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A spirit showcase at Tasting Australia and twilight wine time

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Upcoming food and wine happenings in South Australia, including new events announced for Tasting Australia, Twilight Wine Tasting at the State Library, East End Wine Down, a beachside food and wine festival and more.

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Tasting Australia – April 30 – May 7

An “Australian Spirit Day” featuring free tastings is one of the latest Tasting Australia events set to be announced with the full program release this Saturday. Distilleries involved in the May 6 event at the bar and cellar door in Town Square (Victoria Square) will include Adelaide Hills Distillery (with its Green Ant Gin), Ounce, Applewood and KI Spirits. Additional events at the Adelaide Central Market will include a Chef’s Table with Comida Catering (May 4 and 6), featuring chefs Frank Camorra, Mitch Orr, Victor Liong and Cheong Liew, and free cooking demos by some of TA’s guest chefs. The festival will have a showpiece restaurant, The Glasshouse Kitchen, in Victoria Square, and encompasses events in the city and regions, including wine tastings and degustation dinners. See the Tasting Australia program here.

Twilight Wine Tasting – March 17

The first of a series of free wine tastings and master-classes being hosted by the State Library of SA will be held this Friday from 5.30-8pm, showcasing wines from the Langhorne Creek region. It will be in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, with more details here. Further tastings are planned over the next five months.

Beachside Food and Wine Festival – March 25


Hosted by the City of Onkaparinga at Christies Beach, the Beachside Food and Wine Festival will feature food, wine and beer from the region, with entertainment including cooking demonstrations, stalls and live music. It will run from noon until 9pm on Saturday, March 25, with a free public shuttle bus operating from the Noarlunga Centre Train Station Kiss & Ride Car Park (topside) to Beach Road, Christies Beach every 30 minutes.

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.

Riverbank Palais Long Lunch Series – Until March 19

The final two sessions in the Adelaide Festival’s Riverbank Palais Long Lunch series will be held this weekend. On Saturday, Cheong Liew will present a lunch transporting diners back to “the heady days of Neddy’s famed ‘long table’ in Hutt Street”, and on Sunday Karl Firla will host a lunch showcasing “challenging flavour experimentation and adventurous ingredient combinations”. Each lunch costs $145pp for three courses to share, plus canapes and a drink. Details here.

East End Wine Down – April 1

East-End-Wine-Down-04Around 160 different wines from 42 wineries, plus SA-made ciders and beers, will be on offer at the annual East End Wine Down in Vardon Avenue. The event, hosted by East End Cellars, will also feature street-style food from East End eateries Iberia, Mothervine, Nola and Lemongrass.  It runs from noon until 5pm, with tickets costing $35 (including tasting glass). Details here.

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.

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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