Hello Fridays Celebrates World Margarita Day – February 22
Lot Fourteen (at the old RAH site on North Terrace) is kicking off its 2019 Hello Fridays sessions with a World Margarita Day celebration from 4-8pm this Friday. There will be drinks from Propaganda – including its new blueberry and basil margarita – plus live music in The Chapel; details here.
Pop-Up Plant-Based Summer Series – February 22
Promising unlimited plant-based pizzas and sides all night, this $40pp event is being hosted by Forage Supply Co and Wholly Belly at the latter’s wood-fired kitchen on Magill Road in Norwood. The pizzas will include creative toppings such as the Forage Jackfruit (pulled chipolte jackfruit, red sauce base, spanish onion, jalapenos + fresh basil), and the Super Green (kale, baby spinach, caramelised onion, grilled broccoli, capers, za’atar + cashew cheese), plus there will be wine tasting, and wine and sangria specials all night.
Hains & Co 4th Birthday – February 23
Gilbert Place small bar Hains & Co is throwing a sailor party on Saturday to celebrate its fourth birthday. “Expect cargo loads of gin and rum, plenty of the Hains favourite sea pigs (sausage rolls), and our fancy new tacos going around.” Oh, and gifts for the “sauciest” sailor garb.
15 Shades of Rosé at 2KW – February 23
The love affair with rosé continues with this afternoon event at 2KW which will showcase 15 styles of the wine from across Australia, France, Austria and Italy, alongside what is described as an “epic Mediterranean outdoor feast” by chef Trent Lymn. Tickets for 15 Shades of Rosé are $99 and the dress code is pink and white. Read more about the event in this CityMag story.
Summer of Riesling 2019 – February 23
Celebrating a different kind of grape will be this Edinburgh Hotel and Cellars’ event featuring more than 60 Rieslings from a range of regions. SA wineries represented will include Jim Barry, Henschke, d’Arenberg, Rieslingfreak and Ministry of Clouds. Summer of Riesling is on from 2-5pm at the Mitcham hotel, with tickets costing $10.
Bombay Gin Dinner – February 27
Electra House Hotel is hosting this $75, three-course dinner in which each course will feature a key botanical used in the distillation process and be matched to a gin cocktail. National Bombay brand ambassador Pete Hollands will be attending the event in the hotel’s gin garden. Electra House is also hosting a free (but ticketed) Bombay Gin masterclass on February 28, and a gin-based live art event, Stir Creativity, on March 2.
Fringe food and drink shows – February / March
Here’s a taste of the food-meets-art shows at this year’s Fringe:
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience (Stamford Plaza, until March 3): This interactive tribute to TV sitcom Fawlty Towers dishes up laughs alongside a three-course meal as performers take on the classic characters of Basil and Sybil Fawlty and hapless waiter Manuel.
Beer v Wine Degustation (Barossa Valley Brewing, March 1 & 9) – This event includes a tour of Barossa Valley Brewing’s Tanunda brewery, six beers, five wines, a five-course dinner (featuring winemakers and brewers) and a chance to vote for the best beer/wine of the night.
Comfort Food Cabaret (Adelaide Central Market, until Feb 24) and Just Desserts (Treasury 1860 courtyard, from Feb 28) – Singing cook Michelle Pearson returns to Fringe this year with her cooking-meets-music show Comfort Food Cabaret, this time in the Community Kitchen at Adelaide Central Market. Pearson is also premiering a new adults-only tasting, Just Desserts, which is inspired by her grandfather, who was a chocolate maker in the Barossa Valley.
PitchFork: ASQ + Post Dining (Masonic Lodge foyer, March 5-7) – The Australian String Quartet has joined with food experience folk Post Dining for this interactive sensory show combining works by classic and contemporary composers with complementary bites. Read more in this InDaily story.
Flavoured Music (Union Hall, February 24): Adelaide Chamber Orchestra is presenting this show at new Grote Street performance venue Union Hall, promising a “cantata of canapes”. Think the likes of “Champagne with Chopin, Sav Blanc with Stravinsky, Pinot with Puccini and Shiraz with Schubert”.
For information about 2019 Fringe bars and pop-up venues, check out this InDaily story.
Mismatch v Little Bang at Lucky’s Beach Club – February 27
This three-course, “no-cutlery” dinner at Stepney pop-up Lucky’s Beach Club will feature shared-plate dishes matched to eight beers from SA brewers Mismatch and Little Bang. Tickets are $60.
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.
Magnum Champagne Dinner – March 21
To be hosted by Champagne expert Tyson Stelzer, this $299-a-head dinner degustation at Sprout Cooking School will see five Champagnes (including the likes of Bollinger Special Cuvee NV and Pol Roger Vintage Brut – all served in magnums) matched to five courses including oysters, scallop carpaccio, chicken liver parfait, confit salmon and duck. Read more in thisForager story, and book tickets here.
East End Wine Down – March 23
More than 100 wines will be available to sample at this annual laneway festival hosted by East End Cellars in Vardon Avenue. You can also expect cider, gin, street-style food from local restaurants and tunes by Skin Contact. The Wine Down is on from midday until 5pm, with tickets costing $37.
Tasting Australia – April 5-14
Themed dinners with top national and international chefs in the Glasshouse Kitchen in Victoria Square, and masterclasses and tastings covering everything from gin blending and Tasmanian whisky to Bollinger Champagne will be part of this year’s 10-day Tasting Australia Festival. At the top end of the program is The Great Henschke Vintage Dinner ($950 a head) and Tasting Australia Airlines excursions to places such as the Barossa, Coffin Bay and Kangaroo Island, but there are also plenty of more affordable experiences. See the full program here.
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