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.
Shōbōsho kitchen takeover – December 1
Shōbōsho chef Adam Liston has invited his mates Stephen Moore and Ross Magnaye to take over the kitchen of the popular Leigh Street restaurant for one night only. Moore, now based in Bali, has worked at restaurants and hotels around the world, including Sydney’s Rockpool and Icebergs, while Magnaye grew up in the Philippines and now heads up the kitchen at Rice Paper Scissors in Melbourne. There will be two sittings for their $75pp Shōbōsho lunch and tickets were still available last we looked.
Panettone e Prosecco – November-December
Marino Meat and Food Store in the Adelaide Central Market has teamed up with Alpha Box & Dice winery and Pane e Pizzico bakery for a Christmas season celebration with Panettone e Prosecco. Each Friday evening from 6pm in the lead-up to Christmas, Marino’s is serving panettone covered in traditional Italian liquor, topped with ricotta cannoli filling and served with a glass of Zaptung Prosecco. Find out more here.
Festive Fermented Drinks – December 3
An hour-long introduction to the “fermented goodness” of kombucha and kefir promises to provide fresh drink ideas for summer. Presented by Folk of All Trades at The Joinery in Franklin Street, the $12 workshop will include tips on how to get started making your own fermented drinks, plus kefir and kombucha tastings. Participants will receive water kefir grains and kombucha SCOBY to take home – BYO jars. Details here.
Pouring Ribbons: A Botanical Spirit Safari – December 4
Applewood Distillery co-founder Laura Carter is presenting the next event in the Pouring Ribbons tasting series for women at Hains & Co. Participants will get to taste a range of Applewood drinks, from gins and liqueurs to amaro and wine, while also hearing the story of how Laura and partner Brendan set up and run their Adelaide Hills company. Pouring Ribbons is held on the first Wednesday of each month at Hains & Co in Gilbert Place. Tickets are $39, including drinks and nibbles, with bookings (here) essential.
Oddio dinner with Syrian Mobile Disco – December 6
“A Middle Eastern feast of epic proportions” is being planned for the courtyard of Bowden winery and winery bar Oddio on Friday, December 6. Mark Kamleh, of Syrian Mobile Disco, will be on site with both his parents, firing up the charcoal pit and cooking a long-table, shared-style dinner inspired by traditional Syrian dishes. There will also be wines from SA producers Frederick Stevenson, Giovanni Armani Giorgio and Delinquente. Tickets (here) are $99.
Stamford’s Festive Long Lunch by the Sea – December 6
Glenelg’s Stamford Grand Hotel is presenting a festive three-course long lunch on its ballroom balcony. The $89pp shared feast will include a charcuterie selection to start, slow-roasted lamb shoulder with garlic, rosemary and sea salt; spice roasted turkey breast with mushroom and sage stuffing and cranberry sauce; side dishes and a dessert platter including pavlova, gingerbread cheesecake and chocolate mousse. See the full menu and booking details here.
Summer Spritz Festival – December 6
After its recent 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.
Spanish Paella Festival – December 7
Vardon Avenue in the East End will be transformed into a Spanish fiesta for a free street event celebrating the Adelaide Rally. The teams behind East End Cellars, Mother Vine, Nola and La Taverna are working together to present a menu of food and drinks – including seafood and chicken paella paired with Spanish wines and sangria – and there will also be live music. It’s on from 4.30-9.30pm.
Gincident – December 14
Gin lovers will have the opportunity to sample spirits from more than 20 distillers when Gincident returns to Hart’s Mill at Port Adelaide. There will also be cocktails by The Howling Owl, food trucks, masterclasses, live music, retail stalls and games. It’s on from midday until 7pm, with pre-sale tickets (here) costing $25.
Longview Pop-Up Christmas Lunch – December 15
Longview Vineyard at Macclesfield is celebrating the festive spirit with a “summer Christmas barbecue” where guests will enjoy a range of meat and veg dishes such as hot-smoked salmon with potato mint salad, Balinese-style pork with sambal, chermoula roasted pumpkin and eggplant, and chickpea tagine with chimichurri. The $45 cost includes a barbecue plate and your first glass of wine; kids’ tickets are $15 including a hot dog and chips plus ice cream.
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