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City Cellar Door and floating long lunches

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Upcoming food and wine events in South Australia, including a showcase of local wineries at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide Festival’s floating long-lunch series, Fringe foodie events, and Tasting Australia.

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City Cellar Door March 10

The National Wine Centre‘s new City Cellar Door series will showcase two SA wineries each month, starting with the Clare Valley’s Skillogalee and McLaren Vale’s Hither & Yon. Guests will have the opportunity to taste and compare the wines, learning about their style and terroir, from 4.30pm-8.30pm. For $40 (including wine tastings and food samples), you can also attend a progression masterclass hosted by Hither & Yon winemaker Malcom Leask and Skillogalee’s Dave and Diana Palmer – bookings here.

Riverbank Palais Long Lunch Series – March 4-19

Cheong-Liew-Christine-Manfield_1200x720-1100x660Part of the 2017 Adelaide Festival, this series comprises six long lunches taking place on the festival’s floating Riverbank Palais on the Torrens. The first lunch, this Saturday (March 4), will be presented by Cath Kerry, head chef at Petaluma from 1986 to 1988. Other lunches will be hosted by Cheong Liew, Christine Manfield, Mark Best, Karla Firla and Michael Ryan, who will take diners on a journey through their own culinary story and pay tribute to the 1980s – considered a golden era for Adelaide restaurants. Each event will cost $145pp for three courses to share, plus canapes and a drink. See the full program here.

Adelaide Fringe – until March 18


Adelaide Fringe-goers at the Waymouth Street Party.

There is a smorgasbord of food and drink-related Fringe events on offer over the coming weeks, including the annual Waymouth Street Party on March 10, featuring food and drink stalls and entertainment. Here are a few shows to whet your appetite: the Post Dining “culinary journey” at Adelaide Central Market; The Wine Bluffs, featuring self-styled “sommeliers of comedy” Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja; a Beer V Wine Degustation Dinner, hosted by Barossa Valley Brewing; and Beer in the Burbs, a tour of suburban brew spots, including Pirate Life Brewery, the Wheatsheaf Hotel and Big Shed Brewing.

Taste the World at WOMADelaide – March 10-13

Poh Ling Yeow will bring her Jamface cafe to Botanic Park as chef-in-residence at WOMADelaide’s Taste the World Restaurant this year. She will serve up dishes inspired by childhood memories of her birth country Malaysia, with guests served a six-dish banquet including dessert for $60. Bookings recommended. The Taste the World program, in a marquee in the Speaker’s Corner, will once again see musicians taking part in sessions where they will share the food and culture of their home countries, with the full program here.

Tasting Australia – April 30 – May 7


High tea at Mayflower Restaurant.

An increased focus on wine – including a six-decade guided tasting of Grange and master-classes at East End Cellars – is evident in the Tasting Australia program launched this month. The festival will feature a showpiece restaurant, The Glasshouse Kitchen, in Victoria Square, and encompasses events in both the city and regions, including a Tasting Australia Pantry showcasing local producers in Rundle Mall, a Dining with Spirits degustation dinner at Bibliotheca Bar & Book Exchange, and a high tea at the Mayfair Hotel’s Mayflower Restaurant. For event details see the Tasting Australia full program.

Nepal Festival Adelaide – March 25

A taste of Nepal will be on offer at the Nepal Festival Adelaide in Hindmarsh Square next month. Organised by the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) South Australia, the event will run from 11am-8pm and include Nepalese foods, networking events, cultural programs and a parade.

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 and Nuriootpa’s Long Table Lunch – a five-course degustation feast presented by Callum Hann and Themis Chryssidis. See the full list of festival events here.

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