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Food and drink happenings in SA, including long lunches and garden parties at Barossa Gourmet Weekend, a Mayura Station and Torbreck wines showcase at The Pot, DJs and yum cha in Chinatown and beers and fired meats at Pink Moon.

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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. 

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.

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, include three complimentary drinks.

Yum Cha Cherry Blossom Disco – September 8

Chinatown Plaza

The recently renovated Chinatown Plaza is hosting a disco and yum cha event to celebrate the start of spring. Tickets ($55 available here) include three dishes and two house drinks. Local DJs Troy J Been and Driller will be on the decks to start what has been promoted as “a cranking party in the heart of Chinatown”.

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 and a “secret recipe” and take-home ingredients to cook paella at home. Tickets are priced at $62 and are available here.

Big Shed Brewing Spring Sunday Lunch – September 9

Big Shed Brewing and Pink Moon Saloon have teamed up to present a Spring Sunday session of beers and redgum-fired meats at Pink Moon’s Leigh Street bar and kitchen. The $75 ticket includes lunch and four beers, including Kolschisel, F-Yeah APA, Shed X Black IPA and Boozy Fruit NEIPA. Find out more 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.

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.

Waymouth Street Party – October 12

The Waymouth Street Party returns in spring with an evening of drinking, eating and music. Featured vendors and restaurants at this season’s event include Smallfry Seafood, Melt Pizzeria, George’s on Waymouth, The Gallery and Press* Food and Wine. Long tables and a dance floor will be set up on the street and live musicians will provide entertainment. The party kicks off from 4pm.

Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival – October 21

The Dożynki Committee is hosting a Polish-themed food festival at Polonia Soccer Grounds in Croydon Park. My Kitchen Rules contestants Sammy and Bella will present cooking demonstrations of Polish cuisine in the food tent. The festival will also feature its annual wheat ‘snopek’ tossing and pierogi eating competitions. Polish beer and food will be available for purchase. Entry is $15. Find out more here.

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