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Gourmet Gala, Greek treats & a beach banquet

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and wine happenings in South Australia, including the Semaphore Greek Festival, a seaside dinner at Port Willunga, McLaren Vale’s Harvest Festival, and the Unley Gourmet Gala.

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Unley Gourmet Gala – January 16

Unley’s annual street party on King William Road at Hyde Park celebrates the start of the 2017 Santos Tour Down Under.  The Gourmet Gala will serve up a range of “gala plates” from local restaurants including Antica Pizzeria E Cucina, Cotto Espresso, Nutrition Republic, Faraja, Parisi’s Restaurant, Ottoman Trading Co, and The Unley. The event runs from 4pm-10pm and includes fashion parades, music and a cooking stage. Entry is free.

Semaphore Greek Festival – January 14 – 15

Homemade loukoumades will be available at the Semaphore Greek Festival.

Homemade loukoumades will be available at the Semaphore Greek Festival.

Enjoy traditional Greek food at the Semaphore Greek Festival, including yiros and souvlaki cooked over hot smoky charcoal and traditional sweets such as loukoumades – golden fried dough balls soaked in honey syrup. The festival is held on the foreshore and includes live music, dance displays, DJs and eating competitions. Entry is from 11am on Saturday and Sunday.

2017 Love Velo Seaside – January 14   

Described as South Australia’s longest beach dinner, Love Velo Seaside will take place at Port Willunga Beach, with diners enjoying a three-course meal of regional produce complemented with McLaren Vale wines and beer. The event also features live entertainment (including a performance by singer Wes Carr), a silent auction and a light projection show across the cliffs. General tickets for the 5pm-10.30pm event are $160. Bookings here.

Harvest Festival – January 14


The McLaren Vale Harvest Festival takes place at the local oval from 11am-7pm on Saturday, showcasing the region’s gourmet produce and boutique wine and beer. There will be ticketed cooking master-classes with chefs Tom Boden (of The Kitchen Door), Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn) and MasterChef runner-up Laura Cassai, plus an olives and olive oil tasting, wine and cheese-matching, and a sensory beer class (bookings for these events here). Entry is by gold coin donation, and the event includes live music, kids’ activities and circus performances.

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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