Winter Reds – July 27-29
The Adelaide Hills annual red wine fest is on this weekend, with more than 30 wineries hosting events. They include Bravio – a four-course meal, plus live music and barrel racing – at Fox Gordon’s new Kuitpo cellar door; a “low, slow, smoky barbecue” accompanied by museum reds, and soul and blues music at Longview Vineyard; a Pizza and Pinot Masterclass hosted by Riposte Wines’ Tim Knappstein at Jimmies Restaurant in Crafers; Lobethal Road’s Fire & Spice, including oysters and Asian dishes by chef Ali Seedsman and live music; a long-table lunch paired with 2017-release reds at The Lane Vineyard’s Baby It’s Cold Outside; a five-course feast cooked by ex-Orana chef Shannon Fleming served amid firepits at Ngeringa Vineyards; a Pinot in the Dark candlelit dinner at Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, and a Taste of Tuscany seasonal degustation meal matched with rare museum wines at Bird in Hand. See the full program here.
BRKLYN Pickle Party – July 27
To celebrate a love of pickles, East End bar BRKLYN has teamed up with Jameson & Young Henrys for a pickle party. There will be pickle-inspired cocktails, picklebacks (we believe that’s where a shot of whisky is chased by a shot of pickle brine), fried pickles and pickle hotdogs, and a pickle pop-up – all accompanied by “pickle party tunes” from DJs Cazeaux and Tom Borgas.
Last Friday Lunch at The Pot – July 27
This month’s Last Friday Lunch at King William Road restaurant The Pot will feature organic gardener and journalist Nigel Hopkins as guest, with the four-course meal including produce from his garden. Expect dishes such as crispy kingfish wing, and master-stock-braised and caramelised Boston Bay pork hock, with matching wines from Charlotte Dalton. The next lunch, on August 31, will showcase Wagu beef producer Mayura Station and Torbreck Wines.
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. There are still seats available but ticket sales end at COB today (July 25). The cost is $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.
Women in Wine at Level One – August 1
Electra House’s Level One restaurant is launching a 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’” (there’s more on that to follow, apparently). Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for details.
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 (pictured above) from Mjolner restaurant in Sydney will join Maxwell head chef Fabian Lehmann to present the McLaren Vale winery’s annual Winter Feast. Maxwell promises the evening will be “entertaining and delicious”, with a communal table setting and tickets costing $150pp (bookings here).
Winter Reds and Truffle Degustation – August 11
Truffles are the flavour du’jour in Adelaide, and Rigoni’s Bistro is getting in on the fungi fun with this event featuring truffles from different Australian growing regions including Western Australia, Tasmania and Victoria’s Yarra Valley. The truffle dishes will be matched with red wines at the $140-a-head dinner. Details 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.
Singaporean Sunday Roast at Shōbōsho – August 12
Leigh Street restaurant Shōbōsho is hosting a collaborative lunch with Singaporean restaurant Salted and Hunt, with the latter’s chef, Drew Nocente, taking over the grills on August 12. Shōbōsho says diners can expect a “Singaporean-style Sunday roast – think satay, Oriental party drinks and charred meats”. There will be two sittings, at midday and 2pm.
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).
Wizardry High Tea – August 5
The first date for this Harry Potter-themed high tea at Stamford Plaza Adelaide has sold out, but tickets are still available for the August 5 event. The high tea will include 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. The cost is $52 for adults and $27 for children aged five to 12.
Royal Adelaide Wine Show Public Tasting – September 28
Guests at this event at the Adelaide Showground’s Wayville Pavillion will have the opportunity to pour their own tastings from a selection of more than 2500 new-release vintages and award-winning wines entered in the 2018 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Tickets ($60 before July 31, or $80 if you also wish to attend a wine education masterclass) include a tasting glass to keep, live entertainment, cocktail food and a catalogue of results listing all the wines on offer. Details here.
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