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Food and drink happenings in SA, including a wine pop-up at the SA Museum, Bastille Day bites, 2KW’s Tour of France, a plant-based feast at the Port, National Wine Centre’s Sip & Sounds and a Big Lunch for a good cause.

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The Big Lunch – July 29

Chefs Simon Bryant, Christian Jensen and Bree May will serve up a four-course feast celebrating SA produce for this fundraiser for The Big Issue. The lunch at the Adelaide Central Market will include matched Yalumba wines, Vale Brewing beer and Lobo cider. Tickets are $140 a head or $1300 for a table of 10, with money raised going to support The Big Issue in South Australia and the homeless and disadvantaged people who earn a living selling it. Details here.

Bastille Day at the Market – July 13-14

Croquembouche cooking demonstrations by Le Cordon Bleu, a Champagne bar and a crepe pop-up will bring a French flavour to the Adelaide Central Market this Friday and Saturday. Other highlights of the Bastille Day celebrations will include the “Parisian Crunch Club” at Poh Ling Yeow’s Jamface Central, and a five-course, $95-a-head French degustation dinner at new market trader Les Deux Coqs. Note that the Smelly Cheese Shop’s Cheese After Dark event has now been cancelled. See the full program here.

Reserved: a night at the museum – July 13

Ten wineries will pop up in the foyer and mammals gallery of the South Australian Museum for this Friday night event intended to showcase museum, special-release, cellar-door-only and reserved wines, as well as “more accessible ranges”. Among those represented will be Bremerton Wines, Burge Family Winemakers, Chain of Ponds, Penny’s Hill and Somerled, with DJ music and edibles from Gather and Graze by Bre. Reserved will run from 5.30-8.30pm; entry is $5 including souvenir glass.

Bastille Day at La Provence – July 14

CBD restaurant La Provence, in Pirie Street, is serving up a special five-course menu to celebrate Bastille Day. Expect dishes like Potato & Lobster Cube, Fried Quail Egg and Micro Celery with Perigord Truffle Dressing, and a Citrus Plate with Caramelised Lemon Tart, Lime Sorbet, Petit Souffle “Grand Marnier”, Blood Orange Jelly and Bitter Orange Sauce. It’s $98 a head, with more details on the Facebook page.

National Wine Centre Cellar Sessions and masterclasses – July-October

As part of its new free fortnightly event series Cellar Sessions, the National Wine Centre is also hosting ticketed masterclasses showcasing guest wineries. Next up is a masterclass with Bethany Wines of the Barossa Valley (on July 20), with other upcoming guests including Whistler Wines (August 17), Smidge Wines (August 31) and Chaffey Bros (September 14). Classes run from 5.30pm-6.30pm and cost $25; bookings essential.

A Plant-Based Feast – July 22

Tickets are still available for Short Days, Long Lunch: A Plant-Based Feast, which is part of the Winterfest festival at Port Adelaide this month. The event, on July 22 at the Ice Cube venue in Mundy Street, will see former MasterChef contestant and Gut Feeling Fermentation owner Samuel Whitehead and his vegetarian chef sister Yasmin  present a shared vegan Plant Based Feast with matched alcohol (tickets are $85, available here).

Cheese-A-Holics Cheese Festival – July 22

If you love cheese, then Plant 4 Bowden will be the place to be from 11am-6pm on July 22. The Cheese-A-Holics Cheese Festival will offer the chance to taste cheese from the likes of Udder Delights, Milawa Cheese, La Vera, Edwards Crossing and Ashgrove Cheese, as well as sparkling wines from Lloyd Brothers and Paxtons Winery. There will also be two masterclasses on offer: an Italian Cheese and Wine Masterclass with Antonio from Bottega Roloto and a Cheese and Alcohol Lovers Masterclass (looking at pairing cheese with beer and cider) with Lauretta Whittaker from Cheese-A-Holics. Festival entry is $10 and masterclasses are $20 each.

Sip & Sounds – July 22

The National Wine Centre promises to serve up “an indulgent day of wine, food and music” for Sip & Sounds, which is being held as part of the Umbrella Winter City Sounds festival. The centre will be transformed into what is described as an urban cellar door, serving a range of Australian wines and local craft beers and spirits alongside seasonal dishes and live acoustic music. Tickets for Sip & Sounds are $50pp or $45pp for groups of 10 or more, including entry, a Spiegelau wine glass and four complimentary tastings.

2KW Tour of France – July 25

To celebrate the Tour de France, 2KW is hosting a “progressive, interactive dinner” featuring dishes such as freshwater perch with beurre blanc, Goolwa pippies and saffron, and Civet-style Lenswood pasture-raised duck, Josper roasted with Provencal rillions. The $160pp dinner will also feature a range of matching French wines. Cyclist Stuart O’Grady’s bikes will be on display throughout the restaurant on the night, and it will all culminate with the screening of one of the gruelling mountain stages of the tour.

Winter Reds – July 27-29

The Adelaide Hills is gearing up for its annual red wine fest, with more than 30 wineries hosting events during this year’s Winter Reds. A few likely highlights are a five-course truffle dinner at Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant; a “low, slow, smoky barbecue” accompanied by museum reds, and soul and blues music at Longview Vineyard; an “Armchair Pinot Tasting” at Anderson Hill at Lenswood; a Marie Antoinette-inspired “Let Them Drink Wine” dinner hosted by Tomich Wines at The Manor Basket Range, and a “Taste of Tuscany” seasonal degustation meal matched with rare museum wines at Bird in Hand. See the full program here.

Prancing Pony BeerGustation Dinner – August 2

Feathers Hotel at Burnside is teaming up with Hills brewer Prancing Pony for a five-course, $95pp “BeerGustation” dinner which will include the Pony’s Magic Carpet Midnight Ride (Russian imperial stout) served with a brownie cookie, and a main course of Murray Valley dry-aged T-bone accompanied by the Prancing Pony India Red Ale. Details here.

Not Quite White – August 4-5

The Fruitful Pursuit’s next event will be a showcase of amber, orange and “skin contact” wines, offering tastings from the likes Alpha Box & Dice, BK Wines, Fall From Grace, Smallfry, Yelland & Papps and Unico Zelo. Dubbed Not Quite White, it will take place over two days at Chateau Apollo in Frome Street. Read more in this CityMag article.

Press* Presents the Eyre Peninsula – August 9

Press* food & wine is hosting a four-course dinner, with matching wines, to showcase three producers from the Eyre Peninsula: Boston Bay Smallgoods, Gazander Oysters and Kinkawooka Shellfish. Guests will have an opportunity to speak to the producers while enjoying a menu by executive chef Andrew Davies which highlights their produce. Tickets are $185 – keep an eye on the Facebook page for menu details.

It’s a Truffle Affair – August 16

Chefs Cheong Liew and Bethany Finn are combining their culinary talents for a truffle-inspired six-course dinner in the Mayfair Hotel’s Mayflower Restaurant. Tickets are $259pp with guests promised an elegant evening featuring “South Australian premium produce matched with the decadence of seasonal truffles and premium local wines”. Details 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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