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Sea & Vines, gin flights, dinners for a cause

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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including McLaren Vale’s Sea & Vines Festival, World Gin Day, a refugee fundraiser dinner at Africola, The Big Issue Lunch, wine and chocolate matching at Steven Ter Horst, and a pinot party.

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Sea & Vines – June 10-12

Sea & Vines Festival is back in McLaren Vale this June long weekend, and the region’s venues and producers have quite a spread planned to celebrate its 25th anniversary. A Pizza Lock-In at Beach Road Wines, a Porchetta Party at Oliver’s Taranga Vineyard and a Blues and Brews Cabaret at Red Poles are among the 38 events, which include degustation dinners, masterclasses, long lunches and tastings. See the full three-day program on the website.

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.

Stew and Shiraz at Whistler Wines – June 11

An event at Whistler Wines in the Barossa Valley. Photo: Daniel Purvis

The winter chill is upon us and Whistler Wines has the remedy. Its annual Stew and Shiraz event will help to combat the cold with stew from Owen Andrews Barossa Catering, coffee from Black Bean Baristas and shiraz (plus other fine wines) from Whistler Wines. The event starts at 10.30am on Sunday. For further information, see the event page.

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

Tiger Mountain at Alpha Box and Dice – June 11

Former Vaughn Place pop-up Tiger Mountain will be appearing at Alpha Box and Dice on Sunday, bringing the street-pub food fare it’s known for to McLaren Vale. Accompanying the food and wine will be a live music roster programmed by The Porch Sessions, including artists Rin McArdle, Mane and Zen Panda. Tickets are $30 plus booking fee and can be bought here. For further information see the event page.

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.

Solstice. A Midwinter Cellar Door – June 18

On the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice, Plant 4 Bowden will host 20 wineries, giving punters the opportunity to experience an abundance of SA produce despite the reduced hours of daylight. To accompany the featured wineries, there will be food from the regular Plant 4 stallholders, as well as live music performances to properly set the scene. Tickets are $30 plus booking fee, include a souvenir wine glass, and can be purchased here.

Slice and Dice – June 10

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.

Refugee fundraiser dinner at Africola – June 19

Africola restaurant on East Terrace. Photo: Andre Castellucci

To mark the beginning of Refugee Week, the Refugee Advocacy Services of South Australia (RASSA) is hosting a fundraising dinner at Africola, pairing the African culinary delights of chef Duncan Welgemoed with wine from Tushari Wines and brews from Pirate Life. Tickets are $110, with all proceeds going to RASSA, enabling it to provide free legal services for asylum seekers in South Australia. For more information, see the event page.

Bonjour Barossa – July 9

Francophiles take note: Bonjour Barossa is back, bringing patisserie, boulangerie, charcuterie and more to Seppeltsfield’s 1920s-era cellar. Among the producers will be Goodwood Road’s Boulangerie 113, King William Road’s Mulots, and Udder Delights from Hahndorf. There will also be cooking demonstrations from Le Cordon Bleu and an “epicurean” tour of the Seppeltsfield estate with chef Owen Andrews. Tickets can be purchased here and are $15, or $20 at the door.

2KW Whisky Dinner Series: Distillers Edition – July 25

In the second of 2KW’s Whisky Dinner Series, five distilleries – Glenkinchie, Caol Ila, Oban, Dalwhinnie and Cragganmore – will be showcased and matched against food prepared by the 2KW kitchen and designed to highlight the characteristics of each whisky. Tickets are available here.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 28-30

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.

The Big Issue Lunch – July 30

The Big Issue will host its seventh annual Big Issue Lunch at the Adelaide Central Market next month. Simon Bryant, Daniel Fleming (Hilton Adelaide) and Bree May will prepare the feast, while revellers sit back and enjoy, knowing it’s all in support of the work of The Big Issue. The event will run from 11.30am to 3pm. Tickets are available here.

Pinot Palooza – August 5

Lovers of pinot, rejoice! Pinot Palooza will be happening at the Adelaide Gaol from 1pm-6pm on Saturday, August 5, featuring more than 100 pinots available for tasting. The first line-up announcement includes local favourites D’Arenberg, Shaw and Smith, and Vinteloper, with more to be announced closer to the date. For more information, see the event page.

Our Table at Plant 4 – August 19

The Australian Refugee Association will host “a culinary journey through the departure countries of Australia’s arrivals” at Plant 4 Bowden. The long-table lunch will span four courses and feature Dr Munjed Al Muderis, who came to Australia from Iraq at age 27 and is now a leading orthopaedic surgeon, ambassador for the Red Cross and human rights activist. For more information, see the event page.

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