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Meet the brewers, a big-screen barbie, cheese after dark

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Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including a meet-the-maker event with Smiling Samoyed Brewery, a big-screen Barbecue, cheesy events for “curd nerds”, cocktail masterclasses and a dinner with spirit.

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Meet Your Maker: Smiling Samoyed Brewery – August 9

Join husband and wife brewery team Simon Dunstone and Kate Henning for a tour through a selection of their Smiling Samoyed range at The Griffins Hotel. Selected beverages will include the winter-appropriate Shamouti Stout. There will be cocktail food available, and to top it all off, brewery dog Hoppy will be in attendance. The Meet Your Maker event begins at 7pm and tickets are $25 for non-members. Contact The Griffins for bookings at

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 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.

Cheese After Dark – August 22

Cheese After Dark classes are returning to The Smelly Cheese Shop at the Adelaide Central Market. “Curd nerds” can learn how cheese is made and matured, as well as being given the opportunity to taste different styles and develop an understanding of the rules of “sensory analysis”. The classes, said to be suitable for both beginners and those looking for something more challenging, begin at 7.30pm, with upcoming sessions on August 22, September 26 and October 10. Details/bookings here.

Fleming & Freear Cocktail Masterclass – August 23

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of its monthly cocktail masterclasses, Fleming & Freear is going back to where it began: the Martini. Punters will be taken through the drink’s myriad myths and variations in an event that will culminate in a celebratory cocktail. It will be hosted at La Bohème, 36 Grote Street; tickets are $40 per person and available here. At September’s cocktail masterclass, the focus will be on the Mint Julep, with those attending given an insight into why drinking this cocktail was a sign of wealth, and how it is related to the Kentucky Derby.

Dining with Spirits – August 24

Join Beam Suntory brand ambassador Erica Richards for a four-course dinner with spirit hosted at Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange, 27 Gresham Street. Each course has been thoughtfully paired with an American-style whiskey, which punters will be guided through with the aid of their knowledgeable host. There are only 20 spots available, so pick up a ticket here.

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

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.

Poets and Pizza – September 9

After a brief hiatus last year due to courtyard renovations, Coriole will once again host poetry lovers and pizza aficionados at its Poets and Pizza event. All Fired Up will provide the pies, while poets Nigel Ford, Christina Haack, Alison Bennett and Jude Aquilina perform their pieces for word-hungry punters. Wine from Coriole will, of course, be in bountiful supply. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased 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.

Ferment the Festival – October 19-22

Photo: Duy Huynh

Described as the “progression” of Adelaide’s decade-long CheeseFest, this new festival will showcase a wide range of Australian fermented foods – including cheese – over four days at Rundle Park. It will include a special dinner under the stars (menu and other details to come), plus a range of bars and “labs” teaching fermenting techniques. The full program will be released next week. Meanwhile, you’ll find more information on the official 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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