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Winning wines, food trucks, pasta party, spring brunch

Food & Wine Events

Food and drink happenings, including some of McLaren Vale’s best wines popping up on Leigh St this Friday, a food truck carnival, the opening of Plant 4’s downstairs bar, a pasta party at Nido and spring brunch at 2KW.

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McLaren Vale Meets Leigh Street – November 8

This Friday outdoor tasting (from 4.30pm) will feature the best wines from the 2019 McLaren Vale Wine Show, from producers including Hither & Yon (winner of Best Wine in Show with its 2018 Nero d’Avola), d’Arenberg, Big Easy Radio, Yangarra Estate Vineyards, Gemtree, Fox Creek and Penny’s Hill. 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.

Matthew Evans at Deviation Road Winery – November 7

Chef and TV personality Matthew Evans will launch his new cookbook, The Commons, at a meet-the-author event at Deviation Road Winery in Longwood tomorrow. Evans is a familiar face from SBS’s Gourmet Farmer and the new book is inspired by the show, which is set on his Fat Pig Farm in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Tickets ($45) include a glass of wine on arrival and a light dinner of recipes from the book cooked by Comida. You’ll find details here and Evans’ recipe for a spring garlic and spinach tart here.

Food Truck Carnivale at Seaford – November 8-10

More than 20 food trucks will be heading to the corner of Commercial and Seaford roads at Seaford this weekend for the three-day Food Truck Carnivale. The family-friendly event is on from 4pm-9pm on Friday, 12pm-9pm on Saturday and 12pm-8pm on Sunday, with a licensed bar, live music, carnival rides and a free screening on Saturday night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. BYO chairs and rugs.

Downstairs bar opening at Plant 4 – November 9

Plant 4 Bowden is celebrating the opening of its downstairs bar from 5pm this Saturday, with happy hour drinks from Pirate Life and Alpha Box & Dice, cocktails featuring KI Spirits, food from Fun2Seeya Pizzeria and DFDesserts, plus Coffin Bay oysters and cheese platters. Entry is free and there will also be live music outside. Details here.

Variety Vintage Wine Auction – November 15

This three-course lunch and wine auction at the National Wine Centre will raise funds for South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Guests will have the opportunity to taste and buy wines from 12 prominent South Australian wineries that have each donated a barrel of their 2018 vintage wine, with participating producers including Hentley Farm, Penny’s Hill, Tim Adams, Peter Lehmann and Primo Estate. The event runs from 11.30am-3.45pm, with an after-party in the Vines Room. Single tickets are $145.

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

Bright Moments garden wine party. 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, 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.

Families in Wine at Level One – November 20

This month’s Families in Wine event – “the couples dinner” – at Electra House restaurant Level One will feature CRFT Wines (Adelaide Hills), Sherrah Wines (McLaren Vale) and Next Crop Wines (Adelaide Hills). Tickets ($89) include a shared feasting menu, wine from the featured producers and a Q&A session at the end of the meal. The final Families in Wine dinner for the year will be on December 4, with Hills wineries Unico Zelo and Mylkappa Wines.

Artisan Malbec and Wagyu Dinner – November 21

La Boca Bar and Grill executive chef Nicolas Arriola has created a 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.

The Urban Picnic – November 22-23

The Urban Picnic at Linde Reserve in Stepney is the brainchild of Sam Worrall-Thompson, the chef behind ventures such as Magill’s Fine and Fettle restaurant and beachside festival The Sailing Club at Victor Harbor. The Urban Picnic will feature food and drink from the likes of Pawn Wine Co, Little Bang Brewery, Forage Supply Co, Adelaide Gin and Brascos Pizza, plus market stalls, entertainment and kids’ activities. It’s on from 4.30pm – 11pm on the Friday (November 22) and from 11am – 11pm on the Saturday. Tickets (here) are $18.

2KW Spring Brunch – November 24

The next of 2KW Bar and Restaurant’s monthly Sunday bottomless brunches will be all about spring – “think vibrant, citrus flavours full of frivolity”. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there will also be drinks from Bird In Hand Winery and Grey Goose, including sparkling wine, mimosas and Bloody Marys, as well as DJs. Tickets (here) for the 11am-1pm brunch are $75.

Spring Thing at Nido – November 26

Nido is throwing a wine and pasta party for Gentle Folk Wines and Yetti and the Kokonut to celebrate the spring release of the South Australian labels’ new wines. Tickets for the “Spring Thing” are  $85, with sittings from 6pm and 8.30pm,. The King William Road restaurant promises “food will be plentiful, with wines to match”.

Botanic Gardens Restaurant tour and lunch series – November 30

Guests at this series of Botanic Gardens Restaurant events enjoy a private garden tour with executive chef Paul Baker, followed by a snack under the plane trees, before heading into the restaurant for a four-course Chef’s Table lunch. There are just 12 people per lunch, with tickets costing $140pp and further events scheduled for December 21 and January 24 (details here).

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