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Sunny’s birthday, Coffee Fiesta and a Syrian feast

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Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including a Syrian dinner courtesy of Mazi Mas, a Día de Muertos party at NOLA, Sunny’s first birthday celebrations, Unley’s Double Shot Coffee Fiesta, and Melbourne Cup Day events.

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Mazi Mas Adelaide Syrian Dinner – November 3-4

Bastion of culinary diplomacy Mazi Mas – which works to help women from migrant and refugee communities kickstart careers in food – will host a night of traditional Syrian food at Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $65 per person, which includes three courses, a glass of prosecco on arrival, and a unique dining experience. See the event page for more information and buy tickets here.

Alpha Box & Dice Takeover the Kings Head – Nov 2

McLaren Vale winery Alpha Box & Dice is taking over the Kings Head’s wine list for the whole of November, and it’s marking the occasion with a tasting event from 5pm to 7pm tomorrow which will feature the “never-before-released” 2017 Pink Matter McLaren Vale Rosé, and Uncle 2017 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. A wide range of the winery’s back catalogue will also be available. See the Facebook event for details.

Day of the Dead at NOLA – November 4

The crew at NOLA have invited New Zealand brewery Garage Project into their East End establishment to celebrate Día de Muertos over a few crafty brews. The brewery will have 22 of its beers available on tap, including the only two kegs of Day of the Dead and La Calavera Catrina available in the state. To celebrate, NOLA will expand into the adjoining laneway, serving up food, live music, and all the sugar skulls one could possibly ask for.

Sunny’s First Birthday – November 4-5

Sunny’s Pizza on Solomon Street. Photo: Jonathan van der Knaap

Adelaide’s best pizzeria-slash-discotheque, Sunny’s, is turning one, and to celebrate the team is throwing a weekender. There will be $10 margheritas and $10 margaritas on Saturday, as well as $10 imperial pints of Young Henrys available all weekend. On Sunday, Sunny’s will also launch its Gentle Folk rosé collaboration, Solar Power. See the event page for further details.

Sundown – November 5

The new concept from the minds behind The Fruitful Pursuit is Sundown: an intimate gathering of like minds, featuring a small roster of vinous talent on show at locations around the city. The Mayfair’s Hennessy rooftop bar will host the first event, with Charlotte Dalton, Chevre, Fall From Grace, Gentle Folk, Jauma and Switch all presenting their wines and giving insight into their winemaking process. Tickets for the 4-8pm event are $30 and available here.

Double Shot Coffee Fiesta – November 5

Unley will be celebrating its abundant cafes and the coffee culture they represent with the Double Shot Coffee Fiesta at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens. There will be workshops, barista battles, and a solid café crew in attendance, including Cirelli Coffee Roasting, CREAM, Dawn Patrol, Trouble and Strife, Elementary, Nutrition Republic, Patio Coffee and The Tea Catcher. The event is free and open to all.

Melbourne Cup – November 7

It’s the race that provides the nation with a loosely accepted reason to not work for one third of every first Tuesday in November, and there are a whole bunch of places to celebrate or commiserate over the mandatory office sweep.

Victoria Square will host the Rose Garden, where for $75 per person, punters can enjoy the bounty of food from Gaucho’s, Andre’s Cucina and Sprout, all the while taking in the ambience of the La Mumm Bar. Tickets are available here.

Hains and Co are throwing a Gin Garden Bonanza from midday, featuring the very best in boutique gin, tipples of prosecco, and cheese boards. And once the race is over, there will be hobby horse and egg and spoon races to get that racing spirit well and truly out of your system. Tickets are $30 per person and include a group shared cheese platter and one Sipsmith gin and tonic on arrival. Call 8410 7088 to book.

McLaren Vale meets Leigh Street – November 10

Tasting time on Leigh Street. Photo: Grant Nowell

If ever a wine region needs a place to crash, it knows Leigh Street will welcome it with open arms, and this weekend McLaren Vale is coming over, with plenty of local produce to go around. The $20 ticket will get punters five tastings, a souvenir Plumm wine glass, and access to the region’s best wines – including trophy winners from the 2017 McLaren Vale Wine Show. For more information, see the event page.

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 & Bubbles – November 18

Vardon Avenue will once again host Beer & Bubbles from midday until 5pm on November 18. More than 30 boutique breweries will show their wares alongside both Australian and international sparkling wines and “a splash of gin tastings”, with $39 getting you a wrist band and tasting glass. A number of East End restaurants will be presenting pop-up shops selling tasty morsels such as pulled-pork tacos, chicken satay and deep-fried chilli chicken wings. See the event page for more details.

French Market – November 24-25

French and French-themed gourmet goodies such as patisseries, cheeses, charcuterie and Beaujolais nouveau will be for sale alongside handicrafts, French language books, perfumes and more at the French Market in Unley’s Soldiers’ Memorial Garden. Among the new stallholders this year are Le Souk and Moorish Bites, selling French-Moroccan street food.  The family event, which takes place from 5pm-10pm on the Friday and 10am-10pm on the Saturday, will also feature live music, wine tasting and kids’ events. Details here.

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