As the Fringe frivolities of Mad March come to a close, foodies and wine connoisseurs can rejoice as Cellar Door Fest hits the Adelaide Convention Centre this weekend.
Renowned as Adelaide’s favourite food, wine, beer and spirits festival, this year marks the ninth annual Cellar Door Fest since it’s conception in 2010.
On arrival, guests receive a generously sized wine glass with the presentation of their General Admission ticket. With an endless array of market stalls on offer showcasing everything from charcuterie boards to chocolate, guests can taste their way across the state as they sample South Australia’s finest foods and wines.
Festival goers can also try their hand at a variety of educational workshops held throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday, where you have the chance to mingle with a variety of industry experts and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into South Australia’s best kept food and wine secrets.
Between 12 – 1pm on Saturday afternoon, indulge your palate in a luxurious Cheese + Sparkling masterclass held by Zavier Bizot (owner and winemaker for DAOSA Sparkling and Terre à Terre Wines) and Kris Lloyd (award-winning cheesemaker for Woodside Cheese Wrights).
Owner and head distiller of Settlers Spirits’, Rowland Short, will be hosting an interactive Gin Blending masterclass on Saturday from 2 – 3:30pm, where guests can become the gin maker as they can experiment with twelve different botanicals and bottle their best recipe in a 200ml take-home bottle.
A Wine Blending masterclass will be held on Sunday from 12 – 1pm, where Randal Tomich from Tomich Wines will be guiding festival goers through the process of blending their own Pinot Noir from different barrel samples.
A Cheese + Wine masterclass on striking the perfect cheese and wine pairing will wind down the festival on Sunday afternoon from 2 – 3pm. Hosted by Udder Delights’ “Queen of Cheese” Sheree Sullivan and wine writer and educator Rhys Howlett, guests will be treated to a delicious selection of handmade cheeses that have been carefully matched with local South Australian wines.
Two long table dining events will be held on Friday evening and Saturday midday, where guests can feast on a delicious menu crafted from the very best local produce alongside fellow passionate foodies and wine fanatics right at the heart of the festival.
Hosted by Ben Thoman (the Barossa Winery’s Red Winemaker), the Jacob’s Creek Long Table dinner is held on Friday evening from 7 – 8:30pm and features a menu of local produce and matched wines carefully curated by Jacob’s Creek’s Head Chef, Nik Tucker.
The NOLA Long Table Lunch takes place between 1 – 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon and is hosted by Oliver Brown (NOLA) and Kris Lloyd (Woodside Cheese Wrights). Held in conjunction with Adelaide craft beer and whiskey bar NOLA, Woodside Cheese Wrights and Little Bang Brewing, guests can enjoy a three-course menu inspired by Creole and Cajun soul cuisine, cheese plates and brews.
A series of free, live cooking demonstrations will take place at Jessie’s Kitchen, a safe haven where you can connect with fellow foodies and expand your culinary skills. Hosted by talented chef jessie Spiby, several local food and wine producers will take to the stage at various times throughout the festival.
For a keepsake souvenir of your trip to Cellar Door Fest, make sure to pick up Festival Market Bag before you leave! For only $35, you’ll be able to wind your way around the labyrinth of market stalls collecting goodies from an endless array of producers to fill your tote to the brim.
The weekend-long celebration of all things delicious runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March at the Adelaide Convention Centre in the heart of the Adelaide CBD. Cellar Door Fest will still be in full swing for it’s last day on Sunday, so be sure to get in quick to grab general admission and masterclass tickets here.