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Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including Winter Reds weekend in the Adelaide Hills, brews galore at the Beer & BBQ Festival, The Big Issue Lunch, Pinot Palooza, and a new Pub Grub Festival.

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Winter Reds – July 28-30

More than 30 wineries are hosting events including wine flights, master-classes, long lunches and live entertainment to help shrug off the winter chill during this weekend’s Winter Reds festival. Ticketed events include a six-course lunch with matching wines at Mount Lofty House, Longview’s annual “Hills Country” (with a slow-cooked barbecue, museum reds and live blues music), a five-course degustation at Bird in Hand, and a “50 Shaves of Truffle” degustation at The Lane Vineyard. There are also plenty of free and non-ticketed events (full program here).

Rad Beer Week – until July 30

Adelaide’s Inaugural Rad Beer Week, affiliated with the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, is now in full swing, with beer happenings spread throughout venues in the city. For more information see the Rad Beer Week Facebook page.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 28-30

The 2017 Beer & BBQ Festival will take place over three days in the Brick Cattle Pavilion and lawns at the Adelaide Showground. There will be more than 50 exhibitors showcasing Australian and international beer and cider, plus food from chefs such as BBQ ambassador Duncan Welgemoed (of Adelaide’s Africola), Canadian dude-food legend Matty Matheson (of the SBS Viceland show Dead Set on Life), and Melbourne vegan chef Shannon Martinez (of Smith & Daughters restaurant). The beefed-up music line-up includes Regurgitator, Ali Barter, Mane and West Thebarton Brothel Party. More event info here.

The Big Issue Lunch – July 30

The Big Issue will host its seventh annual Big Issue Lunch at the Adelaide Central Market this Sunday. 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 still available here.

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.

You ART What You Eat – August 24

Part of the SALA festival and curated by stars of the 2016 and 2017 Adelaide Fringe “Post Dining” experience, this immersive art dinner at the Propaganda Club combines food, art, live performance and more. Tickets for the 6-10pm event are $99; details and bookings 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 wine line-up includes D’Arenberg, Shaw and Smith, and Vinteloper, with food including Spanish classics from Comida Tapas Bar, cheese from Woodside Cheese Wrights, and modern Australian from former MasterChef contestant Jessie Spiby’s Jessie Does Food. For more information, see the event page.

Pub Grub Festival – September 9

Taking place in Victoria Square, this new event will see a collection of city pubs showcasing their menus alongside SA wine and craft beer. Pub Grub Festival creator Josh O’Shaughnessy says patrons can expect a focus on “modern pub cuisine”, including burgers, barbecue wings and Asian-style street food. There will also be live music and family entertainment, plus a big screen showing the footy. The event runs from 11am-midnight on Saturday, September 9. Tickets here.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend – September 1-3

Lyndoch Hill Restaurant will present its “If You’re Game” breakfast over the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.

This year’s Barossa Gourmet Weekend will serve up 44 events showcasing regional fare, including “intimate tastings, exquisite dining experiences, masterclasses, lingering brunches, garden parties, picnics, platters or flame grilled feasts”. See the full program here.

The Roy goes Down the Rabbit Hole – September 13

The next in the Rob Roy Wine Society dinners will be hosted by the folk at McLaren Vale winery Down the Rabbit Hole. Winemaker Matt Highet will take guests through the DTRH range in the newly constructed Rob Roy beer garden. Tickets are $75 plus booking fee (cheaper for Wine Society members) and can be purchased here. For more info, keep an eye on the event page.

McLaren Vale Spring Affair – October 1

Wine and produce lovers are invited to McLaren Vale for a Spring Affair across three of the region’s vineyards: Maxwell Wines, Paxton Wines, and Coriole Vineyards. There will be live music at each venue to set the mood for punters partaking of the food and wine tastings on offer. Bus tours can be arranged from several venues around Adelaide. For further information, see the website.

Vegan Festival – October 28-29

Vegan Festival will descend on Victoria Square once again this October. The full program is yet to be announced, but the festival promises amazing food stalls, a roster of keynote speakers, cooking demonstrations, and activities for the whole family. Keep an eye on the event page for updates.

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