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Mother's Day, Get Baked & a West End Wine Walk

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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including an Urban Wine Walk taking in some of the West End’s best bars, a market dedicated to desserts, Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, and more ways to spoil Mum on Mother’s Day.

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Mother’s Day events – May 12

High tea with Anna Polyviou at Beresford House: 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.

Lunch at Stamford Grand: A three-course lunch and a glass of sparkles with a beach view is on the Mother’s Day menu at Glenelg’s Stamford Grand. Tickets are $83pp and dishes will include poached Coorong mulloway fillet with garlic, tomato, chilli and capers, and a classic tiramisu.

Argentinean buffet lunch at La Boca: Head chef Nicolas Arriola has planned an array of dishes for La Boca’s $62 Mother’s Day buffet, including Asador wood-fired meats, empanadas, grilled and roasted vegetables, salads, oysters, prawns, salmon and a selection of traditional Argentinean desserts. Mums will also get a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

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. The mid-afternoon session has sold out but last we looked tickets were still available for the 12-2.30pm sitting ($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 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).

Celebrations at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop – May 12

SA food icon Maggie Beer is marking 40 years in the business this year – which means it’s also 40 years since she and husband Colin started the Maggie Beer Farmshop on their Pheasant Farm in the Barossa Valley, and four decades since she launched her famous quince paste. To mark the occasion, there will be information celebrations at the Farmshop (50 Pheasant Farm Road, Nuriootpa),  from 11am until 3pm this Sunday, with Maggie in attendance to sign books and the promise of much quince-related fun and giveaways. 

Madame Hanoi Chilli Festival – Until May 12

Photo: Meaghan Coles

Adelaide Casino restaurant Madame Hanoi’s month-long Chilli Festival comes to an end this Sunday, but there’s still time to indulge in the special lunch and dinner menu of dishes highlighting different sorts of chillies, including 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.

2KW Somm Collab – May 16

The next event in 2KW Bar and Restaurant’s Somm Collab dinner series is titled Angles on Italy and will see wine director Liinaa Berry joined by guest host Italian wine importer and writer David Ridge. Tickets (available here) are $190 and guests will enjoy four courses, each paired with wines selected by Berry and Ridge. Read more about what’s in store in this CityMag article. Next up in the Somm Collab series will be a World Chardonnay Day winemaker takeover (May 23) and a Henschke Dinner presented by Max Mason (June 6).

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 (pictured above) 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 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.

Yalumba Wine Dinner at the Caledonian Hotel – May 22

Yalumba wine ambassador Jane Ferrari will host this $98pp dinner at North Adelaide’s Caledonian Hotel. Guests will enjoy a menu including crispy chicken canapes, Atlantic salmon, beef and bacon pie, and chocolate pudding with muscat-soaked fruit alongside a selection of Yalumba wines such as the 2017 Samuel’s Collection Viognier and Roussane, the 2015 Octavius Shiraz, 2014 The Menzies Cabernet and the Antique Muscat.

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 this 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.

The Travelling Table – June 6-9

Vietnamese food will be the focus of one of The Travelling Table dinners. Photo: Saige Prime

This multicultural culinary experience will return over the June long weekend, with a series of four-course, long-table dinners ($66 each) at the Unley Town Hall showcasing the food of SA’s Filipino, Vietnamese and Sri Lankan communities. Chef John Stamatakis will work with representatives of each of the featured communities to curate the menus for the dinners. The Travelling Table will also host three cooking workshops ($48 each) at Unley Town Hall and Pirate Life Brewing, offering the opportunity to taste and learn how to cook Filipino, Vietnamese or Sri Lankan family recipes passed down through generations.

Sea & Vines Festival – June 8-10

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.

The Spanish Bull Wine Dinner – June 14

This dinner at the National Wine Centre will focus on emerging Spanish varietals from around Australia paired with food including a pig on the spit. Tickets (here) are $109 pp.

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