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Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including a new series of wine master-classes at the National Wine Centre, a whisky degustation dinner at Plant 4 Bowden, yum cha + Prosecco at Level One, and Coriole’s 50th birthday lunch.

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National Wine Centre masterclasses – September-December

National Wine Centre head sommelier James Boden is hosting a series of two-hour masterclasses in the coming months, all suitable for both connoisseurs and less-savvy wine drinkers. They include a Grenache-themed evening class ($50) on September 25, where participants will compare three blends from France’s Southern Rhone region with three from the Barossa Valley, and two daytime classes ($75 and $95) on October 27 which will coincide with the centre’s Champagne Fest and be focussed on sparkling wines. At the end of each class, participants will put their palates to the test with a blind tasting in the Wined Bar. Find out more about all the upcoming masterclasses here.

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. Tickets are $90 (here) plus booking fee.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend – September 6-8

Barossa Chateau will host a long-table dinner incorporating bush foods.

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 Barossa Chateau’s “If You’re Game”, a feast of meat and vegetables – including native bush foods – cooked on coals and matched to Creed wines and local craft beer; a $160pp four-course long-table dinner being presented by Sprout Catering at Bethany Wines, and a slow-cooked American BBQ dinner in the Barrel Hall at Kellermeister. A range of Gourmet Trail events will also be offered across the region.

All Stars Whisky Dinner – September 14

This $120pp five-course degustation event at Plant 4 Bowden will feature food by Jessie Spiby paired with five Australian whiskies and enjoyed in a long-table dining experience. Distilleries represented will be SA’s Tin Shed Distilling, Lark Distillery (Tasmania), Mount Uncle Distiller (Queensland), Starward Distillery (Victoria) and Archie Rose (NSW). Details here.

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.

Families in Wine Dinner Series – September-December

The second Families in Wine dinner event at Level One, Electra House, is “The Inter-Generational Dinner” (September 18) with Sew and Sew Wines from the Adelaide Hills, to be followed by “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, which continue until December, are $89 including a shared feasting menu, wine and Q&A.

Culinary experience with Serafino – September 21

Serafino Wines executive chef Daniel Armon and Australian Good Food Guide executive chef Shawn Sheather are presenting a six-course degustation dinner at the McLaren Vale winery. Each dish will feature a “hint” of Serafino wine, with the menu including beetroot-cured Hiramasa Kingfish with Sharktooth Chardonnay, apple, fennel, pea and burnt citrus; Nomad Farm chicken galantine with zucchini flower, Premium Sparkling sabayon and scampi roe; and beetroot ice cream with black sesame, pink peppercorn meringue, white chocolate and Goose Island Moscato foam. The dinner will include wine pairings selected by chief winemaker Charles Whish, with tickets (here) costing $151.91 and city bus transfers available.

Nom Nom Cha #2 – September 21

Level One restaurant will serve up yum cha inspired by its modern Asian menu at its second Nom Nom Cha event, with items such as XO silken tofu, house-made pork and prawn wontons, mac and cheese springrolls with truffle cocktail sauce, house-roast charsiu pork with honey glaze, and mango pudding with coconut sorbet. Tickets are $69pp, including “free-flowing Italian Prosecco”.

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 Aangiovese and the Lloyd Reserve Shiraz. Tickets are $175, with transport available from the city to McLaren Vale.

Lot.Oberfest – October 5-6

Lot 100 at Nairne is planning to celebrate the October long weekend by transforming its brewery shed into a “giant Octoberfest-like beer hall” on the Saturday and Sunday, with long bench tables, Mismatch beers sand Adelaide Hills Cider by the stein glass, German-style food from a firepit and live music. Tickets (here) are $35. On the Saturday, Lot 100 has teamed up with Electra House to offer an extended event ($95) which will begin with breakfast in the city, followed by a bus trip to join the celebrations in the Hills.

CheeseFest&FERMENT – October 26-27

This two-day showcase of all things cheesy and fermented in Rymill Park will feature more than 100 food and drink stalls, masterclasses and cooking demonstrations (including by MasterChef judge Matt Preston), bars, and new Italian, Spanish and French quarters celebrating international cheese, wine and produce. There will also be a four-hour “Great Wine and Cheese Voyage” which will feature tastings at CheeseFest& FERMENT as well as East End venues such Mothervine, EastEnd Cellars and The Stag Balcony. See the website for more information.

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