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Food and drink happenings in Adelaide and beyond, including a Mystery Cellar Door experience, Forkmas, tasty events at the Adelaide French Festival, Unley Gourmet Gala and the first edition of d’Arenberg Cube’s First Floor.

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Forkmas – December 21

Fork on the Road will present its annual Christmas Fork in the city between 4pm and 9pm on 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.

Mystery Cellar Door – Sundays until January 13

Local winemakers Skew Wine Co, Delinquente Wines, Charlotte Dalton Wines and The Stoke Wines are hosting this new series, which promises to “take the pomp and ceremony out of wine tasting”. Mystery Cellar Door will see visitors invited to take part in a blind tasting of wines from each of the four producers so they can form an opinion without seeing the labels or prices. It’s being held at the Bolt Hoban Estate (68 Sneyd Road, Mount Jagged) from 11am-6pm every Sunday until January 13.

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.

Unley Gourmet Gala – January 17

More than 30 gourmet food and wine stalls will set up along King William Road for the annual Unley Gourmet Gala held during the Tour Down Under. The street party begins at 5pm and includes cooking demonstrations by local chefs, with restaurants and retailers open late and spilling out onto the street, plus events such as live music, fashion parades, roving performers and kids’ entertainment. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates.

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.

CBD & Vines – February 2-3

Photo: Julian Cebo

To be held over two days across the three levels of Electra House, this new festival will feature more than 80 wines from 30+ producers, as well as an outdoor space dubbed Tin Can Alley with live music and craft beers from the likes of Mismatch, Tiny Rebel and Little Bang. There will also be gin, whisky, masterclasses and DJs, as well as food by Electra House head chef Josh Kim. Entry tickets for CBD & Vines are $40 per day ($30 earlybird) or $70 for the two days.

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.

Adelaide Festival Long Lunch series – March 9-11

A previous Adelaide Festival long lunch on the Palais.

The popular long lunches on The Palais will return during the Adelaide Festival, with two of the events – hosted by Africola chef Duncan Welgemoed and journalist and cookbook author Annabel Crabb – already sold out. Tickets are, however, still available for the March 11 lunch which will be hosted by Maggie Beer and feature singer Robyn Archer performing songs from her Festival show Picaresque. The cost is $169, including wine, beer and cider.

Cellar Door Fest – March 15

The Adelaide Convention Centre’s three-day food, wine, beer and spirits festival returns in 2019 with tastings, interactive masterclasses (including gin blending and cheese + wine), long-table dining and an Emerging Winemakers’ Zone. New features will include “Dude Food” in the Wintulichs’ Beer Garden, a New Orleans-inspired long-table lunch by NOLA Adelaide, and a long-table dinner presented by Jacob’s Creek. A range of ticket options are available – see the website for details.

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