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Asian street food in the city, oysters in the hills

Food & Wine Events

Food and drink happenings in SA, including Lucky Dumpling Market’s final week, Oysters in the Hills, Urban Wine Walk in the East End, a Thai feast with an American guest chef at Shōbōsho, and a Malbec + Wagyu Dinner at La Boca Bar and Grill.

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 Lucky Dumpling Market – until November 3

This week is your last chance to get your Asian food fix at the Lucky Dumpling Market on the Adelaide Riverbank before it packs up on Sunday. Part of the 2019 OzAsia Festival, the market features stalls selling an array of street food, including barbecue, curries, stir-fries, noodles, dumplings and desserts, as well as Vietnamese iced coffee, bubble tea, Japanese sake, beer and SA wines. The market also features free live entertainment, and 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. See CityMag’s guide to the market here.

Barossa Beer & Cider Festival – November 2-3

On this weekend in Nuriootpa, the Barossa Beer & Cider Festival will feature beers from a selection of SA brewers including the likes of Ministry of Beer, Rehn Bier, Left Barrel Brewing, Barossa Valley Brewing and York Peninsula’s Watsacowie Brewing Co. There will also be food trucks, music, games and more. Check out the Facebook page for more details and tickets.

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.

Oysters in the Hills – November 2

“Delicious gin, tasty oysters, live music and a shucking good time” – that’s what Ambleside Distillers and Gazander Oysters are promising from their inaugural Oysters in the Hills event at Hahndorf on Saturday. There will be two sittings, from 12.30pm-2.30pm and 3pm-5pm, with tickets costing $28 including half a dozen oysters (topped with a gin and tonic sorbet), a G&T of your choice and a shucking demo.

Urban Wine Walk – November 2-3

This self-guided wine walk returns to the East End this weekend, 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.

Pouring Ribbons: Aperitifs for Summer – November 6

The next event in the Hains & Co Pouring Ribbons tasting club for women will shine a light on those “mysterious and foreign bottles” of vermouths, aperitifs, digestifs, bitters, amaro and liqueurs often lurking at the back the liquor cabinet. The session will be hosted by mixologist Kayla Grigoriou and Pernod Ricard’s Christine Tassone, with tickets costing $40 including cocktails and nibbles afterwards. Pouring Ribbons is held on the first Wednesday of each month at Hains & Co in Gilbert Place, with bookings (here) essential.

McLaren Vale meets Leigh Street – November 8

This Friday evening outdoor tasting (from 4.30pm) will feature the best wines from the 2019 McLaren Vale Wine Show. The $20 entry includes five tastings and a take-home glass, with each pop-up cellar door also selling wine by the glass or bottle. Tickets (here) must be purchased in advance.

Shōbōsho Presents Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker – November 13

Leigh Street’s Shōbōsho restaurant has invited American chef and author Andy Ricker into its kitchen for a night to serve a Thai street-style feast. Ricker, who launched the Pok Pok restaurants across the US and has written a number of cookbooks, spends several months each year living, travelling, eating, cooking and studying the food culture in Thailand and neighbouring countries. There will be two sittings (details here) for the $80pp dinner at Shōbōsho, with guests receiving a Tamarind Whiskey Sour on arrival.

Beer & Bubbles – November 16

Expect a smorgasbord of SA craft beer, cider and sparkling wines – plus a few French Champagnes – at the East End’s annual Beer & Bubbles event on Vardon Avenue. It’s on from midday until 5pm on Saturday, November 16, and entry to this year’s event is $40. As well as tastings and full glass pours, there will be food from Mothervine, Lemongrass and The Tasting Room, plus tunes by Skin Contact.

Bright Moments Spring Wine Party – November 17

Photo: Jack Fenby

Around 20 local and interstate small-batch wine producers will be pouring their new spring releases when the Bright Moments garden wine party returns to Roxie’s, Chateau Apollo and the Crown and Anchor. A $20 ticket will get you four hours with a tasting glass to try the different wines on offer, with all wines also available to buy by the glass or the bottle. Comida will be serving up wood-oven and chargrill Spanish fare, and there will be music by Max Savage and the False Idols and DJs Medhi and Georg LV. This CityMag story has all the details, including participating wineries.

Artisan Malbec and Wagyu Dinner – November 21

La Boca Bar and Grill executive chef Nicolas Arriola has created a special four-course, South American-influenced menu to showcase Wagyu beef and Argentinean Malbec wine at this $79pp dinner. Courses will include wood-grilled 250g Wagyu tri-tip M9 with roasted pumpkin and asparagus puree, and roasted hazelnut and fig tart with Malbec ice-cream. Full menu and bookings here.

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