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East End Wine Down, Fork food and a pop-up party

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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including the annual East End Wine Down this Saturday, a food-truck gathering in Light Square, a new vegan cafe and bar popping up in Hindley Street, and a champers happy hour.

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Fork on the Road – March 31

The Fork on the Road food truck event is returning to Light Square this Friday night, with new vendors Slo-Moe’s, VanDough, Beyond India and Bubble Bus Bubble Tea, plus regular participants such as Chimichurri Grill, Sookii La La, Saint Espresso, La Chiva and CheesyStreet. There will be more than 30 trucks in total, serving up food that is slow-cooked, pulled, fried, grilled and baked, along with craft beer, boutique wine, cider and spirits. The event runs from 5pm-10pm. Entry is free.

How to Eat Like a Latvian – March 31

Hosted by Inga Perkons-Grauze from The Latvian Lunchroom at Adelaide Central Market, this event will feature an array of traditional savoury and sweet Latvian foods – including the bacon-filled yeast buns known as pirags, and the pretzel-shaped celebration cake klingeris. There will also be Latvian drinks and folk music. You can read about Perkons-Grauze’s recent venture in Latvia here, and book for the event at the Adelaide Central Market Kitchen here (tickets cost $98.37).

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.

ITAL grand opening – April 1

New pop-up vegan café, bar, florist and music venue ITAL will host a special event from 1pm till late on April 1 to celebrate its opening at 80 Hindley Street. It will serve a small selection from its upcoming menu, plus beer from Hawkers, with DJs spinning tunes from 6pm. Details here. ITAL will officially begin trading on April 3.

Intro to Fermentation Class – April 6

Learn how to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and ginger beer in this hands-on class run by Gut Feeling Fermentation founder Sam Whitehead and Granny Skills guru Rebecca Sullivan. The class runs from 6pm-9pm on Thursday, April 6, at Plant 4 Bowden. Tickets are $74.14 per person. Bookings here.

Tasting Australia – April 30 – May 7

Tasting-AU_Origins_May-07-2016_1068An “Australian Spirit Day” featuring free tastings, a cocktail-style Chef’s Supper Club, Meet Your Maker wine tastings and master-classes (including a six-decade tasting of Grange); degustation dinners and cooking demonstrations are part of the 2017 Tasting Australia program, which encompasses events in the city and regions. The festival will have a showpiece restaurant, The Glasshouse Kitchen, in Victoria Square. See the full Tasting Australia program 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.

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.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 19-22

Almost 40 wineries, three breweries and 30 restaurants will be participating in events during the Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend this May. The program includes tasting and blending sessions, master-classes, opportunities to meet the winemakers, picnics, gourmet breakfasts, long-table lunches, live music and more.  See the full program for event details and shuttlebus services. 

Champagne Hour 

Hilton-champagne-eventHilton Adelaide’s Coal Cellar + Grill (bar) has introduced a champagne hour from 4pm-6pm daily, offering popular champagne labels – including Moet Chandon – at happy-hour prices.

Bottega Rotolo cheese classes

Bottega Rotolo is hosting a range of cheese classes throughout the coming months in which participants will taste and learn about different cheeses and drinks that can accompany them. Classes include Cheese and Bisol Cru Valdobbiadene Prosecco on April 5 ($50 per person), French Cheese on May 3 ($50 per person), Blue Cheese and Dessert Wine on  May 24 ($65 per person), Cheese and Whisky on June 7 ($75 per person) and White Mould Cheese on July 5 ($50 per person). All classes run from 6.30pm-8pm and are held at Bottega Rotolo’s King William Road store. Bookings here.

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