Tasting Australia, a new home for designer vintage fashion, an immersive art installation and The Pot’s new era – here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
I hope you’re well rested after March. And hungry. The best culinary festival in the country, Tasting Australia, returns this weekend with 160 events across 12 regions and 10 days. There’s plenty on offer, and – contrary to popular belief – it’s not all above your price range. Need some tips? We’ve selected the best of the bunch – for any budget.
After 20 years, we’re saying goodbye to The Pot. Swings and roundabouts though – from this week Simon Kardachi’s keystone venue will rebrand as Nido, a neighbourhood pasta bar serving salumi, meat carved at the table, and fresh pastas handmade daily. After dabbling in some Italian-inspired dishes last year, head chef Max Sharrad will now adhere to a strictly Italian brief, with “homey style” dishes to befit the restaurant’s suburban setting. “A lot of pasta and a lot of grilled meats: things such as ragu and rich, hearty [dishes] in winter … and we’ll freshen it up in the warmer months,” Sharrad told us last month. I’m not complaining.
Meanwhile, a former Pot chef is bringing a new dinner option to the east. From next week, Sam Worrall-Thompson, owner of Fine and Fettle, will open his Stepney cafe to nighttime diners. Expect dumplings, noodles and “tapas” with Asian flavours. A $39-a-head “Korean Chowdown” will kick dinner trade off on April 10 with pork dumplings, eggplant teriyaki and bibimbaps. If that’s not enough there’ll also be a plant-based market in the cafe car park on April 28, with vegan pizza and dumplings, kombucha, beer, wine and a mix-your-own Bloody Mary station. Keep an eye on the neighbouring gym – it’s soon to become a takeaway joint serving sandwiches stuffed with American-style barbeque. I’m getting Chicken and Pig vibes, and I’m very happy about that.
Sean’s Kitchen is hosting a month-long celebration of the crustacean with the return of its now-annual Crab Carnival. Get your hands around soft-shell-crab tacos, crab linguini, and Connolly’s signature mac’n’cheese – with crab, obvi. There’s also dedicated nights for Louisiana-style Crab Broil and Connolly’s monster-sized chilli mud crab. These nights usually sell out, so book ahead. And keep a wad of napkins close – this will get messy.
The biennial Adelaide Film Festival isn’t back until 2020, so the team’s delivering a mini pop-up festival to keep us sated until then. This weekend’s off-season event will premiere two huge Australian films: director Wayne Blair’s (The Sapphires) feel-good comedy Top End Wedding starring Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires) and Gwilym Lee (Brian May in Bohemian Rhapsody), and friendship drama Animals, directed by Adelaide’s Sophie Hyde and starring Alia Shawkat (Search Party, Arrested Development) and Holliday Grainger (Strike). “A lot of the roles I’ve played in the past are a little more composed and thoughtful and honest with themselves, and Tyler is kind of the opposite of that,” Shawkat told me over the phone about her character in Animals. Read more of the interview here.
Following the Crows’ heart-pounding, tear-inducing Grand Final win on the weekend, State Theatre Company is staging a timely adaptation of David Williamson’s famous footy satire The Club – reimagined for the first time with an all-women cast. The razor-sharp rework flips the script on Williamson’s play without changing a word. “As soon as you say those words as women, that’s a comment in itself,” says actor Louisa Mignone. “It makes you really think about the content and the conversations that are happening in a different way.”
There’s still time to see Sally Smart’s immersive, multi-disciplinary installation at ACE Open. The South Australian-born artist is renowned internationally for her large-scale installations – she’s held major exhibitions in New York, Singapore, Jakarta and across Australia, and in 2017 she collaborated with luxury Italian fashion house Marni. Go.
Speaking of luxury fashion, Adelaide has a new home of designer vintage garb. Gresham Street studio A Flat Shop opens on April 4 with a tightly curated selection of international brands such as Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Jil Sander, as well as locally made clothing and ceramics.