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Pinot Palooza, whisky pairing and peaty perfection

Food & Wine Events

Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including a tasty collection of whisky events, a pinot showcase at Adelaide Gaol, a cheese and wine masterclass, and Barbecue on the big screen.

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Whisky and Chocolate at NOLA – August 2

Bringing together East End beer and whisky bar NOLA with chocolatier Steven Ter Horst, this event will match a range of Balvenie whiskies with chocolate. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the NOLA website.

Sonoma County Distilling Company Masterclass – August 2

Join the owner and head distiller of Sonoma County Distilling Company, Adam Spiegel, at Hains & Co from 7pm for a masterclass that promises to “dispel the myth and show you that great bourbon can be made outside of Kentucky”. The event kicks off at 7pm; there is no door charge, but you will need to RSVP. See the event page for more information.

Slowly Wafting Away: Exploring peat over time – August 5

NOLA has invited That Odd Whisky Coy to present an educational tasting, exploring how peat affects whisky over time. There will be six whiskies to taste throughout the evening, from Caol Ila, Highland Park, Cadenhead, Ledaig, Longrow and Pulteney. Seats are limited so grab a ticket through the NOLA website.

Pinot Palooza – August 5

Lovers of pinot, rejoice! Pinot Palooza will be happening at the Adelaide Gaol from 1pm-6pm on Saturday, 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 fare from former MasterChef contestant Jessie Spiby’s Jessie Does Food. For more information, see the event page.

Cheese and Wine Masterclass at Plant 4 – August 13

The team from Cheese-A-Holics will come together with Paxton Wines at Plant 4 Bowden for a masterclass evening, led by Paxton winemaker Richard Freebairn. The event will run from 2pm until 4pm. Tickets are available here.

Barbecue on the Big Screen – August 13

Barbecue is a documentary created by two Adelaide filmmakers, Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker, who embarked on a journey through all things charred, starting in Texas. The film is set for international release on Netflix soon, but you can see it first at a hometown screening at Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, followed by a barbecue at new East End venue Chateau Apollo. Tickets are $22 and cover both the film and the after-party barbecue. Purchase 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.

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 signature “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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