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East End street carnival, Carnevale & a new Fork on the Road

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including the inaugural Fat Tuesday Street Carnival in the East End, the Carnevale Italian festival at Adelaide Showground and a new Fork on the Road event for the western suburbs.

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Home Fermentation – February 5

Gut Feeling and Dirty Girl Kitchen will present another workshop at The Market Shed on Holland teaching participants how to make natural fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, ginger beer and kombucha. Learn about the history and health benefits of fermented foods and how to make your own at home. The workshop starts at 6.30pm and runs for around three hours. Cost is $70 per person and bookings can be made by phoning Dirty Girl Kitchen on 0439 546 200.


Carnevale – February 6-7

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, this annual Italian festival at the Adelaide Showground will include mozzarella-stretching workshops, a zeppole-eating competition, coffee master-classes and wine seminars with Italian sommelier Alessandro Ragazzo from Bottega Rotolo. There will also be cooking demonstrations, multicultural entertainment and more. Details here.

Gawler Farmers’ Market – February 6

The Gawler Farmers’ Market was officially opened last weekend and will continue each Saturday with more than 30 produce stalls offering a diverse mix of meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, jams and chutney, breads and smallgoods. The market will be held from 8am until midday at the Gawler Visitor Information Centre car park.


The new Gawler Farmers’ Market. Photo: Dragan Radocaj

Fork in the Summer – February 6

Fork on the Road will be at a new location this Saturday night in a collaboration with the City of West Torrens. The Fork in the Summer event will see 30 new and established food trucks, including Chimichurri Grill, Phat Buddha Rolls and The Little Cake Tin, pulling up at Kings Reserve, corner South Road and Ashwin Parade, Torrensville, with drinks available from boutique makers including Wheatsheaf Brewing, Swell Brewing, Oliver’s Taranga and Lobo Cider.  More information available here.

Howard Twelftree Memorial Stir – February 7

White peaches are the ingredient of choice for this season’s South-West City community cooking competition at the Duke of Brunswick Hotel. Juding starts at 12.30pm with guest judge, food and wine writer David Sly. Information and expressions of interest can be directed to the hotel manager.

Fat Tuesday Street Carnival – February 12

A new food and wine event for the East End, Fat Tuesday Street Carnival will be held on the opening night of the Fringe Festival (Friday, February 12) and is set to transform Vardon Avenue into a New Orleanian French Quarter for the night. Also known as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday promises all things Creole, including southern American food (Kickin’ Chicken and Fried Green Tomatoes) and drinks by NOLA Adelaide, charcuterie and cheese from East End Cellars, southern-style cuisine from Mother Vine, Exchange Coffee, and jambalaya from El Choto Paella Catering, as well as live entertainment. Entry is free.


New Orleans brews from Abita will be available at Fat Tuesday Street Carnival. Photo: supplied

Passata Day @ Mercato – February 20

Learn how to make passata di pomodoro (tomato sauce) the Italian way with Mercato’s Imma and Mario Caporaso. Participants will spend a full day with the family making passata from scratch, share an Italian-style morning tea and a tomato feast for lunch with Italian wines from La Cantina, and enjoy entertainment from Crispino the accordion player. They will also take home a bottle of passata and a jar of pelati (peeled tomatoes) made on the day and a recipe booklet. Tickets are $120 per person. Bookings and more information can be found here.


Cellar Door Fest – February 26 to 28

“Cheesepert” Valerie Henbest and chocolatier Steven ter Horst will join forces for a Cheese, Chocolate and Bubbles event pairing two of our favourite foods with wines from the Adelaide Hills at the Adelaide Convention Centre’s Cellar Door Fest next month. Other master-class events include a Saturday Arvo Wine Down, SA’s Best Brews, and The Supreme Cheese Experience, with dedicated cheese lovers able to buy an Ultimate Cheese Experience package that gives them entry for all three days plus access to one cheese-themed master-class each day. You can also book now for a series of Cellar Door Fest Long Table Dining Experiences at The Lane Vineyard, Skillogalee and Howard’s Vineyard, where up to 60 guests will be guided through menus highlighting SA produce.

Details of all events can be found on the Cellar Door Fest website.


Gluttony, Adelaide Fringe – February 12 to March 14

As well as all the entertainment on offer at Gluttony, the Fringe precinct on the south side of Rymill Park, there will be  a range of food options including stalls from Jam Face by Poh, Toly Gourmet Vietnamese food, Soi 38 Thai food Hung and Tender Burgers, Saint Espresso coffee and dessert crepes, and Amazon Power – an acai bowl stall that caters for just about every dietary requirement imaginable.

Tasting Australia – May 1 to 8

Tickets are now available for Tasting Australia 2016 events, including: the Barossa Regional Roving Lunch – a progressive lunch tour of Hentley Farm, Appellation and Fino at Seppeltsfield, hosted by celebrated chefs who know how to capture the flavours of the surrounding Barossa landscape; Lamb Tasting at Rawnsley Park – an authentic lamb-inspired dinner in the historic Flinders Ranges woolshed; the Cheong Liew Retrospective – a showcase dinner at which Liew’s team of apprentices will be brought back to the Hilton to reinterpret and celebrate the iconic dishes created by their mentor and teacher; The Barossa Camino – a 7km guided walk through the vineyards of Mt Edelstone, Hutton Vale Farm and Hill of Grace with the Henschke and Angas families before a big Barossa lunch; and a Wild Mushroom Forest Feast in the Adelaide Hills with expert mushroom guides to learn the secrets of the local fungi before sitting down to a lunch of wild mushrooms and natural wine.

See more details here.

Cheong Liew.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 13 to 16

The program for the annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend has been released, offering visitors a variety of events highlighting the region’s food, wine and hospitality. As well as cluster events such as the Gourmet Hub and Clare Valley Cuisine’s Gourmet Market Day, there are ticketed culinary events and day-trip options, weekend packages and more.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend will be held in May.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend.

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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