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Pizzakaya, G & Tea, Dumpling days

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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including “Pizzakaya” with Sunny’s and Shōbōsho, dumpling classes at Red October, and some sweet Mother’s Day events – from Prohibition Liquor’s gin high tea to an Afghan-inspired spread at Plant 4.

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Sunny’s x Shōbōsho = Pizzakaya – May 5

West End pizza bar Sunny’s is joining forces with Leigh Street’s Shōbōsho to present “Pizzakaya” this Sunday from 3pm till late. It’s happening at Sunny’s (17 Solomon Street) and they’re promising “fried things, pizza things, sake things”, with mandatory sake bombs and DJ music. Read more in this CityMag story. Bookings recommended but not essential.

Kaesler 2016 Old Vine Trio Release Dinner – May 7

Kaesler chief winemaker Reid Bosward will host this three-course dinner at Georges on Waymouth to celebrate the release of the Barossa Valley winery’s “old vine trio”. The night will focus on the 2016 Old Bastard, 2016 Old Vine Shiraz and the 2016 Alte Reben Shiraz, along with the 2017 Bogan Shiraz. Tickets (here) are $150pp.

Mother’s Day events – May 12

Gin high tea: Prohibition Liquor in Gilbert Street is hosting this high tea with a difference – the difference being gin. Guests will enjoy pots of G&Tea with Prohibition’s T2 tea-infused gin and a high tea tower to share including savoury bites, scones and sweets. Tickets for the 3pm-5.30pm event are $63 for adults and $27 for children.

Henry’s Table: Ayers House’s new restaurant Henry’s Table is presenting a fixed-price ($72) Mother’s Day menu with a choice of three main dishes – char-grilled MSA yearling beef fillet, grilled Atlantic salmon fillet and a vegetarian option with butternut pumpkin, barrel-aged fetta, mint, hazelnuts, witlof and pearl barley – plus a shared selection of entrées and desserts (see the full menu here). Ayers House is also serving a high tea in the ballroom from 11am-2pm.

High tea with Anna Polyviou at Beresford House: Celebrity pastry chef Anna Polyviou (pictured above) 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.

High tea at Plant 4: 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).

Sean’s Kitchen Mother’s Day set menu: Sean’s Kitchen is serving up a three-course set lunch on Mother’s day, with dishes including heirloom beetroot salad, “orgy of mushrooms”, Spencer Gulf snapper fillet, Saskia Beer chicken breast, 300g Riverine striploin, duck-fat potatoes, chocolate fondate and “Sean’s pimped soft serve”. The lunch is $75 for adults (three courses) and $25 for kids (two courses).

Hunt & Gather interactive exhibition – May 7-10

Adelaide Fringe award winner Post Dining is presenting this History Festival interactive exhibition which celebrates the way in which different food customs have shaped Adelaide’s culture, with a particular focus on Iranian, Latvian and Kaurna communities. Showing at the Drill Hall, Torrens Parade Ground, Hunt & Gather includes footage from community centres, audio stories, and a station where people can learn about and sample edible native plants and Persian tea. Read more in this InDaily story.

Madame Hanoi Chilli Festival – Until May 12

The Madam Hanoi Chilli Festival runs until May 12. Photo: Meaghan Coles

Adelaide Casino restaurant Madame Hanoi’s month-long Chilli Festival involves a special lunch and dinner menu of dishes highlighting different sorts of chillies, ranging from the low-heat cayenne and jalapeno right up to the Caroline reaper, considered one of the hottest chillies in the world. Dishes include the likes of spicy beef bao, cayenne pork skewers, SA kingfish with fermented chilli, and chocolate chilli cake, plus drinks such as a chilli mai tai. See the full Chilli Festival menu here and see chef Raj Kumar’s Carolina Reaper hot sauce recipe here

 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 Cellar Door 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.

Get Baked – May 18

This new market event at 230 Flinders Street promises “the most decedent dessert makers all under one roof”, including bakers and dessert food trucks serving up sweet treats such as donuts, macarons, cupcakes, full-sized cakes, brownies and crepes. It’s being presented by Market To Market from 10am; keep an eye on the Facebook event page for updates.

Red October’s Russian dumpling classes – May 18-26

Gilbert Street Russian bar and restaurant Red October is hosting a series of hands-on dumpling-making classes this month. Participants will learn to make three different types of dumplings from scratch, including making and rolling the dough, filing and hand-wrapping dumplings, then cooking – and, of course, eating them. Classes run from midday until 2pm on May 18, 19, 25 and 26, with tickets costing $123 (available 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.

Sea & Vines Festival – June 8-10

Sea & Vines 2018 at Alpha Box & Dice.

McLaren Vale’s three-day festival returns over the June long weekend, with 44 events across 27 venues. Ticketed events include a $75 three-course meal at Swell Taphouse (with 16 local beers on tap and DJs spinning tunes), a Familial Feast at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant featuring five shared courses plus nibbles ($105 or $155 including wine), a three-course long lunch with acoustic music at Hugo Wines ($95), and a “Corrina versus Karena” lunch at Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards with Salopian Inn chef Karena Armstrong and winemaker Corinna Wright ($120). Other options include the “Sunday Experience”, where you can create your own winery tour at two locations, and “Family Friendly Monday”, featuring free events offering entertainment and food options for children and adults. See the full Sea & Vines program here.

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