Not Quite White – August 4-5
This event presented by The Fruitful Pursuit 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. You can read more about the event in this CityMag article, and find links to other Not Quite White and orange wine stories here.
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 plus, they say, “a tasting space, martini luge, beautiful food offerings and our ‘Freak Hour’”. See the Facebook event page for details.
Wizardry High Tea – August 5
This Harry Potter-themed high tea at Stamford Plaza Adelaide 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, and tickets were still available last time we looked.
Harvest Moon Banquet – August 7
Pink Moon Saloon’s Harvest Moon winter banquet series has been so popular it’s decided to keep it going for a bit longer, with an event next Tuesday featuring winemaker Joshua Cooper. For $100 plus booking fee, guests will enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Saloon chefs alongside tastings of a selection of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines from Victoria. Details here.
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 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). Read more in this InDaily article.
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).
The Harvest Table – August 18
Subtitled Suppertime Stories and Dinner with the Departed, this interactive, five-course, wine-paired dinner will be hosted by Gather at Coriole chef Tom Tilbury at Centennial Park’s Jubilee Hall. The Harvest Table – presented in conjunction with SALA Festival, Coriole Vineyards and the Pseudo Society – will incorporate “precious artefacts from Australian history” in what organisers say will be an “engaging, historic, abstract journey”. Intrigued? Tickets ($150pp) can be booked here.
Pirate Life + Oyster Festival Dinner – August 21
As part of its month-long Oyster Festival, Sean’s Kitchen is presenting a $75-a-head dinner at which Pirate Life beers will be matched with dishes such as Oyster Po’ Boy, Beer & Oyster Stout Pie and Oyster Taco. And for dessert? A Pirate Life Stout Tiramisu. You’ll find more details about the dinner here.
Whisky Live & Fine Spirits – August 24
A large selection of top-shelf whiskies from distilleries around the world will be available for sampling at Whisky Live at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Hindley Street. For the first time, the event also includes other spirits such as vodka, gin, rum and cognac. There will be experts on hand “to inform and educate”, with the $110 entry price including a spirit glass to keep, a tasting guide and “gourmet eats” to line your stomach. A special bar will offer a selection of rare and old whiskies which can be sampled from $22 per 15ml serve.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend – August 31 – September 2
This year’s Barossa Gourmet Weekend will comprise more than 30 events showcasing the region’s food and wine, from tastings and master-classes to long lunches and garden parties. A few ticketed highlights include a cooking demonstration and lunch presented by award-winning Bistro Blackwood restaurateur and chef Jock Zonfrillo at the Yalumba Cooperage, an American barbecue with live music at Kellermeister’s mud-brick cellars, a game-cooking demo and three-course degustation hosted by executive chef Saskia Beer at Chateau Tanunda, an “exotic South American feast” presented at a secret location by the folk from Barossa Underground, a Back to the Future Friday lunch at Langmeil Cellar Door, and the Grapes of Mirth comedy night – featuring comedians including Merrick Watts, Luke McGregor, Tom Ballard and Fiona O’Loughlin – at Seppeltsfield’s vintage cellar. See the full program here.
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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