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Festival fare, wine time and a fashionable lunch

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Upcoming food and wine events in South Australia, including a taste of WOMADelaide, eating and drinking at the Festival, Fringe and Adelaide Cup, and a three-course Fashion Friday lunch.

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Riverbank Palais Long Lunch Series – Until March 19

SA-born chef Mark Best (of Pei Modern in Melbourne and Sydney) will host this Saturday’s Riverbank Palais Long Lunch, with the theme “Bounty of the Coorong”, while Christine Manfield will present a “Brave New World” menu on Sunday, paying homage to her culinary mentor, Phillip Searle. Other upcoming lunches in the 2017 Adelaide Festival series will be presented by Michael Ryan, Cheong Liew and Karla Firla. Each event costs $145pp for three courses to share, plus canapes and a drink. See the full program here. The chefs will also take part in a free festival forum on the Riverbank Palais on March 15.

Adelaide Cup – March 13

Wood-oven pizzas available at the Adelaide Cup races.

Wood-oven pizzas will be available at Morphettville on Adelaide Cup day.

Morphettville Racecourse is hosting the annual Adelaide Cup this long weekend. As well as the horse racing, there will also be a range of food and wine offerings, including from local vendors Pizzateca, Daisy Burger, Sookii La La and Feisty Filomena. The People vs Coffee will be serving up espresso martinis, with cocktails on offer from Mr Mixer and Yellowglen Terrace. General admission tickets start from $25 per person with more packages available here.

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 and some sample recipes here.

City Cellar Door March 10

Hither & Yon wine will feature at the National Wine Centre's first City Cellar Door event.

Hither & Yon wine will feature at the National Wine Centre’s first City Cellar Door event.

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.

Fashion Friday Luncheon – March 17

Hilton Adelaide’s Coal Cellar + Grill will present a three-course gourmet lunch at Fashion Friday this month, with an antipasto-style starter; roasted beef tenderloin with potato puree, gremolata green beans, trussed tomatoes, café de Paris butter and red wine jus (or baked eggplant, bocconcini, basil, confit garlic and pepperonata for the vegetarians); a dessert of jaffa mousse slice with Anzac biscuit crumble, orange curd,  white chocolate and orange ice cream; and wine from Veuve Clicquot and Alpha Box & Dice. Two fashion parades will showcase the latest styles from labels including BNKR, Keepsake The Label, and JAGGAR Footwear. The event runs from 12pm-3pm. Tickets available here.

Adelaide Fringe – until March 18

waymouth street party - FringeThere is a smorgasbord of food and drink-related Fringe events on offer, including the annual Waymouth Street Party (pictured above) on March 10, featuring food and drink stalls and entertainment. Shows to make you thirsty include A Brief History of Beer, “a sketch comedy drinking game, come party” at The Elephant – British pub in the East End, and Beer in the Burbs, a tour of suburban brew spots, including Pirate Life Brewery, the Wheatsheaf Hotel and Big Shed Brewing.

La Vache wine and cheese tasting – April 6

Described as “an evening for Francophile gourmands”, this combined wine and cheese tasting and film screening is part of the French Film Festival at Palace Nova Cinemas. The eating and drinking bit begins at 6pm, with wines from l’Escalier au Ciel and Veuve Amiot, plus French regional cheeses supplied by Bottega Rotolo. It will be followed at 7pm by the screening of La Vache (One Man and his Cow), a comedy about an Algerian man’s road trip to take his prized cow to the Paris International Agricultural Show. Details/bookings 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 2017 Tasting Australia program. 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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