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Food and drink happenings in SA, including a truffle-themed dinner and porchetta party at McLaren Vale’s Sea & Vines, Wintergarden food stalls and a gin bar at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and pop-up migrant restaurant The Travelling Table.

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Sea & Vines – June 9-11

McLaren Vale cellar doors and restaurants 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 a six-course truffle-themed degustation dinner at Mitolo Wines’ Bocca di Lupo restaurant, and an afternoon “Familial Feast” at d’Arrys Verandah.  Other events include a Porchetta Party at Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards, The French Quarter at Hardy’s Tintara (with food from the Sneaky Pickle and New Orleans jazz from Atlantic Street Band), and a Russian Wonderland experience at Coriole. See the full Sea & Vines program here.

Cabaret Festival Wintergarden and Gin Bar – June 8-23

Adelaide Cabaret Festival artistic director and gin lover Ali McGregor has finally got her wish this year, with a designated Gin Bar being set up in the Festival Theatre foyer for the duration of the festival. It’ll be serving Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 Degrees Gin, infused gins and gin martinis. A range of food vendors – including Oh, My Goyza,  Staazi & Co and Crepe Cart – will have stalls at the pop-up Wintergarden on the Riverdeck at the Festival Centre, and the centre’s bars are also offering special platters.

Around the World in 80mls – June 9

The Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale is celebrating World Gin Day on Saturday by hosting a masterclass led by inn keeper Alex Marchetti and featuring “a selection of premium juniper juice from around the globe”. There will also be a light brunch made by chef Karena Armstrong. Tickets are $50; details 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. Read InDaily’s interview with some of the nonnas, yiayias and babas involved here.

Pink Moon Saloon’s Harvest Moon banquet dinners – from June & July

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, tonight , 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.

Fino Fridays at Seppeltsfield – from June 8

Fino restaurant at Seppeltsfield in the Barossa is bringing back its Friday set-menu dinners this winter, with a series of “one-pot-wonders” and free corkage (one bottle per two dinners). June’s one-pot-wonder will be “Cassoulet the Barossa Way”, followed by “Shiraz Pie July” (in, you guessed it, July) and Pasta al Forno di FINO in August. The $50 per person cost also includes sourdough and a shared entrée. Details and bookings here.

Olive Harvest Celebration Lunch – June 9 & 10

To celebrate the new season’s extra-virgin olive oil, Primo Estate in McLaren Vale is hosting two lunches pairing “olive-oil-rich Italian cuisine” – such as pecorino herb-crumbed Port Lincoln sardines, and wood-roasted Hay Valley lamb loin – with a selection of its wines. The dinners cost $99 for four courses, including five wines; bookings here.

Solstice: A midwinter cellar door – June 15

To celebrate the shortest day of the year, 15 South Australian wineries will be sharing their wines at this event in the former Royal Adelaide Hospital foyer on North Terrace between 5pm and 8pm on Friday, June 15. There will also be food available from local producers, including Woodside Cheese Wrights, Forage & Feast and Kimchi Club. Entry is $5 (which includes a souvenir wine glass); there are no free tastings but wines will be available to buy by the glass or half-glass. Details 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.

For the Love of BBQ – June 17

To whet appetites for the upcoming Beer and BBQ Festival (details below), Up in Smoke BBQ Competition is throwing a barbecue lunch at Sneaky Pickle on Goodwood Road. The four-course feast of “smokey deliciousness” will include jerk chicken tacos, and barbecue brisket, sticky ribs and pork from the smoker. See more details of the $50-a-head event 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

A classic Beef Wellington main will be paired with St Henri (2014) Shiraz and RWT (2015) Shiraz.

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. 

Mayura Station dinner at 2KW – June 27

SA Wagyu beef producer Mayura Station has teamed up with 2KW for this “meat for the senses” dinner, which will celebrate beef, Japanese whisky, red wine and dark beer. Think dishes like Wagyu pancetta and Wagyu rump cecina matched with a black IPA, and Yuzu sorbet with a Yamazaki apricot old-fashioned. Tickets are $130pp, with the full menu available here.

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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