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Wine times, chocolate matching, Dinner in the Dark

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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including a wine launch at Madame Hanoi, chocolate matching with Geyer Wines and Steven Ter Horst, The Fruitful Pursuit at The Henry Austin, and Dinner in the Dark for a good cause.

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Dinner in the Dark – June 2

Can:Do 4Kids will again hold its signature fundraising event, Dinner in the Dark, at the National Wine Centre on Friday, June 2. Hosted by joint-CEO of Vinomofo, Andre Eikmeier, guests will be blindfolded as they make their way through a four-course degustation. Proceeds will go toward Can:Do 4Kids’ continued support of South Australian children living with a hearing or vision impairment. Tickets are $180 (including a $50 donation) and can be purchased here.

Oliver’s Taranga’s The Hunt for Mrs Oliver Launch – May 25

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards is launching The Hunt for Mrs Oliver – its latest sparkling wine – with an event at Madame Hanoi tomorrow (May 25). Chef Nic Watt and the Madame Hanoi team will craft a five-course degustation matched with Oliver’s Taranga wines. Tickets are $140 and you can book by contacting the restaurant at or 8218 4166. For more information, see the event page.

William Buck Langhorne Creek Wine Show Tasting – May 28

More than 200 wines were entered into the William Buck Langhorne Creek Wine Show, and this Sunday the winemakers and producers will meet with the public at the Langhorne Creek Memorial Hall for a tasting event. Ticket price is $20 and includes tastings and a souvenir glass. More information here.

The Fruitful Pursuit [Autumn ’17] – May 27

The Fruitful Pursuit is bringing the best forward-thinking winemakers to The Henry Austin, including South Australian favourites Jauma, Sanglier and The Mysterious Mr Black. The event will also feature a heavy roster of interstate talent, officially launching The Fruitful Pursuit’s broader national focus. Tickets are $65 plus booking fee, and the event will run from noon until 4pm on Saturday, May 27.

Crafers Wine Dinner Series with BK Wines – May 30

The Crafers Hotel Wine Dinner Series is bringing chefs, sommeliers and winemakers together for a perfectly matched meal. Brendon Keys of Basket Range winery BK Wines will MC the evening with star sommelier Liinaa Berry. Call Crafers Hotel on 8339 2050 to book.

Gin King Debate – June 1

Gin is serious business in South Australia and two industry heavyweights, Prohibition Gin and Bombay Sapphire, will go head-to-head at The Stirling Hotel to settle once and for all who of the two will be crowned Gin King. Guests will get to sample each distillery’s most popular gins, with matching botanicals, accompanied by finger food. Tickets are $45 and available here, or for more information see the event page.

World Gin Day – June 10

Every year, the number of South Australian gin producers steadily climbs, and every year World Gin Day in South Australia gets a little more botanical. There will be celebrations happening at Hains and Co, Bar Torino, The Propaganda Club, The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, and anywhere good gin is sold.

Sea and Vines – June 10-12

Sea and Vines Festival is back in McLaren Vale this June long weekend, and the region’s venues and producers have quite a spread planned. There will be Pizza Lock Ins, Porchetta Parties, a Blues and Brews Cabaret, and plenty more. For further details, see the website.

Long-table lunch at The Other Right – June 11

Adelaide Hills winery The Other Right is hosting Preparation: Foraging and Fermenting, a long-table lunch organised in collaboration with Tiffany Schultz from Conscious Lifestyles. As well as indulging in food and wine, guests will be introduced to responsible foraging and fermenting techniques. Tickets are $139pp plus booking fee and include four courses, three glasses of wine, a bus from the city to The Other Right’s wine shed and a wild mushroom and plant forage on the way. For more information contact

Cabaret Dinner – June 14

Photo: Claudio Raschella

Cabaret and the culinary arts are coming together during Adelaide’s Cabaret Festival. Hosted by singer Libby O’Donovan, the Cabaret Dinner at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre will see chef Simon Burr of The Olfactory Inn present a three-course meal “honouring the produce of the Adelaide Hills, matched carefully to Grant Burge wines and the best of this year’s festival stars”. Tickets are $175 and available here.

Geyer Wines Chocolate Matching at Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier – June 15

Barossa Valley winery Geyer Wine Co is hosting a collaborative chocolate and wine pairing event with Rundle Street chocolatier Steven Ter Horst. Four wines will be paired with four chocolates as both producers explain their craft and why their offerings work so well together. Tickets are available here.

Slice and Dice – June 19

There are two musts when heading to McLaren Vale: one is Alpha Box and Dice and the other is Pizzateca. Like good neighbours do, the two are joining forces for Slice and Dice, a pizza and wine event not to be missed. Buses leave from the CBD and will carry you from one venue to the next – all you have to worry about is whether to start on white or red, a margherita or quattro formaggi. Tickets available here.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 28-30

Last year’s Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival. Photo: supplied

The 2017 Beer & BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showground will feature Canadian dude-food legend Matty Matheson, of the SBS Viceland show Dead Set on Life, among guest chefs and restaurants that will present their take on barbecue. More than 60 beer and cider brands will be on show in the main beer hall, and there’ll be a beefed-up music line-up including Regurgitator, Ali Barter and West Thebarton Brothel Party. Read more here about the ABBF and other craft beer events coming to Adelaide in July.

Winter Reds – July 28-30

The Adelaide Hills will be warming up during Winter Reds, a festival showcasing the region’s best winter drops. The program is a mix of free and ticketed events, with more than 30 venues providing the perfect excuse to steal away to the Hills for a weekend. Tickets are available now and the full list of events can be found at the Winter Reds website.

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