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Rabbit at the Roy, Spring in Saigon and a chef-off

Food & Wine Events

Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including Down the Rabbit Hole popping up at the Rob Roy, Madame Hanoi’s spring menu launch, and a chef-off at Coriole Vineyards.

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Spring in Saigon – September 13

Madame Hanoi is launching its spring menu, and chef Nic Watt is hosting an event to celebrate. The night will feature four courses inspired by “the tastes of Saigon” and paired with Howards Vineyard wines. Tickets are $120 and bookings are essential – contact Madame Hanoi at 8218 4166 or

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.

International Grenache Day – September 16

The Gilbert Street Hotel will be celebrating World Grenache Day this year with an event featuring the best grenache made by local labels, with tasting stations situated throughout the bar. Riot Wine Co, Yelland & Papps, The Other Wine Co, Alpha Box and Dice, Vanguardist Wines and Hewitson Wines will all be in attendance, with each of their grenache offerings available for purchase by the glass over the bar. The event will run from 1pm to 4pm. Keep an eye on the event page for more details.

The Feinschmecker Chef-Off – September 16

Set amongst the barrels at Coriole Vineyards, the winery’s chef, Tom Reid, will go head-to-head in a chef-off against Tom Tilbury, the culinary mind behind Robe’s Gather Food and Wine. Guests will enjoy eight courses “using wild, local, seasonal and foraged ingredients,” paired with Coriole wines, including some museum stock. Tickets are $160 per person, see the Coriole website for details.

2KW presents Michael Downer – September 19

To celebrate his recent appointment as the 2017 Young Gun Winemaker of the Year, 2KW has invited Michael Downer in for a dinner showcasing his Murdoch Hills wines, alongside chef Dan Lawrence’s Adelaide Hills-influenced menu. For tickets and a peek at the menu, see the 2KW website.

Lucky Dumpling Market – September 21 – October 8

Popping up as part of OzAsia Festival, the team from Gluttony present The Lucky Dumpling Market, the best in Asian eats available along the Riverbank. Now in its third year, there will be food from Sooki La La and Niños Lamesita, as well as a smattering of free entertainment to go with it. The market will open from 5pm until late Monday to Friday and midday until late Saturday and Sunday on the Convention Centre lawns.

Ochre Nation Cellar Door official opening – September 23

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.

Fork Your Eyes Unley – September 24

Fork in the Road is back, this time bringing a bevy of food trucks to Orphanage Park in Unley. Along for the ride will be CAROclub, Tacocat, Delectaballs, Four Seeds, among many others. The event will run from 11am to 4pm. For more information, see 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

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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.

Urban Wine Walk – October 28

Better than a bar crawl is Adelaide’s upcoming Urban Wine Walk. The tour will stop at Cantina SocialeFive O’Clock SomewhereUdaberriNOLABibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange, Electra House Hotel, Bar TorinoHains & CoPublishers HotelMr GoodbarMother VineBRKLYNThe Gilbert St Hotel55ml and La Buvette Drinkery, and will feature wines from By Jingo, Shobbrook, Alpha Box & Dice, Delinquente and Vinteloper, among many others. Tickets are available for $49.50 plus booking fee, and can be purchased here.

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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