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Cellar Treasures, Pinot aplenty and a Winter Feast

Food & Wine Events

Food and drink happenings in SA, including a weekend showcase of rare and museum wines at Langhorne Creek, Pinot Palooza, a Singaporean-style Sunday roast at Shōbōsho, and National Wine Centre masterclasses.

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Pinot Palooza – August 11

Touring Pinot Noir festival Pinot Palooza will land at Morphettville Racecourse this Saturday, with dozens of Australian and New Zealand wineries represented including SA’s Henschke, Tomich Wines, Golding, d’Arenberg and Vinteloper (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).

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.

Maxwell Winter Feast – August 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). Saturday night’s feast has sold out, but we’re told there are still a few tickets available for Friday. Read more in this InDaily article.

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.

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.

Cellar Sessions Masterclasses with Whistler & Smidge– August 17 and 31

The August 17 masterclass at the National Wine Centre will showcase Whistler Wines from the Barossa, to be followed by Smidge Wines on August 31, with tickets costing $25 for the 5.30pm-6.30pm structured tasting (bookings essential). The masterclasses are held in conjunction with the centre’s free Cellar Sessions, which are held fortnightly on Fridays from 4.30pm and include live music.

Pirate Life + Oyster Festival Dinner – August 21

Oysters are flavour of the month at Sean’s Kitchen.

As part of its month-long Oyster Festival (more about that here), 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.

Last Friday of the Month at The Pot – August 31

Wagyu beef producer Mayura Station and Torbreck wines are the producers being showcased at the next “Last Friday” lunch at The Pot by Emma McCaskill. The menu will include pickled tongue and piccalilli sandwiches; hanger steak tataki; braised beef cheek with wagyu fat potatoes; and wood-roasted Wagyu rump cap ($95pp for four courses). Also coming up at The Pot on September 5 is a yum cha experience presented by McCaskill and Salopian Inn chef Karena Armstrong. Details and bookings here.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend – August 31 – September 2

Langmeil Cellar Door will host a Back to the Future Friday lunch during the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.

This year’s Barossa Gourmet Weekend will comprise more than 30 events showcasing the region’s food and wine, from tastings and masterclasses 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.

Meet the Brewers at Smiling Samoyed – September 4

This event at Myponga’s Smiling Samoyed includes a tour of the brewery followed by lunch with the SS brewers and representatives of Migration Brewery in America. The shared feast will feature items from Chef Outta Water’s Chris Holen and include local cheeses and smallgoods, squid, wood-oven pizza and more. Tickets (available here) are $55, including three complimentary drinks.

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.

Ceduna Oyster Festival – September 28-30

As well as loads of fresh oysters from growers in Smoky and Denial Bays, this annual festival will feature a free seafood tasting with guest chef Simon Bryant, cooking demonstrations, fish filleting and oyster-shucking competitions, bars, food stalls, live performances, sailing trips and more. See the full three-day program here.

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