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Food and drink happenings in SA, including a Cheese-A-Holics festival at Plant 4 Bowden, wine meets music at Sip & Sounds, Never Never Distilling’s birthday bash, a French feast at 2KW and Winter Reds in the Adelaide Hills.

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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.

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 Sunday. 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 Paxton Wines. 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.

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 Sunday 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).

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.

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.

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.

Women in Wine at Level One – August 1

Electra House’s Level One restaurant will next month launch a news series of “Women in Wine” dinners to celebrate women in the SA wine industry. The first dinner, on August 1, will feature Adelaide Hills winemakers, including Kathy Drogemuller from Paracombe Wines, Laura Carter from Unico Zelo and Charlotte Dalton from Charlotte Dalton Wines. Each winemaker will match one of their wines to a course from the restaurant’s Asian shared-plates menu, with the dinner to be followed by a Q&A session. Tickets are $75.

Never Never Distilling birthday party – August 2

To celebrate its first birthday, SA craft distillery Never Never is throwing a “Dark Party” at Hains & Co, the bar which poured its first case. There will be a selection of Never Never cocktails, “a tasting space, martini luge, beautiful food offerings and our ‘Freak Hour’”. We’re not sure what the freak hour is, but there might be more info to come on the Facebook event page. The distillery is also promising a bottle of each of its gins to guests whose outfit best embraces the dark theme.

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.

Maxwell Winter Feast – August 10-11

Chef Joachim Borenius from Mjolner restaurant in Sydney will join Maxwell head chef Fabian Lehmann to present the McLaren Vale restaurant’s annual Winter Feast. We haven’t seen a menu, but a look at the two restaurants’ online menus will give a hint of what to expect. Maxwell’s promises the evening will be “entertaining and delicious”, with a communal table setting and tickets costing $150pp (bookings here).

Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures – August 11-12

Wineries throughout Langhorne Creek will delve into their cellars to show off their rare and museum wines during the region’s Cellar Treasures weekend. Events include vertical tastings, winery tours, lunches, masterclasses and a sparkling red breakfast. See the full program and cellar-door map here.

Pinot Palooza – August 11

Touring Pinot Noir festival Pinot Palooza will land at Morphettville Racecourse next month, with dozens of Australian and New Zealand wineries represented (see a full list here). There will also be a vermouth bar and DJ music, with tickets costing $60 (general admission) and $95 (VIP, including a glass of fizz on arrival and pre-event access).

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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