Spanish Fiesta – December 7
Vardon Avenue in the East End is hosting a free, Spanish-themed street party to celebrate 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. The Spanish Fiesta is on from 4.30-9.30pm.
Seamore’s launch party – December 6
Seamore’s Bar and Restaurant at Henley Beach – the latest venue from the brothers behind Malobo, New Nordic, Swedish Tarts and Hermanos Cubanos – will be open for business from this Friday, with an official launch party kicking off from 8pm. Located at the site of the former Sandbar nightclub on Henley Square, it will serve meals during the day before transforming into a bar with DJs in the evening. Read more about what’s in store here.
Summer Spritz Festival – December 6
The Lion Arts Factory is opening 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.
Fabulous Ladies Champagne Mistress Class – December 10
A “mistress class”, in case you’re wondering, is The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society’s alternative to a “master class”. This one is being held over 2.5 hours at Treasury 1860 on King William Street and will focus on five Champagnes produced by the Champagne Jeeper brand, served with a three-course dinner. Participants will also learn about the Champagne-making process, the difference between various wines, and more. Tickets (here) are $170, or $150 for Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society members.
Peel Street Festival – December 12-15
Peel Street venues have teamed up with Bombay Sapphire to present a four-day festival they say will transform the laneway into a “botanical wonderland”. The 10 participating small bars will each create a new cocktail highlighting one of the botanicals found in the gin, and there will also be a pop-up outdoor bar, live bands and artists creating murals and other works along the street. Peel Street Restaurant is catering the outdoor festival, which will run from Thursday, December 12 until Sunday, December 15, from 4pm till late.
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.
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.
Mississippi Moon Turns 4 – December 14
Gresham Street small bar Mississippi Moon is set to celebrate its fourth birthday next weekend with “happy-hour beers, blast from the past cocktail specials, your favourite banger vinyls spinning, birthday cake and more”. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for details.
Summer sessions in the vines
Howard Vineyard is following up last year’s Santa Sangria event with a two-day Sangrisa this weekend (December 6-7). There will, of course, be sangria, and the Nairne winery is also celebrating a recent trophy win for its Pinot Gris (hence the event title). It will be offering its standard Clover + Stone menu during the day on Friday and a special “Wings and Things” menu in the evening, then a $58pp set menu in the restaurant on Saturday (bookings essential).
Longview Vineyard at Macclesfield is celebrating the festive spirit with a “summer Christmas barbecue” on December 15 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, chips and ice cream.
Golding Wines at Lobethal is hosting a twilight session from 4-9pm on December 21, when you can enjoy a vino in the gardens, a selection of woodfired pizzas, salads and gelati, alongside acoustic tunes, lawn games and kids’ activities.
Beresford Wines (McLaren Flat) is once again presenting its Lavish Lawns sessions on the first Sunday of each month throughout summer, with the next one scheduled for January 5. The 11am-5pm sessions include live music and lawn games, with gourmet pizza and paired tasting experiences also available.
McLaren Vale winery Wirra Wirra will kick off its summers sessions on January 3, with two food trucks – Soza’s Sri Lankan street food and Signor Arrosticini’s Italian char-grill – live music and wine. Tickets for the 5pm-9pm session are $20, including tasting glass.
Twilight Friday Nights at Lazy Ballerina (located opposite Kuitpo Forest) give visitors the opportunity to experience the winery’s garden in a new light. It will be open for dusk bookings on December 20 and 27 and January 3, with a $40pp ($20 for kids) “feed me” menu of starters, platters and pizzas, plus acoustic music.
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