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Celebrating oysters, winter greens and fine Barossan fare

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including a festival of oysters, a taste of wine science during National Science Week, making the best of winter greens at the Central Market, and some highlights of the upcoming Barossa Gourmet Weekend.

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Oyster Festival  August

Celebrate Coffin Bay and Kangaroo Island oysters every day this month at Sean’s Kitchen’s Oyster Festival. Enjoy $1 oysters daily at the oyster happy hour, an oyster menu featuring six oyster-dishes, and five oyster-themed cocktails and shooters. A range of masterclasses will also be available throughout the festival, including the Oysters and Laphroaig Whisky class on August 9, and the Oysters and Louis Roederer Champagne class on August 23. Cost for each of the masterclasses is $49 per person. On August 30, join Sean Connolly to finish the Oyster Festival with a four-course dinner of oyster-inspired dishes matched to selected beverages.

Winter Greens Cooking Demonstration  August 12

Join Sprout Cooking’s Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis for the Winter Greens Cooking Experience at which they will demonstrate how to use seasonal vegetables to create healthy winter meals, such as Prawns with Romesco Sauce and Green Beans (see image below). Held at the Adelaide Central Market Community Kitchen Gouger Dining Area, this event is free. More information can be found here.


Prawns with Romesco sauce and green beans. Photo: Sprout Cooking

Bottega Rotolo Cheese Experiences

Fine food and wine merchant Bottega Rotolo presents 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 Cheese and Chocolate Experience (August 11), the Spanish Cheese Experience (August 18), the Washed Rind Cheese Experience (September 8), the Goat Milk Cheese Experience (September 15) and the Raw Milk Cheese Experience (September 22).

Romeo’s Cheese Club

Romeo’s Foodland McLaren Vale has teamed up with local producers to present sensory experiences involving local wines, beers and a selection of cheeses from around the world from its new cheese room. Upcoming events include 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.

Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend – August 13 to 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.

Fork at the Races – August 13

Fork is back, this time at the Morphettville racetrack. Enjoy a day of racing along with food and drinks from mobile vendors including Burger Theory, Chimichurri Grill, Daisy Burger, Cheesy Street, Delectaballs, Mullygrub, The Little Cake Tin, Cargo Catering Co, Tacocat, La Chiva, The Rolling Pizza Oven, Taste of Spain, ChurrOZ Adelaide, Feisty Filomena, and Coffee & Crepes. Entry to Fork at the Races is free. The event runs from 11am to 5pm.


A recent Fork on the Road event.

A Big Glass of Wine Science  August 16

Join wine experts and enthusiasts from the Australian Wine Research Institute for a night of tutored wine tasting that explains the characteristics of different wine varieties and where their flavours come from as part of National Science Week. The event is being held at The Store in North Adelaide and tickets are $18 per person including a glass of wine upon arrival and antipasto platters throughout the evening.

Winter Truffle Celebration – August 20

Join chef Cheong Liew and restaurateur Nick Papazahariakis as they collaborate with the Adelaide Central Market to present a five-course dinner to celebrate the end of the winter truffle season. Each of the five courses will feature truffle and will be matched to a wine specially selected by Papazahariakis. The dinner will be held at Chloe’s Restaurant and tickets are $225 per person. To book call 8362 2574 or email

Olive oil tasting workshops

Improve your tasting ability and your flavour vocabulary, and learn how to pick a good olive oil from a bad one, while enjoying award-winning South Australian olive oil and produce. These workshops being presented by national olive oil judge and sensory analyst Briony Liebich are being held at the Adelaide Central Market’s Market Kitchen (August 17) and at ‘Our Place’, Willunga Hill (August 31). Tickets are $60 per person and include a light supper.

Learn to taste the difference between a good olive oil and a bad one.

Learn to taste the difference between a good olive oil and a bad one.

An Islander Experience at Leonards Mill – August 19

Leonards Mill at Second Valley is hosting a five-course tasting menu featuring Kangaroo Island produce. Prepared by head chef Brendan Wessels and his team, each course will be matched with Islander Estate Vineyard Wines throughout the evening. Cost is $150 per person and bookings are essential. More information available here.

Pizza nights at Bar Mercato

Join Bar Mercato for pizza al taglio, Rome’s most famous street food. The traditional pizza dough is made with Bar Mercato mother yeast and leavened for 72 hours before being baked on rectangle trays and served by the slice. The pizza nights will be held on August 18, September 15, October 20 and November 17 from 6.30pm. Tickets are $25, which includes unlimited pizza and live entertainment. Bookings essential by calling Julia on 8337 1808.


Pizza ‘al Taglio’ at Bar Mercato.

Winter Food and Wine Festival  August 28

The National Wine Centre’s third annual Winter Food and Wine Festival will this year feature more than 20 of South Australia’s finest food, wine, beer and cider producers. As well as tastings and masterclasses with the winemakers, National Wine Centre executive chef Tze Khaw will prepare decadent treats using seasonal ingredients on the terrace overlooking the Adelaide Botanic Gardens wetlands. The event runs from 11am to 5pm and tickets are $25 for early birds or $30 if purchased on the day, including a Spiegleau wine glass. Information and bookings here.

Reschke Wines Degustation Dinner – August 31

Coonawarra’s Reschke wines will join with George’s on Waymouth restaurant in Adelaide to present a degustation dinner of five courses matched to Reschke Cabernets, including the 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2006 vintages. Tickets are $145 for Reschke Wine Club members or $165 for non-members. For more information and bookings call 08 8211 6960 or email


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 a la cart menu is also available. Bookings recommended.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend – September 2-4

Celebrate Father’s Day with a weekend of food and wine at the Barossa Gourmet Weekend. Enjoy breakfast in the shed at Peter Lehmann Wines, eat like a Barossan winemaker at Artisans of Barossa, head to Lindsay Wine Estate for pizza and paella with Poh Ling Yeow, indulge in chocolate and wine matching at Schild Estate Wines, or join Hentley Farm head chef for a five-course Barossa heritage-inspired dinner. Tickets and the full Barossa Gourmet Weekend program can be found here.


Mercato’s Clubb Nebb – September 10

Join Italian wine expert David Ridge and La Cantina wines for a tasting of Australian and international Nebbiolos at the National Wine Centre from 12pm to 4pm. Guests will have the opportunity to taste and compare more than 60 Nebbiolo wines along with antipasto, cheese platters and Piedmont-inspired morsels. Admission is $95 per person including a Riedel ‘Ouverture’ red wine glass. A range of ticketed Nebbiolo masterclasses will also be held. More information and bookings here.

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