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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including highlights of this week’s Barossa Vintage Festival – from barrel tasting experiences to laneway brunch; Vegan Markets at Fine & Fettle, and high tea with pastry chef Anna Polyviou.

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Barossa Vintage Festival – April 24-28

The five-day Barossa Vintage Festival begins today and will feature dozens of 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 (more about that here); a 20km Barista, Brewer, Wine Cycle Tour hosted by Barossa Bike Hire; and Say Cheers with Cheese and Chocolate sessions at Grant Burge Wines. Community events include the Ziegenmarkt German-style market in Tanunda’s Goat Square on Friday and the family-friendly Greenock Feast-ival tomorrow. The Barossa Visitor Centre in Tanunda will operate a hub throughout the festival, with a pop-up wine bar, makers’ market, lawn games, live music and other activities. See the full program here.

Vegan Markets at Fine & Fettle – April 28

Following on from its Vegan Fiesta of a few weeks back, Magill Road restaurant Fine & Fettle is now collaborating with other local businesses – including Forage Supply Co and Remedy Drinks – to present this vegan market event. It promises “sensory delights” including pizza, dumplings, beats, bottomless brunching, DIY Bloody Marys and “yoga to soothe the soul”. The markets are on Sunday from 10am until 4pm (details here).

Gin Blending Masterclass with KI Spirits – April 27

The Stamford Grand Adelaide in Glenelg has teamed up with Kangaroo Island Spirits to hold a series of special events, first of which is a $126 gin-blending masterclass from 7-9pm on April 27. Participants will get guidance on how to blend their own unique gin, plus a 200ml bottle of the blend to take home. Next up will be a $73 tasting event in the hotel’s Horizons Cocktail Lounge on June 9, where guests will try different KI gins and explore combinations of tonics and garnishes. Details of both events can be found here.

Mechanics of Botanics at Uraidla Hotel – April 28

Never Never Distilling’s Tim Boast and Sean Baxter will lead this $30 tasting masterclass exploring the classic botanicals used in gin production. Mechanics of Botanics guests will receive a tasting of the Never Never range, as well as getting the chance to sample natural botanicals in their raw form. You’ll also receive a Fancy Fruit Cup (a gin-based drink) and be invited to join a “Garnish Garden” experience in the hotel grounds.

High tea with Anna Polyviou at Beresford House – May 12

Celebrity pastry chef Anna Polyviou is returning to Beresford House at McLaren Flat for a Mother’s Day celebration. Guests at the $95pp event will enjoy a high tea menu and cooking demonstration from Polyviou, as well as Beresford Wines – including the Angelique Sparkling Premium Cuvee NV and Bickford and Son’s Premium Sparkling range. Details here.

Mother’s Day high tea at Plant 4 – May 12

Afghan-inspired sweet spot Shirni Parwana will be presenting an array of treats at this collaborative high tea event at Plant 4 Bowden, including spiced lamb and pine nut pastries, apple and toffee doughnuts with walnut and cinnamon praline, rose and pistachio persian lovecake, and honey and cardamon panacotta with candied almonds and white chocolate. Tickets are $49 (plus booking fee).

National Wine Centre’s Cellar Reserve Dinner – May 15

The National Wine Centre is promising to bring out some of the “hidden gems” from its cellar for this Cellar Reserve Dinner which will be hosted by wine critic and Tasting Australia beverage director Nick Stock. The wines will be paired with a four-course meal, and tickets are $159pp.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend – May 17-20

More than 25 Clare Valley wineries will take part in this year’s Gourmet Weekend, with events including blending sessions and masterclasses, cellar door picnics and live music sessions, plus long lunches and degustation dinners. Ticketed highlights include a 50th Celebration Dinner at Taylor’s Wines ($165), including four courses matched to its St Andrew’s Wines, and long-table dinners at Skillogalee Wines ($155), Pikes’ Wines’ SLATE restaurant ($165) and Reillys Wines and Restaurant ($130). Six wineries are also teaming up with chef Stuart Oldfield and his team from Hand Made Catering to present The Gourmet Hub in the Clare Valley Showgrounds on the Saturday and Sunday. See the full program here.

Urban Wine Walk – May 18

This self-guided cellar-door experience in the West End sees local bars and restaurants team up with winemakers, with pairings announced so far including Prohibition Liquor Co with Hither & Yon, Udaberri with Coulter Wines, Hains & Co with Bondar Wines, Electra House Hotel with Eight at the Gate, and La Buvette with  Camwell Wines (see the full list here). Tickets for the 12-4.30pm Urban Wine Walk are $65 plus booking fee, and include entry to participating venues (subject to capacity) plus 35+ tastings.

Adelaide Wine Markets – May 25

Wine, beer, cider and gin tastings and sales from more than 25 SA small and boutique producers will be on offer when the Adelaide Wine Markets pop up at The Market Shed on Holland next month. Tickets ($30 plus booking fee) for the 5-10pm event include tastings, a take-home glass and live music, with food also available for purchase.

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