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Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including second birthday celebrations at NOLA, Whistler Wines' second Summer Session, Meet the Maker at Howling Owl and a tap takeover at the Gilbert Street Hotel.

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Meet the Maker at Howling Owl – December 8

South Australian makers of all kinds will fill the East End’s Howling Owl and Urban Cow Studio with the fruits of their talents at this event from 3pm until midnight on Friday. There will be craft beer tastings, spirits from Lyrebird Distilling Company, Never Never Distilling Co, Settlers Spirits and Red Hen Gin, eats courtesy of Juan’s Paella Catering, live music across the way at Streetlight and visual artists on display. Check the event page for further details.

Nowhere Man Tap Takeover at The Gilbert Street Hotel – December 6

The Nowhere Man himself, Paul Wyman, formerly of Colonial Brewing, will be showcasing his Western Australian wares when Nowhere Man takes over the taps at the Gilbert Street Hotel from 5pm-11pm this evening. The pub will be slinging its renowned wings to go along with the brews, so there are two pretty great reasons to leave the house on a Wednesday night.

NOLA’s Second Birthday Beerfest Weekend – December 9-10

Vardon Avenue’s premier beer and whisky venue, NOLA, is turning two, and to celebrate it’s throwing a birthday beer festival featuring 26 of its favourite breweries. There will be a roster of live music playing in the adjacent laneway, a beer art auction, fried pickles and fried chicken po’ boys, plus a late night limbo competition. Details here.

Whistler Wines Summer Session – December 8

The next edition of Whistler Wines’ Summer Sessions will be held at the Barossa winery this Friday from 5pm, with Chuck Wagon and Forage Supply Co supplying the eats. Further sessions are planned for January 12, February 9 and March 9.

Hot Dub Wine Machine – December 9

Serafino Wines in McLaren Vale will once again host Hot Dub Wine Machine this weekend. The line-up will see Hot Dub Time Machine, The Presets, Bad//Dreems, Linda Marigliano, Benson, Heaps Good Friends, The Germein Sisters, Godlands and Falcona DJs set the vibe, while revellers will enjoy the host winery’s best drops. Tickets from $79 plus booking fee here.

City Cellar Door – December 15

The last winery to take over the National Wine Centre for City Cellar Door’s 2017 season will be French label GH Mumm. The champagne will be available by the glass or the bottle, and you’re even invited to have a hand at “champagne sabering”. There will also be a GH Mumm masterclass, with tickets available for $50 per person. To book, call 8313 0095.

SUSHI Bubbles Go! – December 20

Executive chef of Electra House Jamie Kang will host guests for an interactive masterclass in the art of sushi, from the basics of rice preparation through to fish filleting and different sushi styles. The dinner will consist of five courses paired with Champagne. Tickets are $175 per person and can be purchased by contacting Electra House at

Twilight Tastings – December 26–January 1

Barossa winery Kellermeister is inviting people to its cellar door every day during the twilight period between Christmas and the New Year to enjoy local produce platters, beautiful Barossa scenery and Kellermeister wines. The cellar door will be open to all from 9am until 7pm from December 26 until January 1. For further information, see the event page or call 8524 4303.

Here’s To Now – December 29

Coriole Vineyards will host the fifth edition of Here’s To Now, a food and music festival presented in collaboration with The Happy Motel. Pizzateca, Comida and Devour Café will provide the food, Coriole will supply the wine, and the roster of artists will include FKJ, Jordan Rakei, Nai Palm, The Shaolin Afronauts, Man Made Mountain and Abbey Howlett. Rounding out the whole event is the reportedly very nice sunset, courtesy of the Earth, Sun and vistas of the Coriole property. Tickets are available for $79.70 here.

2KW New Year’s Eve – December 31

There’s no better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve than on a rooftop with sufficient access to bubbly vino, and 2KW has you covered on both counts. Doors will open at 6.30pm and ticket holders will be greeted with either a Pol Roger or Ruinart on arrival. The vibe will be set by DJ Maison and Kai Ward, and the chefs will be stoking the mallee grill, serving local meats, seafood, charcuterie, cheeses and canapés. Tickets are $150 per person and available here. 2KW is also  hosting a New Year’s Day event, with the $45 ticket price including an Aperol Spritz on arrival. More information on the 2KW website.

Crush Festival – January 26-28

Crush is back in 2018 and taking punters on a wine odyssey throughout the Adelaide Hills. General entry to is free, and a $10 souvenir glass can be purchased on the day, but there are also a bunch of ticketed events on offer. Greenhill Wines will be hosting a Mad Hatter’s Picnic, featuring a picnic lunch matched to wine, courtesy of winemaker Paul Henschke; Howard Vineyard is throwing a rosé party, Rosé. Repeat, and Longview Vineyard will host its annual Piece Project, featuring street artists competing for The Piece Shiraz label, accompanied by Longview’s wines and tunes. For full details on Crush 2018, head to the website.

Taste Eden Riesling Festival – January 27

More than 30 aged and new-release Rieslings will be on show during Eden Valley’s Taste Eden Riesling Festival, hosted in the historic Franklin House gardens. Mingle with the makers and enjoy food by Andre’s Cucina project Mangia Mangia. Tickets are $25, available here.

Espresso Martini Festival – February 2-3

Adelaide’s best and brightest bartenders will compete for the title of Best Espresso Martini in Town at this cocktail festival, which runs from 5pm until 11pm on Friday, February 2, and from 12pm-10pm on Saturday, February 3. The list of participating venues will be announced soon, and all attendees will be given the opportunity to vote for which cocktail the 2019 event will focus on. Tickets are $30 a piece, for more information, see the event page.

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