with Coonawarra wineries this Friday as Leigh Street hosts more than a dozen wineries including Penley Estate, DiGiorgio Family Wines, Raidis Estate and Balnaves of Coonawarra. Entry is free with the purchase of a take-home commemorative glass for $5. The event begins at 4.30pm and wine will be available to purchase until 7.30pm. More information is available here.

Picnic at Marble Hill – November 22
Don’t miss this one-day festival of artisan wine, food and music from the cool heart of the Adelaide Hills. A group of Adelaide Hills wineries and cider makers will showcase their drops alongside a range of local food producers against the stunning backdrop of the historic Marble Hill ruins. Proceeds go to the Cora Barclay Centre for deaf and hearing-impaired children, the Basket Range Primary School and the Cherryville CFS. Tickets are $15 for adults. More information here.

Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Day – November 22
Food and wine will be a big feature of the Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Race Day, with Strathalbyn’s Appleseed Café preparing the three-course menu for the Winemakers’ Luncheon ($135 including matched wines, a race book and race entry), and a host of food and wine stalls, including Cheese Please, Squid Ink, Natura Icecream and Finns Fine Foods. Tickets and information here.


Packing up the picnic basket is a thing of the past for Langhorne Creek Vignerons’ Race Day-goers, as there will be an abundance of local food and wine available on-site.

A Curious Thanksgiving Dinner – November 26
North Adelaide’s The Curious Squire is making the American holiday tradition of Thanksgiving a night worth celebrating with a menu of Southern American-inspired dishes including homemade smoked turkey and honey-baked ham. The dinner starts at 7pm and tickets are $40 per person. Bookings are essential. Phone 7071 5767.

Apothecary Annual Champagne and Sparkling Tasting – November 30
The Apothecary 1878 is holding its annual champagne and sparkling tasting on November 30 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Tickets are $58 per person including canapés. Reservations are essential by phoning 8212 9099.

Introduction to Fermenting Foods – December 2
Dirty Girl Kitchen will join Sam Whitehead from Gut Feeling to run another introductory workshop on fermenting foods at Entropy, Hindmarsh, from 6.30pm until 9pm. The hands-on class will include instruction in how to make sauerkraut and kimchi, as well as kombucha and ginger beer tastings. Cost is $68 – you only need to bring yourself and your favourite knife. For bookings and information contact


Learn how to make your own sauerkraut and kimchi at a hands-on fermented foods workshop.

Bottega Rotolo Cheese & Wine Classes – various Thursday nights during November
At Bottega Rotolo Hyde Park’s Cheese & Wine Classes you will be taken on a cheese journey, hosted within its temperature-controlled cheese vault. Participants will learn from cheese experts as they share their knowledge of some of the world’s best artisan cheeses. The class includes a selection of cheeses, paired with gourmet accompaniments and premium wines. Cost is $50 per person. Bookings and information here.

A Table in the Country – December 4
The Maitland Family, which produces Pangkarra Foods, is hosting an on-farm dining experience at its Clare Valley property. Guests will be taken on an epicurean journey from Adelaide to “Anama Park”, where they will enjoy a five-course degustation lunch matched with local beer and wines, plus a visit to a local winery, a farm tour and a crop walk. Limited tickets are available for $175 per person, including transfers (from Adelaide), food, wine and a take-home pack of Pangkarra Foods. Bookings can be made here.


Pangkarra pasta, from paddock to plate, at A Table in the Country.

GH Mumm Uncorked – December 4
The National Wine Centre’s final Uncorked event for 2015 will feature French champagne from GH Mumm and complimentary cheese platters and oysters, with entertainment by Adelaide jazz singer Kate Fuller. Guests can even try their hand at champagne sabering. The event starts at 4.30pm and entry is free.


Watch the traditional French art of opening a Champagne bottle with a knife at the GH Mumm Uncorked event.

Pickle Day – December 5
Learn the art of pickling, from Christmas cherries to kimchi, at Dirty Girl Kitchen’s Pickle Day at the Market Shed on Holland. This hands-on workshop will be “one big pickle party”, says pickling expert Rebecca Sullivan, and includes refreshments, a light lunch and goodies to take home and put under the Christmas tree. Contact for more information, cost and bookings.

Le Diner en Blanc – December 5
Adelaide’s third annual Le Diner en Blanc, a posh pop-up picnic at a secret location with a special code, is on December 5. Guests must dress elegantly in white, and “beer and hard liquor are prohibited” at the event, which takes place in more than 60 cities all around their world. To register or for more information, visit the official website here.

Flinders Street Market Christmas Bazaar – December 5 & 6
Flinders Street Market, in collaboration with Etsy South Australia, is holding a handmade Christmas gift fair in the big blue sheds on Flinders Street. With more than 100 stalls, shoppers will find gifts made from leather, fabric, clay, glass, wood, paper, resin and metal as well as Christmas decorations, music, food and gift wrapping. More information here.

Sukhumvit Soi.38 banquet dinner – December 6
To celebrate the 88th birthday of His Majesty King Rama IX of Thailand, Pulteney Street’s Thai street-food restaurant Sukhumvit Soi.38 is hosting a banquet dinner with matching South Australian wines. Head chef Terry Intarakhamhaeng is creating the five-course menu as well as a “royal” cocktail in honour of King Bhumibol. Tickets are $95 per head and seats are limited to 40 guests only. For bookings call 8223 5472.


Head chef Terry Intarakhamhaeng from Sukhumvit Soi.38. Photo: supplied

Losing the plot – until June 26, 2015
Losing the Plot: food gardening in South Australia explores the history of growing food in South Australia. It examines the stories behind the food on our plates from Aboriginal food production and school and community gardens to the home garden and market gardens in SA, and is accompanied by a program of workshops and talks focussing on food gardening and the use of garden produce in preserving and cooking.

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