The Noble Gentleman wine-pairing dinner – September 26
New Topham Mall small bar The Noble Gentleman will host its first wine-pairing dinner on September 26, featuring a three-course menu paired with wines from Next Crop Wines (Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills). The menu for the $80 dinner includes SA wild-caught prawns, char-grilled lamb cutlets and a vanilla-bean panna cotta. Winemakers from Next Crop will also be present to discuss their range, which is being showcased at TNG tasting sessions throughout this month. Details here.
International Grenache Day – September 21
Friday is the day to raise your glasses to Grenache, and several SA wineries have events planned to tickle your tastebuds. They include Samuel’s Gorge, which will show off its yet-to-be-released 2016 Samuel’s Gorge Reserve Grenache blends and re-visit select museum vintages at its cellar door from 11am-5pm, while fellow McLaren Vale winery Serafino is hosting a free community tasting from 5-7pm. Yangarra Estate Vineyard will showcase several of its Grenache releases – including the 2015 Old Vine Grenache – alongside its other wines at a $92 long lunch at The Caledonian in North Adelaide this Sunday (menu and bookings here).
Pete Evans + Line & Label cooking demos – September 22
My Kitchen Rules co-host Pete Evans will host free cooking demonstrations at the Adelaide Central Market this Saturday with chef Josh Harris from Port Lincoln restaurant Line & Label. The demos will be held at the Community Kitchen in the market’s Gouger Dining Area at 9.30am, 11am and 12.30pm, and coincide with Line & Label’s producer-in-residence pop-up, where it is showcasing its menu – including Ocean Jacket Snout and Spencer Gulf King Prawns – until October 6.
#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
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.
National Wine Centre’s Champagne Fest – October 28
More than 25 wineries will take part in the National Wine Centre’s third annual Champagne Fest, which will include masterclasses and a menu featuring freshly shucked oysters, paella and antipasto platters. Wine co-ordinator James Boden says this year’s offering has been extended to include wines from Italy, Spain, the UK and the US, alongside French champagne houses and South Australian wineries. DJ Driller Jet Armstrong will entertain festival-goers throughout the day, which runs from 11am until 6pm. General admission tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advance or $30 per person at the door (masterclass tickets an additional $40).
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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