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Oyster happy hour, Taste the Barossa, IPA Day

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including IPA Day celebrations, the return of the Sean’s Kitchen Oyster Fest, a Taste the Barossa dinner at Press* Food & Wine, and A Lesson in Biodynamics and Organics at Hardy’s Verandah.

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Sean’s Kitchen Oyster Festival – through August

A special menu including oyster po boys with jalapeno salsa, beer-battered oysters with mushy peas and malt vinegar, beef tartare with oyster mayo and oyster beignet, and oyster and leek soup with duck-fat chips will be available throughout the month of August at Sean’s Kitchen. It’s also bringing back the $2 “buck shuck”, which apparently saw diners slurp down more than 41,000 South Australian oysters last August; the oyster happy hours will run from Monday to Friday, 12pm-1pm and 5pm-6pm. Check out the full Oyster Festival menu here.

International IPA Day – August 1

With beer lovers preparing to toast India Pale Ale tomorrow, here are a few of the hoppy events happening around Adelaide:

All 10 taps at The Gilbert Street Hotel will be taken over by IPA for the day, with particularly tasty-sounding options including Tiny Rebel Brewing Co’s Mosaic Milkshake IPA + peaches & cream + tropical sorbet, and Dainton Beer’s Choc Cherry NEIPA.

Little Bang Brewing Company in Stepney is extending its IPA celebrations over a week, tapping a range of beers from the likes of Garage Project, Stone Brewing, Sixpoint and Akasha. It’s also hosting a “burger-off” with burgers from GANG GANG and Daisy Burger.

Mismatch Brewing Company has teamed up with West End bars – including Maybe Mae, Cry Baby, Hains & Co, Bank Street Social, Clever Little Tailor, Udaberri, Alfred’s and Malt & Juniper – to celebrate International IPA Day. The brewer has collaborated with each bar to create a limited-release IPA which will be launched at their venues on the night, with part proceeds from “Karma Kegs” to be donated to charity.

Grant Burge Taste the Barossa Dinner Series – August 8

This $154pp dinner at Press* Food & Wine will be hosted by Grant Burge chief winemaker Craig Stansborough and co-hosted by sommelier Josh Elia. It will begin with canapes and sparkling wine, followed by a selection of Grant Burge wines paired with a five-course menu. Guests at the Taste the Barossa dinner will get to try the new 2013 release of the winery’s Meshach Shiraz, as well as the newest addition to its fortified range, a 40-year-old tawny.

Penfolds Feast to Table Lunch – August 8

Join Penfolds winemakers Emma Wood and Andrew Hales for this five-course lunch with paired wines celebrating the release of The Penfolds Collection 2019. Tickets for the event ­– to be held in the Magill Estate Kitchen – are $900, including a take-home bottle of the 2015 Penfolds Grange. Details and bookings (before August 1) here.

Langhorne Creek Cellar Treasures Weekend – August 10-11

Lake Breeze Wines is hosting a four-course lunch and tasting on August 2.

Wineries throughout Langhorne Creek will be offering tastings of their rare and museum wines as well as current vintages during the Cellar Treasures Weekend. Experiences on offer include a Back Vintage Bonfire & Paella in the Vineyard at Karrawatta, Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Vineyard Road, and an Organic Tasting at Temple Bruer. Lake Breeze is also hosting a $99 four-course lunch and tasting with winemaker Greg Follett on August 2, the Friday before the Cellar Treasures weekend. See the full program here.

Pinot Palooza – August 10

More than 100 wines from 30 Pinot producers from Australia, New Zealand and beyond will be available for tasting when Pinot Palooza comes to the Flour Shed at Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide. It’s on from midday until 5pm, with a bar, tunes and the promise of a “massive food line-up”.

Sprout Regional Reds – August 10

Sprout Cooking School on Sir Donald Bradman Drive will take guests on a journey through the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills, with premium Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir matched to a menu featuring oysters, venison tartare, Coorong mullet bouillabaisse, spiced lamb cigars, sticky beef short-ribs and petit fours. Featured wineries at the dinner will include Shaw and Smith, Hither and Yon, Wynns, Tapanappa, Yalumba, Coriole, Henschke and Petaluma (see the full list here) and tickets are $180pp.

Festa Italiana Wine Dinner – August 14

This final event in the National Wine Centre’s European wine dinner series of 2019 will feature a degustation-style menu of Italian-inspired dishes from chef Ruben Fernandes, including canapés, aromatic whole salt-crusted barramundi, homemade gnocchi, T-bone steak and a selection of Italian cheeses. Head sommelier James Boden will guide diners through the matched wines – all Italian varietals being produced in Australia, including Fresco Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Festa Italiana tickets are $119pp.

Level One Restaurant’s Small Dinner Series – from August 14

This new series of 14-seat, $95pp dinners at Electra House’s Level One Restaurant is intended to explore head chef Josh Kim’s favourite modern Asian ingredients with matched spirits. The series will be hosted by spirits brand ambassador Erica Richards and will begin with a Carnivore (Pork & Beef) & Bourbon dinner on August 14, followed by Seafood & Japanese Whisky (September 19), Vegetables & Sipsmith Gin (October 16) and Chicken & Japanese Gin (November 21). Bookings here.

Hardy’s Verandah x Kalleske Wines dinner – August 15

A Lesson in Biodynamics and Organics with Kalleske Wines is the title of the first event in a new series of wine dinners at Mount Lofty House restaurant Hardy’s Verandah. Winemaker Troy Kalleske will be a special guest at the $240pp dinner, which will feature a selection of wines from the Barossa Valley winery matched with a five-course menu by head chef Jin Choi including grilled kingfish, caramelised soy and trout roe, and wagyu brisket, riverine sirloin and onion jus. Full menu and tickets available here.

Whisky Live Adelaide – August 16 & 17

The Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hindley Street will be hosting the next Whisky Live event, with an assortment of premium whiskies from around the world available for tasting, along with other spirits including gin, vodka and rum. There will also be short masterclasses, and a bar selling 15ml samples of rare and old whiskies. Tickets (here) are $120, with evening sessions on the Friday and Saturday, plus an afternoon session from midday on Saturday.

Shōbōsho + Oakridge – August 25

Matt Stone, co-executive chef at the highly regarded Oakridge Estate in the Yarra Valley and a proponent of the zero-waste movement, will be taking over the Shōbōsho kitchen on August 25. He will serve a five-course menu featuring local and ethically farmed and foraged produce, paired with Oakridge Wines. There will be two sittings – at 12pm and 2.15pm – for the Sunday lunch, which costs $90pp (food only) plus an additional $65 with the matched wines.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend – September 6-8

More than 28 events will be happening across this year’s Barossa Gourmet Weekend, from wine masterclasses and comedy acts in the vines to dinners and long lunches. Ticketed highlights include a $160pp four-course long-table dinner being presented by Sprout Catering at Bethany Wines;  a slow-cooked American BBQ dinner in the Barrel Hall at Kellermeister;  and a five-course Fire & Feast lunch by El Estanco café and Yalumba winery. A range of Gourmet Trail events will also be offered across the region.

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