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A breakfast market, dining with spirits, Midnight Spaghetti

Food & Wine Events

Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including dinner with whisky at Bibliotheca, a breakfast market in Victoria Square, a Midnight Spaghetti party, and a winter festival at the National Wine Centre.

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The Hot Breakfast Club – August 26

The Hot Breakfast Club is a market in Victoria Square catering specifically to the most important meal of the day, with stalls selling pancakes, eggs and bacon, smoothies, breakfast tacos, honey puffs and more. There will be gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes available, plus kids’s cooking classes. Breakfast will be served from 8.30am until 12pm. See the event page for details.

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 by their knowledgeable host. Tickets available here.

Fleming & Freear Cocktail Masterclasses – August / September

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 tonight (August 23) 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.

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.

Extended Family’s Midnight Spaghetti party – August 26

The Crown and Anchor’s new upstairs restaurant, Midnight Spaghetti, opens for business next week and to celebrate Extended Family is hosting a free party downstairs this Saturday. There is the promise of spaghetti and many fine eats prepared by a talented crew headed by chef John Stamatakis, plus drink specials and bands. Doors will open from 4.30pm See the event page for more details. Midnight Spaghetti officially opens on Wednesday, August 30.

Winter Food and Wine Festival – August 27

Hosted at the National Wine Centre, this year’s Winter Food and Wine Festival will feature more than 25 wineries from the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Langhorne Creek. Earlybird tickets are $30, tickets on the door will be $40, and there will also be a long lunch event as part of the festival at $90 per person. To purchase, visit the Eventbrite site.

Sidewood Wine Dinner at Spaghetti Western – August 31

King William Street restaurant Spaghetti Western will host Adelaide Hills winery Sidewood for a five-course wine dinner featuring “pan-seared scallops, char-grilled prawns and calamari, porcini risotto, and much more”, all accompanied by a Sidewood drop. Tickets are $89 per person, and you can book through the Spaghetti Western website.

Feed the Workers – September 2

While this is an event open to any and all, Seppeltsfield has decided to show some love to the locals who work to put on Barossa Gourmet Weekend by dedicating a breakfast event specifically to them. They’ve promised eggs to order with all the best sides, matched with a morning glass of Seppeltsfield Sparkling Shiraz. The event runs from 7.30am until 12pm and you can purchase tickets here.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend – September 1-3

Hutton Vale Farm at Angaston will host a ‘Spring Fling’.

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”. Henschke and Hutton Vale Farm have teamed up to present a “Spring Fling” on the Saturday (September 2), with food, live music (courtesy of the Porch Sessions), craft beers and of course a selection of featured wines. See the full Barossa Gourmet Weekend program here.

The Stirling Hotel Tasting Series: Applewood Distillery – September 3

The Stirling Hotel is launching its September Tasting Series by inviting Applewood Distillery to share its wares. There will be tastings of Applewood’s signature gin, as well as a few of its limited-release lines, plus an opportunity to chat to the makers about their process. 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.

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.

Ochre Nation Cellar Door official opening – September 23

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

Ochre Nation is turning two, making it the perfect time to celebrate the opening of the cellar door. More details will be released closer to the date, but it will be worth the trip out to Gumeracha for goodies from Applewood Distillery and Unico Zelo Wines. 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.

The Fruitful Pursuit Spring ’17 – October 7

The Fruitful Pursuit crew are back at it, popping up this time with a wine showcase at Arcade Lane. Expect the same calibre of revelry, with a brand new roster, this time with some international ring-ins from New Zealand. Keep an eye on the event page for further details.

The Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch – October 13

King William Road will host the Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch (formerly known as Variety on King William) as part of the 2017 Adelaide Fashion Festival. Guests will enjoy a gourmet grazing platter, followed by a two-course meal provided by King William Road’s leading restaurants, while dining along a 200m stretch of the paved road. For more information, see the website.

Ferment the Festival – October 19-22

Photo: Duy Dash

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 an eight-course “Fermented Feast” presented by chef Jock Zonfrillo, wine showcases and masterclasses, talks, and food and drink workshops where fermenting experts will share their skills. You can read InDaily‘s interview with festival director Kris Lloyd here, and  find more information on the official website.

Vegan Festival – October 28-29

Vegan Festival will descend on Victoria Square once again this October, promising 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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