Adelaide Food and Wine Festival

by Amanda McInerney on 22/03/2013

You know how it goes.  A relaxing afternoon or evening, a few friends, great conversation, a bottle (or two) of wine and before you know it, you’ve agreed to trek the Kokoda Trail, canoe down the Murray in the Murray Marathon – or host a food and wine festival!  That’s more or less how it went for Amanda James Pritchard one evening a few months back, resulting in a select bunch of Adelaide food/wine/media types gathering last night in the delightful upstairs room of Apothecary 1878 to celebrate the launch of  the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival, 6-14 April 2013.

Honouring South Australian food and wine and it’s passionate producers at each of the 31 events, the festival kicks off with a sit-down, long table sharing feast at the iconic Adelaide Central Market hosted by 891 ABC‘s Michael Smyth with a menu using local produce sourced from the market traders and designed by Hilton Adelaide‘s Dennis Leslie.  Thereafter follows a line-up of food and wine indulgences in venues all around the city and it’s surrounds with events ranging from chocolate to bacon and all points in between.

But the fun and the food celebration isn’t limited to the city, with the festival climaxing in a day toasting the food and wines of the beautiful South Australian regions.  Pack up the car and head to the Adelaide Hills, the stunning Clare Valley, The Barossa Valley, the Riverland, McLaren Vale,  the Coonawarra, Langhorne Creek or Kangarilla for a taste of regional bounty and a dose of fresh country air.  I’ll be attending the Clare Valley event at their gorgeous new restaurant, Terroir, with a local menu designed by chef Dan.  Join me at a locavore lunch with the female farmers of the region who will be there to share their farming experiences with you and to field some questions about the future of food production – it promises to be a great day.  For tickets to “Farmer Clare- The Fruits She Will Bear” contact Michele on 0417 801369 or email her at

All the other events can be found online at Adelaide Food and Wine Festival - check it out and don’t miss out!


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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm

South Australia has the best food events! I’ve only been to SA 3 times in my entire life but I’m sure I need to come back for one of these events.

cityhippyfarmgirl March 23, 2013 at 5:50 am

A friend of mine is trying to convince us to move to the Adelaide Hills at the moment, and this seems like an excellent reason to.

Amanda McInerney March 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

We could be neighbours!

Barbara | Creative Culinary March 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

I would like to come. But then I’m feeling a very strong urge to just runaway at the moment. :)

Sounds wonderful; have a great time!

InTolerant Chef March 23, 2013 at 10:39 am

What a great line up of events indeed Amanda! I wish I could be there too :)

Tandy March 24, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I would love to be there to experience this!

lizzie - strayed from the table April 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

I would love to spend some quality time in Adelaide and the surrounding countryside. The food you have down there is just amazing and the farmers markets are what I could only dream of to have here. Have fun at the festival for tomorrow and please eat some pork for me.

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