The Clare Valley Festival of the Lamb – September 16 to 22
Focusing on the villages of Mintaro, Sevenhill, Watervale and Auburn, The Clare Valley Festival of the Lamb will see hotels and restaurants partner their chefs and visiting guest chefs with local farmers to feature lamb-inspired menus matched with local wines. The timing coincides with new-season lamb as well as the transformation of Clare Valley’s rolling hills into fields of gold, with canola flowers cropping up around every corner. Wide-ranging events include an open-air cinema, knitting and shearing demonstrations, degustations, and a “blessing of the fleece”.
Slow George at Yiasou George – September 18
To be held at East End restaurant Yiasou George, “Slow George” is a collaboration menu from the Low & Slow team and the East End pita slingers Yiasou George. Expect pita, pickles and pulled meats, ouzo pickle backs, and bourbon brownies. Set menu only, tickets are $70 per person.
A Taste of Ireland – September 18
Be transported to Ireland with homemade fare and live music at The Plough, Hahndorf with A Taste of Ireland. Enjoy a three-course meal filled with traditional homemade Irish fare, including the traditional stew or chowder, fresh salmon or steak. Priced from $50 per person.
23rd Street Distillery birthday degustation – September 24
To celebrate the anniversary of the launch of 23rd Street Distillery, Siberia Bar and Restaurant will host a pairing of the distillery’s most popular spirits to five delicious courses of food at Siberia’s balcony bar, overlooking the Adelaide Parklands on East Terrace. Tickets are limited and cost $120.
Feast through the Middle East – September 30
Adelaide Central Market favourite Real Falafel will host a cooking demonstration experience, teaching how to make authentic falafel and hummus. Enjoy a three-course meal as Real Falafel’s Mitch Aldawsari presents his tips and tricks and how to replicate them in your home cooking. Traditional belly dancers will also perform to complete the experience. Twenty per cent of ticket profits will be donated to Multicultural Youth SA.
HAHNDORF. HANDMADE. HANDCRAFTED. HANDPICKED. – throughout September
A broad program of more than 250 intimate events and experiences will be held in and around the Main Street of Hahndorf, from wine tastings to art and craft sessions, dining experiences, beer, history, and culture. A German beer masterclass (pictured) will be held on September 18 at The Haus, complemented by a German meal. Most events are ticketed and can be booked online.
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations – Throughout October
Producers in the Coonawarra region will host more than 60 free and ticketed events throughout October as part of Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Celebrating the Coonawarra wine region’s signature red wine Cabernet Sauvignon, the festival will include tasting experiences, blending masterclasses, dinners, and lunches.
The Maker & Me: VHS Wines – October 14
The Fruitful Pursuit’s intimate wine tasting event series The Maker & Me returned in late August, now at a new venue, Yiasou George. On Wednesday, October 14, 20 people will sip wines from mad scientist Sam Smith, founder of VHS wines. The Maker & Me allows South Australia’s best and most interesting winemakers to showcase their wares, including unreleased wines and hard-to-find museum stock, to a small selection of drinkers dedicated to knowing and understanding the dynamic local wine industry. Tickets for the VHS event can be found here.
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