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Upcoming food and drink happenings, including this weekend’s wine party at the historic Marion Vineyard, espresso martinis at Lion Arts Centre, Proof Wine Bar’s toastie takeover, ‘bottomless oysters’ at 2KW and more yum cha at Level One.

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Wine in the Vines – October 12

Patritti Wines is hosting a free community event with wine, food trucks and music at the Marion Vineyard – “the world’s oldest commercially producing urban vineyard”. Wine in the Vines will take place from 3pm until 8pm, with visitors invited to enjoy the 2015 vintage Patritti Marion Vineyard Grenache Shiraz as well as other premium releases and craft beers from Shifty Lizard Brewing. Entry is via Western Avenue, Park Holme, and you can BYO chair or picnic rug. (Read more about the historic Marion Vineyard here.)

2KW Oyster and Seafood Festival – October 13

It used to be the oyster festival, but 2KW Bar & Restaurant is expanding its focus this year to include not just bottomless oysters but also a range of seafood including canapès, paella and whole fish, all matched to still and sparkling wines from Deviation Road Winery. Tickets for the three-hour lunchtime Oyster and Seafood Festival are $99.

Espresso Martini Festival – October 12

Photo: Saige Prime

Lion Arts Factory is presenting an Espresso Martini Festival to celebrate its newly renovated and recently licensed outdoor courtyard. Beginning at 8pm, it’ll include three types of Espresso Martini – the Classic, Golden Gaytime and Double Choc Chip – plus food from Down and Out, a new falafel concept from Andy Nowell (ex-Sunny’s Pizza) and Robbie Mather of Nice Pickles. There will also be live acoustic music and DJs. Read more on CityMag.

Toastie Takeover at Proof – October 13

This Sunday’s Toastie Takeover at Proof Wine Bar is showcasing Victoria’s Bridge Road Brewers, with its Beechworth Pale Ale and Beer Glamp Pilsner on tap, plus a saison, summer ale and gose also available. For your $10 toasties, there will be eggplant parmigiana, Smokey Pit beans and three cheese, and raspberry, walnut crumbs, coconut and white chocolate. It’s on from 3pm.

Australian Festival of Marmalade ­– October 13

Showcasing “all things citrus and marmalade”, this annual festival at Beaumont House on Glynburn Road will feature tastings of artisan marmalades, citrus-themed produce and crafts, a cookery demonstration, a citrus-growing demo, kumquat produce from The Kumquatery, citrus plants, and a coffee and food stall. It will also see the presenting of awards to the champion marmalade makers of 2019. It’s on from 11am-5pm – see the full program here, and read SALIFE’s interview with local Marmalady Beverly Harper here.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations – throughout October

Taking place throughout October, Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations will present more than 60 events designed to showcase the region’s signature red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon. Ticketed highlights include The Family Feast (October 12), a progressive lunch with Coonawarra wine families Redman, DiGiorgio and Zema; a “5 X 5” winemakers’ degustation dinner (October 19) at Pipers of Penola, and a degustation dinner (October 19) in the historic Stables building at Katnook Estate winery. See the full program here.

Lucky Dumpling Market – October 17 – November 3

Photo: Helen Page

With the OzAsia Festival kicking off this month, the Lucky Dumpling Market will also be popping up on the Adelaide Riverbank. Expect an array of Asian foods, including barbecue, curries, stir-fries, noodles, dumplings and desserts, as well as Vietnamese iced coffee, bubble tea, Japanese sake, beer and SA wines. Lucky Dumpling Market is on the Convention Centre Lawns, just west of the Oval footbridge, from 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday, and from midday till late on Saturday and Sunday.

Australian Gin Showcase – October 18

More than 30 Australian gins will be available for the tasting at this showcase at the Arkaba Hotel. Tickets for the 7-9pm event are $30 (including unlimited tastings), and you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about local distilleries, as well as voting for your crowd favourite gin.

Nom Nom Cha – October 26

The next yum cha lunch at Electra House’s Level One restaurant will feature a menu of dishes such as XO silken tofu, house-made pork and prawn wontons, prawn and scallop siu mai, mac and cheese spring rolls with truffle cocktail sauce, Sichuan prawn salad, black bean Cone Bay barramundi, charsiu pork with honey glaze, and mango pudding with coconut sorbet. Tickets for the 12-2pm event are $69pp (including “free-flowing Italian Prosecco”).

Langhorne Creek on Leigh Street – October 25

The winemakers of Langhorne Creek are coming to the city for this 4.30pm-8pm laneway event on Friday, October 25. Entry is $5, and there will be around 100 wines from 20 wineries to buy by the glass or bottle (note, it isn’t a tasting event). There will also be live music and opportunities to meet and talk to the winemakers. Details here.

Oddio spring and summer events – October/November

After hibernating over winter, Bowden winery and “winery bar” Oddio is set to fire up again over spring, starting on the weekend of October 25-27 when La Popular Taqueria will be on site serving its popular tacos. There will also be plenty happening next month, with opening hours from November 8-10 (food by Syrian Mobile Disco), a ticketed long-table dinner on November 21 with La Popular Taqueria, and “pizza and good times” with Sunny’s Pizza on November 24. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details.

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, bars, and new Italian, Spanish and French quarters celebrating international cheese, wine and produce. The festival has just released details of a series of wine masterclasses, curated by East End Cellars and featuring wines from around the world, plus a gin masterclass with the founders of Kangaroo Island Spirits. See the website for more information.

Eldredge Wines Vineyard Long Lunch – October 26

Located in the picturesque Spring Gully in the Clare Valley, Eldredge Wines is celebrating spring with a three-course lunch (catered by Sprout) with winemaker Leigh Eldredge. Guests will be greeted with sparkling Riesling and roving canapes on the lawns before enjoying the main course and dessert at a long table in the vineyard. Tickets (here) are $85, with the menu to be released nearer the time.

Kickback at Kuitpo – October 27

Hosted at the historic Kuitpo Hall, Kickback at Kuitpo will feature wines from the 15 producers that make up the Kuitpo Kollective, wood-fired pizza, music and beer. Testament to the growing interest in SA’s emerging wine regions, Kickback has doubled in size since its inception in 2017, but it is still a free-entry, BYO event. The 2019 edition – from 12-7pm on October 27 –  will also see the launch of Kuitpo Brewing Co – Kuitpo’s first brewer. Read more in this CityMag story.

Champagne Fest – October 27

Pitched as a day of pure indulgence, the National Wine Centre’s Champagne Fest will include more than 40 different Champagnes, plus sparkling wines from Australia, America and Europe. There will also be fresh seafood and other “festival food” stations, and live entertainment. The event will run from 11am until 5pm, with entry tickets costing $25 in advance or $30 on the day (wine tastings from $2 each).

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