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A beer-inspired menu and a winter solstice feast

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Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including a Big Shed Brewing dinner at The Gov and a winter solstice beer and bonfire feast in the Adelaide Hills.

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Meet the Brewer – July 20

Chef Adam Budd has joined forces with the crew from Big Shed Brewing Co to put together a food and beer-matching event at The Gov. For $75 you can sample and enjoy four craft beers and a cider with a four-course beer-inspired menu. Big Shed Brewing Co’s West Coast Indian Pale Ale, F-Yeah American Pale Ale, FrankenBrown American Brown Ale, KolsChisel German Pale and Cherry Popper Apple and Cherry Cider will be on offer alongside pork-belly popcorn with cherry popper mayo, crispy duck shanks with pickled carrot and beery ripe porter compote, beef cheek and brown ale pie, and golden stout time beeramisu. The brewers will be on hand to chat about the beers. The event starts at 6pm. For bookings phone Deb on 8340 0744.

Taco night and a winter solstice weekend

Totness brewery Prancing Pony is celebrating Adelaide Hills craft beer, good food and fun with two upcoming winter events All You Can Taco (June 24) offers unlimited Tacos for $20 per person with Prancing Pony beer on tap to match, while the Winter is Coming winter solstice weekend (June 25-26) offers Prancing Pony craft beers, music, slow-cooked food and a bonfire for marshmallow toasting. More information available here.

Romeo’s Cheese Club Master Classes

Romeo’s Foodland McLaren Vale has teamed up with local producers to present a calendar of sensory experiences involving local wines, beers and a selection of cheeses from around the world from its new cheese room. Classes include The Confessional Experience (July 5), Italian Cheese and Wine (July 12), Winter Cheese and Wine (August 9), and The Goodiesons and Cheese (August 16). For tickets and more information call Romeo’s Foodland McLaren Vale on 8323 7714.

Formaggio e Vino – June 23

Join cheese expert Valerie Henbest (Smelly Cheese Shop and Say Cheese Company) and Mercato’s La Cantina resident Italian wine expert Chris Sarandis for a tutored tasting of five premium Italian and French cheeses alongside Italian wine matches. Experience La Tur (Italian goat, cow, sheep cheese) alongside 2015 Linnaea Allora Dell Monferrato Cortese; Bufaletto (Italian buffalo Taleggio) with 2014 Cantina Del Taburno Falanghina Del Sannio; Comte (French cow cheese) with NV Bellavista Alma Cuvee Franciacorta; Ossau Iraty (French cow cheese) with 2014 Castello di Neive Pinot Nero; and Blu di Caravaggio (Italian blue cheeese) with NV Martinez Zibbibo ‘Laus’. The session costs $50 per person and will be held at Mercato. Information and bookings here.

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Cheese expert Valerie Henbest.

WayWood Wines Paella Day #3 – June 25

Join McLaren Vale’s WayWood Wines for a glass of wine and a plate of paella, tapas, cheese and other treats at its Kays Road cellar door. Paella Day #3 tickets are $25 per person. Places are limited so bookings are essential.

Losing the plot – until June 26

Losing the Plot: food gardening in South Australia is a Migration Museum exhibition that 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.

Bottega Rotolo Cheese Experiences

Fine food and wine merchant Bottega Rotolo has a new calendar of cheese classes and workshops at its King William Road store exploring some of the best European and Australian varieties, styles, and food and wine matches. Classes include the Winter Cheese Experience (June 23), the White Mould Cheese Experience (June 30), the Raw Milk Cheese Experience (July 7 and September 22), the Blue Cheese Experience (July 14), the European Cheese Experience (July 21), the Cheese and Whisky Experience (August 4), the Cheese and Chocolate Experience (August 11), the Spanish Cheese Experience (August 18), the Washed Rind Cheese Experience (September 8), and the Goat Milk Cheese Experience (September 15).

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A cheese tasting at Bottega Rotolo.

St Hugo Wine Dinner – June 29 – CANCELLED

Held at the National Wine Centre, the St Hugo Wine Dinner will feature a vertical tasting flight of the Coonawarra winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon with St Hugo winemaker Nick Bruer guiding guests through nine different vintages of the Cab Sav. The wine will be matched with a four-course menu prepared by National Wine Centre executive chef Tze Khaw and his team using local produce. The event starts at 6.30pm and tickets ($150pp) are available at wineaustralia.com.au.

Winter Reds Weekend – July 29 to 31

Now in its sixth year, the Adelaide Hills Wine Region’s Winter Reds Weekend is a mini wine festival celebrating cool-climate red wines. This year is set to be the largest Winter Reds, with more than 40 participating wineries offering a diverse range of tasting events. Entry to non-ticketed events is a one-off $10 fee and includes a Spiegelau glass to keep. Space may be limited, so bookings are encouraged. See the Adelaide Hills Wine Region website for the full program.

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Wine tasting and open fires at Winter Reds. Photo: Andrew Beveridge/asbcreative.com

Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend – August 13-14

Discover hidden gems at Langhorne Creek’s Cellar Treasures Weekend as the region’s cellar doors uncover some carefully cellared wines. Learn about the benefits of cellaring wines as you taste the difference. See the Langhorne Creek Wine website for more details about this free event.

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Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend at Lake Breeze Wines.

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