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Whisky Live, Meet the Brewer, kitchen takeovers

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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including a whisky showcase in the West End, kitchen takeovers at Nido and Shōbōsho, a ‘meet the brewer’ dinner at Malt Shovel Taphouse and a long lunch at McLaren Vale winery Samuel’s Gorge.

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Pasta Party at Nido – August 20

Matt Breen, head chef and co-owner of Hobart restaurant Templo – one of The Australian’s Hot 50 restaurants and awarded one hat in the Good Food Guide of 2018 and 2019 – is taking over the kitchen of Nido on King William Road next Tuesday. Breen will be joined by several members of his team from Templo and his new bar Sonny Hobart for what Nido promises will be “a night of shared food, unique wines poured from magnums, and good times”. Tickets are $85 per person; details/bookings here.

Whisky Live Adelaide – August 16 & 17

The Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hindley Street will be hosting Whisky Live this weekend, 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 Friday and Saturday, plus an afternoon session from midday on Saturday.

The Taphouse ‘Meet the Brewer’ Degustation Dinner – August 20

Malt Shovel brewmaster Chuck Hahn – founder of what was originally known as Hahn Brewery before it was renamed the Malt Shovel Brewery – will host this dinner at Adelaide’s Malt Shovel Taphouse on Festival Drive. Eight beers will be matched to a six-course menu by head chef Kane Boase, including Murray Valley pork belly cooked two ways and stout-soaked “beeramisu” (full menu here). The event will be co-hosted by Tony Jones, retired head brewer from Malt Shovel Brewery, with tickets costing $89 plus booking fee.

Cellar Door in the City – August 23

The Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow travels to Adelaide next Friday, with more than 100 wines from 27 wineries available for tasting at the National Wine Centre. The entry price of $55 includes a souvenir wine glass, tasting and complimentary nibbles, with winemakers represented including Bellwether, Brands Laira, Hollick Estates, Majella, Petaluma, Zema Estate, Wynns Coonawarra and Balnaves of Coonawarra (see more here). The event will run from 5.30pm-8.30pm.

Adelaide Wine Markets Grenache Fest – August 24

Grenache will be the flavour of the day at the next Adelaide Wine Markets event at The Market Shed on Holland. With $30 entry and running from 5-10pm, the event will feature tastings from more than 25 South Australian small and boutique producers, with the opportunity to vote for your favourite Grenache and win a take-home case. There will also be live music, food, and craft beer, cider and gin. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the full line-up.

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.

Sean’s Kitchen Oyster Festival – through August

The Sean’s Kitchen Oyster Festival is on throughout 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 is available throughout this month at Sean’s Kitchen. It’s also brought back the $2 “buck shuck. The oyster happy hours run from Monday to Friday, 12pm-1pm and 5pm-6pm. Check out the full Oyster Festival menu here.

Pouring Ribbons: Whisky & Cheese – September 4

Erica Richards, spirits brand ambassador for Beam-Suntory, and Aree Mitchell, from Say Cheese, will be pairing whiskies and cheese at this next event in the Pouring Ribbons series of tasting events for women at Hains & Co. Tickets (here) are $39, and you can read more about Tasting Ribbons in this InDaily interview with Richards.

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 Trailevents will also be offered across the region.

Samuel’s Gorge Roaming Flavour Experience – September 15

McLaren Vale winery Samuel’s Gorge is hosting a $160pp long lunch in its old barn on the hill of the picturesque property, with local chef Nigel Rich presenting a menu inspired by his love of Fleurieu produce. Winemakers Justin McNamee and Riley Harrison will guide guests through the story of Samuel’s Gorge and how it draws inspiration and flavour from the surrounding landscape. Details here.

Coriole’s 50th birthday lunch – September 22

Coriole Vineyards in McLaren Vale will celebrate its 50th birthday with a day of wine, food, music, art and dancing. The day will begin with Prosecco and canapés, followed by a five-course lunch and wines showcasing the last four decades – including the new-release Piquepoul, aged chenin blanc, several vintages of sangiovese and the Lloyd Reserve Shiraz. Tickets are $175, with transport available from the city to McLaren Vale.

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