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Dumplings, WineLab & a new Botanic lunch series

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and drink happenings, including the Lucky Dumpling Market (opening tomorrow), an Australian gin showcase, Botanic Gardens Restaurant’s new edible garden tour and lunch series, and a wine + science + art experience at MOD.

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Lucky Dumpling Market – from October 17

The Lucky Dumpling Market returns to the Adelaide Riverbank from tomorrow as part of the 2019 OzAsia Festival. 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. For a rundown of vendors – both old favourites and newcomers – see CityMag’s 2019 Lucky Dumpling Market guide. The market is on the Convention Centre Lawns, just west of the Oval footbridge, from 4.30pm Tuesdays to Fridays, and from midday till late on Saturday and Sunday, right up until November 3.

WineLab at MOD. – October 18

All things wine, art and science will be on the menu at this “pop-up Friday knock-off wine experience” at UniSA’s MOD. on North Terrace. The WineLab will include a wine tasting from 5-6pm featuring a grazing table and SA wines from the likes of Shut the Gate, Longview, Dowie Doole and Deviation Road, plus talks by wine scientists and aficionados, and an interactive wine sensory experience. It’s being presented by the SA Wine Industry Association, with the aim of exploring the influence of art and science on the industry. Entry for the 5-8pm event is $5.

Australian Gin Showcase – October 18

More than 30 Australian gins will be available for 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.

East End Block Party ­– October 19

A corner of the East End will be transformed into one big party with food, drink and music at this event organised by The Stag, Cry Baby, Young Henrys, Melt Frank Music, NOLA and Hellbound. Along with a line-up of bands, the 3pm-midnight party will also serve up street food – including yiros from Yiasou George and chicken and tots from NOLA – and a Cry Baby versus Hellbound “bar battle”. CityMag has the lowdown on the full line-up.

Botanic Gardens Restaurant tour and lunch series – from October 25

Botanic Gardens Restaurant executive chef Paul Baker foraging for ingredients.

This new series of events by the Botanic Gardens Restaurant includes a behind-the-scenes guided tour by executive chef Paul Baker introducing edible plants found throughout the gardens and used in his kitchen. Guests – just 12 per session – will also enjoy a snack under the plane trees, before heading into the restaurant for a four-course Chef’s Table lunch including ingredients from the gardens. Tickets are $140pp, with events scheduled for October 25, November 30, December 21 and January 24 (details here).

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations – throughout October

Taking place throughout this month, Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations features more than 60 events – including dinners, lunches, wine flights, masterclasses, vineyard walking tours and blind tasting challenges – designed to showcase the region’s signature red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon. A highlight is this Friday’s Coonawarra [Decade]nce Tasting at Raidis Estate, which will showcase 2009-vintage wines and older from 18 wineries. See the full program here.

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.

Vegan Festival Adelaide – October 26-27

This year’s plant-based festival will take place over two days in Rundle Park, with an array of stalls selling food and other products, plus a program of live entertainment, talks, cooking demonstrations and workshops on topics such as the basics of going vegan (Vegan 101). Entry is $15 for a two-day pass or $10 for one day, with the full program available online.

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, bars, and new Italian, Spanish and French quarters celebrating international cheese, wine and produce. There will be cooking demonstrations by chefs including former MasterChef judge Matt Preston, Tasting Australia’s Simon Bryant, Karena Armstrong (Salopian Inn), Emma McAskill (Sparkke at the Whitmore), Ragini Dey (Ragini Spice) and Sharon Flynn (The Fermentary), a series of wine masterclasses curated by East End Cellars, plus a gin masterclass with the founders of Kangaroo Island Spirits. See the website for more.

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).

Vertical Botrytis Dinner – November 1

Hosted by Sprout Cooking School and De Bortoli Wines, this $150pp dinner will feature five courses and 14 wines in an “educational and sensory experience” comparing and contrasting Australian and French wines. Expect dishes such as oysters with cucumber dressing (with King Valley Prosecco); smoked duck breast and confit leg with crispy fennel and black garlic mustard (with the 2008 Noble One, 2013 Noble One and 2005 Chateau Doisy-Daene), and a Roquefort cheese board (with 1996 Noble One, 2000 Noble One and 2005 Chateau Latour Blanche). Full menu and booking details here.

Urban Wine Walk – November 2-3

This self-guided wine walk returns to the East End next month, with local venues teaming up with SA winemakers to showcase their wines. The 10 participating bars and wineries include Hellbound, The Stag Public House, Howling Owl, NOLA, Mr Goodbar, SC Pannell Wines, Hither & Yon, Main & Cherry and Golden Child Wines (see full list here). The $75 ticket for Urban Wine Walk covers entry to all participating venues and more than 35 tastings.

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