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Whisky galore, Shōbōsho’s next guest chef and a Negroni party

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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including a Negroni party at Lot 100, a kitchen takeover at Shōbōsho by Sydney chef Clayton Wells, Apothecary 1878’s ‘Small is Good’ whisky dinner, and this Sunday’s Ark Beer & Cider Fest.

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Negroni Party at Lot 100 – June 28

The Negroni (one part gin, one part sweet vermouth and one part Campari) is said to have been invented in Florence in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender to add gin to his Americano to make it stronger. To celebrate its “humble beginnings”, Lot 100 at Nairne is planning a “not-so-humble” Negroni Party featuring guest bartenders from Maybe Mae, Cry Baby, Electra House and Hains & Co. Tickets for the 5pm-midnight event are $20, or $50 including return bus from the city.

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, and you can read about some of Boden’s favourite Spanish varietals here.

2019 Ark Beer & Cider Fest – June 16

More than 80 beers and ciders will be on show at this Arkaba Hotel event from midday until 4pm on Sunday, including releases from crafty SA brewers such as Goodieson, Little Bang, Mismatch, Shifty Lizard, Prancing Pony and Vale Brewing. There will also be street food, masterclasses and DJ tunes, with tickets $50 on the door or $35 if pre-purchased here.

Whisky Masterclass and Distillery Tour – June 16

The Rochfort Distillery whisky lounge bar.

Head south this Sunday for a guided tour of the new Rochfort artisan-style distillery just outside Victor Harbor, to be followed by a tasting of five Rochfort single malt expressions that promises “instant whisky geek status”. The ticket price of $100 includes grazing platters of local cheese and cured meats. You’ll find booking details here, and can read more about the distillery and whisky lounge bar, which opened at 34 Mont Rosa Road in February, in this Forager article.

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 Ribs are $33.40 or $64 (including three tastings).

Apothecary 1878 Whisky Dinner – June 25

In what sounds like heaven for whisky lovers, Apothecary 1878 is hosting a ‘Small is Good’ Whisky Dinner that will see releases from small distilleries in Scotland and Australia paired with six different courses. Think Fleurieu Distillery’s “Whisky Kisses” Port Cask with confit pork, sherry caramel and raisin purée, or Scottish bottler Cadenhead’s Small Batch Speyside 1991 24-year-old whisky with cauliflower, black pudding and coco nibs. The $145pp dinner is being presented by Graham Wright from the Odd Whisky Coy.

Thai Night at Peel St – June 25

Chef Jordan Theodoros and his team at Peel St Restaurant will be turning their attention exclusively to Thailand for this Tuesday night dinner. For $135pp, guests will enjoy a series of five or six dishes for sharing, plus matched wines. Get a taste of what’s in store in The Forager’s interview with Theodoros here, and find booking details here.

Shōbōsho Presents Automata’s Clayton Wells – July 7

Chef Clayton Wells, of acclaimed Sydney restaurants Automata and A1 Canteen, will be taking over the kitchen at Shōbōsho in Leigh Street on Sunday, July 7. There will be two sittings, at 12pm and 2.15pm, with tickets (available here) costing $90pp (food only) or $145pp with wine pairing. We haven’t seen a menu yet, but with Wells dubbed one of Australia’s “hottest” chefs and Automata ranking in the top 20 in the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants for the past three years, there should be some treats in store.

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.

Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit – July 19-20

A boutique take on the Adelaide Convention Centre’s annual Cellar Door Fest, this new event will take place over two days – from 5pm-10pm on the Friday and midday until 8pm on Saturday. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy wine from all SA’s top winemaking regions (see the full list here), plus beer and craft spirits, all in a “cosy, boho festival setting”. There will also be live music throughout the weekend. Tickets range from $28 (Friday night general admission) to $60 for a two-day pass.

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