Disco bites, Stew and Shiraz, Bonjour Barossa

Food and wine happenings in South Australia, including a Fork on the Road disco party, gin and wine debates, a midwinter cellar door event at Plant 4 Bowden, Stew and Shiraz at Whistler Wines and a French affair at Seppeltsfield.

May 31, 2017, updated May 31, 2017

Disco Fork – June 3

Fork on the Road will bring its food truck carnival to Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide for a disco-themed event this Saturday. In attendance will be all-star street food favourites Daisy Burger, La Cantina Co, Sloe Moe’s and Tacocat, among many others, as well as local craft brewers and small-batch distillers including Big Shed Brewing Concern, Twenty Third Street Distillery and Clare Valley Brewing Company. Disco Fork will run from 12pm to 9pm. For more information see the event page.

Gin King Debate – June 1

Gin is serious business in South Australia and two industry heavyweights, Prohibition Gin and Bombay Sapphire, will go head-to-head at The Stirling Hotel to settle once and for all who of the two will be crowned Gin King. Guests will get to sample each distillery’s most popular gins, with matching botanicals, accompanied by finger food. Tickets are $45 and available here, or for more information see the event page.

Dinner in the Dark – June 2

Dinner in the Dark will raise money to support the work of Can:Do 4Kids. Photo: Get Shot Photography

Can:Do 4Kids will again hold its signature fundraising event, Dinner in the Dark, at the National Wine Centre this Friday. Hosted by the joint-CEO of Vinomofo, Andre Eikmeier, guests will be blindfolded as they make their way through a four-course degustation. Proceeds will go toward Can:Do 4Kids’ continued support of South Australian children living with a hearing or vision impairment. Tickets are $180 (including a $50 donation) and can be purchased here.

Wine Communicators of Australia Great Debate – June 7

The Wine Communicators of Australia will lead a light-hearted discussion at the National Wine Centre around the question: Is natural wine better than commercial wine? Guests will be served a three-course meal and wines from the WCA cellar. Tickets are $120; details here.

World Gin Day – June 10

Every year, the number of South Australian gin producers steadily climbs, and every year World Gin Day in South Australia gets a little more botanical. There will be celebrations happening at Hains and Co, Bar Torino, The Propaganda Club, The Cellar Kitchen Restaurant at the Novotel Barossa Valley Resort, and anywhere good gin is sold.

Sea and Vines – June 10-12

Sea and Vines Festival is back in McLaren Vale this June long weekend, and the region’s venues and producers have quite a spread planned. There will be Pizza Lock Ins, Porchetta Parties, a Blues and Brews Cabaret and plenty more. For further details, see the website.

Stew and Shiraz at Whistler Wines – June 11

An event at Whistler Wines in the Barossa Valley. Photo: Daniel Purvis

The winter chill is upon us and Whistler Wines has the remedy. Its annual Stew and Shiraz event will help to combat the cold with stew from Owen Andrews Barossa Catering, coffee from Black Bean Baristas and shiraz (plus other fine wines) from Whistler Wines. The event starts at 10.30am on Sunday, June 11. For further information, see the event page.

Long-table lunch at The Other Right – June 11

Adelaide Hills winery The Other Right is hosting Preparation: Foraging and Fermenting, a long-table lunch organised in collaboration with Tiffany Schultz from Conscious Lifestyles. As well as indulging in food and wine, guests will be introduced to responsible foraging and fermenting techniques. Tickets are $139pp plus booking fee and include four courses, three glasses of wine, a bus from the city to The Other Right’s wine shed, and a wild mushroom and plant forage on the way. For more information contact [email protected].

Cabaret Dinner – June 14

Photo: Claudio Raschella

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Cabaret and the culinary arts are coming together during Adelaide’s Cabaret Festival. Hosted by singer Libby O’Donovan, the Cabaret Dinner at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre will see chef Simon Burr of The Olfactory Inn present a three-course meal “honouring the produce of the Adelaide Hills, matched carefully to Grant Burge wines and the best of this year’s festival stars”. Tickets are $175 and available here.

Geyer Wines Chocolate Matching at Steven Ter Horst Chocolatier – June 15

Barossa Valley winery Geyer Wine Co is hosting a collaborative chocolate and wine pairing event with Rundle Street chocolatier Steven Ter Horst. Four wines will be paired with four chocolates as both producers explain their craft and why their offerings work so well together. Tickets are available here.

Solstice. A Midwinter Cellar Door – June 18

On the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice, Plant 4 Bowden will play host to 20 wineries, giving punters the opportunity to experience an abundance of SA produce despite the reduced hours of daylight. To accompany the featured wineries, there will be food from the regular Plant 4 stallholders, as well as live music performances to properly set the scene. Tickets are $30 plus booking fee, include a souvenir wine glass, and can be purchased here.

Slice and Dice – June 19

There are two musts when heading to McLaren Vale: one is Alpha Box and Dice and the other is Pizzateca. Like good neighbours do, the two are joining forces for Slice and Dice, a pizza and wine event not to be missed. Buses leave from the CBD and will carry you from one venue to the next – all you have to worry about is whether to start on white or red, a margherita or quattro formaggi. Tickets available here.

Bonjour Barossa – July 9

Francophiles take note: Bonjour Barossa is back, bringing patisserie, boulangerie, charcuterie and more to Seppeltsfield’s 1920s-era cellar. Among the producers will be Goodwood Road’s Boulangerie 113, King William Road’s Mulots, and Udder Delights from Hahndorf. There will also be cooking demonstrations from Le Cordon Bleu and an “epicurean” tour of the Seppeltsfield estate with chef Owen Andrews. Tickets can be purchased here and are $15, or $20 at the door.

Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival – July 28-30

The 2017 Beer & BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showground will feature Canadian dude-food legend Matty Matheson, of the SBS Viceland show Dead Set on Life, among guest chefs and restaurants that will present their take on barbecue. More than 60 beer and cider brands will be on show in the main beer hall, and there’ll be a beefed-up music line-up including Regurgitator, Ali Barter and West Thebarton Brothel Party. Read more here about the ABBF and other craft beer events coming to Adelaide in July.

Winter Reds – July 28-30

The Adelaide Hills will be warming up during Winter Reds, a festival showcasing the region’s best winter drops. The program is a mix of free and ticketed events, with more than 30 venues providing the perfect excuse to steal away to the Hills for a weekend. Tickets are available now and the full list of events can be found at the Winter Reds website.

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