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.
Chocolate classes – throughout December
Steven ter Horst Chocolatier has sweet news for chocolate lovers, with a range of Christmas classes being held this month at its new store on King William Road at Hyde Park. The classes range from three to three-and-a-half hours, and include a Baking & Chocolate class, where participants will learn how to temper chocolate and make chocolate Christmas biscuits and truffles; a Buche de Noel (yule log) class and two Christmas Gifts Chocolate Classes. Each class will be taught by pastry chef and chocolatier Chantelle Giardina, who has worked alongside Steven ter Horst for the last 10 years. Details and bookings are available 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. CityMag offers a sneak preview of the event with a round-up of the best new gins and distilleries represented. See the full line-up and more event info on the official Gincident website.
Christmas Market – December 13-15
Myer Centre Adelaide is presenting a Christmas market in its ground-floor atrium this weekend to give CBD shoppers the chance to sample and buy SA cheese, wine, gin and chocolate. Never Never Distilling Co will offer gin tastings, with other producers represented including Woodside Cheese Wrights, Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, Sparkke Change Beverage Company and Utonic. The market will be open from 10am-9pm on Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Mississippi Moon Turns 4 – December 14
Gresham Street small bar Mississippi Moon is set to celebrate its fourth birthday with “happy-hour beers, blast from the past cocktail specials, your favourite banger vinyls spinning, birthday cake and more”. It’s on from 4pm on Saturday – details on the Facebook event page.
Summer sessions in the vines
Longview Vineyard at Macclesfield is celebrating the festive spirit with a “summer Christmas barbecue” this Sunday 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.
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.
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 summer 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.
Pouring Ribbons: Breakfast Cocktails – January 8
The Pouring Ribbons tasting club for women has pledged to “upgrade your weekend routine with killer drinks for a great morning start”, with its first session of the new year to be presented by mixologist Kayla Grigoriou and focusing on breakfast cocktails. Pouring Ribbons is held from 7-9pm on the first Wednesday of each month at Hains & Co in Gilbert Place. Tickets are $39, with bookings (here) essential.
An Introduction to Whisk(e)y – January 15
NOLA in Vardon Avenue is presenting this introduction to whisky tasting via the great whisky regions of the world, with participants getting to taste drams from Ireland, Scotland, America, Australia and Japan, “plus something a little special”. Tickets (here) are $60, including snacks, and the tasting begins at 7pm.
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