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Food and drink happenings in SA, including this weekend’s Festival at Basket Range, wine and cheese at the French Film Festival, the Diggers Club’s Heirloom Weekend, a ‘Meet the Italians’ lunch in the Vales, and double delight for gin lovers.

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The Festival at Basket Range – April 7

Celebrate another harvest season with a batch of the Adelaide Hills’ most interesting and eclectic winemakers at The Festival at Basket Range this Saturday. Many of the producers from the 2017 event at Basket Range Oval will be in tow, along with some newcomers. There will be live music, great food, interactive activities for the kids, and very good wine. For more information, see the event page.

Adelaide Heirloom Weekend – April 7-8

The Diggers Club’s Heirloom Weekend returns to the Adelaide Botanic Garden with a weekend of free cooking and preserving workshops, garden tours and other activities. There will also be several masterclasses – featuring Diggers’ co-founder Clive Blazey, Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis and Sophie Thomson, Granny Skills’ Rebecca Sullivan and chef Laura Cassai – including The Gurus of Preserving and Gardening Skills and Pick, Preserve and Pig-out (both classes are $99 for non-Diggers members). There will also be a pop-up café at the Schomburgk Pavilion. Details and masterclass bookings here.

Back to Burgundy wine & cheese night – April 5

French film Back to Burgundy.

Screening throughout the French Film Festival, Back to Burgundy showcases the famous wine region through the story of a winemaker who returns to his family’s vineyard after 10 years in Australia. This special event at Palace Nova Eastend in Cinema Place will feature wines from festival sponsor Bordeaux and Beyond and cheese by Bottega Rotolo, followed by the film screening at 7pm. Bookings here.

Primo & Co ‘Meet the Italians’ lunch – April 7-8

Primo Estate is hosting a long-table lunch at its McLaren Vale cellar door to celebrate the arrival of the new vintage of Primo & Co The Venetian Garganega from Italy and the first pour of its new Italian varietal Nero d’Avola. The four-course menu, prepared by La Dolce Vita Catering and including grilled spatchcock and a seafood risotto, will be paired with six wines. The cost is $95; bookings here.

BRKLYN’s gin and cocktail party – April 6-7

Rundle Street bar BRKLYN is celebrating its second birthday this weekend with a gin and cocktail party to be held over two days and featuring spirits from the Adelaide Hills Distillery. It will also launch a new menu, including Philly Cheese Steaks. Details here.

Walkers Arms’ Gin-Tastic Evening – April 12

The Walkers Arms Hotel in Walkerville will be serving up a five-course tasting menu paired with gins from SA distilleries Never Never, Barossa Distillery, Lyrebird, Ounce Gin and 23rd Street at this Gin-Tastic event. Tickets are $59 and the eating and drinking begins at 6pm.

Sean’s Kitchen Crab Carnival – until April 22

In what it describes as “a celebration of the crustacean to get you out of your shell”, Station Road restaurant Sean’s Kitchen is serving up a menu of crab-themed dishes – from the Louisiana crab roll to a king crab mac & cheese – at its month-long Crab Carnival. There’s also a weekly Louisiana Crab Broil every Thursday, for $40pp. Details here.

Tasting Australia – April 13-22

The program for this year’s Tasting Australia 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, and includes  the inaugural TA National Spirit Awards (more about that here). The full program is available online, with other events including:

East End Cellars Masterclasses – April 13-21

East End Cellars will present more than 20 wine, beer and spirit masterclasses in the Tasting Australia Town Square (in Victoria Square), including a gin-blending masterclass with KIS Spirits,  a “Night Caps” whisky class with Tasmanian distiller Bill Lark, and a tasting of 10 vintages from Henschke’s Mount Edelstone Vineyard. View all the masterclasses here.

Forage Feast and Ferment Adventure Tour – April 15

Run by Conscious Lifestyles, the Forage Feast and Ferment Adventure Tour in the Adelaide Hills will include morning tea, a guided forage for wild edibles, a visit to the organic Forest Orchards (with natural winemakers Anton von Klopper and Tom Shobbrook) and a three-course course “rustic sit-down share lunch” with wine and cider. Tickets are $159 pp.

Great Wine Voyage – April 15

Wine lovers will have the chance to compare wines from the eight international Great Wine Capitals with their South Australian equivalents in this event, which will take place across eight Adelaide bars. Details here.

Electra Hotel’s Sushi Bubbles Go – April 17

Electra House’s Level One head chef Jamie Kang will teach you everything you need to know about sushi-making while you enjoy bubbles from Sidewood Estate and a champagne masterclass from Champagne XS. Sushi Bubbles Go runs from 6.30pm-9pm and costs $105.

Ayers House gueridon dinner – April 18-21

Historic Ayers House is bringing back its gueridons (trolleys) for a series of $195-a-head silver-service dinners in the Henry Ayers Room. Executive chef Paul Groves will present six dishes from the room’s last silver-service menus, from around 1991, which will be accompanied by matched wines and served with “bygone panache”. Read more in this InDaily story.

Valley to Verandah – April 14

Hardy’s Verandah will host a special tasting in the 165-year-old cellars under Mount Lofty House, followed by a 13-course degustation upstairs presented by chef Jin Choi and showcasing Adelaide Hills produce. $299 per person; details here.

Fork Around the World – April 15

The Fork food trucks will return to the city for this Sunday event on the banks of the River Torrens in Elder Park. As well as street food from around the world, there will be local craft beer, cider, wine and spirits, DJs, kids’ entertainment and a big screen showing the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. It’s on from midday until 10pm.

Baltic Beer and Cider Tasting Feast – May 3

The Latvian Lunchroom at the Adelaide Central Market is hosting this meat lovers’ long-table event. Food such as smoked ribs, crumbed pork fillets with apple sauce, fried potatoes and sauerkraut will be served alongside Baltic-style Robetown beers (from pales to porters and stouts), LOBO ciders, Latvian vodka and liqueur tasters. Bookings here.

Urban Wine Walk – May 19

This self-guided wine-tasting experience offers the chance to sample wines from makers such as La Prova, Yeti & the Kokonut, Hither & Yon, The Lane Vineyard and Chaffey Bros Wine Co at West End bars including Udaberri, Electra House, Hains & Co, MYLK Bar and La Buvette. Tickets are $55 and must be purchased prior to the event. For details see the Facebook event page.

Tasting Bench Discovery Wine Dinner at Pranzo – May 19

Guests will be introduced to six wines from six different Australian wine regions – from an Old Vine Grenache from Yangarra in McLaren Vale to a Cabernet Merlot from Mountadam in Eden Valley – in this long-table experience at East End restaurant Pranzo. The menu comprises three courses (seasonal antipasto, slow-braised beef cheek and matured cheese) with tickets costing $130 or $110 for earlybirds (before April 20). Details here.

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