East End Wine Down, Yappy Hour, Fignic

Upcoming food and drink happenings in SA, including this weekend’s East End Wine Down, with more than 150 wines to try; a dog’s day out at Hains & Co; Friday night dinner at Lot 100, and a fig harvest celebration at Glen Ewin Estate.

Mar 19, 2019, updated Mar 19, 2019

East End Wine Down – March 23

More than 150 wines from around 30 wineries will be available to sample at this Saturday’s laneway festival hosted by East End Cellars in Vardon Avenue. Koerner, Leko Wines and Springs Road Wines are all new wineries that will be showcasing releases, alongside the likes of Henscke, Deviation Road, D’Arenberg and Fox Creek. There will also be a cider and gin bar presented by Lobo Cider, street-style food from local restaurants Mothervine, Nola, Eros and Lemongrass, and tunes by Skin Contact. The Wine Down is on from midday until 5pm, with tickets costing $37.

Yappy Hour at Hains & Co – March 24

Gilbert Place small bar Hains & Co is going to the dogs this Sunday to raise funds for SA Dog Rescue, with part proceeds from all drinks sold going to support the work of the not-for-profit organisation. SA Dog Rescue will be bringing along one or two pups available for adoption, and patrons are invited to take their own pooches. Yappy Hour (which actually runs from 4pm-8pm) is being sponsored by Tito’s Vodka’s “Vodka for Dog People” program, and Hains promises that alongside the human drinks it will also feature dog drinks, dog bandanas, dog bowls and “a whole bunch of fun toys to the dogs to play with”.

Uncultured: Ngeringa & Port Admiral Hotel – March 27

This four-course dinner event at the Port Admiral Hotel in Port Adelaide will celebrate the biodynamic wine and produce of Ngeringa in the Adelaide Hills. Winemaker Erinn Klein will present the $79pp dinner, which will include farmed produce from the Ngeringa farm as well as its “Uncultured” wines. Details here.

Fignic at Glen Ewin Estate – March 31

Fig picking, fig cocktails, food stalls, a bar and live music will be features of this annual celebration of the fig harvest at Glen Ewin Estate at Houghton. Fignic will take place from 11am-5pm, with an $85 standard ticket including entry for two adults, a food hamper, pick-your-own fig entry and half a kilo of PYO figs ($15 for children, including hamper).

Sean’s Kitchen Crab Carnival – until April 14

This month-long celebration of the crustacean at Sean’s Kitchen sees the Adelaide Casino restaurant serving up a special menu of crab-themed dishes such as dressed spanner crab, king crab rye bagel, soft-shell crab tacos and king crab mac & cheese. There will also be a weekly Louisiana crab boil on Tuesday nights ($45), while Thursday is chilli mud crab night. Check out the full menu here.

Lot 100: Park Wine + Pasta – April 5

The first event in a planned Friday night dinner series at Hills cellar-door venue Lot 100, Park Wine + Pasta will see guests feasting on four different types of pasta dishes, plus salads and sides, in a long-table setting. The $80pp dinner will also see the launch of Vinterloper’s Park wine range, “created for drinking in the park, or at the most casual opportunities”. There will, of course, be Mismatch beers, Hills Cider, 78 Degrees G&Ts and Ashton Valley Fresh juices, plus live acoustic music.

Tasting Australia – April 5-14

The Tasting Australia Town Square. Photo: supplied

Themed dinners with top national and international chefs in the Glasshouse Kitchen in Victoria Square, and masterclasses and tastings covering everything from gin blending and Tasmanian whisky to Bollinger Champagne will be part of this year’s 10-day Tasting Australia Festival. At the top end of the program is The Great Henschke Vintage Dinner ($950 a head) and Tasting Australia Airlines excursions to places such as the Barossa, Coffin Bay and Kangaroo Island, but there are also plenty of more affordable experiences. See the full program here.

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Juxtaposition at Ayers House – April 5 & 6

This Tasting Australia event in the grand ballroom of historic Ayers House on North Terrace will see Australian craft beer paired with a modern take on yum cha. Ayers House executive chef Paul Groves and Mismatch founder Marc Huber have collaborated to match seven dishes – including a Phuket-style green mango salad and barramundi floss, and torched kingfish with white miso glaze, shiso, shaved asparagus and eggplant chips – with seven beers from the seven states and territories of Australia. The “mismatch made in heaven” will take place on two nights – Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7 – with tickets costing $155. Details here.

Vegan Palooza – April 14

One vegan festival a year simply isn’t enough, so the team behind October’s Vegan Festival Adelaide have created this autumn event to be held at the Main Assembly Building, Tonsley Innovation District. Running from 11am-6pm, Vegan Palooza promises plenty of local vegan food and drinks, with details of stalls to be released in coming weeks on the Facebook page.

Chocolate Factory High Tea – April 14

Stamford Plaza Adelaide has taken inspiration from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for this showcase of “scrumdiddlyumptious delights”. Guests will be greeted with an espresso martini (hot chocolate for the kids), and in addition to the finger sandwiches and other savoury items, you can expect chocolate scones, white chocolate and Tonka-bean meringue tart, opera slice, dark chocolate biscuit roll and chocolate hazelnut macaroons. Chocolate Factory High Teatickets are $59 (plus booking fee) for adults and $35 for children.

Fire & Spice Festival – April 14

Things are about to get hot and spicy with this celebration of the chilli pepper at West Torrens Memorial Gardens. Along with food stalls by the likes of Chile Mojo, Spice Girlz Gourmet, El Diablo Wood Fired Pizzas and Tacocat (see the full list here), there will also be workshops, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and kids’ activities. It’s on from 11am-4pm.

Nutella Palooza – April 20

More than 50 food trucks and vendors will be serving up hundreds of Nutella-themed treats at this chocolate-fuelled Easter Saturday gathering at Morphettville Racecourse, with menus including cocktails, waffles, pizza, milkshakes and even beer (yes, Nutella beer, being brewed especially for the event). Nutella Palooza will also include an Easter egg hunt, cooking demonstrations and a 50SIXONE pop-up restaurant. Entry tickets are $10, and it’s on from midday until 7pm.

Sprout Seasonal Dinner – May 3

Following on from this month’s Magnum Champagne Dinner, Sprout Cooking School is already planning its next special event – a “seasonal dinner” featuring five dishes it says will showcase the best of SA’s fresh, season produce paired with local wines. Tickets are $100pp; details here.

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