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Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including a festival dedicated to chocolate spread, a celebration of home-grown fruit and veg, a History Festival dinner, cocktails for breakfast in the Clare Valley, and a French wine tasting.

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Clare Valley on Leigh Street – April 8

City folk will get a taste of the Clare Valley at the launch event for the 2016 Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend when winemakers bring their wines to Leigh Street for a pop-up tasting from 4.30pm to 7.30pm. Twenty wineries will showcase new vintage varieties, flagship wines and classic Clare Valley Rieslings while promoting the upcoming Gourmet Weekend, to be held from May 13 to 16. Mitchell Wines has teamed up with Lotus Lounge to develop two creative Riesling cocktails to be served at the Gourmet Weekend breakfast picnic on May 15 (see Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend listing below). The cocktails – reflecting the lemon-lime acidic freshness of the Mitchell Watervale Riesling in a light spritzer style and an autumn-inspired reduction with the complex bouquet of an aged Riesling – will be launched at Clare Valley on Leigh Street, where a photo contest will be held to name them. Entry to the Leigh Street event is by purchase of a commemorative wine glass for $10. More information here.

The Village Market Feast – April 8

Held in the Burnside Village Fashion Mall, the Feast is a long-table dinner event that offers fresh produce from Village traders cooked by Sprout Cooking School’s Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis. It will start at 7pm, with canapes and sparkling wine on arrival, followed by a three-course meal paired with wines and entertainment. Tickets are $70 per person. Information and bookings here.

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Nutella-palooza – April 9

Local chocolatiers and other producers of sweet chocolatey treats will gather at Bonython Park from 11am on Saturday for Nutella-palooza, a new food event for Adelaide. Around 50 stalls and food trucks will be on site for the event. There will also be a range of sugar-free and savoury foods. See InDaily‘s story on Nutella-palooza here for more details.

Heirloom Weekend – April 9 to 10

Presented by The Diggers Club and the Botanic Gardens of South Australia, the inaugural Heirloom Weekend is a free celebration of all things fresh, natural and homegrown. “Heirloom” means traditional varieties of plants or animal breeds that aren’t associated with large-scale commercial agriculture. Activities over the two-day event include free workshops, masterclasses, a pumpkin-growing competition, and an heirloom produce display and sale. There will be opportunities to learn about the history and importance of heirlooms, and skills such as growing vegetables in autumn, preserving fruit and vegetables, urban bee-keeping and raising chickens at home. The main activities will be between 10am and 3pm. More information here.

Canard-Duchene Champagne Dinner – April 12

Join French Champagne producer Canard-Duchene’s export director Antoine Huray for a four-course degustation dinner at The Edinburgh Hotel’s Victoria Dining Room in Mitcham. There will be canapes matched with Cuvee Leonie NV, Hervey Bay scallops matched with Charles VII Blanc de Blancs & Authentic Brut Organic Green, Provencal Seafood Bisque matched with Charles VII Blanc de Noirs, confit duck matched with 2008 Vintage Brut, and pear and almond tart matched with Charles VII Rose NV. Tickets are $150 per person. Bookings essential by phoning 8373 2753.

French Film Festival wine degustation – April 14

The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival is hosting a special French wine-tasting event at Palace Nova East End Cinemas before the screening of the film Premiers Crus (First Growth) directed by Jerome Le Maire. At the pre-screening tasting, seven wines will be showcased from six different French wine regions: Chablis, Provence, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace and the Rhone Valley. After the film, viewers are invited to Mother Vine wine bar in Vardon Avenue for further discussion about French wine. Ticket price includes both the wine tasting and film and is $40 per person ($35 for Alliance Francaise and Palace Movie Club members). The tasting starts at 6pm with the film screening at 7pm. Bookings can be made online or by phoning the box office on 8232 3434.

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A still from the French film “Premiers Crus”.

Haigh’s ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ screening – April 15

Haigh’s Chocolates is hosting a special viewing of the 1971 classic film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, with part proceeds from ticket sales going to Young Variety to assist disadvantaged youth in South Australia. The event is being held at the Capri Theatre in Goodwood, and guests are encouraged to dress as their favourite character from the film. The Wurlitzer Theatre Organ will play songs from the film soundtrack. The event starts at 6.30pm for a 7pm screening and tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children aged 12 and under. Bookings here.

Aperitivo Evening @ Bar Mercato – April 15

Aperitivo is the Italian way to wind down after work and before going home to dinner. Traditionally, it was simply a drink, but it has now has grown to include appetizers (or stuzzichini) offered as an accompaniment to a drink before dinner. On Friday, April 15, Bar Mercato is holding an Aperitivo Evening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The cost of $15 per person includes one beer, wine or spritz and stuzzichini, then happy-hour prices continue throughout the evening. Booking are essential and can be made here.

Langmeil Winery Wine Dinner – April 15

The National Wine Centre’s first wine dinner of 2016 will feature a four-course venison and duck-themed menu prepared by executive chef Tze Khaw matched to wines from the Barossa’s Langmeil Winery. Langmeil winemaker Paul Lindner will take guests on a journey through the Barossa’s culture of farming, food, wine and community in which his family has been immersed from six generations. Tickets are $150 per person and bookings can be made by emailing nwc.info@adelaide.edu.au.

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The World of Champagne Course – April 19 and 26

The Ed Cellars is hosting a two-night tutored Champagne-tasting course presented by Vin de Champagne award winner James Smith. Smith is a wine education consultant, wine writer, lecturer and presenter of short courses and seminars on Champagne for the Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (France) and the Champagne Bureau (Australia). Cost is $300 for the two-night course. For bookings and information, phone 8373 2753.

Jamie’s Ministry of Food school holiday programs – April 19 to 29

Jamie’s Ministry of Food, a community-based cooking program based on Oliver’s beliefs about the benefits of cooking fresh food from scratch, is hosting cooking classes for children and adults at its Noarlunga pop-up kitchen. Running in two blocks from April 19 to 22 and April 26 to 29, the program aims to teach basic home cooking skills, kitchen safety and nutrition, while passing on Oliver’s hints, tips and cooking shortcuts. Jamie’s Ministry of Food school holiday programs comprise four 3.5-hour sessions over four days, with up to 12 participants in each class. Course costs are $80 for students 12 to 16 years old, $120 for students 16+ and $160 for adults. Bookings are open now and can be made here.

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Jamie Oliver. Photo: Nat Rogers/InDaily

Langmeil Wine Dinner at 2KW – April 21

Join James and Paul Lindner and Emma Shaw of Barossa’s Langmeil Winery as they present five Old Vine Garden vintage-release wines matched to a menu prepared by 2KW chef Dan Lawrence. Tickets are $165 per person and places are strictly limited. Information and bookings here.

Kaesler Wines 2015 Vintage Barrel Tasting and Lunch – April 23

Join Kaesler winemaker Reid Bosward in the Barossa Valley for this pre-release masterclass and barrel tasting of 2015 vintage wines followed by a long-table lunch from the winery’s restaurant Kaesler Kitchen. Sample wines include Shiraz from the Old Bastard and Alte Reben vineyards, and from barrels which will eventually form The Bogan and Old Vine Shiraz, as well as other premium wines. Tickets are $70 per person. More information available here.

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Kaesler winemaker Reid Bosward. Photo: supplied

The Great Mylor Bakeoff – May 1

Inspired by television’s The Great British Bake Off,  this new Adelaide Hills baking competition offers 22 entry categories. Entry forms are available from the Mylor General Store or by emailing competition organiser Sue Laundy on laundysusan@y7mail.com before the closing date of April 22, with judging to take place on April 30. On Sunday, May 1,  the winning entries will be on display at the Mylor Hall, where there will also be  garden stalls, old recipe books,  cooking utensils and cakes available for purchase. See InDaily‘s story here.

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In the company of Andrew McConnell – Tasting Australia – May 5

Leonards Mill Restaurant at Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula is hosting a one-off five-course dinner as part of the Tasting Australia program. It will be prepared by Melbourne chef Andrew McConnell (Cutler and Co, Cumulus, Moon Under Water, Supernormal), with Leonards Mill head chef Brendan Wessels and head pastry chef Lindsay Durr, and each of the five courses will be matched with Brash Higgins Wines from McLaren Vale. The dinner will be preceded with a “cuts and cooking” masterclass with specialist butcher Troy Wheeler (Meatmith), who will demonstrate butchery techniques on Mayura Station wagyu, with the cuts then used by McConnell in a step-by-step demonstration cooking class. Dinner cost is $165 per person; dinner and masterclass is $195 per person. Accommodation is available at Leonards Mill and bookings and more information can be found here

Other highlights of the 2016 Tasting Australia program include foraging for wild mushrooms; the Lime Cave Degustation at Maxwell Wines; a distillation masterclass; sausage-making and cheese-making classes; the secret Origins Dinner; 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; and the Single Sites wine tasting at the National Wine Centre. Tasting Australia runs from May 1 to May 8.

Chef Andrew McConnell and specialist butcher Troy Wheeler will host a Tasting Australia dinner at Leonard's Mill.

Chef Andrew McConnell and specialist butcher Troy Wheeler will host a Tasting Australia dinner at Leonard’s Mill.

Stone Ground at Leonard’s Mill Restaurant – May 13

Step back in time at Leonard’s Mill Restaurant for Stone Ground, a three-course candlelit buffet dinner of 1880s fare celebrating the 2106 History Festival. Guests, who are encouraged to dress in a costume from the era, will enjoy a night of food, music and glimpses of performance from Sealand Theatre. The event starts at 5.30pm with the launch of Leonards Mill’s historic plaque at the start of the Second Valley Historical Walking Trail and a welcome glass of mulled wine; the dinner will then be hosted in the 1880s Wheat Shed with entertainment including live music by The Fiddle Chicks. Tickets are limited to 80 guests and cost $65 per head. For information and tickets, phone 8598 4184.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 13 to 16

The annual Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend offers 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. Mitchell Wines of Sevenhill and Terroir restaurant of Auburn are teaming up to host a breakfast picnic at the winery on Sunday, May 15, featuring grilled Moroccan-style merguez sausages with broccolini, mushrooms, baked beans and corn bread; haloumi with minted pea yoghurt and fattoush salad; crab and potato cakes with sourdough, smoked almond slaw and citrus creme fraiche; and two Riesling cocktails created with the help of Lotus Lounge and named at the Clare Valley on Leigh Street event on Friday (see listing at top). The Mitchell Wines breakfast picnic begins at 8.30am. Dishes are $12 each or $20 with a cocktail. Visit the Clare Valley Wine Facebook page for details.

Howard Twelftree Memorial Stir – May 22

Mushrooms are the ingredient of choice for the seasonal South-West City community cooking competition at the Duke of Brunswick Hotel. Chef Cheong Liew will judge the autumn competition, which will take place at 12.30pm on May 22. Information and expressions of interest for entries can be directed to the hotel manager.

Waywood Wines Long Table Lunch Series #4 – May 28

Celebrate Aussie Wine Month with Waywood Wines at its McLaren Vale cellar door in May and enjoy a four-course banquet prepared by caterers Luscious Red, matched with a selection of Waywood’s favourite McLaren Vale Cabernets. Limited tickets are available at $120 per person. Bookings and more information here.

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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