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Upcoming food and drink happenings in South Australia, including wining and dining on Valentine’s Day, twilight markets, a Sundown wine party at Peter Rabbit, and a Fork on the Road event in West Torrens.

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Galentine’s Day at Electra House – February 13

Inspired by the the unofficial holiday event created by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on TV show Parks and Recreation, Electra House is hosting its own  Galentine’s Day next Tuesday. There will be drink specials, including a complimentary glass of Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir on arrival, and door prizes up for grabs from Studio Pilates and Adelaide Mobile Massage. For more information, see the event page.

Valentine’s Day – February 14

If you are the Valentine’s type, you should have something sorted already for Feb 14. If not, there is still a selection of events from which to choose, starting with the perfect night for the steak lover in your life – a two or three-course meal at Hereford Beefstouw for $70 or $80 respectively, including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or beer.

St Morris charcoal restaurant Hoosegow is offering a Valentine’s four-course menu, complimentary “love potion shot”, and live music from Easy Tiger. The cost is $99 per person, and you can book through Dimmi.

Hentley Farm is heading into the city for Valentine’s Day, with chef Lachlan Colwill taking over the Intercontinental Hotel’s Riverside Restaurant kitchen. For $180 per person, loved-up punters can partake in a four-course meal matched with Hentley Farm wines. See here for more information.

At Level One, Electra House, chef Jamie Kang and team will be serving up a selection of share plates for $79 per person, with a complimentary glass of Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir. Book through the Level One website.

Further afield, Longview Vineyard is hosting 14 couples only for a dinner nestled among the Shiraz vines, which will consist of a “carefully designed” menu matched with Longview wines, a bottle of 2016 Wagtail Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, and a night in a boutique Longview suite. Breakfast provisions will also be provided. Total cost is  $750 per couple; book here.

And finally, for the singles, The Curious Squire has teamed up with The Modern Social for a dedicated “no couples” Valentine’s Day event. Tickets are $29 per person plus booking free, including a grazing table and drink on arrival.

Devour Dessert Nights – February 9-10

It’s been a long time between Dessert Nights at Devour Café, but the series returns with a fresh menu of inventive and innovative sweets from 6.30pm until 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Keep an eye on the event page for the menu details.

Whistler Wines Summer Sessions – February 9

Barossa Winery Whistler Wines is holding its penultimate summer session this weekend, bringing Tacocat and Forage Supply Co along to sate the crowd. The event will run from 5pm on Friday. For more information, see here.

The Market Shed on Holland Twilight market – February 10

Although 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 this Saturday from 4pm, with live music and drinks alongside the stalls selling local and organic food.

Westside Fork – February 10

More than 30 food trucks will take part in this Fork on the Road event from 5-10pm at Kings Reserve in Torrensville. Run in partnership with the City of West Torrens, Westside Fork will also feature wine, craft beer, cider and spirits, kids’ entertainment and live music by acts such as Wanderers, The Hushes and Brenton Manser. Get all the info here.

Sundown 04 – February 11

After a successful first foray into the luscious garden of Peter Rabbit, Sundown – the small-scale wine party series conceived by the minds behind The Fruitful Pursuit – is doing it all over again, bringing a whole new range of producers from far and wide. The roster this time includes Basket Range, Between Five Bells, BK Wines, Cape Jaffa, La Cantina, The Mysterious Mr Black, and Robe Town Brewery. Tickets are $35 and available here.

Chinese New Year at Mrs Q – February 17

Bring in the Lunar Chinese New Year with Mrs Q on Gouger Street. The restaurant will celebrate the coming Year of the Dog with a set menu for $60 per person, or $95 per person with matching wine, provided in collaboration with 1847 Winery. For more information, including a peek at the menu, see the event page.

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.

 Seven Deadly Gins: Applewood Gin tasting – February 23

CBD bar Thrift Shop will host Applewood Distillery for a tasting event showcasing the Gumeracha distillery’s limited-edition Seven Deadly Gins. Tickets are $60 per person and along with the spirits, punters will be treated to antipasto and cheeseboards, and live music from local gypsy jazz band Monsieur Swing. For more information, see the event page.

Trash Tiki at Maybe Mae – February 23

Minimal waste, maximum taste is the slogan of travelling “anti-waste punk pop-up” Trash Tiki. Bartenders Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths will stop by Maybe Mae and demonstrate how easily sustainable practices can be brought into the hospitality world, by making good use of “would-be waste ingredients, stuff from kitchens, bars, coffee shops, and commercial business”. Those attending will be treated to a selection of four cocktails paired with small dishes, prepared by the Shōbōsho kitchen. Tickets are $87.41 per person, and available here.

Meet the Maker: Poppy the Frenchie – February 24

Goodwood wine bar Two Sisters Food and Wine is giving fans of wine label Poppy the Frenchie the chance to meet the makers behind the drop. The event will see the mum and daughter duo, whose 2017 Grenache Rosé recently placed in the Hot 100 Wines, chat about their process and offer a free tasting. It kicks off at 4pm. For more information, see the event page.

Post Dining Bite Sized – March 1-4

Post Dining, the much-loved experimental food curators, will host a bite-sized event this Fringe, in which native flavours will be paired with curated sounds at Raj House. It promises to be “another immersive experience you won’t forget”. For tickets and further information, see here.

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 which explores SA’s food heritage and also provides an insight into each chef’s food story; matched wine by Penfolds and beer by Coopers will be available for purchase.

Cheese-A-Holics Cheese Festival – March 17

This twilight festival at the old Mitsubishi plant in Tonsley will feature cheeses from a range of SA producers including Woodside Cheese Wrights, B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Barossa Cheese Company and, of course, Cheese-A-Holics. There will also be food stalls, drinks and other gourmet goodies. It’s a ticketed event; check the Facebook page for details.

Tasting Australia – April 13-22

The program for this year’s Tasting Australia has now been released and features more than 140 events across 10 days in April, including workshops, master-classes, degustation dinners, foraging adventures and underground feasts. The festival will open with a Surrealist Ball at the new d’Arenberg Cube in McLaren Vale, with other special events this year including “Tasting Australia Airlines” – a full-day luxury experience to SA culinary regions such as Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay and the Limestone Coast – and the inaugural TA National Spirit Awards (more about that here). See the full program online

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