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Future Food, wild bites and a Spring Affair

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Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including Open State talks about the future of food; wild bites at the Central Market; Asian street-food markets; Poh, Paella & Piaf in the Clare Valley, and a Spring Affair in McLaren Vale.

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Future Food at Open State Festival – September 28 – October 8

The Future Food series at Open State features a range of events exploring what the food industry might look like in the future. They include Are You Bug Curious? (a “family-friendly bug eating expo”), Is Your Diet Making You Dumb?, Post Dining: Future Conversations, and Beyond Boundaries and the Need for New Icons (with Udder Delights’ Sheree Sullivan). Read InDaily‘s interview with Is Your Diet Making You Dumb? speaker Dr Fiona Kerr here, and see details of all Future Food events here.

Comida Goes Wild – September 28

Comida Catering Co and Something Wild are joining forces to present this event at Comida’s Adelaide Central Market stall from 10.30am-3.30pm on Thursday. They will be offering the chance to taste “wild Australian paella”, game meat sandwiches, green ant gin cocktails and wild desserts. Details here.

Royal Adelaide Wine Show public tasting – September 29

You can pour your own tastings from a selection of more than 2500 new-release vintages and award-winning wines entered in the 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show at this event from 6pm-8.30pm on Friday in the Wayville Pavilion at Adelaide Showground. Tickets (available here) are $70 and include cocktail food plus live entertainment.

Lucky Dumpling Market – until October 8

The Satay Hut is at Lucky Dumpling Market.

The team from Fringe hub Gluttony is presenting The Lucky Dumpling Market along the Riverbank during this year’s OzAsia Festival. There is food from Sooki La La, Niños Lamesita, The Satay Hut and others, as well as a smattering of free entertainment to go with it. The market is open from 5pm until late Monday to Friday and midday until late on Saturday and Sunday on the Convention Centre lawns.

Indofest ­ – October 1

Celebrating all things Indonesian, this festival in Victoria Square will include cooking demonstrations and regional food stalls alongside a program of music, dance and workshops. Indofest is on from 10am until 3pm on Saturday, with free entry.

Poh, Paella & Piaf – October 1

This evening of food, wine and song under the stars at the historic Koonowla property in the Clare Valley will feature a three-course casual meal prepared by chef Poh Ling Yeow – including her signature paella – and a performance by Adelaide singer Michaela Burger and guitarist Greg Wain of their cabaret show Exposing Edith.  It’s being hosted by Greg Cooley Wines, with tickets available here.

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 Pot + Anchovy – October 10

Recently relaunched King William Road restaurant The Pot will play host to Melbourne restaurant Anchovy, with the latter’s head chef, Thi Le, cooking alongside The Pot’s Emma McCaskill. Both chefs will prepare one dish per course, before showcasing their combined talents for the main. Tickets are $165 per person including wine, and can be purchased via email at or by phoning 8373 2044.

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.

Six Hands at Maxwell of McLaren Vale – October 15

Sydney chefs Nelly Robinson and Jason Brown, of nel. restaurant, are bound for McLaren Vale to join with Maxwell Restaurant chef Fabian Lehmann in preparing this six-course degustation lunch and dinner. Dishes will be matched with new and old vintages from Maxwell Wines, selected and introduced by winemaker Mark Maxwell. There will be two sessions – at 12.30pm and 6.30pm, with tickets for each costing $200. Details and bookings here.

Ferment the Festival – October 19-22

Photo: Duy Huynh

This new festival will showcase a wide range of Australian fermented foods – including cheese, beer and chocolate – 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

You could bar crawl or you can Urban Wine Walk. The Adelaide event will tour through Cantina Sociale, Five O’Clock Somewhere, Udaberri, NOLA, Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange, Electra House Hotel, Bar Torino, Hains & Co, Publishers Hotel, Mr Goodbar, Mother Vine, BRKLYN, The Gilbert St Hotel, 55ml 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.

Cin Cin Nebbiolo – November 12

More than 100 versions of Nebbiolo wine will be available for tasting during this event at Mt Lofty House from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, November 12. Chris Sarandis, of host Mercato, says guests can expect a cross-section of wines from northern Italy, plus releases from at least 20 Australian producers. General admission, including tastings and antipasto food, is $95, with master-classes extra. Booking and details here.

Beer and Bubbles – November 18

Vardon Avenue will once again host a plethora of beer and sparkling wine producers, accompanied by food from East End restaurants setting up camp outside for the day. Details are scant at this stage, but keep an eye on the event page as more information is released.

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