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Food and drink happenings in SA, including a whisky and jazz evening at Bank Street Social, top-shelf spirits at Whisky Live, a beer and steak night at the Hackney, weekend feasts in the Barossa and a brewer meet and greet at Smiling Samoyed. 

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Whisky and Jazz at Bank Street Social – August 23

Bank Street Social is hosting a night of whisky masterclasses and tasting flights set to live jazz music courtesy of Atlanta Street Band. The masterclasses, to be held at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm, will feature guided tastings of the Glenkinchie, Oban and Lagavulin Single Malts and accompanied by matched cheeses. The tasting flights (available separately from the bar) feature the 12-year-old Glenkinchie, 14-year-old Oban and 16-year-old Legavulin. Tickets can be purchased here for $35. Cheese boards and pizza will also be available on the night.

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.

Beer and Steak Heads – August 31

The Hackney Hotel has partnered with Little Bang Brewing Company and Holco Meats to present its second Beer and Steak Heads event in its upstairs Loft function room. The evening will feature beer tastings, slow cooked beef T-bone starters and presentations by The Hackney’s chefs and Little Bang Brewing Co brewers. Tickets are $49 and can be purchased here.

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 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

Smiling Samoyed brewery.

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, include three complimentary drinks.

Paella Masterclass – September 8

Panacea head chef Andrew Curren will present a paella masterclass at the Westfield Marion restaurant. Described as a “small intimate event” with a limited capacity of 25 participants, the masterclass will include a drink on arrival, paella dinner, a “secret recipe” and take home ingredients to cook paella at home. Tickets are priced at $62 and are still available to purchase here.

Samuel’s Gorge Long Lunch – September 16

Samuel’s Gorge Wines founder and winemaker Justin McNamee will host a special Sunday long lunch at the Mount Osmond Golf Club. McNamee will share his inspiration for wine during the multiple-course lunch courtesy of head chef Ben White. Tickets are priced at $90 and include canapés, lunch and tastings from the Samuel’s Gorge range. For details see the Facebook event page.

Chinatown Tour – September 20

Masterchef runner-up Teena Yeow will take foodies on a guided tour of Chinatown, featuring a tasting of Yeow’s signature Indonesian Layer Cake and Kuih Lapid. The tour will include visits to Asian eateries serving street food and drinks, as well as a discussion of the history and culture of the iconic city precinct. Tour organisers have advised guests to skip breakfast, as tastings will be on offer throughout the tour. Details here.

Royal Adelaide Wine Show Public Tasting – September 28

Guests at this event at the Adelaide Showground’s Wayville Pavilion 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 ($70) 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.

McLaren Vale Spring Affair Festival – September 30

To celebrate the Labour Day long weekend, Maxwell Wines, Paxton Wines, Coriole Vineyards, Serafino Wines, Penny’s Hill and d’Arenberg will participate in a spring-themed festival at McLaren Vale. The festival will feature food and wine tasting and live music. Several pubs are offering Spring Affair tours (see full list here) with return bus transport from Adelaide. Tickets are priced at $35 with different festival packages available for purchase (note some have already sold out). Details here.

Urban Wine Walk – October 6

This self-guided wine-tasting experience returns to Adelaide in October, offering the chance to sample wines from makers such as Freddy Nerks, Revolver Wines, Ministry of Clouds, Hither & Yon and Singlefile Wines at East End bars including Mr Goodbar, NOLA, The Howling Owl, BRKLYN, Bar Torino and The Stag Public House. Tickets are $60 (plus booking fee) and must be purchased prior to the event. For details see the Facebook event page.

Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch – October 12

The Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch returns this year to King William Road as part of the Adelaide Fashion Festival. The event features a preview of new season styles featured at the festival, as well as grazing platters and shared plates provided by King William Road restaurants. Tickets can be purchased individually or for tables of up to ten guests.

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