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Sea & Vines, World Gin Day, Three Days of Darkness

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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including McLaren Vale’s Sea & Vines Festival highlights over the long weekend, some tasty gin events, a Sunny’s x Golden Boy collaboration and three days of delicious dark beers.

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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 Long Table Banquet Feast at Chapel Hill Winery, including 14-hour-slow-cooked pork and lamb ($120pp); Menu Fisso on the lawns at Pizzateca, featuring six courses of “Oztalian” feasting plus V.Mitolo & Son wines, beer and music ($154); a four-course lunch presented by Andre Ursini’s Mangia Mangia plus a gin bar and live music at Angove McLaren Vale ($80), and Beresford Estate’s Flight Club, with a tasting line-up from Beresford Wines, Vale Brewing and Twenty Third Street Distillery ($15 per flight). 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.

Three Days of Darkness – June 7-9

More than 20 dark beers will be on offer at this long weekend celebration at Vardon Avenue small bar NOLA. You can expect black pilsners and lagers, stouts, porters, brown ales and more from the likes of Hawkers, Brewboys, Prancing Pony, Goodison, Rehn Bier, Uraidla Brewery, Big Shed Brewing Concern, Moon Dog and Toy Soldier Brewing, as well as stout spiders and stout milkshakes served with Russian Imperial brownies. Find out more here.

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 is serving up 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, as well as cooking workshops ($48 each) offering the opportunity to taste and learn how to cook family recipes passed down through generations. A number of The Travelling Table events have now sold out, but last we looked tickets were still available for the Filipino dinner on June 7 and the Sri Lankan workshop on June 9.

World Gin Day – June 8

World Gin Day Dinner at Apothecary 1800: Join distiller Sacha La Forgia from the Adelaide Hills Distillery for this $98pp four-course dinner at Apothecary 1800, which will see dishes including citrus-cured snapper, seared scallops and juniper-cured duck matched with the distillery’s 78 Degrees Classic Dry Gin, Sunset Gin, Green Ant Gin and Womad Gin. See full menu details here.

Nibble & a KIS at Adelaide Central Market: Kangaroo Island Spirits and the Kangaroo Island Stall 17 at the Central Market are celebrating World Gin Day with an after-hours (3.30pm-5.30pm) event including a gin-blending masterclass led by KIS owners Jon and Sarah Lark. Those attending will also get to enjoy nibbles prepared with gin and gin botanicals. Tickets are $125 including a take-home pack with 200ml gin, botanicals and garnishes, and a recipe list.

Gin Fest at Glen Ewin Estate: This Adelaide Hills event ($20 entry) promises the opportunity to taste gins from distillers such as Never Never, Red Hen, Twenty Third Street, Mount Compass Spirits, Adelaide Hills Distillery and Archie Rose. There will be gin cocktails and live music, with masterclasses available for an additional $25. You can also catch the “gin bus” from the city.

Winter Gin Launch at Inglewood Inn: Applewood Distillery will launch its new Winter Gin at Inglewood Inn on Saturday, with the hotel offering drinks specials all night, a charcoal barbecue by Alberto’s Catering, and live music from 5pm. The gin is said to feature “warm spices, mandarin, hints of pepper berry and vanilla”, with bottles available to buy on the night.

World Gin Day Degustation at Sparkke at the Whitmore: Chef Emma McCaskill will cook up a four-course meal paired with Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 Degrees gin for this $120pp degustation event from 12.30pm on Saturday at Sparkke at the Whitmore.

Sunnyboy – Sunny’s x Golden Boy – June 9

Sunny’s Pizza and North Terrace Thai restaurant Golden Boy are teaming up for this event which will serve up “spicy pizzas, spicy DJs and spicy service”. There will be three seatings at Sunny’s (17 Solomon Street) from 3pm (bookings recommended), and Golden Boy owner Sondra Deering tells CityMag Sunnyboy guests can expect pizzas topped with house-made spicy Thai sausage, tom yum prawn and oyster mushroom, and mushroom with sawtooth coriander paste, as well as non-pizza items.

Porchetta Party at Longview – June 10

Longview Winery at Macclesfield is celebrating the long weekend with a Porchetta Party from midday on the Monday public holiday. La Dolce Vita Catering will be serving up wood-roasted Berkshire pork paninis with Roman slaw, rosemary potatoes, sugo and pecorino, with adult tickets costing $38 (including a souvenir wine tumbler and first pour of Longview wine). There’s also a $15 cheeseburger, chips and ice-cream option for kids.

The Spanish Bull Wine Dinner – June 14

This dinner at the National Wine Centre, the first of a series of European wine dinners, will focus on emerging Spanish varietals from around Australia – from Albarino to Tempranillo – selected by head sommelier James Boden. They will be matched with executive chef Steve Clark’s menu of Spanish food, including Pulpo a la Gallega (a traditional octopus delicacy), barbecued beef and whole-roasted pig. Tickets (here) are $109pp.

Red, Rock and Ribs – June 22-23

This two-day event at Morphettville Racecourse will be a celebration of rock music, red wine, craft beer, vintage cars and barbecue. A cellar door precinct will offer tastings from more than 60 wineries and craft breweries, while the Fire Side BBQ competition promises a battle for national barbecue honours featuring more than 40 teams with names like Grilltop Hoods, The Steak Holders, and Hock, Stock and Two Smoking Kettles. There will also be barbecue workshops and masterclasses. Tickets for Red Rock & Ribs are $33.40 or $64 (including three tastings).

Bonjour Barossa – July 7

Seppeltsfield winery in the Barossa will be transformed into a Parisian-style market when its French festival returns in July. The Bonjour Barossa menu “du jour” will highlight fromage, baguettes, charcuterie, fresh oysters, crepes, pastries and chocolate, with Barossan wine by Seppeltsfield and Champagne by Billecart-Salmon. Entry is $20 ($10 for kids) and there will be goodies from Dough, Coffee + Crepe, Chocolique, Barossa Valley Cheese Company, The Oyster Bar, Barossa Coffee Roasters, Barossa Valley Ice-cream and Owen Andrews Catering, along with masterclasses, “paint and sip” experiences with Studio Vino, live music and children’s activities.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 12-14

Returning to Adelaide Showgrounds for its fifth year, Beer & BBQ Festival will feature a huge line-up of Australian brewers and cider makers, as well as wine, gin, bourbon and even alcoholic kombucha, plus more barbecue than you can shake a tong at (including options for vegetarians and vegans). There will also be an expanded live music offering including Frenzal Rhomb and The Majesty of Tap 
(presented by You Am I). Read more in this CityMag story and stay tuned through the Beer & BBQ Facebook page.

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