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Tea parties, winery sessions and a taste of Croatia

Food & Wine Events

Food and drink happenings in Adelaide and beyond, including the Croatian Food and Wine Festival, summer sessions amid the vines in McLaren Vale, Apothecary 1878’s annual sparkling tasting, an Inspired tea party and a Fantastic Feasts high tea.

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Croatian Food and Wine Festival – November 24

The Croatian Food and Wine Festival or “Fešta” is celebrating its 15th year this Saturday 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.

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. Tickets are $40 (including a 50ml Mount Gay Black Barrel rum and collector’s tin to take home).

Fantastic Feasts High Tea – November 25

Stamford Plaza Adelaide is “calling all wizards, witches and beasts alike” to a themed Sunday high tea inspired by the Fantastic Beasts movie phenomenon. Fantastic Feasts, available from 2pm-4pm, will include sweet and savoury treats, live entertainment, and a “giggle water cocktail” (or a mocktail for the kids) on arrival. Bookings are essential; $52 for adults and $27 for children aged five to 12 (under fives free). Also coming up, on December 16, will be an Aladdin High Tea. Details for both events here.

Cry Babycue – November 25

Cry Baby bar in Solomon Street is hosting an “all American-style BBQ lunch” with catering by Look Mum! No Hands! and drinks from Mismatch Brewery, Hills Cider and Alpha Box & Dice. Cry Babycue will run from 1-4.30pm, with live music from 1pm. Booth tickets have already sold out but there are still single tickets available for $65 including three drinks and “an array of BBQ”.

Apothecary Annual Champagne & Sparkling Tasting – November 26

More than 40 different varieties of bubbly will be available at Apothecary 1878’s Annual Champagne & Sparkling Tasting, including French champers such as Piper-Heidsieck, Bollinger and Perrier-Jouët, as well as South Australian sparkling from wineries such as Hentley Farm, Deviation Road, Henschke, Mount Lofty Ranges and Kilikanoon. Earlybird tickets are $65 (booked before November 19), including canapes.

Tea Inspired tea party – November 25

The City of Unley Museum is brewing up a special event this Sunday with the launch of a Tea Inspired exhibition featuring interactive classes, tastings, history, artefacts and tea-inspired artworks by Tristan Louth-Robins and Ray Harris. There will be an opening day tea party and tasting featuring Stu Hay from the Tea Catcher, and Adelaide boutique tea business Brewed by Belinda will create a special signature blend named “Inspired” which will be available for tasting each day. Bookings for the tea party (here) are essential, and the exhibition will be on display until April 18 next year.

Spring at Seppeltsfield – November 30

Barossa Valley’s Seppeltsfield Estate is hosting an evening of wine, food, craft, design and more at this late afternoon/evening event. Those attending will be able to “soak up the spring vibes” on the terrace with a cocktail or spritzer from Fino paired with tasty street food, enjoy a glass of Seppeltsfield wine in the revitalised cellar door and try Barossa produce from Owen Andrews Catering in the lounge area. Other Spring at Seppeltsfield activities will include a meet-the-makers opportunity at JamFactory and segway tours. Entry is $10.

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).

Summer in the Vales – December

McLaren Vale wineries are springing into summer with a host of weekend wine, food and music sessions throughout December. Here’s a few picks:

Picnic at Paxton: Two days (December 1-2) of picnicking at Paxton Wines, with wine – of course – plus cheese boards and live music. Keep an eye on Facebook for more details.

Pizza & Wines at Hugo Wines: From 1-5pm on December 2, this Sunday session under a marquee on the lawn at Hugo’s cellar door will include food by Rolling Pizza Oven and live music. Tickets are $15, including a Riedel Hugo wine glass and free first glass of wine.

Lavish Lawns at Beresford: This is a monthly event over summer at Beresford Wines in Blewitt Springs Road, with the next one scheduled for December 2. Lavish Lawns serves up food, wine, premium cocktails and craft beer from a pop-up bar, along with live entertainment, vineyard tours on the Beresford Wine Cart and masterclasses.

Lavish Lawns at Beresford Wines.

Summer Saturdays and Lazy Sundays: Doc Adams will be presenting live music acts at a series of Lazy Sunday sessions throughout December, with tailored food and wine packages available (bookings essential). And on December 22, it’s hosting a Summer Saturday event with live acoustic music plus a DJ; platters available, BYO picnic rug.

Syn at Sunset: Presented by Leconfield and Richard Hamilton Wines, Syn at Sunset is celebrating its 10th anniversary on December 27, with music; Old School Bus toasties, smoothies and coffee; Leconfield regional platters; picnic boxes; Leconfield, Richard Hamilton and Syn wines, and Vale Ale beer.

Cheese After Dark Christmas Special – December 5

The Smelly Cheese Shop at Adelaide Central Market is holding a special end-of-year Cheese After Dark event combining French cheeses with Champagne including Pol Roger and Pierre Gimonnet NV. Tickets are $95; details here.

Women in Wine – December 12

McLaren Vale will be the focus of December’s Women in Wine event at Electra House’s Level One restaurant, with guest winemakers 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.

Adelaide Wine Markets – December 15

After a sold-out launch party in October, the Adelaide Wine Markets is returning to the Market Shed on Holland in December. The pop-up event, which has a stated mission to “connect wine lovers with some of the best small and boutique producers from all over South Australia”, will be offering wine, gin and cider tastings from 5-10pm, with food stalls and live music. Tickets are $20.

Adelaide French Festival – January 11-13

La Buvette bites at the 2018 Adelaide French Festival.

Hosted by the Adelaide Festival Centre, the French Festival includes some tasty food and wine events alongside the line-up of live music, theatre, dance and fashion. Bon Vivant will see Breton chef Nathalie Beavuais from Le Jardin Gourmand create a $150-a-head French seafood dinner showcasing the flavours of Brittany in the centre’s Banquet Room on January 12, while Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet will team up with The Smelly Cheese Shop for a sensory experience, pairing cheese, wine and music at an $80 Sonic Seasoning event on the Dunstan Playhouse stage on January 13. Gresham Street small bar La Buvette Drinkery will host a French spirits masterclass, and a taste of French food and wine will be available on the Riverdeck Hub throughout the festival. See the full program here.

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