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Crush time, market celebrations and long lunches

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Upcoming food and wine happenings in South Australia, including Crush Festival, birthday celebrations at the Adelaide Central Market and Gawler Farmers’ Market, and events at the Barossa Vintage Festival.

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Crush – January 27-29

The Adelaide Hills 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. Longview Vineyard will once again host The Piece Project street art competition, from midday until 7pm on the Sunday, with four female artists doing battle, DJs, and a slow-cooked barbecue. Download the full Crush Festival program here.

Adelaide Central Market celebrates 148 Years – January 28

The Adelaide Central Market will celebrate 148 years of trading this Saturday with free family-friendly activities, fruit tastings, live entertainment and a cooking demonstration with local foodie Jessie Spiby. The Grind coffee bar will have a pop-up stall on Grote Street, while market trader Dough has created a birthday cake for the occasion (a gold coin donation  to help OzHarvest will buy you a slice).


Adelaide Central Market in 1956.

Gawler Farmers’ Market Anniversary – January 28          

Free entertainment and kids’ activities will be offered at the Gawler Farmers’ Market this Saturday as it celebrates its first anniversary.  The market sells fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, nuts, bread, fresh pasta and more, and is currently looking for new stallholders, especially olive oil, egg, fruit, seafood and dairy producers. Entry to the market, at the Gawler Visitor Information Centre carpark,  is free and gates open from 8am to 12pm every Saturday.

Tunarama Festival – January 26-28

Port Lincoln is hosting a range of events at its annual Tunarama Festival. A highlight will be the Best of the Eyre Dinner on January 27, featuring locally caught seafood, wine and guest chefs David Pedro, Kris Bunder and Jeremy Hartwich (tickets $80 per person). For something more casual, there’s Steakarama ($30 per person) at the Boston Hotel Beer Garden. The festival began as a way of promoting the region’s tuna industry, with a tuna toss part of the annual celebrations. A full program is available at the festival website.

CookUp 500 – February 16

OzHarvest, official charity partner for the 2017 Clipsal 500, is hosting this fun fundraising event at Plant 4 in Bowden. Guests will cook alongside chefs including Duncan Welgemoed, Simon Bryant, Dennis Leslie and Rosa Matto to help create meals that will be delivered to South Australians in need, before sitting down to a three-course dinner which will be followed by a live auction and Scalextrics racing against Clipsal drivers. Tickets cost $195 and the event begins at 5pm. Details here.

Farmers’ Market Sustainable Living Session – February 19

Plants at the Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market.

Plants at the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market.

Free Sustainable Living Sessions are being held at the Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market to encourage people to embrace food sustainability. On February 19 at 11am, Monica Gilbey from Green Gecko Studios will offer advice on creating and maintaining a sustainable edible garden.  For more information see the Farmers’ Market Facebook page.

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

Six long lunches 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 drink. Read more here.

Barossa Vintage Festival – April 19 to 23

Nuriootpa's Long Table Lunch.

Nuriootpa’s Long Table Lunch.

The Barossa Valley’s annual food, wine and entertainment showcase features more than 90 events over five days. They include a Spanish-style tapas dinner with matching wines hosted by Seppeltsfield Wines  in its 1882 Vinegar Haus; a black-tie cocktail dinner in a 1940s setting at Lindsay Wine Estate; Nuriootpa’s Long Table Lunch – a five-course degustation feast presented by Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis; and an intimate lunch with two of the region’s smallest wineries,  Rojomoma Red Art Wine and Flaxman Wines. See the full list of festival events here.

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