ChocoVino Masterclass – July 13
Join Handorf Hill Winery’s brand ambassador Jack Simmonds at Fassina Liquor, Somerton Park, for a premium chocolate and wine-matching event. The ChocoVino experience created by Hahndorf Hill Winery matches its boutique Adelaide Hills wines to some of the world’s most acclaimed chocolates, with six wine and chocolate combinations to try. Cost is $30 per person with $10 refundable on any orders. Bookings essential. More information here.
Chaffey Bros Wine Co / Leah Grant wine label art exhibition – July 13
Adelaide artist Leah Grant and Chaffey Bros winemaker Daniel Hartwig bring wine and art together in this collaborative exhibition of artworks that have inspired a series of new wine labels to be launched at The Gallery, 30 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, at 3pm on July 13. They say that both the wine and the art is inspired by the 1811 Napoleonic battle in Spain, after which Colonel Light named the Barossa. For more information, contact Leah Grant, 0434 013 839, or Daniel Hartwig, 0417 565 511.
Barbara Santich on the history of chocolate and confectionery – July 15
Join the Mount Lofty Districts Historical Society Inc for a history of chocolate and confectionery presented by culinary historian and author Barbara Santich. Santich – the author of many books, including Enjoyed for Generations: Haigh’s Chocolates – will sketch the early history of chocolate and confectionery in Australia, from European settlement through the growth of specialist confectioners in major cities in the 19th century, to today, when Australia is among the highest consumers of confectionery in the world. The talk will be held at the Coventry Library, Stirling, at 7pm. Entry is $10, including drinks and nibbles. For bookings and information, phone 8339 8236.
Up in Smoke BBQ competition – July 9 and 10
Adelaide’s first Australasian BBQ Alliance-sanctioned barbecue competition will be held as part of the 2016 Beer and BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showgrounds this weekend. The competition is all about American-style barbecue and 22 teams from all over Australia have registered to pit their skills against each other in sauces, rubs, marinades and smokers to win the status of Grand Champion and a share in $10,000 cash and prizes. Four categories of meat will be cooked across two days and a judging panel of 30 barbecue aficionados and food industry identities, including Duncan Welgemoed (Africola), Morgan McGlone (Belle’s Hot Chicken), Tony Buckley (MyButcher), Drew Akin (Coffylosophy) and Bree May (Food According to Bree). Competition starts at 4pm on Saturday, with judging commencing at 10am on Sunday and winners being announced at 3.30pm on the main stage. More information about Up in Smoke can be found here. Entry is free for Beer and BBQ Festival ticket holders.
2016 Beer and BBQ Festival – July 8 to 10
Some of Australia’s best brewers, BBQ chefs and musicians will again come together for Adelaide’s 2016 Beer and BBQ Festival. Held at the Adelaide Showgrounds, the event will kick off the presentation of the 2016 Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards on the Friday and showcase more than 50 beer and cider producers. This year’s event will host pitmaster Rodney Scott from South Carolina, who will build a 100-year-old smoke house and serve a limited number of portions at pre-booked sessions, and Mary’s BBQ from Newtown, Sydney. It will also introduce an inaugural BBQ Ambassador – Duncan Welgemoed, of Africola, who will curate the food for the festival. To cater for the expected 15,000 attendees, organisers have added a new main stage, tripled the barbecue area and created a new beer garden annex that will host the Up In Smoke Australian BBQ Alliance (see entry above) competition area. Entry is $25 for the day sessions, $30 for night sessions or $60 for a weekend pass. Tickets and information available here.
Bonjour Barossa French festival – July 10
Seppeltsfield wine estate will host a French food and wine festival in the week before Bastille Day. Combining gastronomy and French cultural themes, Bonjour Barossa will offer a range of market-style food, wine, homeware and fashion vendors inside Seppeltsfield’s 1920s Vintage Cellar. Boulangerie 113, Mulots and Delicatessen Kitchen & Bar will be setting up stalls on site, as well Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. Expect patisserie, boulangerie, charcuterie, oysters, beef bourguignon, seafood bisque, cheeses, crepes, coffee and ice cream complemented by Seppeltsfield wines and a Pol Roger Champagne lounge. Entertainment includes Adelaide-based folk jazz band The Baker Suite and petanque. Tickets can be pre-purchased for $10, including a wine glass, here. Entry on the day will be available for $15, including the wine glass. Children get in free.
Fino Fridays – until September 1
Bring your best bottle and join Fino Seppeltsfield for Friday night dinner. Using locally produced Barossa Birds chicken, Schu Am Pork Toulouse sausage and The Dairyman heritage pork belly, Fino will prepare the ultimate winter dish – French provincial cassoulet – to be accompanied by a salad of Loralai’s lettuce and house-baked sourdough to mop up all the juices. Dinner is $30 per person and corkage is free on your first bottle (standard size, one per couple). An la caret menu also available. Bookings recommended.
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 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).
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 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.
Pizza Festival @ Bar Mercato – July 19
Join Bar Mercato for this year’s Campbelltown Pizza Festival for a night of unlimited pizza. Experience pizza al taglio, Rome’s most famous street food, cooked by Bar Mercato chefs from a traditional pizza-dough recipe using mother yeast and leavened for 72 hours before being baked on rectangle trays and sold by the slice. The event begins at 6.30pm and tickets are $25, which includes unlimited pizza and live entertainment. Bookings essential by calling Julia on 8337 1808.
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.
Palate and Pixel – July 22
The Clare Valley wine region is the focus of an exhibition of photographic works by John Kruger titled Palate and Pixel which opens at the National Wine Centre. The photographic project is an initiative of the Clare Valley Winemakers Inc to create a library of photographs that capture the emerging talent, heroes and unique stories behind the region’s wine industry. The exhibition will be launched at 4.30pm on July 22, with food and wine by Clare Valley producers. Tickets are $35 per person and are available for booking here.
Sidewood vs France – July 30
As part of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region’s Winter Reds Weekend, Maximilian’s Restaurant at Verdun and Sidewood winemaker Darryl Catlin are hosting “a battle royale over a degustation dinner”. Maximilian’s chef Jamie Laing has designed a five-course menu that will be paired with the wines of Sidewood alongside a French wine of the same or similar variety. Expect dishes including Coffin Bay oysters with finger-lime duck parfait and quince; snapper brandade with seaweed beurre blanc; chicken with truffle, cauliflower, pine nuts and currants, and tea-smoked duck breast with mushrooms and ham jus. Tickets are $150 per person. Information and bookings are here.
Shanks, Shiraz & Soul – July 31
Also part of the Winter Reds Weekend, Glen Ewin Estate is hosting a day of slow-cooked food, wine and music. Enjoy dishes including spiced lamb shanks, baked beef cheeks, slow-cooked chicken, roasted mushrooms and bean cassoulet with robust Adelaide Hills red wines. Dessert includes fig frangipane with cinnamon ice cream, apple and riberry crumble, and warm peanut butter brownie with coffee anglaise. All mains are $35 and served with roasted vegetables and herb polenta. Dessert is $16. Entry is free with the purchase of an official souvenir Spiegelau wine glass for $10. Bookings and more information here.
Winter Reds Weekend – July 29 to 31
The annual Adelaide Hills Winter Reds Weekend is a mini wine festival celebrating the region’s cool-climate red wines. This year is set to be the largest Winter Reds Weekend 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 and use for tastings over the weekend. Space may be limited at some Winter Reds events, so bookings are encouraged. See the Adelaide Hills Wine Region website for the full program.
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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