Ochota Barrels Dinner – April 27
Hosted by winemakers Taras Ochota (Ochota Barrels) and Mark Reginato (Man Of Spirit) at Apothecary 1878, the Ochota Barrels Dinner features a selection of wines taken from Ochota’s personal collection matched to a menu by Apothecary head chef Frank Hero. Expect confit octopus, finger lime and river mint matched to ‘Weird Berries In The Woods’ Gewürztraminer 2014; soused scallops, radish, dill oil and lilly pilly matched to the ‘+5V OV’ Chardonnay 2015; Onkaparinga Valley venison carpaccio, carob, muntries and blackberry matched to the ‘A Forest’ Pinot Noir 2015; wallaby shanks, blackened pumpkin, turnips, baby carrot and saltbush matched to ‘Fugazi’ Grenache 2015; chargrilled alpaca, parsnip cream, alpaca pastry, ‘Brussels and bacon’ and alpaca juices matched to ‘I Am The Owl’ Syrah 2015; a cheese course matched to ‘Sense Of Compression’ MJ Keenan Collaboration Grenache 2015; and silken chocolate torte, macadamia, sour cherry and coconut marshmallow matched to ‘Man Of Spirit’ Old Fashioned. Cost is $195 per person. Contact The Apothecary 1878 for information and bookings.
Sangiovese masterclass at La Cantina – April 28
Italian wine merchant La Cantina presents an in-depth exploration of Sangiovese, the wine that challenges, delights and intrigues winemakers. Through this comparative tasting, participants will discover what makes this wine variety so special and how it responds to different regions throughout Tuscany and Australia. The tasting starts at 6pm and includes 13 wines with antipasto platters and Tuscan-inspired Pizza al Taglio. Cost is $50 per person. Bookings are essential.
Taste Glynde – May 1
Experience the many flavours and food secrets of SA’s unique food manufacturing destination at Glynde during the inaugural Taste Glynde event, which is being hosted by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters as part of Tasting Australia. A free community event, Taste Glynde is an opportunity to discover local food producers and enjoy product samples, food and wine, and cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs including the new Food Secrets of Glynde ambassador, Salvatore Pepe. The event will be held from 11am to 4pm at Robern Menz, 71 Glynburn Road, Glynde. More information can be found here.
No Meat May – May 1 to 31
‘No Meat May’ is an initiative that challenges Australians to eliminate meat from their diets for 31 days. It aims to address four key issues related to the over-consumption of meat (environment, personal health, animal welfare and food equity), and challenge meat eaters to make more sustainable and animal-friendly food choices. Those who sign up for No Meat May can choose to donate or raise funds through sponsorship for its four aligned not-for-profit organisations: Greenpeace, Animals Australia, Cancer Council Australia and Oxfam Australia. Participants will be provided with free vegetarian and vegan recipes, nutritional information and professional advice. More information can be found here.
The Great Mylor Bakeoff – May 1
Inspired by television’s The Great British Bake Off, this new Adelaide Hills baking competition with 22 entry categories will be judged on Saturday, 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.
Salt: a bayou experience at the Bay – POST PONED
City of Holdfast Bay Mayor Stephen Patterson says this weekend’s forecast risk of inclement weather has prompted event organisers to move Glenelg’s seafood beach feast, ‘Salt: A Bayou Experience at the Bay’ to a new date in Spring. The lunch event has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 30 to kick off the Holdfast Bay event season. Council will contact all ticket holders directly. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8229 9999.
Sprout cooking at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers’ Market – May 1
Join Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis for a cooking demonstration at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers’ Market using market produce. The free demonstration starts at 10am. More information can be found here.
Italian Cheese and Wine with Luigi Guffanti – May 3
Take a tasting tour of Italy through some of the world’s best-known cheeses paired with wines from the same region with The Smelly Cheese Shop’s affinatore (cheese ageing expert) Luigi Guffanti. Regional cheeses aged and hand-selected by Guffanti for the tasting include Parmigiano Reggiano from Emilia-Romagna, Gorgonzola and Taleggio from Lombardy and mixed milk white moulds from Piedmont. Cost is $80 per person. More information and bookings here.
Single Sites Dinner – Tasting Australia – May 5
Join seven of South Australia’s award-winning winemakers as they pour and describe their single-vineyard wines matched to a degustation menu created by seven of the state’s outstanding chefs. Winemakers and chefs have been working collaboratively on the food and wine matches on the menu and include Kate Laurie (Deviation Road) paired with Lachlan Colwill (Hentley Farm Restaurant), Jeffrey Grosset (Grosset Wines) with Paul Baker (Botanic Gardens Restaurant), Kym Schroeter (Penfolds) with David Swain (Fino at Seppeltsfield), Stephen Pannell (SC Pannell Wines) with Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), Stephen Henschke (Henschke Wines) with Mark McNamara (Food Luddite); Sue Hodder (Wynns Coonawarra Estate) with Andy Davies (Press; Osteria Oggi), and Dudley Brown (Inkwell Wines) with Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn). The Single Sites Dinner will be hosted by Tasting Australia creative director Paul Henry at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Tickets are $350 per person; bookings and more information here.
Another highlight of the 2016 Tasting Australia program is Dougal McFuzzlebutt (McFuzzlebutt’s Manchen) and Ray Dahdah’s (Out in The Paddock) “Floating Feast”. The five-course dinner along the River Torrens on the Popeye will bring together premium South Australian food producers, including Sam Worrall-Thompson from Kitchen & Catering by Sam, Ivan Tomic from The Roaming Spit and Daniela Mazzone of Chocolat by Daniela. The menu will feature Saltbush Lamb from Richard Gunner and Schu-Am Pork complemented by Torbrek Wines and craft beer from Vale Brewing. The event will start at Adelaide Rowing Club at 5pm for canapés and beverages, before guests board the Popeye for entrée, main and dessert, then return to the Rowing Club at 9.10pm for petit fours and a final beverage. Bookings essential via Tasting Australia website.
Tasting Australia runs from May 1 to May 8.
Mother’s Day at the Stamford Plaza – May 8
The Stamford Plaza Adelaide is offering a selection of special Mother’s Day events including a Mother’s Day Argentinean Brunch at La Boca Bar & Grill from 11am ($45 per adult, $20 per child under 12), a Mother’s Day Seafood Lunch at TG’s Restaurant from 12.30pm ($69 per adult, $35 per child under 12), and a Mother’s Day High Tea in the Boulevard Room from 2pm ($59 per person). More information about Stamford Plaza Mother’s Day events can be found here.
Georges on Waymouth Cognac Masterclass – May 12
Taste some of the finest cognacs produced at this aperitif and digestif masterclass presented by Cerbaco’s Mikael Gillard. Hosted by award-winning Georges on Waymouth, the masterclass includes the following liqueurs: Pineau Blanc Francois Voyer, Cognac Paul Giraud VSOP, Cognac Jean Filloux 1992, Armagnac Delord 1985, Armagnac Comte de Lamaestre 1979, Calvados VG 2000, and Rum Chairman Reserve St Lucia. Tickets are $65 per person including food and drinks. Bookings essential by calling 8211 6960.
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 2016 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. 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.
Sea & Vines – June 10 to 13
Now in its 24th year, the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival celebrates the region’s culinary and wine traditions. Showcasing 25 wineries and 35 food and wine events over the June long weekend, this year’s festival includes highlights such as a five-course degustation dinner event with jazz virtuoso James Morrison; a dinner at Salopian Inn matched to wines selected by Matt Dunne, sommelier at Sydney’s Aria; a six-course long lunch at Serafino prepared by former MasterChef contestant Jessie Spiby and executive chef Sarah Contin; and a collection of seafood masterclasses led by Michael Angelakis and Michael Keelan. The full program can be found here.
Losing the plot – until June 26, 2016
Losing the Plot: food gardening in South Australia is a Migration Museum exhibition that is also featured on the Tasting Australia program. Losing the Plot explores the history of growing food in South Australia and 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. The exhibition 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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