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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including The Pot’s final Last Friday of the Month Lunch, a pho party at 3rd by NNQ, spirit tastings for women, coffee cupping at Exchange Speciality Coffee, and ‘A Time Traveller’s Feast’.

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The Pot’s final Last Friday of the Month Lunch – March 29

Following the announcement that The Pot at Hyde Park is set to be re-launched next month as Nido, diners at this week’s final Last Friday of the Month Lunch will be given a taste of some of the offerings from the new restaurant’s menu. The $95pp lunch will see dishes such as gnocchi fritto, braised pork ribs and tiramisu accompanied by wines from Koerner Wine in the Clare Valley (bookings essential). With owner Simon Kardachi and head chef Max Sharrad remaining at the helm, Nido is set to launch on April 4 and is described as a neighbourhood bistro / suburban aperitivo bar which will serve a menu including “artisanal cured meats” and salumi, hand-made pastas and grilled meats (read more on CityMag).

What the Pho? Party – March 29

3rd by NNQ (1 King William Street) promises unlimited delicious Vietnamese street food plus drinking and dancing at its What the Pho? Party this Friday night from 5pm. There will be wines by Hustle & Vine and Freddy Nerks, plus a DJ, with tickets costing $25 (including a glass of wine).

Fignic at Glen Ewin Estate – March 31

Fig picking, fig cocktails, food stalls, a bar and live music will be features of this annual celebration of the fig harvest at Glen Ewin Estate at Houghton. Fignic will take place from 11am-5pm, with an $85 standard ticket including entry for two adults, a food hamper, pick-your-own fig entry and half a kilo of PYO figs ($15 for children, including hamper).

Pouring Ribbons Tasting Club – April 3

Pouring Ribbons bills itself as a “tasting club run by women, for women”, with events hosted at Hains & Co on the first Wednesday of each month. At the April event, Harriet Messenger from Husk Distillers will showcase its Ink Gin, as well as a range of rums, while Nicole Durdin, distiller at Seppeltsfield Road Distillers, will present her range of gins. The tasting begins at 7pm, and tickets are $10 (available here).

Let’s Talk About Coffee – April 4 & 5

Photo: Kishore Bhargava / flickr

Exchange Specialty Coffee in Vardon Avenue is hosting two special coffee cupping sessions next week. Let’s Talk About Bolivian Coffee, from 6-7.30pm on April 4, will see participants taste and compare six Bolivian coffees, with a discussion about where they were grown and what makes them distinct. Let’s Talk About Brazilian Coffee, at the same time on April 5, will focus on coffees from Brazil, the world’s largest producer of coffee beans. The coffee cuppings are being presented by Exchange’s Tom Roden in association with Melbourne-based Market Lane Coffee.

Lot 100: Park Wine + Pasta – April 5

The first event in a planned Friday night dinner series at Hills cellar-door venue Lot 100, Park Wine + Pasta will see guests feasting on four different types of pasta dishes, plus salads and sides, in a long-table setting. The $80pp dinner will also see the launch of Vinterloper’s Park wine range, “created for drinking in the park, or at the most casual opportunities”. There will, of course, be Mismatch beers, Hills Cider, 78 Degrees G&Ts and Ashton Valley Fresh juices, plus live acoustic music.

Tasting Australia – April 5-14

The Tasting Australia Town Square. Photo: supplied

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.

Juxtaposition at Ayers House – April 5 & 6

This Tasting Australia event in the grand ballroom of historic Ayers House on North Terrace will see Australian craft beer paired with a modern take on yum cha. Ayers House executive chef Paul Groves and Mismatch founder Marc Huber have collaborated to match seven dishes – including a Phuket-style green mango salad and barramundi floss, and torched kingfish with white miso glaze, shiso, shaved asparagus and eggplant chips – with seven beers from the seven states and territories of Australia. The “mismatch made in heaven” will take place on two nights – Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7 – with tickets costing $155. Details here.

Beer & Bite Festival – April 7

Beer lovers will be heading to the Hills for this annual event at Gumeracha’s Federation Park, with crafty offering from brewers including Shifty Lizard, South Coast Brewing Co, Left Barrel, Reckies, Moon Dog and Rehn Bier. There will also be cocktails from Applewood Distillery, wine from Talunga Estate, a range of food stalls selling “bites” ranging from paella and Indian, to burgers and BBQ wings, plus live music. Beer & Bite Festival begins at 11am, with tickets costing $25 (including your first beer or cider).

Sean’s Kitchen Crab Carnival – until April 14

This month-long celebration of the crustacean at Sean’s Kitchen sees the Adelaide Casino restaurant serving up a special menu of crab-themed dishes such as dressed spanner crab, king crab rye bagel, soft-shell crab tacos and king crab mac & cheese. There will also be a weekly Louisiana crab boil on Tuesday nights ($45), while Thursday is chilli mud crab night. Check out the full menu here.

150 Years of the Market: A Time Traveller’s Feast – April 14

This four-course long-table lunch will see guests served dishes inspired by different eras across the Adelaide Central Market’s history and made using ingredients from the multi-generational producers whose families have supplied the market over decades. The $295pp meal will be prepared by chefs Karena Armstrong (Salopian Inn), Lachlan Colwill (Hentley Farm), Tony Hart (Intercontinental), Jordan Theodoros (Peel Street), Matteo Carboni (Casa Carboni), Eddie Ye (Yakitori Takumi) and Brad Sappenberghs (Comida), all of whom are featured in the recently published book Adelaide Central Market: Stories, People and Recipes. A Time Traveller’s Feast is part of the Tasting Australia program.

Vegan Palooza – April 14

One vegan festival a year simply isn’t enough, so the team behind October’s Vegan Festival Adelaide have created this autumn event to be held at the Main Assembly Building, Tonsley Innovation District. Running from 11am-6pm, Vegan Palooza promises plenty of local vegan food and drinks, with details of stalls to be released in coming weeks on the Facebook page.

Chocolate Factory High Tea – April 14

Stamford Plaza Adelaide has taken inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for this showcase of “scrumdiddlyumptious delights”. Guests will be greeted with an espresso martini (hot chocolate for the kids), and in addition to the finger sandwiches and other savoury items, you can expect chocolate scones, white chocolate and Tonka-bean meringue tart, opera slice, dark chocolate biscuit roll and chocolate hazelnut macaroons. Chocolate Factory High Teatickets are $59 (plus booking fee) for adults and $35 for children.

Fire & Spice Festival – April 14

Things are about to get hot and spicy with this celebration of the chilli pepper at West Torrens Memorial Gardens. Along with food stalls by the likes of Chile Mojo, Spice Girlz Gourmet, El Diablo Wood Fired Pizzas and Tacocat (see the full list here), there will also be workshops, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and kids’ activities. It’s on from 11am-4pm.

Nutella Palooza – April 20

More than 50 food trucks and vendors will be serving up hundreds of Nutella-themed treats at this chocolate-fuelled Easter Saturday gathering at Morphettville Racecourse, with menus including cocktails, waffles, pizza, milkshakes and even beer (yes, Nutella beer, being brewed especially for the event). Nutella Palooza will also include an Easter egg hunt, cooking demonstrations and a 50SIXONE pop-up restaurant. Entry tickets are $10, and it’s on from midday until 7pm.

Barossa Vintage Festival – April 24-28

Yalumba Vintage Picnic at the Barossa Vintage Festival.

This year’s Barossa Vintage Festival will feature around 50 food and drink experiences, including masterclasses, long lunches, picnics, vertical tastings and a wine auction. A few highlights include a Barrel Tasting Experience at Chateau Tanunda – a “sensory adventure” in the cellars where participants will taste wines straight from the barrel; a four-course Laneway Brunch including Rasa Wines at Fleur Social in Nuriootpa; a 20km Barista, Brewer, Wine Cycle Tour hosted by Barossa Bike Hire; a Sunset Dinner at Bethany Wines (Tanunda) featuring six courses matched to wines from its Blue Quarry range, and Say Cheers with Cheese and Chocolate sessions at Grant Burge Wines. See the full program here.

Sprout Seasonal Dinner – May 3

Following on from this month’s Magnum Champagne Dinner, Sprout Cooking School is already planning its next special event – a “seasonal dinner” featuring five dishes it says will showcase the best of SA’s fresh, season produce paired with local wines. Tickets are $100pp; details here.

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