The format is simple. Buy a ticket, get a glass, sample wine and talk to the people who made that wine.
More than 30 wineries and 100 wines are involved in the East End Wine Down street party. New additions include Brackenwood, Simon Tolley and First Drop. Street food comes from Andre’s Cucina, Nola, Soi 38, Africola, Golden Boy and Mothervine.
Michael Andrewartha, director of East End Wine Down and owner of liquor store and wine bar East End Cellars, says of Adelaide’s post-festival slump, “It’s probably best to come down slowly from the high. There are definitely protesters to the party being over so we figured what better weekend to ease people out of Mad March than right after it all ends?”
The Vardon Avenue shindig coincides with the end of the vintage, and Andrewartha says it’s been a great year for South Australia. “Thick skins, good natural acid, high yields and no disease,” he says.
For the skint, some free outdoor events this week include art, film, food and music fest Art After Dark in The Lion Arts courtyard from 5pm on March 17; the last Ebenezer Night Market of the season on Friday March 18; and Adelaide Night Market on North Terrace on March 20 from 4pm to 8pm.
East End Wine Down will be held at 25 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide, on March 19, noon to 6pm. Tickets are $35 from eventbrite.com.au.