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Food and drink happenings in South Australia, including food truck gatherings in the city and at the beach, a taste of Germany at Schützenfest, yoga with wine, twilight markets, Crush festival, and 15 Shades of Rosé.

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Fork on the Road – January 21 and 27

Food trucks will converge at Elder Park from 11am until 4pm this Sunday for Tour de Fork, part of a community/family day for Stage 6 of the Tour Down Under. Then, on the following Saturday (January 27), Fork is heading to the beach for an event from 4-10pm at the upgraded playground and park at Point Malcolm Reserve, Semaphore. Fork on the Grass will feature 25 food trucks, cocktails, and SA craft beer, wine and cider, with a DJ and an outdoor movie screening of Beauty and the Best.

Willunga Farmers’ Market twilight market – January 19

This special event is also celebrating the Tour Down Under, Stage 5 of which travels from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill on Saturday, January 20. The Friday twilight Farmers’ Market, from 5-8.30pm, replaces Willunga’s usual Saturday morning market, and as well as the usual produce stalls there will be hot food stalls, licensed areas and late-night trading. More info on the Facebook event page.

Schützenfest – January 19-20

Celebrating traditional German food, drink and culture, Schützenfest promises a fully stocked bar selling imported German beer, wine and schnapps, alongside food such as schnitzel, pretzels and currywurst (yes, we had to Google that one too). It’s at the German Club from 4pm on Friday and midday on Saturday, and will also feature live entertainment (including the Black Sorrows on Friday night) and the annual Schützenfest shooting competition. Details here.

Yoga & Wine – January 21

If you’re not into eating pretzels, you can make yourself into a pretzel instead at this bendy event at Anderson Hills winery in Lenswood. Roaming Zen is hosting Yoga & Wine, which begins with 75 minutes of Hatha yoga next to a vineyard, and also includes pizza and wine. Tickets cost $50 and the yoga begins at 9am.

Adelaide Showground Farmers Market cooking demos – until January 28

Guest chefs from the TV cooking shows MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules are hosting cooking demonstrations inside the market pavilion at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market throughout January. This Sunday, Callum Hann of Sprout Cooking School
 will create two dishes showcasing fresh seasonal produce; and on January 28 Jessie Spiby
 of Jessie Does Food will offer her cooking inspiration. Demos start at 11am; more details here.

Crush Festival – January 26-28

Crush will take punters on a wine odyssey throughout the Adelaide Hills next weekend. 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.

The Market Shed on Holland Twilight market – February 10

Although it’s announced it won’t be opening on a regular basis on Sundays this year, the Market Shed on Holland is still hosting twilight markets and special events. The first twilight market of 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, February 10, from 4pm, with live music and drinks alongside the stalls selling local and organic food.

15 Shades of Rosé – February 17

This afternoon event at 2KW Bar and Restaurant will give guests an understanding of the different red grapes used to make rosé and how they affect the wine’s flavour. There will be an opportunity to taste rosé from South Australia, Victoria and NSW, as well as Italy, France and Spain, with the wines accompanied by “food of a Mediterranean influence”. Tickets for 15 Shades of Rosé are $99.

Long Lunches on the Palais – March 4-12

The Adelaide Festival is presenting a second series of long, lazy lunches aboard the Riverbank Palais across five dates from March 4 to 12. Curated by Gill Minervini (Dark MOFO Winter Feast), the 2018 program features guest chefs O Tama Carey, Jared Ingersoll, Alex Herbert, Jordan Theodoros and Janet Jeffs (you can read more about them on the festival program here). The cost is $169 for a long-table meal paired with beer and wine which explores SA’s food heritage and also provides an insight into each chef’s food story.

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