Double Shot Coffee Fiesta – November 4
Cafes, roasters, suppliers and baristas will converge on the Soldiers’ Memorial Garden in Unley for the annual Double Shot Coffee Fiesta, featuring tastings, workshops, food stalls, live music and family-friendly activities. The theme of this year’s event is “coffee with a conscience”, and roasters represented will include Dawn Patrol Coffee, Patio Coffee and Soho coffee. The fiesta runs from 10am until 4pm, with more information available on the official Facebook page.
Adelaide Wine Markets launch party – November 3
This pop-up wine market will launch its new monthly event at the Market Shed on Holland with a party on Saturday featuring food vendors, a bar and live music from 5pm-10pm. There will be wine tastings from producers including Karrawarra, Forage Supply Co, Hey Diddle and Chateau Yaldara. Tickets are $20 including take-home wine glass.
Lucky Dumpling Market – until November 11
The Lucky Dumpling Market has returned to the Riverbank precinct (on the Convention Centre lawns) for OzAsia Festival, with a range of Asian cuisines including Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and Indian. Among the stalls returning are The Filipino Project, Sookii La La and Teppanyaki Noodles, while newcomers include Humpty Dumplings and Astonish Patisserie. Drink options include a sake bar and bubble tea from Bubble Bus. The market is open from 4.30pm-late Monday to Friday, and from midday until late on Saturday and Sunday.
Yangarra Spring Picnic – November 4
Yangarra Estate Vineyard at Kangarilla will host its annual spring picnic on the winery lawns this Sunday, with guests able to taste its new-release spring wines by the glass and bottle. There will be acoustic tunes, lawn games and “family-friendly fun”, and you can either BYO picnic or pre-order a Yangarra cheese hamper. The picnic begins at 11am and entry is $15.
Hellbound Wine at Pink Moon Saloon – November 4
Pink Moon Saloon has teamed up with Hellbound Wine Bar for this collaborative dinner at Hellbound in Rundle Street. Tickets are $75 for a six-course menu plus arrival cocktail, and Hellbound Sommeliers’ Collective wine matches will be available by request on the day for an extra $55. Details here.
Melbourne Cup – November 6
Here are some of the Adelaide venues large and small where you can join the Melbourne Cup race-day frivolities:
Hennessy Rooftop Bar: The Mayfair Hotel’s Cup Day high tea in the Mayflower Restaurant has already sold out, but there are still a few spots left for its Rooftop Bar event. Tickets are $69, and guests will receive a glass of champers on arrival, plus a selection of canapes and cocktail food including BBQ pork buns and sushi. It’s on from 1-3pm, with a post-race after-party as well.
Electra House: Four Melbourne Cup party packages are available at Electra House, from a $160pp VIP food and drinks package including three-course meal and Pol Roger champagne, to a less-formal $40 event in the Chamber and Garden Bar with BBQ pulled pork or eggplant in brioche, and a glass of Pol Roger or two Mismatch beers. There’s also a $20 after-party with DJs. The race that stops the nation will be shown on eight big screens, plus there will be race sweeps and door prizes.
Lady Burra Brewhouse: The Topham Mall microbrewery will serve up a three-course Cup Day menu including paella croquetas, char-grilled ribeye or salmon fillet, and chocolate mousse – plus a glass of bubbles or pint of Lady Burra beer. Tickets are $60.
Hains & Co: The famous race will be shown on a 2m x 3m screen at Gilbert Place small bar Hains & Co, with $20 entry or a $120 drinks package including food, beer, wine, cocktails and house-pour spirits between midday and 3pm. Post-Cup, it will also host the “Hains & Co Egg & Spoon Hobby Horse Race down Gilbert Place”.
Among the myriad other hotels, restaurants and bars offering special Melbourne Cup packages are Sean’s Kitchen, the Hilton Hotel and Intercontinental Adelaide.
Christine Manfield at The Pot – November 8
Australian chef and restaurateur Christine Manfield will be back in Adelaide in November for one of a series of national dinners promoting the second edition of her book Tasting India. The Adelaide dinner will take place at The Pot, with the $150 ticket price including the meal, an arrival cocktail and a signed copy of the book (details/bookings here). Manfield promises to “immerse her audience in colour, flavours and spice, creating dishes from heirloom recipes she’s collected during her travels to India”, including curry-leaf chicken, dal vada (lentil patties) and potato curry. See Manfield’s Amritsari Fried Fish recipe here.
McLaren Vale Meets Leigh Street – November 9
McLaren Vale winemakers will be popping up in Leigh Street from 4.30pm for this event showcasing trophy winners from the 2018 McLaren Vale Wine Show. The $20 includes five tastings and a take-home Plumm wine glass, with wines also being sold by the glass or bottle. Bookings here (no tickets will be available on the door).
Beer & Bubbles – November 17
East End Cellars is bringing the annual Beer & Bubbles celebration back to Vardon Avenue this November, with a selection of SA craft beers, ciders, sparkling wines and possibly even a “splash of gin”. East End eateries The Tasting Room, Mothervine, Nola and Lemongrass will all have pop-up shops serving food to go, with Skin Contact in charge of the tunes. Beer & Bubbles runs from midday until 5pm, and the tickets ($39 plus booking fee in advance or $45 on the day) include 15 tasting tokens.
Yoga, Wine, Yes Please! – November 18
Wine for Yoga Lovers (more about them here) is heading to Plant 4 Bowden for this event, which will begin with a yoga session, followed by a chance to sample wines from the Wine for Yoga Lovers range, then maybe buy a glass or bottle and listen to tunes from acoustic duo Girls Next Door. Plant 4 eatery My Grandma Ben will have gourmet grazing boxes available throughout the afternoon, including cheese, dips and pickles with home-made lavosh and sourdough baguette. The yoga begins at 4pm and tickets (available here) are $30.
Women in Wine – November 22 & December 12
The Wrattonbully region will be the focus of the next Women in Wine event at Electra House’s Level One restaurant, with guest winemakers Jane Richards of Eight at the Gate, Susie Harris of Land of Tomorrow, and Sue Bell of Bellwether Wines. It will be followed by a McLaren Vale dinner on December 12 featuring Corrina Wright from Oliver’s Taranga, Vanessa Altman from Switch Wines, and Gill Gordon-Smith from Fall from Grace. At the $75pp dinners, each winemaker matches one of their wines to a course from Level One’s modern Asian shared-plates menu, with the meal followed by a Q&A session.
This Little Piggy Went to Market – November 16
Golding Wines is joining with Feast! Fine Foods for this event in the Lobethal winery’s Fridays with Friends series. This Little Piggy Went to Market will be all about the glory of Christmas ham: guests will start off on the terrace with a glass of fizz and platters, to be followed by a “hands-on ham glazing session” with Golding head chef Josh Dorset, then a long-table dinner with – of course – ham and all the accompaniments. Tickets are $90 (including take-home goodie bag with recipes).
Mount Gay Rum at Hains & Co – November 22
There will be plenty of fun for rum lovers at this Hains & Co evening with Mount Gay Rum brand ambassador Mark Hickey. As well as learning about the history of the rum, guests will get to enjoy a bespoke cocktail and five variants of Mount Gay, while nibbling on bites from the Hains galley. brings out tasty morsels to keep trucking. Tickets are $40 (including a 50ml Mount Gay Black Barrel rum and collector’s tin to take home).
Croatian Food and Wine Festival – November 24
The Croatian Food and Wine Festival or “Fešta” is celebrating its 15th year on November 24 with a showcase of traditional Croatian heritage from dancing and games to, of course, food and wine. Edible options will include spit-roasted meats, sarma (stuffed cabbage rolls), chevapchichi, “Croatian pita” (rolled savoury pastry) and cakes … but we’re told it is acceptable to head straight to the stand selling krofne (fluffy Croatian donuts). Fešta is on from 11am until late at the Croatian Sport Centre, State Sports Park, Gepps Cross.
Gincident – December 1
“An event that happened due to one too many gins” is the tagline for this spirited celebration which will take place in Port Adelaide at the Flour Shed at Hart’s Mill. The Howling Owl will host the main bar, serving a selection of gin cocktails, while Fever Tree Tonic and Hains & Co will host a “garnish bar”. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to taste around 20 different gins from the likes of Prohibition, 36 Short, McHenry, Adelaide Hills Distillery and Never Never, with food vans serving bites outside and live entertainment. Gincident will run from midday until 9pm, with pre-sale tickets costing $25 ($35 on the door).
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