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Food and drink happenings in SA, including world whisky week at Hains & Co, a self-guided wine tasting walk around Adelaide, a gourmet weekend in the Clare Valley and a gothic-themed dinner at the Latvian Lunchroom.

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World Whisky Week at Hains & Co – until May 19

West End small bar Hains & Co is celebrating World Whisky Week by serving flights of five differently aged and cask-finished whiskies from The Balvenie. It’s also hosting an event with Ross Blainey, Australian brand ambassador for The Balvenie, on May 15 (details here).

Mac Forbes Wines dinner at Peel St Restaurant – May 17

Peel St and Mac Forbes Wines will collaborate to present a four-course and seven wines dinner at Peel St restaurant. The dinner will feature Asian flavours with dishes including canapé of pork belly with nam jim, hot and sour salad of crispy fried ocean trout, salad of banana blossom and vietnamese grilled beef.

Dinner and a roasting of Nick Ryan – May 18

Wild Saffron restaurant in Clare will host wine writer and columnist Nick Ryan for an evening of “compelling wines, great food and thought-provoking ideas”. Ryan will speak about the Clare Valley’s wine scene before inviting the audience to “roast” him on the views he expresses in his columns. Tickets include a two-course dinner and a Gourmet Glass.

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.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 18-20

More than 30 wineries, two breweries and regional restaurants will take part in this year’s Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, with events including degustation lunches and dinners, the Gourmet Farmers’ Market, masterclasses and a wine sale. The popular Gourmet Hub will be relocated to the Clare Showgrounds and include wine from new boutique labels that don’t have cellar doors. See the full program here.

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.

James Squire Degustation Dinner – May 23

Chef Shane Piercy will prepare four courses, plus snacks, paired with a selection of James Squire brews for this degustation dinner at The Hindley. Expect dishes such as a wood-oven baked Coorong mulloway and spiced Boston Bay mussel with tomato and saffron broth, and double-layered Callebaut chocolate tart with porter and coffee ice cream, accompanied by drinks including Four Wives Pilsner and Jack of Spades Porter. Tickets are $85; details here.

Gothic Dinner in the Market at Night – May 24

The Latvian Lunchroom and Baltic Beer Bar are hosting this Gothic-themed three-course dinner “Old Riga style” in the Adelaide Central market. Guests will sit at a candlit long table, with the price of $50 plus booking fee including a glass of champagne, beer or cider. Details here.

Champagne Dinner at the National Wine Centre – June 1

Champagne and Cognac Ambassador for Pernod Ricard Romaric Behaghel.

Champagne and Cognac ambassador for Pernod Ricard, Romaric Behaghel, will host a champagne dinner at the National Wine Centre. The dinner will feature five-courses paired with Perrier-Jouet and Mumm vintages. Tickets are available here.

Sea & Vines – June 9-11

McLaren Vale cellar doors will present a range of events over the June long-weekend Sea & Vines festival, from intimate degustation dinners and long lunches, to live music, tasting experiences and family fun days. Highlights The French Quarter at Hardy’s Tintara, with food from the Sneaky Pickle and New Orleans jazz from Atlantic Street Band, and a “Familial Feast” at d’Arrys Verandah. See the full Sea & Vines program here.

Ark Beer & Cider Fest – June 17

Last year’s Ark Beer and Cider Fest. Photo: Facebook

The Ark Beer and Cider Fest at the Arkaba Hotel will feature over 80 beer and cider tastings, street food and a masterclass. Local and international craft beers and ciders will feature at the event, which is now in its 12th year. Ticket price includes a tasting glass and all tastings.

Penfolds Dinner at Mayflower Restaurant – June 21

The Mayfair Hotel has joined with Penfolds for a dinner in its Mayflower Restaurant where executive chef Bethany Finn will present a six-course menu designed to complement seven premium Penfolds wines, including the 2013 Grange, Bin A Chardonnay, St Henri Shiraz and RWT Shiraz. Penfolds Wines ambassadors will be seated with guests at the dinner, which costs $395 per person. For menu details and bookings, visit the Mayfair Hotel website. 

Wizardry High Tea – August 19

This Harry Potter themed high tea at Stamford Plaza Adelaide features butter beer on arrival, Haigh’s chocolate frog slice, Muggle quiche Lorraine and Ginny’s Pygmy Curry puffs, to name a few. A “master wizard” and balloon artist will attend the high tea to help guests make their own wands. Tickets are selling very fast. 

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