KickStart for Kids Annual Event

KickStart for Kids are presenting their annual ‘No Breakfast, Breakfast’ this Thursday the 9th of December, 2021 at the Hilton Adelaide.

KickStart for Kids is a South Australian not-for-profit organisation that provides a breakfast program for underprivileged kids who often start their day on an empty stomach. The program currently serves around 60,000 breakfasts per week in over 400 schools across the state.

The ‘No Breakfast, Breakfast’, emceed this year by the Honourable Connie Bonaros MLC, gives people the opportunity to start their day by supporting thousands of hungry South Australian kids as they voluntarily skip breakfast.

Guests may choose to indulge in breakfast after the event or continue their day on an empty stomach to experience the effect on their mental and physical strength.

The event aims to acknowledge that having breakfast is a privilege that should be appreciated.

“Over the past two years, we have seen child hunger in South Australia worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a huge product shortage for our breakfast program, and thousands of kids are in dire need of our support.” KickStart for Kids founder, Ian Steel OAM said.

Ian and KickStart for Kids relies on the good people of Adelaide to help with his mission and the ‘No Breakfast, Breakfast’ gives you the opportunity to do so.

“The majority of us are so lucky to wake up and have access to breakfast every single morning, a basic comfort that so many lack,” Ian said.

All money raised from ticket sales with go towards purchasing breakfasts for the program.

Single tickets are $65 or it’s $600 for a table of 10, with all proceeds going to KickStart for Kids.

For event books, click here.

For more information on KickStart for Kids, click here.

SA Style’s Gift Guide 2021

Welcome to SA Style’s Gift Guide for 2021. We have collated the best products to put under the Christmas tree this season.

LUxe Tech

For that extra special someone in your life, look to Bang & Olufsen for products that make memories.

1. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9, POA; 2. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H95, POA; 3. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ, POA; 4. Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge, POA; 5. Bang & Olufsen Beolit 20, POA; 6. Bang & Olufsen Beosound Level, POA; 7. Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 2nd Gen, POA

Bang & Olufsen Adelaide

Shop 2/236 The Parade, Norwood

08 7903 9011


Inside and Out

Colourful gift ideas for interior lovers everywhere, thanks to the team at Hobby Home & Garden.

1. Hobby Home & Garden Bamboo Planter (set of 2), $155.60; 2. Hobby Home & Garden Frank Green; 3. Hobby Home & Garden Harlyn Ceramic Jug, $35; 4. Hobby Home & Garden Pluk The Face Moisturiser, $39; 5. by Home & Garden Pluk Skincare Oriental Hand Cream, $25; 6. Hobby Home & Garden Quinn Dining Chair, $170; 7. Hobby Home & Garden LaVida Whisper Quilted Throw, $120

Hobby Home & Garden

30 Beulah Road, Norwood

08 8362 7385


Food and Wine Hampers

Fool Proof

Left gift shopping to the last minute with no time to think? Here’s a hamper that anyone would love.

Platter Fanatic

Who doesn’t love a platter? For that special person in your circle who could live off gourmet platters, here’s a hamper for them.

Paddle Board, $75, TwoPairs; Basil Pressed Olive Oil 250ml, $15, Rio Vista Olives; Traditional Bocconcini, $5.50, La Casa Del Formaggio; Chardonnay 2021, $37, Moorak; Original Dukkah, $6.99, Goodies + Grains.

The Hosts

For the people in your life that love to host a good party, thank them this Christmas with these helpful goodies.

Seed Mix 12 Pack, $282, Lambrook Wines; Casalinga Beetroot Pappardelle, $5, L’Abruzzese; Aerobie Aeropress Coffee Maker, $50, 1645 Coffee Roasters; Kalamata Olives, $10, Rio Vista Olives; Milk Chocolate Freeze Dried Strawberries, $7.99-$29, Quinzi’s Confectionery.

The Person Who Has Everything

It can be hard to buy for the person who seems to have it all. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Self Care

These goodies are perfect for any beauty fanatic.

Little Ones

Sugar and spice and all things nice – here’s the perfect stocking stuffer for that new little person in your life.

Cocktail Masterclass

Dreaming of the fashionable streets of Milan? Us too. To feel that bit closer to the fashion capital all you need is a glass of Campari!

Founded in Milan, Campari’s original 1860 revolutionary recipe has never been altered. Vibrant red in colour, Campari’s unique and multi-layered taste is the result of the infusion of a variety of herbs, aromatic plants and fruit in alcohol and water – and it is made in Italy. Although this is the extent of what we know as the recipe has been kept a tight guarded secret. 

Also a tightly-held secret is the Aperol recipe. Launched in 1919 at the Padua International Fair, Aperol has since taken the world by storm and has earned its name as the ultimate warm-weather drink. A definite crowd pleaser, Aperol is light on alcohol but rich with flavour. The complex comes from a fusion of high quality herbs and roots, and is also made in Italy. 

negroni cocktail

Take one part gin (25ml), one part sweet vermouth (25ml) and one part Campari (25ml). Mix with ice and garnish with a slice of orange.

aperol spritz

Take three parts Prosecco (90ml), two parts Aperol (60ml) and a splash of soda and you’ll have yourself a perfectly mixed Aperol Spritz.

taking italy to the world

The Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCIAUS) is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting trade and commerce between Australia and Italy. ICCIAUS provides a full range of trade services to assist the facilitation of future growth between Australian companies, individuals and Italy. 

ICCIAUS supports the legal certifications of Italian products through campaigns such as True Italian Taste, promoted by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. These certifications ensure that food and wine producers follow a strict set of guidelines that guarantee quality, traditional practice and authenticity.

Polo in the Barossa

After a successful McLaren Vale event earlier this year, the polo is now descending on one of Australia’s most applauded wine regions, the Barossa Valley, for the next instalment.

Barossa Polo is two-day event that kicks off on Friday 3 Dec with a twilight polo match. The all-inclusive hospitality evening is for over 18s and will have a corporate skew, encouraging visitors to celebrate the end of 2021 in style with clients, colleagues and friends.

Saturday 4 Dec is for event goers and families – one side of the field will come alive with a pitch-side party (Club Barossa), while families can enjoy family-friendly activities (including a giant slide and face painting) in a designated family area. There will also be plenty of shade and tables for those who want to enjoy a polo picnic, with hampers available for purchase.

Those wanting a complete package can head to the G.H Mumm Marquee, where you’ll enjoy French Champagne on entry, plus four hours of premium grazing food, beverages and transport to and from the event.

There’ll also be Fashions on the Field, divot stomping between polo matches, as well as a new Cellar Door Trail, which aims to showcase outstanding local producers, highlighting the very best of the region.

Barossa Polo will run from Friday 3 Dec – Saturday 4 Dec at Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley.

For tickets click here.

Winery to Know

Tucked in the heart of the Clare Valley, Koonowla Wines is a trailblazer in the wine industry.

Koonowla has long been the source of regionally expressive wines, with the original winery established in 1896. The property is the perfect gateway to the region’s southern district of Auburn, just over an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

The property is one of the Clare Valley’s thriving treasures, celebrating the historic endeavour spanning three centuries. The George family are committed to winemaking, entrusting well-respected winemaker Con Moshos who cleverly blends traditional practices with advanced innovation. They are committed to growing nothing but premium fruit and make nothing by quality wine.

Koonowla’s beautifully renovated cellar door sits in one of the Clare Valley’s most delightful settings, overlooking a historic homestead, glorious gardens and rolling vineyards. The facility, in conjunction with competition-sized bocce pitch, is perfect for picnics and enjoying the outdoors and a day filled with good wine, good food and good fun. The stunning location also makes for one of the most beautiful wedding and events locations in the region.

When you think Clare Valley, you think riesling – and Koonowla does it well. The wine has an exciting and refreshing sophistication, balancing the fruit and zing to perfect purity, Enjoy an exciting portfolio of contemporary wines including superb Clare Valley riesling, engaging pinot gris, refreshing rosé and rich and satisfying shiraz and cabernets.

While keeping true to its history and tradition, the Koonowla team is dedicated to producing premium wines using innovative and sustainable practices. Nothing says spring quite like a fresh, crisp glass of wine, especially when it’s Koonowla quality.

Koonowla Wines
Koonowla Road, Auburn

A Global Vision

Michele Zhuang exports South Australian products, including some of our finest wine and spirits, to the world. We caught up with the cross-cultural and international trade expert to find out more.

What sort of South Australian businesses do you work with?

I have a keen interest in the food and beverage industry, and I leverage decades of cross-cultural understanding and negotiations to create new, profitable opportunities for local brands. I work with Healthy Garden Australia, Red Hen Gin, Iniquity Whisky and Barossa Valley Brewing in export markets like China, Japan and Korea.

How do you promote these businesses internationally?

Firstly, I help businesses identify their unique selling points and get export ready. By identifying challenges as opportunities for growth, utilising various resources and support, and diversifying product lines, these local businesses are empowered to expand into north east Asian markets, opening up new supply chains and streams of income.

You’re also involved in the export of local wines…

The unique flavour of South Australian wine is a result of our climate and soil – we are lucky living in Adelaide, the world wine capital offers a diverse variety to Asia and the rest of the world. The most popular wines in Asia are shiraz as it’s easy to drink and well suited to the Asian palette. 

How has the recent increase in China Australia Wine Tax effected your business?

Before the anti-dumping tax was imposed on Australian wine to China, nearly 50 percent of our Australian wines were exported to China. It’s devastating for us and our industry. Basically, years of hard work, investment in the market and our lifeline in the Australian wine export and distributions were destroyed.

Our customers in China still love our wine, but the price points after anti-dumping duties are not variable in the market. To survive, we have had to adjust and diversify into spirits and other beverages.

Another key export is Manuka honey oats from South Australia. Why is there a demand for South Australian honey in Asia?

Manuka honey is well marketed in Asia for its health benefits and local porridge maker Healthy Garden Australia has developed an innovative mix of oats and Manuka honey powder in small scathes. Oats are a natural super food that boost the immune system – coupled with the benefits of Manuka honey this product provides many health benefits.

How has the pandemic effected business?

It has been a challenging time for many of us. As companies are unable to do business in person, establishing a trusting relationship becomes harder. Coupled with other challenges, such as increased freight costs, longer lead time and stress on the supply chain, it’s a tough time for business.

Have you looked at, or will you look at, exporting South Australian products to other regions?

Yes, recent deals made to Japan and Korea have given us more confidence to explore other export markets like the US, EU and India.

How does your work contribute to the South Australian economy?

Our team has generated over $500 million to the South Australian economy over the past five years and has also contributed to the local community in the cross-cultural exchange space.

I am passionate about empowering businesses and organisations with measurable results by leveraging our export distribution and client relations in international markets. My mission is to bridge the cultural gap between Asian countries and Australia by creating new, profitable opportunities in foreign markets for Australian business owners.

A Luxe CBD Experience

The historic building and luxe furnishings might have you thinking you’re in a boutique European hotel, but The Mayfair is quintessentially Adelaide.

This five-star venue is situated in the heart of the city, across the road from Rundle Mall’s Beehive Corner, in a building with 87 years of local history. In fact, the hotel’s historic stone frontage and decorative façade have been a focal point of Adelaide’s CBD since 1934. 

This year, the Mayfair has welcomed Adelaide boy Scott Eger as General Manager. Scott’s 20-year career has been spent at acclaimed five-star hotels both in Australia and internationally, and he is proud to be taking the reins at the much-loved Mayfair Hotel.

“I’m thrilled to be back home in Adelaide, a city known for world-class experiences,” says Scott. “At the Mayfair, our aim is to deliver a truly exceptional guest experience, through warm and thoughtful service that embodies the meaning of luxury.”

Scott’s impressive career history is vast – with the last 20 years spent island-hopping around the Whitsundays, before heading to Sydney where he was appointed to the executive team of the Sofitel Sydney. 

His plans for Adelaide’s Mayfair include a continuation of the hotel’s regionally focused offerings, including the world-class food and beverage menu. 

“We’re proud to have the wonderful Erwin Joven as our Executive Chef,” continues Scott. “Erwin’s focus is on top-quality South Australian produce, like premium local seafood, grass-fed SA beef, and Adelaide Hills cheese and charcuterie selections.”

Thoughtfully crafted, Erwin’s spring menu features a selection of dishes that celebrate craftsmanship and history, such as grilled South Australian lobster with sea urchin butter and salted egg yolk. 

“The Mayflower Restaurant and the Hennessey Bar continue to lead the culinary and bar scene in Adelaide, with an experience that is uniquely Mayfair,” says Erwin, “and provenance, quality and guest experience are central to the direction and formation of the menus.” 

Rounding out the team is Food and Beverage Manager Cami Hetmer and Director of Sales and Marketing Jared Green.

The Mayfair’s unmatched location, luxurious and classic fit-out that pays tribute to the building’s history, and fine food menu continue to hit the mark for locals and visitors looking for that ‘extra’ something. 

It has earned its reputation as one of the city’s most revered hotels and, under the direction of such an experienced team, promises to further elevate the local culinary scene. Watch this space. 

A Healthy Future

We caught up with two successful South Australian women about the role their Seymour College education played in shaping the women they have become and the important work they do.

The health of South Australia is in the very capable hands of Seymour College Old Collegian Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, who is working tirelessly in her role as Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer. Emily says that success “comes from the environment in which you are undertaking your education. I was in an extremely supportive environment at Seymour.” 

Charged with the rebuild of Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital, another successful Seymour College Old Collegian, Edwina Bennett, is shaping South Australia’s skyline as Associate Principal at architect firm Woods Bagot. “The values that I have carried through from my formative years into my work really started at Seymour. I certainly look back at the framework of the school and I see how, even subconsciously, I’ve applied that throughout my career.” 

Emily and Edwina have now both also entrusted Seymour College with the education of their daughters. It’s this sense of connection that was instantly evident when we sat down with the two women.

“I always appreciated how privileged we were to be educated at Seymour,” Edwina explains, “but also not forgetting that you would leave the school one day and go out into the community, and you would be serving that community. Again this is something that was ingrained in their schooling – the college’s motto ‘Crescam Ministrando’ literally means ‘I grow by serving’ and it is at the very heart of everything at Seymour.” 

Likewise, Emily has relied on her passion for her community to keep her going during the current pandemic. “It’s a matter of having to go back to your morals and asking yourself, why am I doing this every day? Why am I getting up? You remind yourself it’s because you want to make a difference,” she says, “I want to give the community the best possible chance against the pandemic.”

Despite their passion to help the community, their journeys haven’t always been easy. Architecture and medicine are both male dominated industries and when Edwina and Emily entered the workforce they were, on occasions, the only women in the room. 

“It’s been quite a journey going from a young architect and the only female on site to leading major projects,” Edwina explains, “You need to have your voice heard because your decisions are important, and your knowledge is important as well.” 

“Being a younger female, working within the different government roles I’ve been in has been quite a challenge,” Emily adds, “but I also know that my foundation from my school years has allowed me to have the confidence to present my ideas and to be able to pursue what I truly believe in.” 

“I know firsthand that it’s incredibly challenging to wake up every day and have the drive to be able to voice your opinion as a female in many areas of medicine,” Emily says. “We are very fortunate now that there are so many women in medicine and other careers with strong voices.” 

An education at Seymour assists girls in finding and following their passions, realising their potential, having their voices heard and preparing them for life beyond school. 

To find out more about Seymour College, please contact Seymour College on 08 8303 9000.

Amadio Wines: Three New Releases

South Australia’s leading and largest grower of alternative Italian grape variety’s, Amadio Wines, has launched a new series, The Horse & Cart.

The vineyard, located in Kersbrook, is in a one of the most enviable locations for grape growing and has a similar climate to southern Italy, where the Amadio family originated.

“We’ve been planting vines across South Australia’s Adelaide Hills, and in more recent years Kangaroo Island, from the early 1980s,” says Amadio’s Managing Director, Daniel Amadio. “The Amadio vision has not wavered, the key to planting successful grape varieties is all about location.”

It is this vision that inspires the new Horse & Cart series, which includes three modern wines, Pecorino, Nebbiolo Rose and Shiraz Cabernet, all steeped in history.

Mr Amadio says, “The Horse & Cart series is unique and bold, much like my grandfather Nonno Giovanni Amadio was”.

A first generation winemaker, Giovanni Amadio arrived in SA in 1930 and was the first person to register a dry table wine in South Australia. He would set off from Felixstow daily to deliver his locally grown produce to the Adelaide Central Market. On the way, he would drop homemade wine to friends and family for over a decade. Giovanni travelled exclusively by horse and cart. 

The Pecorino

A white Italian grape variety originating from the Amadio family’s hometowns of Lac Marche and Abruzzo wine regions of Italy. Low in acidity with hints of lemon and wet stone, the wine is drinkable with a touch of creaminess.

This wine is perfectly suited to serve over summer with seafood; it is crisp and aromatic.

Nebbiolo Rose

The Italian variety of Nebbiolo makes a pale red wine, dry and savoury but with good flavour depth. This combination makes it perfect for premium Rose productions. 

Shiraz Cabernet

The iconic Australian blend of the Shiraz-Cabernet is to be celebrated. The pairing of Shiraz offers a mid-palate with big fruit, while the Cabernet characteristics of big nose and palate add length and structure.

All three wines are available for purchase online, at Amadio’s Cellar Door in Felixstow, from selected bottle shops and in a variety of restaurants and bars.

Immerse Yourself

Get ready for a month-long immersion of the senses at this year’s Immerse event. Starting November 5th this collection of events is said to be the future of entertainment. Hosted by Light Adelaide these events are not to be missed.

With many different events on offer here’s what you can expect:


Grab your tickets to Immersion, a 360-degree animated experience held in Light’s new ELLISPE that is set to take you on a vivid journey through time. Discover just how water has shaped our world, from 50 million years ago when the land was covered in dense, wet rainforests to the profound significance of Adelaide’s local waterways to the Kaurna people.

This show will reveal how the same molecules of water arrived from the furthest parts of space are still connected to us today. Throughout the show, you will be able to interact with the incredible scenes. Whether you’re throwing paintballs over the city skyline, controlling schools of fish with your hands, spotlighting animals in the dark Australian bush or making ancient tropical plants come alive, you’ll definitely be immersed.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $21 for kids under 12 (+ booking fee). This event is suitable for all ages. Plus, tickets also include entry to ‘Flow State’ within your session time.

Learn more here.


Live Performances at the LAB

There will be a variety of live performances at the LAB. See Harry Baulderstone and Marcus Ryan play their unique arrangements of Simon and Garfunkel to the Everly Brothers plus original material as well as the Temple Magic Orchestra presenting an ode to the dance floor with a nod to disco’s past and techno’s future. Click here for more details.

The Lab

Food experiences

Woodside Cheese Tasting Experience

Head to the IMMERSE bar for a personal Woodside Cheese tasting, complete with exquisite accompaniments and an interesting background. This augmented reality guided tasting experience will leave you wanting more.

Tickets are $40, find more information here.

Gazander Oysters Tasting Experience

Go to the IMMERSE bar for a personal Gazander Oyster tasting, complete with exquisite accompaniments and an interesting background. Guided by Aurora Head Chef, this augmented reality guided tasting will leave you feeling satisfied.

Tickets at $35, find more information here.

Boston Bay Charcuterie Tasting Experience

Hosted in the IMMERSE bar for a personal Boston Bay Charcuterie tasting experience with the Aurora Head Chef. This augmented reality guided tasting experience will see you trying sopressa, prosciutto and more.

Tickets are $35, find more information here.


Other events

Phenomena Immersive

This psychedelic journey meets at the intersection of art and science, exploring the patterns and evolution of nature and our relationship to it. PHENOMENA Immersive is an audio-visual adventure that takes you on an ambitious, innovative and psychedelic journey through the fabric of the universe.

Filmmaker and artist Josef Gatti takes nine natural phenomena and controls them with science and technology to produce a mesmerising and hypnotic performance.

Tickets at $16, find out more here.

Computer Vision

This Artificial Intelligence cinematic experience asks ‘what can machines tell us about ourselves and the world we’ve created? When a computer looks at us and sees our creativity, our quirks, our mistakes, our desires, what does it really see?’

Using AI to generate imagery and concepts based on a vast trove of our past data, this performance will reveal our reflections.

Tickets are $18, find out more here.

The World From Above

See the world from a different angle, with some of the best imagery from Adelaide’s own MetroMap by Aerometrex. Glide above Adelaide, dart through Melbourne or float above a 1940s view of Sydney with a drink in hand.

Find out more here and visit this free event.

Foreign and Distant Places

Sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of exotic destinations around the world. Foreign and Distant Places is a soothing balm for that yearning for travel. Sit back and let this free event take you past the borders that have kept you in for so long.

Find out more here.


STORM is a standalone immersive interactive installation focused on the human transition forward from its current biological form with attention to some of the processes engaged and questions raised around these possibilities.

This free performance is an interactive audio-visual installation.

Find out more here.

UniSA AR Workshop and Hackathon

Professor Mark Billinghurst, Deputy Director of IVE, will deliver two, two-hour workshops on one of the most commonly utilised augmented reality tools in the creative arts: Lens Studio by Snapchat.

Following the workshop, UniSA PhD students will put their skills and creativity to the test using Lens Studio in the form of a hackathon.

This free workshop will take place at the Lab, find out more here.

Go to the Immerse website here for more information.