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Shiploads of beer and dinner in the dark

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Food and drink happenings in SA, including a champagne soiree and dinner in the dark at the National Wine Centre, a boozy history lesson at the Wheaty, a ‘BeerGustation’ dinner with Pirate Life and a pop-up migrant restaurant.

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Ship Loads (More) Beer – May 30

Part of the SA History festival, this event at the Wheatsheaf Hotel will pair “historical titbits and specialty beer” as publican brewer Jade Flavell and SA Maritime Museum curator Dr Adam Paterson dive into the “boozy history of grog at sea”. It’s an 18+ event and tickets are just $12 – bookings here.

Pirate Life BeerGustation Dinner – May 31

Feathers Hotel at Burnside is hosting a “BeerGustation” dinner next Thursday in its Greenhouse Restaurant. With Pirate Life head brewer Red Proudfoot and brand ambassador Mat Reid in attendance, the event which will feature six brews matched with dishes including Salt Lake pork belly, Baltarra lamb saddle and Jack’s Creek Wagyu 7+ sirloin. A special treat for sweet-tooths will be the dessert of Adel Blue Cheese Cake, which comes with the Pirate Life Strawberry Milkshake IPA. The cost is $89, with the full menu and booking details here.

Champagne Dinner at the National Wine Centre – June 1

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

Fork Just Wants to Have Fun – June 2

Photo: Daniel Purvis

The final Fork on the Road food truck gathering of the season will be a celebration of the ’80s at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide. Along with a collection of food trucks including Sookii La La, CaroClub, Taste of Spain, Clucking Delicious and Saint Espresso – plus craft beer, spirits and SA wine – there will also be local crafts, kids’ entertainment and DJs playing ’80s classics. For more details on the event, which runs from midday until 10pm, see the Facebook page.

Pink Moon Saloon’s Harvest Moon banquet dinners – from June 6

West End venue Pink Moon Saloon is warming up winter with a series of eight mid-week long-table dinners throughout June and July. Each 16-seat Harvest Moon dinner will see chefs Matthew Standen and Angus Love cook a themed menu that matches with the work of different guest winemakers. The first event, on June 6, is titled Ferment, Funk and Funghi (flavours of northern Italy), with further dinners scheduled for June 13, 20 and 27, and July 4, 11 and 18. Read more in this CityMag article

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 include 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.

The Travelling Table – June 7-10

Described as a pop-up migrant restaurant and cooking workshop project, The Travelling Table project will take over the Unley Town Hall for four days from June 7 to 10. It will focus on the three post-war migrant communities of Greece, Ukraine and Italy, with dinners and cooking workshops representing each country’s food. The four-course dinners will be curated, cooked and shared by guest migrant grandmas, with chef John Stamatakis helping them scale up the home-style dishes for a 130-seat restaurant. Details and bookings here.

Dinner in the Dark – June 15

Guests will be blindfolded for this four-course degustation dinner at the National Wine Centre hosted by Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House. The event – which will raise money to support South Australian children who are blind, deaf, hearing and vision-impaired – will see each table hosted by a local winemaker, with the menu combining textures and flavours that seek to “ignite the senses”. Tickets are $180 per person, and available here.

Ark Beer & Cider Fest – June 17

The Ark Beer and Cider Fest at the Arkaba Hotel will feature more than 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 ($25 pre-sale or $35 at the door) 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. 

Adelaide Beer and BBQ Festival – July 6-8

This year’s festival at the historic Brick Dairy Pavillion at Adelaide Showgrounds will deliver three days of beer, barbecue and beats, including discussions with brewers, master-classes and the Up in Smoke BBQ competition. More than 60 brewers and cider-makers will be represented at the festival, and BBQ ambassador Duncan Welgemoed of Africola has curated a line-up of barbecuers including Canadian TV chef Matty Matheson, the boys from Adelaide’s Low ‘N’ Slow American BBQ and Victorian vegan chef Shannon Martinez. Read more here.

Wizardry High Tea – August 19

This Harry Potter-themed high tea at Stamford Plaza Adelaide includes a “butter beer cocktail” on arrival and sweet and savoury treats such as Haigh’s chocolate frog slice, Muggle quiche Lorraine and Ginny’s Pygmy Curry puffs. A “master wizard” and balloon artist will attend the high tea to help guests make their own wands. Tickets are $52 for adults and $27 for children aged five to 12.

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