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Forkmas, foraging, long lunch and a Lot 100 takeover

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Food and drink happenings in Adelaide and beyond, including a festive food truck event in the city, a Lot 100 takeover at Prohibition’s Gilbert Street distillery, lunch with Charlotte Dalton Wines at Charlick’s, and a foraging experience in the Hills.

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Forkmas – December 21

Fork on the Road will present its annual Christmas Fork in the city between 4pm and 9pm next Friday at the Karen Rolton Oval on the corner of North and West Terraces. Held in partnership with the Adelaide Strikers, who will be taking on the Melbourne Stars in their first WBBL home game of the season, Forkmas will include an array of food trucks – including Gang Gang, Daisy Burger, Van Dough, Staazi & Co, Chimichurri Grill and Humpty Dumplings – plus a bar, roving entertainment and a visit by Santa.

Lot 100 Comes to Gilbert Street – December 13

To celebrate the launch of their new cellar door venue Lot 100 in the Adelaide Hills, Mismatch Brewing Company, The Hills Cider Company and Adelaide Hills Distillery are taking over Prohibition Liquor Co’s Gilbert Street distillery tomorrow evening. There will be free gin, craft beer and cider tastings, plus cocktail specials all night. Details here.

Charlick’s Lunch Series: Charlotte Dalton Wines – December 14

New East End restaurant Charlick’s (you can read more about it here) is hosting a special long lunch this Friday with Charlotte Hardy of Charlotte Dalton Wines. It will showcase seven wines alongside five courses from Charlick’s summer menu launched this week, with tickets costing $110pp and limited seats available. Details/bookings here.

Longview’s Pre-Christmas Pizza Party – December 15

V Mitolo and Sons’ Pizzateca from McLaren Vale will be taking over the wood oven at Macclesfield winery Longview for this party, serving up a range of pizzas including its popular Diablo (with salami and house-made chilli honey, pictured above), Margherita and vego/vegan options. There will also be antipasto and zeppole from La Dolce Vita Catering, a Limoncello bar, Longview wines (of course) and a DJ. Details here.

Adelaide Wine Markets – December 15

After a sold-out launch party in October, the Adelaide Wine Markets will return to the Market Shed on Holland this weekend with wines from the likes of Chateau Yaldara, Barossa Boy, Tilbrook Estate, Claymore and Hey Diddle. 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 offer wine, gin and cider tastings from 5-10pm, with food stalls and live music. Tickets are $20.

Aladdin High Tea – December 16

Stamford Plaza Adelaide’s Aladdin-themed high tea should whet appetites for the lavish Disney musical bound for Adelaide next year. The hotel promises “a magicial afternoon where wishes come true”, with savoury and sweet treats, plus entertainment. Bookings are essential; $52 for adults and $27 for children aged five to 12 (under fives free). There is also another Wizardry High Tea planned for January 19 and 20. Details for both events here.

Forage for Cherries, Berries, Wild Food and Bevies – December 19

Conscious Lifestyles is hosting a foraging food and wine experience in the Adelaide Hills, with guide Tiffany Schultz. As well as organic berry and cherry picking (and eating), and wild food foraging, there will be interaction with producers, local and wild food to graze on, natural wine tasting, and an opportunity to purchase extra fruit and other goodies. The outing includes a visit to an organic cherry orchard recently acquired by James Erskine of Jauma Wines. Cost is $59 -$119, including return coach from the CBD (details here).

Christmas Cooking Lesson in French Cuisine – December 20

Chef Bernard Raoux of Adelaide Central Market shop Les Deux Coqs will share the secrets of several traditional French Christmas dishes at this class at the market. Participants will prepare three recipes: snails and mushroom mille-feuille, poultry with chestnut and truffle French white sausage stuffing, and a chocolate yule log. The cost, including a free glass of wine, is $120pp. Details here.

Lavish Lawns at Beresford – January 6

This is a monthly event over summer at Beresford Wines in Blewitt Springs Road, with the next one scheduled for January 6. 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.

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.

Barossa Seasons: Summer – January 11-13

The summer session of Tourism Barossa’s seasonal celebration of wine and food experiences will take place in January, with events including a “Barossa blend challenge” at 1918 Bar & Grill, where guests can taste and vote on 10 different GSM blends. Other participating venues include Rosenvale Vineyards, The Greenock, Chateau Yaldara, UBERTAS WINES, Lindsay Wine Estate, and the Gawler and Barossa Jockey Club. Keep an eye on the website for more details.

Top Floor at the d’Arenberg Cube – January 19

With the promise of wine, a DJ and “nuggets for all”, this event will offer after-hours access to the top floor of McLaren Vale’s d’Arenberg Cube as well as the Alternate Realities Museum on the ground floor. There will be food by Motherlode Nuggeteria and music by Skin Contact DJs, with tickets (available here) costing $60 or $90 including bus transfer from Victoria Square. The fun begins at 6.45pm and continues till 10.30pm.

Crush Festival – January 25-27

More than 30 wineries will be hosting events ranging from picnics, garden parties and live music sessions to long lunches, degustation dinners and a dessert night for the Adelaide Hills’ annual summer fling. A few ticketed highlights include a 30th Vintage Celebration Dinner at Shaw + Smith, The Big Crush – al fresco tomato sauce making at Somerled (followed by a long-table lunch), a Long Table Southern Style Seafood Feast at The Lane, the Toffs & Tails five-course dinner with matching wines and swing music at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, and Shakespeare in the Vines at Deviation Road. View the full program here.

Chilli Fest Willunga – February 9-10

Willunga’s annual chilli festival returns in February, with cooking demonstrations and gardening tips, as well as live music, stalls and a shaded beer garden where visitors can enjoy “chilli-inspired food” plus local beer and wine. The event takes place in the Festival Hall, Show Halls and adjoining outdoor area from 10am each day.

BOAB Fest – February 15-16

The Best of Adelaide Brewers Festival is coming to The Flour Shed Port Adelaide in the second weekend of Feb, promising a top line-up of beer and gin, as well as wines, cider, food vans and live music. There will also be brewers on site talking about their craft, plus a judging panel to pick “the best of the best”. The beer will be flowing from the Friday evening, with the festival continuing across Saturday afternoon.

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