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Friday drinks, wine tasting and a Spring Affair

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Food and drink events in SA, including Friday knock-off drinks with Left Barrel Brewing at the old RAH site; a mega wine-tasting at Adelaide Showgrounds; food, wine and music at McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair, a ‘brewery battle lunch’ and more.

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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 are participating in a spring-themed festival at McLaren Vale. The festival will feature food and wine tasting and live music, with a range of masterclasses and special tastings available – including Maxwell’s Mead Flight, Penny’s Hill’s Mad Men Gin Masterclass and Coriole’s museum wine tasting. The Spring Affair pub group tours have now sold out, but you can still “choose your own adventure”. Details here.

Hello Fridays presents Left Barrel Brewing – September 28

For this week’s “Friday knock-off drinks”, Hello Fridays at Lot Fourteen on the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site is presenting Adelaide Hills microbrewery Left Barrel. You’ll find beers such as Balhannah Bitter, Duckhunter Pale Ale, Passionfruit Sour Ale and Forty 6 & Two IPA on tap from 5pm-9pm, plus wines from Switch Organic Wines and food including venison hot dogs and chargrilled pumpkin from If You’re Game.

Royal Adelaide Wine Show Public Tasting – September 28

Guests at this Friday’s 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.

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.

Unley Long Lunch after-parties – October 12

This year’s Mercedes-Benz Unley Long Lunch on King William Road has now sold out, but for the first time the event – part of the Adelaide Fashion Festival – will kick on into the evening with a series of after-parties. The official after-party will be in the Tomich Laneway from 4pm, with free entry, live music, champagne and local wines served from The Hive, Tomich Wines’ vintage “wine bar on wheels”. See here for details of other events.

Waymouth Street Party – October 12

The Waymouth Street Party returns this spring with an evening of drinking, eating and music. Featured vendors and restaurants will 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.

Big Shed vs Mismatch Brewery Battle Lunch – October 13

To be held at The Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars in Mitcham, this “Brewery Battle Lunch” will feature a range of beers from each brewery alongside an American-style barbecue lunch with goodies such as pork belly, ribs, spicy buffalo wings and more. Tickets are $50 (bookings here) and guests will have the chance to meet the brewers, win prizes and vote on which brewery deserves the “beer belt”.

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.

Lucky Dumpling Market – October 25 – November 11

The Lucky Dumpling Market will return to the Riverbank precinct (on the Convention Centre lawns) for this year’s OzAsia Festival, with a range of Asian cuisines including Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and Indian. Among the stalls returning to the market will be The Filipino Project, Sookii La La and Teppanyaki Noodles, while newcomers include Humpty Dumplings and Astonish Patisserie. Drink options will include a sake bar and bubble tea from Bubble Bus. The market will be open from 4.30pm-late Monday to Friday, and from midday until late on Saturday and Sunday.

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).

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).

CheeseFest+Ferment – October 27-28

Photo: Duy Huynh

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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