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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including a culinary tour of Africa at the Central Market, whisky dinners in the city, Stirling and McLaren Vale, a vegetarian Vietnamese feast, and a 'bootleg barbecue' competition.

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The Festival of Malt Whisky Dinner – June 24

Hosted by McLaren Vale Distillery, the Festival of Malt Whisky Dinner will take spirit enthusiasts through eight courses, created by the team at Andre’s Cucina, paired with seven McLaren Vale Distillery whiskies. The event will be held 725 Chapel Hill Road, Blewitt Springs. Tickets are $180 and are available here.

 A Taste of Africa – June 23

The Red Cross African Women’s Network will present an African feast from 10am-12pm this Friday at the Adelaide Central Market Community Kitchen. The fundraising event is being presented as part of Refugee Week celebrations and will feature traditional cuisine from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ethiopia, prepared by women who all arrived in Australia as refugees. For more information, see the event page.

A Day at Ochre Nation – June 24

Ochre Nation is located in the former 1920s Gumeracha Coldstores.

Spend a day getting to know the sustainability and provenance-minded individuals behind Unico Zelo Wines, Applewood Distillery and Harvest Growers Co-operative – Brendan and Laura Carter. Ochre Nation is the umbrella company incorporating their many talents, and Slow Food South Australia is hosting a tour of the Ochre Nation property, featuring a talk by Brendan, tastings of Applewood and Unico Zelo products, and grazing platters of Adelaide Hills produce. For more information see the event page.

Sunny’s and Slow American Pizza-Q – June 25

Popular Adelaide eateries Sunny’s Pizza and Low & Slow American BBQ have teamed up for this tasty event, where guests are advised to expect “BBQ stuff on pizza”. It begins at 5pm on Sunday at Sunny’s in Solomon Street. You’ll find more details here.

The Chef’s Table at The Stirling Hotel – June 29

There will be two elements on show at the next edition of The Stirling Hotel’s Chef’s Table dinner – whisky and slow cooking. Executive chef Brendan Boothroyd will create a five-course menu highlighting slow-cooking techniques, while patrons are guided through a selection of whiskies curated by Malcolm O’Farrell and Graham Wright. Tickets are $120 plus booking fee and can be purchased here.

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Meat at Mai Kitchen – June 28

Hosted at Mai Kitchen in Ferryden Park, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat is an event celebrating chef Dan Giang’s Buddhist upbringing. The dinner will feature seven courses showcasing meat-free Vietnamese food for both vegetarians and vegans. For more information, see the event page.

Devour Dessert Nights – June 30 and July 1

It’s no secret that the daily sweets selection at Devour Café on Davenport Terrace in Richmond is delicious. But the maple bacon donuts and redskin macarons have nothing on the Dessert Nights menu prepared by the Devour Café kitchen. There are no bookings, but it will be well worth turning up between 6pm and 10.30pm on Friday, 30 June, and Saturday, July 1. For more information (and a sneak peek of the menu) 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.

Brewsical Chairs – July 21

Brought to you by the minds behind the Adelaide Beer and Barbecue Festival and Up In Smoke is the inaugural Brewsical Chairs event, at a secret CBD location. There will be 10 tables, each hosted by a different craft brewery, supplying punters with beer thoughtfully paired to the barbecue menu created in “a smoking pit area that would rival any American BBQ house on the planet”. Tickets are $139 plus booking fee until June 30, $159 plus booking fee from July 1, and are available here.

Bootleg BBQ Competition – July 23

While the best of the best will be smoking up at the Up in Smoke barbecue competition as part of the Adelaide Beer and Barbecue Festival (see below), the best of the rest will be at Little Bang Brewery in Stepney for the Bootleg BBQ Competition. Touted as “Adelaide’s very first low & slow event run specifically for backyarders”, it will see participants vie for amateur-level supremacy and a wildcard entry into the Up in Smoke competition the following weekend. For further information on the event and how to enter, see the event page.

2KW Whisky Dinner Series: Distiller Editions – 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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