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.

Fashion for a Good Cause

Shop the latest trends for a good cause this winter with boutique, The Style Capsule raising funds for charity this season. 

The popular Rundle Street store is hosting a fashion runway fundraiser for the Butterfly Foundation, showcasing the latest Valente The Label launch in-store on July 1. 

Having just relocated, The Style Capsule is taking the opportunity to welcome guests to an intimate event while supporting the charity close to their hearts. The event will be hosted by stylist Lauren Dilena, with only 50 tickets available for the exclusive catwalk. 

“The Butterfly Foundation is an important charity to me, and any chance to raise money for them is a great opportunity,” says Valente The Label owner, Lisa Ranieri. 

“Valente The Label has been around since 2019, but wanting to celebrate diversity in fashion never dies.”

Valente the Label collections focus on empowerment through power dressing, using block colours and bold cuts to create a look that embodies confidence. The brand was born from Lisa’s desire to represent a wide range of sizes, with every collection stocked from sizes 4 to 18.

The Butterfly Foundation supports individuals who struggle with body image and eating disorders, addressing issues that affect over 1 million Australians.

Gold tickets are priced at $30, including a front-row seat, welcome drive and a gift bag. 

All funds from tickets sold for the fundraiser fashion parade will go to the Butterfly Foundation alongside proceeds from various raffle draws. Currently, $5 from every Valente the Label purchase will be donated to the charity.

Further fashion walking the catwalk include Misha, SNDYS, Madison, Lexi and Style State. The July event is the perfect chance to find your favourite winter ‘fit for a good cause. 

Find The Style Capsule at 254 Rundle Street, Adelaide. The Fashion Fundraiser begins at 7pm, July 1. Buy your tickets here.

City Escape

This getaway has it all – delicious food, expertly prepared by one of Adelaide’s most revered chefs and paired with some of the finest local wines, and luxury five-star overnight accommodation in the heart of the CBD.

The experience starts with an aperitif at the popular Hennessy Rooftop Bar, located on the 13th floor of the Mayfair. Opulent and luxurious, Hennessy offers unique views from the glass-topped alfresco terrace. Indoors, a marble bar and crystal chandeliers will have you thinking you’re in a luxe Parisian wine bar. 

With the palette cleansed, it’s time to move down the sweeping ribbon staircase to the highly acclaimed Mayflower Restaurant for an indulgent five-course chef selected degustation menu. Executive chef Erwin Joven brings a global flavour to the table – freshly shucked oysters with Champagne mignonette dressing, hand-rolled gnocchi and pan-roasted Coorong Mulloway are just some of the carefully selected dishes, each expertly paired with delicious hand-picked South Australian wines. 

The evening starts and ends in the popular Hennessy Bar, with an after-dinner night cap from the famed rooftop bar overlooking the bustling King William Street. Here, you’ll take in the city lights before retreating to a spacious Deluxe King Room. Breakfast the next morning is also part of the deal, back in the Mayflower Restaurant. And, of course, overnight parking is taken care of.

This is a treat-yourself evening of pure indulgence in the heart of Adelaide; an unforgettable experience that is just a taste of what makes South Australia – and in fact the iconic Mayfair – so great. 

Mayfair Hotel
45 King William Street, Adelaide
08 8210 8888
mayfairhotel.com.au
@mayfairhoteladelaide

What’s On In Adelaide This Weekend

Marion Hotel Winter Wonderland | June 17 – July 27  

Winter has arrived in South Australia, and to celebrate the Marion Hotel has transformed into a winter wonderland for the next six weeks. This Friday, listen to live jazz music in the decked-out garden, transformed by event experts, Hygge Studio. Treat yourself to whisky sours, southern-style fried food and the wintertime ambience. Month long, indulge in the special Yonder Smoked Feasting Menu, smoked whisky and apple pie or a cheeky spiked hot chocolate by Haighs.

Find out more here.

Endless Grooves 5th birthday | June 17 & June 18 

Endless Grooves is turning five! Teaming up with suburban cellar door, Oddio, the party collective is curating a birthday bash for wine and music lovers to get down on the dance floor across the weekend. The three-day event will see Sunny’s van roll up, slinging slices of their beloved pizza, a pop-up Porch Records vinyl store and homegrown musicians soundtracking the party. Several lo-fi wine producers and craft brewers will be pouring all night long, keeping you dancing from day to dusk. Endless Grooves is the collective behind events like the Dream Boat party of Popeye, coasting down the River Torrens during Mad March. Tickets start at $20.

Find out more here. 

Illuminate Renmark: In Depth | until July 2

Can’t wait for Illuminate to light up the CBD? The celebration of innovation has headed to the Riverland ahead of its July schedule, setting the regional town of Renmark aglow. Illuminate: In Depth uses technology, sound and light to transform the Murray River banks into a space of colour, history and luminescent art. Curated in collaboration with Craig Walsh, the Renmark Illuminate series draws inspiration from the stories of the regional community and riverbed.

Find out more here. 

Leigh Street Unleashed | June 17 

Lovers of Leigh Street will be treated to a host of entertainment at Leigh Street Unleashed this Friday. Spicing up after-work drinks, head to your favourite small bar for glasses of red wine, grazing plates and fun. As the the sun sets and the mercury dips, warm up around toasty fire pits and marvel at the roving entertainment traversing down the cobbled street. Fire twirlers will be lighting up the night sky as busy bodies seek out a Leigh Street haunt to escape the cold. 

Find out more here. 

Fork by the Fire | June 18 

Fire pits and food trucks: Fork on the Road is back, taking over Bonython Park for an afternoon filled with family-friendly fun. Listen to live acoustic music, sip tipples of wine and craft pints from Bowden Brewing and Sparkke at the Whitmore. Devour food from CAROclub, Nugg Lyfe and more as the kids blow off steam on the playground. As the sun sets over the city parklands, treat yourself to an Espresso Martini and groove to resident DJs taking over the decks. Fork by the Fire is free, and runs from midday until 8pm.

Find out more here. 

Brighton Winter Solstice | June 18 

Celebrate the impending winter solstice at Brighton this weekend. While the official solstice doesn’t roll around until Tuesday June 21, the City of Holdfast Bay is getting in early to throw a party for locals and lovers of the seaside. Jetty Road will transform, as local vendors and musicians crowd the road. Stay warm by the fire pits scattered along the street and listen to music curated by Porch Records. The Winter Solstice street party starts at 10am and finishes at 9pm.

Find out more here. 

Best Places To Enjoy a G+T in Adelaide This World Gin Day

South Australia is home to some of the best gin distillers in the country. From the CBD to McLaren Vale and the Riverland, our homegrown gin nuts bottle botanicals that make taste buds sing. 

This June 11, toast SA’s best for World Gin Day with a glass featuring nips of your favourite gin. Here’s our favourite places to sip a G+T in SA: 

Udaberri | 11-13 Leigh Street, Adelaide 

This Leigh Street bar, with its window seat dining, pintxos and bulging drinks list, is a love letter to tapas bars scattered across Spain. Settle in and select your drink of choice – gin, of course. 

Udaberri serves pimped up gin and tonics. Sip aviation gin served with Japanese cherry tea and tonic topped with apple; a nip of Fifty Pounds London Dry stirred with pomegranate molasses, tonic, hibiscus and a sprinkling of dehydrated strawberries; or a zesty Whitley Neill with tonic, coriander and dried lemon. 

The Howling Owl |10 Vaughan Place, Adelaide 

It’s suffice to say The Howling Owl knows a thing or two about gin. The cosy gin nook is home to over 200 bottles of small batch gin and boasts a 25-page menu! Trawl the gin bible and select your favourite find. The gin gurus and expert mixologists behind the bar will pair each spirit with select garnishes and mixes that make the botanicals burst. 

This June 11, visit the bar to celebrate its tenth birthday in style. The Howling Owl is hosting a mini block party – Gin City Limits – to toast its love for gin and their major milestone. 

Prohibition Liquor Co x Next Door Bar | 24 Gilbert Street, Adelaide 

This CBD distillery door takes you back to the prohibition era, where drinking a G+T was an illicit activity. Prohibition Liquor Co produces spirits that pack a punch with botanical notes. Visit the distillery’s contemporary cocktail bar, Next Door, to try the small-batch gins. Dabble in gin flights, sip on cocktails or choose one of the many gins on offer. 

Juniper on the Marina | 11/12 Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg 

This Marina Pier gin haunt boasts an extensive array of SA and international gins stocked on its blue-lit back bar. Indulge in gin sours bayside as the bartenders wow you with their mixology skills. Enjoy an Applewood Coral Pink gin – paired with pink peppercorns, vanilla and Fever Tree tonic – as you slip into weekend mode. 

Ambleside Distillers | Cnr of Ambleside Road and Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf 

Ambleside Distillers puts the Hills’ spirit industry on the map. The distillery door handcrafts each spirit, utilising high-quality ingredients – mostly plucked from the surrounding garden – to build their small-batch gin. 

This World Gin Day, the Hahndorf-based distillery door is slinging classic G+Ts for a cause. Ambleside has teamed up with Monarto Safari Park to raise funds for the conservation of African White Rhino and Hippo, releasing two limited gins – the Kifaru and Kiboko gin – in the park’s honour.

23rd Street Distillery | Cnr 23rd Street and Renmark Avenue, Renmark 

The distillery’s namesake is not the only thing it derives from the location. The 23rd Street Distillery bottles botanicals and flavours synonymous with the Riverland. Think mandarin and blood oranges, ultraviolet butterfly pea flowers and tarty notes of Mulberry.  

This long weekend, 23rd Street Distillery is hosting gin flights, slinging pizza and playing live music for guests of the Renmark-based tasting room. Soak up the regional excellence across three days of fun.  

Never Never Distilling Co | 56 Field Street, McLaren Vale

Never Never Distilling Co has helped put South Australias gin capital on the map internationally, collecting accolades for their brilliant botanicals and distilling process at the World Gin Awards, amongst others. Their Triple Juniper Gin is renowned for its botanical notes, but the distilling mavericks also bottle unique flavours, like their Oyster Shell and Grenache gin. 

Visit the distillery door, adjoining sister venue Chalk Hill Wines, for a G+T and flight of Never Never’s best products this World Gin Day. Boasting panoramic views of McLaren Vale, the venue is the perfect place to celebrate it style. 

What’s On In Adelaide This Long Weekend

Adelaide Cabaret Festival | June 10- June 25

Get ready to shake, shimmy and shine with the return of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival this weekend. The annual festivities are back with a bang with a star-studded program curated by artistic director and pop royalty Tina Arena AM. Catch cabaret opera How to Kill Your Husband or groove to disco legends in the Pina Colada Room, a glittery party inside The Famous Spiegeltent. The Cabaret Festival runs until June 25. Check out the program online now. 

Find out more here. 

Winter Weekends | June 10 & June 11

Cold nights and rainy days don’t have to be all bad. Winter Weekends is back, spicing up your Friday night knock-offs and Saturday bar hangs at several CBD haunts. Slip into weekend mode at your favourite city venue, warm up by the outdoor fire pits and marvel fire twirlers and entertainment. The roving City of Adelaide initiative is taking over the west this weekend, popping up at venues like Hains & Co, Shotgun Willies, La Buvette and Bibliotheca. Your winter weekends just got a whole lot warmer. 

Hutt Street Long Weekend Party | June 10- June 12 

Revel in the best of the city at the Hutt Street Long Weekend party this weekend. Taking over the east end of the CBD, venues, producers and musicians are setting up shop and celebrating the extra day off by throwing a three-day bash. Chow down on burgers from Gang Gang and sweet treats from Loukomades, sip tipples of wine and crowd around the outdoor fire pits scattered down the street. Dance until late, with a host of musicians taking the stage across the weekend. 

Gin City Limits | June 11 

The east end’s beloved gin haunt, The Howling Owl, is turning ten – and it’s just a coincidence the major milestone happens to land on World Gin Day. The gin bar and café is shutting down Vaughan Place for its birthday bash, alongside Senor Taco and an array of live musicians and DJs. Enjoy gin paddles from Happenstance Distillery, Heaps Good Gin and Little Juniper Distilling, sipping nips bursting with botanicals. The street party is free and kicks off at 3pm.   

Find out more here. 

Festival of Darkness | June 12

Celebrate the best in the brewing business at the Festival of Darkness this weekend. NOLA and The Stag have teamed up to host 18 independent brewers across two jam-packed sessions. Each brewer will be pouring pints and chatting about all things craft beer with punters. Tickets cost $50 and include free tastings, access to Festival of Darkness masterclasses, tasty BBQ treats and a custom tasting glass. Love a boogie? Head to the Festival of Darkness after-party and groove to live tunes played by homegrown musicians like Ollie English and Blue Lucy. 

Find out more here. 

Day Dance | June 12

Day Dance is back, and it’s here to shake up McLaren Vale this long weekend. The day party rolls together with a music festival and wine tour, moving punters between wineries and hosting homegrown musicians. Sip tipples from participating wineries – Simon Hackett, Paxton, Woodstock and Coriole – before walking to your second location for an afternoon disco set. Kick on at the after party taking over the West Oak Hotel. Tickets cost $90 and includes travel to and from McLaren Vale and a Day Dance wine tumbler. 

Find out more here. 

Six the Musical | until June 12

History meets pop music in Six the Musical, the stage show travelling through the trials and tribulations of Henry VIII’s infamous wives. You know how the story goes: divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. But Six the Musical is switching up history, retelling the tales of the six women from their point of view in an electric pop performance. So sit back and re-learn history from the high energy 75-minute show. Tickets retail between $69 and $119. 

Find out more here.

Education: Same Sex Or Co-ed

Parents often find themselves weighing up the pros and cons of private, independent education compared to the more affordable public school options. If you are swayed in the direction of private schooling the next question will inevitably be same-sex or co-ed? We chat to Kate Barber, Head of Junior School at Walford Anglican School for Girls, about the benefits of girls-only education and more.

What are the advantages of girls-only education?

Girls’ education emphasises a robust sense of belonging and a strong culture of uniquely engaging girls as they embrace a range of academic and co-curricular opportunities. At Walford, we don’t just want our girls to experience a range of curriculum areas such as Humanities, STEM and The Arts, we want them to pursue as many of them as they can! It’s exciting to know that the girls we teach now will work in a range of industries across their careers and we are here to prepare them for this. This will be the generation that ensures girls and women are equally represented in the areas of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies. 

And digital literacies are no doubt equally as important…

Our girls come to Walford engaged by worlds of digital storylands, QR codes, virtual learning, videography, emojis, podcasting, coding and augmented creation. These are now non-negotiable inclusions of both the Early Learning and Primary school day. Our programs embed digital literacies and are continually progressing with technologies that help us to learn and create. Walford year five girls are each exhibiting their Unit of Inquiry via TED talk this term. This is what we’re about. It doesn’t mean replacing traditional academics such as Mathematics and English, it’s about using multimodal texts creatively, and to our advantage. Curriculum areas are no longer linear and stand alone.  

Mental wellbeing is also a key part of the teachings and learnings at Walford, how important is this for girls? 

Walford facilitates a tailored Wellbeing, Engagement and Belonging (WEB) program across the school. I’m an advocate for the explicit instruction of growth mindset, positive wellbeing and navigating relationships from our three-year-old program. It builds identity and the capacity for managing interpersonal interactions. In the Junior School, we identify and acknowledge that the middle primary years, the ‘tweens’, is an evolving and complex wellbeing space. 

When our girls are in years four and five, this time can be unpredictable for relationships, as the pressure of school, hormones and friendships begin to heighten. We tailor our WEB curriculum to flexibly address the needs of individual girls, class groups and year level experiences to support this.  

Ultimately girls respond well to good role models – how and why are you a good role model for students?

I see myself as much as a ‘lead learner’ as I do a ‘leader’. The Walford Junior School staff are an incredibly experienced team, with the warmest hearts. I’m here to role model the well-established values that shape our school and drive forward advancement as we continue the future Walford journey together.

A role model should be the type of leader that consults and collaborates, yet also self-advocates. It’s essential for our girls to have a nurturing and safe place to learn, and they should also be taken out of their comfort zones. Unpredictable curveballs are part of life’s journey and by genuinely sharing how I learn from my own challenges along the way, I intend to inspire our Junior School girls to be resilient and to navigate through changing times, as both thriving learners and courageous young women.

Walford Anglican School for Girls
316 Unley Road, Hyde Park
08 8272 6555
walford.sa.edu.au
@walfordschool

How to Elevate Your Space

Adding contrast using black can be daunting, the team at OZ Design Furniture show you how.

Incorporating black into your interior home style can be daunting, especially when you are used to the classic white palette that many Australian homes favour. When styled correctly, black can elevate your home by creating interest and depth to contrast your light décor. 

To make a strong impact you need to be bold, using black accents within your furniture – accessorising with dark-coloured homewares just isn’t enough. Try intertwining black with natural fibres for a safe and easy way to introduce darker tones into your space without creating a harsh contrast.

With the launch of OZ Design Furniture’s new season, you can refresh your living space with their Belmont dining chair (pictured). Featuring a black frame crafted from bentwood birch timber combined with webbed rattan, this piece is the perfect way to introduce a bold but natural look and feel into your home.

For the risk-takers, this collection also features full black stools that will make a striking impact in home bars or kitchens.

OZ Design Furniture 

800 Marion Road, Marion

08 8472 3630

Gepps X Home HQ 
750 Main North Road, Gepps Cross 
08 8472 3640

ozdesignfurniture.com.au

High-Touch Real Estate

Like many industries, the real estate industry has had to adapt due to changing market conditions. Effie Vlachoulis from Harris Real Estate talks to us about the importance of an effective online presence when selling your home.

An effective online profile and an engaging social media presence seems to be more important than ever before for real estate agents. How are these platforms used to attract buyers?

Social media is an integral part of my business; it enables me to promptly advertise current properties and provide an update on what is happening in the current market. Potential buyers are also often interested in what their day-to-day life will look like after purchasing in a particular area, so I advertise the lifestyle surrounding my properties for sale on social media. Other than attracting relevant buyers, social media also helps me to engage with buyers or sellers easily and efficiently, and it also gives prospective sellers the ability to look at my track record of sales.

I imagine social platforms are also important tools for ‘off market’ sales?

Platforms such as Instagram and Facebook are important for off market sales as they provide those on the Harris buyer database with information about properties that may match their buying requirements. Buyers interested in these off market properties are able to directly message me about the property to ask questions and to submit offers before the property is advertised on realestate.com.au and Domain. Off market sales are all about beating the competition before it hits the open market and so social media gives prospective buyers a head start. It is also very cost effective for vendors as there are no advertising fees.

Virtual walk throughs are another technology-based sales strategy that has no doubt been used a lot during COVID. How effective are virtual walk throughs and what type of buyer is accessing this service?

Virtual walk throughs are an extremely effective technology-based strategy. In fact, I would say that they are just as effective as if a prospective buyer was walking through the house themselves. Virtual walk throughs are essentially a guided tour of the property during which I walk through each room of the house pointing out its features, and enabling prospective buyers to ask questions about each room specifically. Most buyers accessing this service are interstate or overseas buyers. Virtual walk throughs open the property market up to more prospective purchasers, giving more buyers a chance to view the home in a shorter amount of time.

Video streaming is another technology that seems to have gained popularity during the pandemic.

Yes, video streaming, like virtual walk throughs, also enables me to contact a wider range of buyers. Video streaming allows people to be part of a live auction without physically being there. This is also 
a useful tool for people who may have to isolate suddenly.

“97 percent of all home buyers used the internet in their home search.” 

NAR 2020 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report

Effie Vlachoulis
Property Consultant
0412 677 189
effiev@harrisre.com.au
@effievlachoulisrealestate