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Food and drink happenings in SA, including a special charity lunch in the Barossa, Ruby chocolate tastings at San Churro, a Chinatown foodie tour, Osteria Oggi’s birthday celebration, a Mismatch Sunday Session and BeerGustation, plus more.

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1918 & Chateau Tanunda Charity Lunch – September 15

1918 Bistro & Grill in Tanunda is hosting a four-course lunch this Saturday to raise funds for the Vinnie’s Women’s Crisis Centre. Head chef James Lawrie has created a menu including grilled buttermilk quail and char-grilled lamb rump, with each dish to be accompanied by wines from Chateau Tanunda. The cost is $80pp, with half of every ticket sale to be donated to the crisis centre. Details/bookings 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 passion for wine during the multiple-course lunch courtesy of head chef Ben White. Tickets (still available last we looked) are $90 and include canapés, lunch and tastings from the Samuel’s Gorge range. For details see the Facebook event page.

#RealRuby Chocolate Experience – throughout September

Gouger Street chocolateria San Churro is hosting a series of tastings this month of the much-hyped new Ruby chocolate (you may have seen it on the recent series of MasterChef). Unveiled late last year by Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, Ruby is said to get its colour from the ruby cocoa bean and has been touted as the only new chocolate discovery in 80 years. San Churro’s #RealRuby Chocolate Experience ($35-$50) is described as a two-part “sensory journey” which includes a “curated and narrated” chocolate tasting followed by dessert including the Ruby chocolate paired with churros. Bookings essential.

Chinatown Tour – September 20

Teena Yeow (sister-in-law of MasterChef runner-up Poh) will take foodies on a special guided tour of Chinatown, featuring a tasting of her signature Indonesian Layer Cake. 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.

Latvian Lunchroom’s Farewell Folk Feast – September 21

Sadly, this is the last hoorah for Adelaide Central Market’s Latvian Lunchroom, where flower-crowned owner Inga Perkons-Grauze and her family have proudly served up Latvian dishes ranging from pirags, soups and sauerkraut to cakes, washed down with Baltic beer, vodka, cider and liqueurs. Tickets for the farewell long-table feast are $65 plus booking fee (available here), and guests can expect to taste the restaurant’s “folk cuisine favourites and signature dishes”.

Oggi 3rd Birthday – September 23

Pirie Street restaurant Osteria Oggi – which earlier this year made The Australian Financial Review‘s 2018 list of Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants – will celebrate its third birthday next Sunday with an afternoon cocktail event. Tickets are $100 (“food and booze”); bookings essential.

Mismatch Brewing at Pink Moon Saloon – September 23

The Spring Sunday Series at Leigh Street small bar Pink Moon Saloon continues next weekend with special guests Mismatch Brewing. Tickets are $40 for a three-course wood-fired lunch; keep an eye on the Facebook page for the menu and beer line-up. Pink Moon is also promising “Dad rock all afternoon, disco into the evening”.

MisMatched Dining – September 27

Mismatch is also popping up at Feathers Hotel’s latest BeerGustation event – a five-course affair featuring company founder Ewan Brewerton, The Hills Cider Company’s Steve Dorman and Tobias Kline, and Adelaide Hills Distillery’s Sacha La Forgia. Tickets are $125 (bookings here), with the menu including dishes such as kingfish ceviche matched with a  78° Sunset Gin Martini, pressed pork shoulder served with Mismatch Session Ale, and a dark chocolate cigar with Adelaide Hills Distillery’s Rosso & Bitter Orange Sour.

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.

St Hugo Legacy Dinner – September 30

Barossa winery St Hugo is hosting a $200-a-head “legacy dinner” which it says will pay homage to the Gramp family and “their rich history in Barossa food traditions”. It will feature a special menu created by executive chef Mark McNamara, and see the launch of the next wine in St Hugo’s legacy collection, The Unspoken Promise. Bookings 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.

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.

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, 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 10 guests.

SA Gin Day at Plant 4 – October 14

Plant 4 Bowden will celebrate South Australian gin distilleries with this day of tastings and masterclasses, accompanied by food and live music. The Gin Day festivities will run from 11am until 6pm, and $25 will buy you a tasting glass to sample a range of flavours and mixes.

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.

Langhorne Creek on Leigh Street – October 26

Winemakers from Langhorne Creek will descend on Leigh Street from 4.30pm-8pm for this pop-up event, with more than 100 wines available to purchase by the glass or bottle. Wineries represented will include Bleasdale, Lake Breeze, Bremerton, Temple Bruer, Karrawatta, Angas Plains, Vineyard Road and Rusticana. Entry is $5 including souvenir glass (note: this is not a tasting event, so wine is available only to purchase).

CheeseFest+Ferment – October 27-28

Photo: Duy Dash

Woodside Cheese Wrights’ Kris Lloyd has brought back the popular CheeseFest and combined it with Ferment the Festival (which debuted last year) for this two-day celebration in Rymill Park of all things fermented. As well as wine, beer and gin cheese pairings, there will be a range of other tastings, ferment masterclasses, food stalls, bars and cooking demonstrations by chefs including MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston, Karena Armstrong from Salopian Inn and Sharon Flynn from The Fermentary. Read more in this InDaily story and on the CheeseFest + Ferment website.

Vegan Festival Adelaide – October 27-28

Taking place in Victoria Square, this year’s Vegan Fest will feature dozens of stalls, including by food producers such as Gut Feeling Fermentation, Bob Bowls Catering Co, RAW Earth Dessert, Staazi & Co, Forage Supply Co, Milkless, Four Seeds and Cakeboy Donuts. There will also be talks, workshops, cooking demos, dancing and kids’ activities. See the full program here.

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