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Halloween at Fork, salumi and cooking demonstrations

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Upcoming food and wine events in SA, including Halloween at Fork on the Road, celebrity cooking demonstrations, salumi and wine tastings and a six course dinner.

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Halloween at Fork on the Road – October 28 

Celebrate Halloween this October with family and friends at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide with dinner and an outdoor movie showing the classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Dress in costume and enjoy food from spooky Halloween-themed vendors including, The Rolling Pizza Oven, Taste of Spain, Burger Theory, Coffee & Crepes and Saint Espresso. Big Shed Brewing Co and Mismatch Brewing will be supplying beer, with Patritti Wines, cider from Adelaide Hills Cider Co, spirits from Adelaide Hills Distillery and a Bickford’s drink truck on site. Halloween Fork on the Road runs from 5pm to 10pm.

Celebrity chefs at the Markets – October and November

The Adelaide Farmers Market at the Adelaide Showgrounds will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a range of cooking demonstrations by local celebrity chefs. Join Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis from Sprout Cooking on October 30 at 11:30am for a cooking demonstration using fresh produce sourced from the market. SA Life TV presenter Rosa Matto will hold a cooking demonstration on November 6 at 11am. The Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market is open on Sunday between 9am to 1pm. Entry is free.

Kain Lawyers Business Breakfast – October 27

Join Kain Lawyers for a free business breakfast at Adelaide Oval this month exploring issues about the funding of South Australia’s food and agribusinesses. Speakers include industry experts such as Thomas Foods International CEO Darren Thomas, Hindmarsh Partners’ Ryan Ramsay, Maggie Beer Products’ Chantale Millard and Blue Sky’s Kym Morrison. Email for more information and bookings.

Spring Racing – October

Racegoers who visit the Festival Gardens at the Morphettville Racecourse this month can enjoy a cocktail menu designed by SA Jockey Club executive chef Mark Cooper. It will offer a taste of a range of foods, including seafood, beetroot and goat cheese salad, and passionfruit and blueberry tartlets. The Festival Gardens will have a full bar with a fresh theme each race day, including a taste of James Squires brews on Cox Plate Day (October 22) and Moët Champagne on Victoria Derby Day (October 29). Cost is $59 per person.

Drinks available in the Festival Gardens at the Morphetville spring races.

Drinks available in the Festival Gardens at the Morphetville spring races.

Big Cake Bake – October

The national Big Cake Bake helps the Red Cross raise funds for those in need.  Participants simply register on the official website – which also offers suggested recipes for inspiration – then host a morning tea, cake sale, workplace bake-off or cake decorating competition on the official date of October 28 (or any time in October if that doesn’t suit).

Kangaroo Island Art FEASTival – until October 29

Celebrate the food and arts culture of Kangaroo Island during the Kangaroo Island Art FEASTival, with more than 150 of the island’s artists, chefs, winemakers, distillers and cider makers coming together to present a range of experiences

Melbourne Cup at the Mayfair – November 1

Mayfair Hotel is hosting two Melbourne Cup day events: a high tea including seafood buffet in its Mayflower Restaurant, and a cocktail party with live entertainment and a fashion parade in the Hennessy rooftop bar. The Hennessy menu will include New England Lobster Rolls, Peking Duck Puffs, Braised Pork Baos, Mini Wagyu Burgers with Slaw, Choux Swans and a Macaron Tower, plus a glass of Moët Champagne in the drinks package. Details and bookings here.

Great Food Rescue Race  November 4 

Register your team now for Oz Harvest’s Great Food Rescue Race to help raise money to deliver meals to those in need. The event will include a range of challenges and rewards celebrating Adelaide’s food culture. It aims to raise $100,000, which will provide 200,000 meals delivered by Oz Harvest. Registration is $275 per team of five, which includes race T-shirts, food and drinks.

Salumi and Wine at Mercato – November 12

Enjoy an afternoon tasting some of Australia’s finest salumi matched with Italian wines at La Cantina. Guests will be treated to five salumi courses, a detailed booklet with tasting notes and recipes and 10% off in-store on the day of the event. Two sessions are available on the day. Session one runs from 12pm to 1:30pm and session two runs from 2pm to 3:30pm. Cost is $35 per person. See Mercato to book.

Beer and Bubbles – November 12

Vardon Avenue’s annual laneway party offers the chance to taste some of South Australia’s best sparkling wine, cider and craft beer, plus a range of street foods from East End eateries Nola, Mothervine, Soi 38 and East End Cellars. Bookings and more information here.


Beer and Bubbles event in Adelaide’s CBD.

United Nations Day Dinner – November 13

ABC presenter Sonya Feldhoff will MC this annual dinner which brings together members of the local community to celebrate the work of the United Nations. It will be held at the National Wine Centre from 6.30pm, with Amorelle Dempster, Australian Councillor on the International Slow Food Board, as guest speaker. Cost is $85 per person. Bookings can be made here.

Variety Vintage Wine Auction Luncheon – November 18

Enjoy a three-course lunch and the opportunity to taste and purchase wines at the National Wine Centre in support of Variety. The event includes a silent auction of private-cellar collectables and a main auction of 12 wine barrels donated by prominent South Australian winemakers from their finest 2015 vintage wine which has been bottled and uniquely labelled for the auction. Olympic gold medallist Jared Tallent will be guest speaker. Tickets are $140 per person or $1400 for a table of 10. More information and bookings here.

Adelaide French Market – November 18 and 19

Experience French-inspired gourmet food, wine, music, entertainment and cooking demonstrations at the Bonjour Adelaide French Market, presented by the Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide. The event is on November 18, from 5pm to 10pm, and November 19, from 10am to 10pm, at the Unley Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens in Unley. Entry is free.


Croissants available at the Adelaide French Market.

A Josper Oven Experience – November 24

Experience a unique six course degustation dinner at The Grill Library at the Stirling Hotel. Guests will enjoy the Josper Oven cooking method and flavours with details described by The Grill’s award winning chef Brendan Boothroyd and  paired with wines chosen by The Grill’s Head Sommelier. The event is at 6:30pm for a 7pm start. Cost is $120 per person. Tickets are on sale October 31.

Food at Bowerbird – November 25 to 27 

Bowerbird Design Market returns to the Wayville Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds this November, offering an array of locally sourced food options alongside the many designer stalls. They include organic, handmade chocolate from Pana Chocolate, Sit Lo’s Vietnamese food, Four Seeds’ chocolate brownies and Dawn Patrol coffee. More stallholders can be found on the full programBowerbird runs from 4pm to 9pm on the Friday and 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Adults $5, Children free (Under 12).

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