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Grenache Fest, Beer vs Wine, Bottle to Barrel Party

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Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including a Grenache Fest at Market Shed on Holland, a Penfolds degustation dinner, Mollydooker’s Bottle to Barrel Release Party, Father’s Day BBQs and blending sessions, and a Beer vs Wine Dinner at Kaffana.

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Mollydooker Bottle to Barrel Release Party – August 31

Mollydooker winery is celebrating the release of its 2018 wines with a party on the lawns of its McLaren Vale cellar door. The fun begins at midday on Saturday, August 31, with live music, food by Smokin Grillers, Adelaide Paella and Coffee and Crepes, and the latest-vintage wines available by the glass or bottle. Entry is $35 (including a glass of wine), with bus transport available from Adelaide CBD. Details here.

FruChoc Appreciation Day – August 23

Yes, there is an official day for everything, including FruChocs. Celebrations will take place at Gawler Place in Rundle Mall from 10am, including the unveiling of a new FruChocs-themed Trick 3D Art mural, an Emmaline’s FruChoc biscuit giveaway, and the chance to win prizes – one of which is a year’s supply of FruChocs. Details here.

Adelaide Wine Markets Grenache Fest – August 24

Adelaide Wine Markets at The Market Shed on Holland. Photo: Ashleigh Coleman Photography

Grenache will be the flavour of the day at this 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.

Penfolds Wine Dinner – August 28

A $240pp six-course Japanese-themed degustation menu will be paired with Penfolds wines at this dinner at the InterContinental Adelaide. Dishes crafted by chef de cuisine Kenny Trinh Sashimi will include sashimi, lobster tail, lemongrass-marinated chicken, lamb loin, wagyu beef sirloin, and a green tea mousse, while wines will comprise a range of releases from the past four years, plus the Penfolds Father Tawny and a tasting of the 2015 Grange.

Families in Wine Dinner Series – August-December

Level One chef Josh Kim.

After last year’s Women in Wine dinner series, Level One @ Electra House is now presenting five events featuring families in the South Australian wine industry. Next up is “The In-Laws Dinner” on August 28, featuring Chaffey Bros Wine Co from the Barossa Valley, to be followed by “The Inter-Generational Dinner” (September 18) with Sew and Sew Wines from the Adelaide Hills and then “The Siblings Dinner” (October 28) with Dune Wine (McLaren Vale), Small Gully Wines and The Mysterious Mr Black (Barossa Valley). Tickets for the Families in Wine dinners are $89 including a shared feasting menu, wine and Q&A session.

Father’s Day – September 1

Korean BBQ: Howard’s Vineyard at Nairne will be serving up a smorgasbord of Korean barbecue offerings on Father’s Day, including chicken wings, pulled lamb shoulder and seared pork belly, with sides such as kimchi, Asian pickle and corn salad. Tickets are $66 (including a glass of beer or wine for dads) and $10 for the kids’ menu.

Smoky BBQ: La Dolce Vita Catering is preparing a three-course, $75pp smoky barbecue menu for Longview Vineyard at Macclesfield. There will be jerk pork belly buns to start with, followed by shared platters (with dishes including Memphis-style pork ribs, char-grilled chorizo, Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder and vegie options) and chocolate tart for dessert. On the kids’ menu is a cheeseburger and chips ($15).

Whisky blending session: Spirit brand ambassador Erica Richards will lead this Father’s Day bourbon whisky masterclass at East End small bar Nola. Participants will be given an array of whiskies with different mash bills and flavour profiles, then led on a personalised blending session. Tickets (here) are $40, including a tasting and 200ml blend to take home.

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.

Beer vs Wine Dinner at Kaffana – September 5

Barossa Valley Brewing and Golden Child Wines will battle it out at this dinner at Gilbert Place Serbian restaurant Kaffana. Diners will enjoy chargrilled meat and Serbian dishes matched to beer and wine, and can decide for themselves which pair best. Tickets (here) are $85pp.

Smokey Whisky Dinner – September 5

The Edinburgh Hotel & Cellars in Mitcham has teamed up with The Exchange Australia to host a four-course dinner matched with a selection of peated whiskies from Ireland, Scotland and Japan, including the like of Laphroaig and Bowmore Single Malt. Tickets are $90 (here) plus booking fee.

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.

Seafood + Sounds – September 13-14

Seafood dishes, local wine and gin, cooking demonstrations, live music and free activities will be part of the two-day Seafood + Sounds event at Adelaide Central Market. It will also see the return of the pop-up Chilli Crab Shack, where diners can don a bib, grab some crackers and tuck into South Australian blue swimmer crabs with an Asian-style spicy dressing.

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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