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Fresh Christmas produce and summer cooking demos

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Upcoming food and wine happenings in South Australia, including a twilight farmers’ market for Christmas produce, extended hours at the Central Market, summer cooking demonstrations, and 2017 events to mark in your diary.

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Christmas Twilight Farmers’ Market – December 21

The Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market is holding a special mid-week twilight market for shoppers to stock up on fresh produce – including fruit, vegetables, cheese, meat  and bread – before Christmas. Kuhl Kooking Breakfast Bar will be changing its menu for the twilight event, offering a range of burgers. The market is open from 3pm to 7pm  at the Adelaide Showgrounds in Wayville (entry via Leader Street).

Summer Cooking Demonstrations – January

Chefs Simon Bryant, Jessie Spiby and Bree May will be host a series of cooking demonstrations at the Showground Farmers’ Markets next month. On January 8 at 11am, MasterChef finalist Spiby will demonstrate how to make summer fruit slices using seasonal produce, while on January 15 at 10am, My Kitchen Rules winner May will showcase fun things for children aged between five and 12 to cook (registration from 9am). On January 29 at 11am, Bryant will share a recipe using pulses from his own range of products. All cooking demonstrations are at the Demonstration Kitchen at Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market.

Adelaide Central Market – Christmas trading

mac-by-renn-macaronsThe Central Market has extended hours in the lead-up to Christmas, from 7am-5.30pm on December 20, 21 and 22, 6am-9pm on December 23 and 6am to 3pm on Christmas Eve. Its latest producer in residence is Mac by Renn, which is selling Christmas-themed macarons (pictured above). The market is also running a free EcoCaddy shuttle service for CBD workers on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11am to 2pm.

Harvest Festival Gala Dinner – January 13

Tickets are on sale now for this three-course dinner which will be cooked by chef Tom Boden of Rare Bird Food and accompanied by McLaren Vale beer and wines. The event, taking place at McLaren Vale Oval, will also include a gala auction and live entertainment, with proceeds from the $125-per-head dinner going to support the McLaren Vale District Hospital and local community. Bookings here. The Harvest Festival itself – with food and wine stalls, master-classes, a produce market and live entertainment – will take place at the oval on January 14.

Crush – January 27-29

Crush Festival

The Adelaide Hills annual Crush festival will see wineries all over the region hosting events including tastings, master-classes, long lunches, picnics and more. Ticketed events include a summer regatta at Howard Vineyard, Shakespeare in the Vines at Deviation Road Winery, a Balearic Beats Dinner Dance (including Spanish feast) at Ten Miles East, and a movie night at O’Leary Walker. Download the full program here.

Cellar Door Fest – February 24-26

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Cellar Door Fest next February at the Adelaide Convention Centre. There will be 180 wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers providing tastings over three full days, with the chance to take part in a number of masterclasses. The festival will run from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, February 24, until 6pm on Sunday, February 26.

Adelaide Festival Long Lunch Series – March 4-19

Details have been released of six long lunches that will take place on the floating Riverbank Palais on the Torrens during the 2017 Adelaide Festival. The lunches will be hosted by chefs Cheong Liew, Cath Kerry, Christine Manfield, Mark Best, Karla Firla and Michael Ryan, with dishes paying tribute to the 1980s. Each event will cost $145pp for three courses to share, plus canapes and a welcome drink. Tickets here.

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