What’s On This Weekend In Adelaide

Illuminate | July 1-July 31

Illuminate Adelaide is back, bringing an explosive program fusing world-class art with music and technology. The month-long celebration is set to light up and inject life into Adelaide. The groundbreaking program will see international headliners like the Gorillaz and Ouchhh Studio host electric events alongside previous favourite installations. Running between July 1 and July 31, the city-wide program brings innovation and imagination to the forefront, collaborating with international, interstate and South Australian creatives.

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Umbrella Festival Opening Weekend at Pirate Life | July 1-3

Kicking off the month-long celebrations for Umbrella Festival, Pirate Life Brewing is hosting a jam-packed weekend filled with local talent, firepits and boozy craft beer. The three-day event will see a rotation of food trucks and homegrown musicians revolving through the Port Adelaide brewery as punters quench their thirst on new-release Pirate Life beers. Entry is free on Friday and Sunday, with a $10 cover charge on the Saturday session. South Australia is the festival state for a reason!

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Winter Wonderland @ Moseley Square | July 1-31

Beat the winter blues by heading to the Winter Wonderland taking over Moseley Square this month. Ditch the surf and ice skate in the square, with sessions running once an hour from 10am until 8:30pm. The last evening session on Friday and Saturday will see the Winter Wonderland crank tunes from the 70s and 80s while you dance on the ice. Escape to a neighbouring bar, post-skate, and warm up with a good glass of red. Baby, it’s cold outside. Tickets start at $12.

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Tasting Australia Winter Edit | July 1-31

There’ll be truffles, degustations and plenty of wine: Tasting Australia’s Winter Series is back, and the beloved foodie festival is taking over our social calendars this July. Spend time getting to know what makes South Australia the food capital with events spanning the state this month. This weekend Tin Shed wines are heading to the Kensington Hotel, bringing the best of the Barossa to the CBD. Wine, dine and have a good time at the long Sunday lunch.

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Cry Baby’s Birthday | July 2

Cry Baby is turning four! Adelaide’s beloved dive bar is throwing a birthday bash this weekend, celebrating many long nights of loud tunes, strong drinks and laughter. The last two birthdays were sorely skipped due to covid restrictions, so the Cry Baby team is keener than ever to throw a celebration the club deserves. Let loose under the pink neon sign as bands like the Delta Riggs play on the make-shift stage. There’ll be drink specials, giveaways and limited edition merch, too. Tickets cost $32, with the fourth birthday fun starting at midday.

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Toast x Familiar | July 3

Adelaide’s wine nook is teaming up with a new cooking trio, Familiar, for an afternoon of organic wine and tasty Thai food. Loc Bottle Bar is welcoming guests brave enough to face the cold to indulge in an afternoon of good food, good wine and great times with the re-instalment of Toast. The afternoon includes a three-course meal, dessert and matched wine. The event will predominately unfold outside, so the Loc team advise dressing warmly. Tickets cost approximately $69, and the event begins at 1 pm.

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More Than Weddings

Glen Ewin has cemented itself as the premier destination for whimsical weddings and fig picking, but the location is more than high-end events and summertime fun. With the Adelaide Hills as its backdrop, the estate has carved out a space for long wintertime lunches at its Gatehouse restaurant and cellar door, boasting a new seasonal menu to match. 

The new winter menu, designed by executive chef Jason Theng, features dishes championing locally sourced produce, drawing inspiration from the seasonal land surrounding Glen Ewin and Theng’s culinary interests. 

Indulge in OBE free-range beef sirloin with bay leaf butter and fig jus, crispy pork belly atop preserved mustard greens and drizzled in a fig and vinegar sauce, or duck and gin sausages with a slathering of the famed Glen Ewin fig chutney. 

Figs are an integral aspect of the Glen Ewin Estate and feature prominently throughout Theng’s creations. The honeyed fruit shines in sourdough loaves, dollops of preserves and fig gin caramels covering sticky rice desserts. Pair the subtly sweet flavours with nips of estate-made gin or a glass of Glen Ewin Gatehouse wine. 

Inside the light and lofty restaurant combines rustic charm with contemporary style. The floor-to-ceiling windows welcome the natural surroundings with an option to reside on the outdoor terrace overlooking the Gatehouse restaurant lake. With ample heating and shelter, the alfresco area offers guests the chance to soak up the seasonal excellence. 

Alternatively, explore the property after lunch. The usually lush Lower Hermitage estate oozes wintertime magic. Deciduous trees frame Glen Ewin (think falling leaves of burnt orange and gold), kangaroos skip through the pruned Willabrand Fig Orchard, and an 1800s homestead is perched on the edge of the lake. Winter is done best in the Adelaide Hills.

Lunch is served from Thursday to Sunday between 11am and 2:30pm inside the charming Gatehouse restaurant. Head online to book or call 08 8380 5657 and speak to the friendly staff. Find Glen Ewin Estate at 43 Lower Hermitage Road, Lower Hermitage. 

Tasting Australia: Winter Edit

There’ll be truffles and degustations and plenty of wine: Tasting Australia’s Winter Series is back, and the beloved foodie festival is taking over our social calendars this July. 

The whirlwind Tasting Australia came and went in the blink of an eye, attracting over 60,000 people to the festival hub Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. Across ten days, 200 immersive events unfolded across the state, encouraging South Aussies to discover the incredible produce and locations in SA’s backyard. 

It was fun and fast-paced. But now it’s time to slow down and soak up the excellence of our culinary scene, with a range of intimate events spanning the state across July. 

Ignite your senses and connect with the rugged landscape on Kangaroo Island at the Sensorium eight-course degustation. Think fresh pipis and abalini cooked over the coals of a roaring open fire, fresh air and a rustic fare curated by acclaimed chef Nick Hannaford, set against the unspoiled backdrop of KI.    

SA culinary powerhouses Tom Tilbury and Kane Pollard are joining forces for a feast featuring native plants, herbs, seeds and premium meat and seafood in an evening inspired by nature. The Wild At Heart dinner draws on the duo’s love of foraging for wild ingredients, using the seasons to guide the construction of the four-course evening. See Tilbury and Pollard work in an open-plan kitchen and enjoy paired wine from Wangolina and Scintilla Wines. 

For the decadent, eleven is bringing the Adelaide Hills to the heart of the CBD with a curated experience featuring five truffle-inspired courses and premium red wine. Hosted by Callum Hann, Themis Chryssidis, and Adelaide’s ‘Mushroom Man’, Marco Marinelli, the evening strives to be educational and entertaining.

Other program highlights include award-winning chef Jake Kellie joining Anchovy Bandit for a night of Mediterranean magic at the Prospect pizza restaurant and a night exploring the nuances of Japanese pub culture and hot sake at Yakitori Takumi.

Spend time getting to know what makes South Australia the food capital of Australia. The Tasting Australia Winter Series runs from July 1 to July 31, spanning the state with unique events to celebrate our winter produce.

Find out more here.

Winter Wine Time at Cellar Door Fest

It’s winter wine time, with Cellar Door Fest returning to the CBD for a wine-fuelled weekend this July. 

Travel our award-winning wine regions without leaving the Adelaide Convention Centre, as dozens of South Australian cellar doors set up shop across July 8 and 9. 

Stepping away from its usual jam-packed program, this instalment of Cellar Door Fest is taking a boutique approach to the weekend, curating an intimate line-up of wine producers that stretch the state. 

This winter edit is about slowing down and enjoying the company of mates over a glass (or two) of wine. With the mercury dipping, the red wine will be flowing, with premium drops heralding from the Coonawarra and Barossa to help ease the winter chill. White and lo-fi wine lovers can taste tipples of Pet Nat, Chardonnay and more with producers slinging glasses of newly-released drops for festival-goers. 

If wine is not your style, Cellar Door Fest is also housing distillery doors and breweries across the weekend. Spirit specialists like 23rd Streel Distillery, Heaps Good Gin and Full Circle Spirits will be serving nips of the strong stuff, and Vale Brewing will be pouring pints. 

Not for the fainthearted, Lock 4 Distillery will also be slinging their Chilli Vodka to crowds. The subtly sweet and softly spiced spirit will have your tongue tingling but will bring the heat to your cocktails and vodka lime sodas.  

The spotlight will be on several soft acoustic musicians and DJs soundtracking your tasting experience. Taking the stage includes the likes of Banjo Jackson, Mason Lloyd and DJ Ruby Chew, playing tunes that range from indie folk to noughties disco.

Re-fuel at the Artisan Food Market, with food trucks like Moi An Viet, The Bearded Cook and Forage Supply Co rolling up alongside other small-batch producers, like Woodside Cheese Wrights and Spice Girlz Gourmet. 

Cellar Door Fest prides itself on putting SA producers first, showing off the incredible homegrown winemakers, distillers and brewers proud to South Australia home. Tickets to the wine-fuelled weekend begin retailing at $31 for the Friday session and $41 for both Saturday sessions, including a take-home Riedel wine glass. 

Have you rounded up a group of mates keen to hit the festival? Cellar Door Fest is offering discount tickets to groups over 10, too.

Cellar Door Fest Distiller Edit kicks off July 8 and runs until April 9. Buy your tickets here.