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Beer & Bubbles, Bright Moments, War of the Rosés

Food & Wine Events

Upcoming food and drink happenings, including this weekend’s Beer & Bubbles laneway event and Bright Moments garden party in the East End, War of the Rosés in the Adelaide Hills, and summer spritzers in the Lion Arts Courtyard.

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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, 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.

Adelaide Wine Markets – November 16

Tickets are apparently selling fast for this Saturday’s Adelaide Wine Markets pop-up event at the Market Shed on Holland, but there were still some available last we looked. There will be wine, beer, cider and spirit tastings from SA small and boutique producers, food by Plant 4 vendors and live music. It’s on from 5pm; tickets here are $30.

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 on Sunday. 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.

Coonawarra on Leigh Street – November 22

The next regional winemakers popping up on Leigh Street will be from the Coonawarra, with this Friday evening event featuring more than 60 wines available to purchase from 14 winemakers, including Majella Wines, Rymill Coonawarra, Yalumba, Zema Estate, Penley Estate and Brand’s Laira Coonawarra. The $5 entry includes a take-home wine glass. Coonawarra on Leigh Street is on from 4.30pm-10pm.

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.

French Market – November 22-23

The Alliance Française French Market is returning to the Soldiers Memorial Gardens in Unley this month, with stalls selling an array of edible treats including cheese, tarts, crepes, raclettes, saucisson, pâtisserie and more. The festival includes a Beaujolais Night (on the Friday) and live entertainment across the weekend. See the program here. It’s on from 5pm-9pm on the Friday, and from 10am-9pm on the Saturday.

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”.

War of the Rosés – November 30

The Adelaide Hills Wine Centre at Hahndorf is hosting this event, which will see 10 Hills Rosé producers battle it out to be crowned the king or queen of the Rosé by public vote. Guests can enjoy wines from the likes of Hahndorf Hill Winery, Tomich, Golding, Howard Vineyard and Next Crop, accompanied by complimentary cheese and crackers. There will also be a range of menu items on offer such as Flammkuchen (German) pizzas, grazing boards and dip plates. Entry for the 12-4pm War of the Rosés is $10.

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).

Summer Spritz Festival – December 6

Photo: Saige Prime

After last month’s mini Espresso Martini Festival, the Lion Arts Factory is set to re-open its North Terrace courtyard to celebrate what it reckons is “the best summer drink around” – the spritz. Entry to the Friday evening Summer Spritz Festival will be $10, including a free spritz of your choice. There will be three on offer – an Aperol Spritz, The Hugo Spritz and the Pink Gin Spritz – plus street eats from Gang Gang and DJ tunes. It’s on from 5pm till late. Stay tuned to the Facebook event page for updates.

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