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A country show and festival food

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including a real country show that’s close to the city and a taste of the food and wine on offer at Adelaide’s festivals.

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Uraidla & Summertown Country Show – February 20

Experience a true country show only 30 minutes from the CBD at the Uraidla & Summertown Country Show. There will be fruit, vegetable and flower displays representing the abundant produce of the local community, as well as two fruit and vegetable stalls, cookery competitions, demonstrations and displays, food trucks and  wine tastings. More information can be found here.


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.


An evening of wine and cheese – February 24

Join La Vera cheese expert Renato and La Cantina Italian wine expert Chris for an indulgent evening of wine and cheese at Bar Mercato. Individual cheese portions and tastings include Casalingo Tasty and Chilli with fig and walnut roulade paired with Tavignano Verdicchio di Castello dei Jesi, Grilled haloumi with semi dried tomato and oregano paired with Coffele Soave Classico, Mozzarella and prosciutto roulade paired with Terre dei Rumi Montepulciano, and Adel Blue with glace pear paired with Bera Moscato Passito. Learn the stories behind the cheeses and wines while you experience the flavours and aromas. Tickets are $20 per person. To secure a place visit the Mercato website here.

Cellar Door Fest – February 26 to 28

Head down to the Convention Centre next weekend for Friday night “knock-off” drinks, beer, wine and cheese master-classes, Long Table lunch and dinner events, and the opportunity to meet and taste the produce of 180 of South Australia’s food and wine producers. Admission tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Tickets for master-classes and other special Cellar Door Fest events must be purchased separately. The full program and ticketing information 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, Well 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.

The Wine Bluffs, Adelaide Fringe – February 23 to March 6

For those who don’t like to take their wine too seriously, comedians Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja will head to the Royal Croquet Club to show audiences how to tell a Claret from a Beaujolais, suggest pairings for fairy bread, reveal why the Champagne spider hasn’t caught on, and explain how to match wine to beer. More information and tickets can be found online or onsite at the FringeTIX box office at the Royal Croquet Club entrance.

Fringe comedians The Wine Bluffs. Photo: supplied

Friday dinner at Walk the Talk – March 4

Popular Adelaide Hills lunch spot Walk the Talk at Verdun is opening for its first Friday night dinner. The set menu by renowned chef and owner Ali Seedsman will offer two courses, entree and main, with dessert optional and drinks by the glass and bottle. Expect shared plates of pear, halloumi and watercress salad with orange blossom and honey dressing; grilled figs with goat cheese and crispy pancetta; char-grilled sirloin with chimichurri sauce, garlic prawns and sides; and white chocolate panna cotta with plums and raspberry puree. Walk the Talk plans to continue with the dinners each Friday. Bookings recommended by calling 8388 7344.


Jazz High Tea, Adelaide Fringe – March 5 and 12-14

Adding to the tradition of taking afternoon tea in a highbrow way on a three-tier stand, some of Adelaide’s jazz performers are serving live jazz as accompaniment to the sweet and savoury indulgences. Adelaide Fringe’s Jazz High Tea will offer audiences the opportunity to step into The Parlour at the Royal Croquet Club for a glass of sparkling wine, some freshly brewed tea and coffee, and a selection of high-tea treats all set to jazz music by the Odette Mercy Trio, Miss Wonderful, Louise Messenger and The Lucky 7. More information and tickets can be found online or onsite at the FringeTIX box office at the Royal Croquet Club entrance.


WOMADelaide – March 11 to 14

WOMADelaide this year offers a diverse selection of international cuisines to enjoy with the music, including offerings from Cantina Kangaroo Island, Dinkydi Oysters, Four Seeds, Hanuman Restaurant Adelaide, Johnny Cougar’s Melon Camp, Let Them Eat, Moorish Bites, Parwana and Squid Inc. The Taste the World program hosted by Rosa Matto will again combine exotic flavours, fascinating cultures and moving stories in a cooking presentation when  festival stars swap their instruments for cooking utensils and introduce dishes from their homelands. Jock Zonfrillo’s Street in The Park – The Taste The World Restaurant is also back this year to present 28 dishes from around the world, with each day of the festival offering a new menu at sit-down lunch and dinner sessions complemented by full table service. Bookings are recommended; tickets are $40 and are redeemable against both food and drink. More information is available here.


Tasting Australia – May 1 to 8

The full Tasting Australia 2016 program is now complete and available on the Tasting Australia website. Highlights are the “Lunch in the Company of…” series and the “A Few of My Favourite Things” series, where food and wine identities share their enthusiasm with participants; the Ultimate Cheese Experience at Say Cheese Wholesale; the Single Sites wine tasting at the National Wine Centre; the Lime Cave Degustation at Maxwell Wines; a distillation masterclass; sausage-making and cheese-making classes; Barrel Tasting in the Vale and the secret Origins Dinner. See more details here.


Maxwell Wines lime cave. Photo: supplied

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 13 to 16

The program for the annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend has been released, offering 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. And it is rumoured that some of the Clare Valley winemakers will come to Adelaide’s Leigh Street on April 8 for a pop-up city launch event to showcase some of the wines that will be on offer at the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend. Watch the Clare Valley Wine Facebook page for details.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend will be held in May.

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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