Winter is, without question, here. But that doesn’t have to put a dampener on your plans. There are all sorts of dinners, discos and shows to keep you out of hibernation this month. Brave the cold at Adelaide’s new ice skating rink, or hunker down at one of your favourite venues with a bottle of red.
Warm the cockles and the belly at the Travelling Table this week. The now-annual dinner series celebrates the impact migration has had on our city’s culinary, and cultural, landscape. This time, home cooks from Adelaide’s Filipino, Vietnamese and Sri Lankan communities will share their family recipes – and histories – over three four-course feasts (think Sri Lankan curries and Filipino congee – yum!). There are accompanying cooking workshops, too, so you can take a piece of the evening home with you.
Make the most of the long weekend at the many bars, restaurants and cafes keeping their lights on this Queen’s Birthday holiday. There’s also a stack of events to get to, from a Sunny’s and Golden Boy collab to a wine disco at Bank Street Social. Or spend it ticking Adelaide’s best new openings off your list, from elevated breakfasts at Banksia Tree Cafe and Yeah Nah Yeah to Mediterranean dinners at Yiasou George and Piccoli Piatti and drinks at Wing It, Ferg's and Paloma Bar & Pantry.
Matty Matheson’s Shobosho dinners might have sold out in an instant, but the rambunctious TV chef has added a walk-ins-only lunch for those who don’t mind a queue. It’ll be worth the wait – he’s making spicy Nashville-style katsu fish sandos. Get in line early for this one.
“Some data shows that young people are spending less on cigarettes, and they’re spending less on alcohol. Apparently there was another survey that came out recently that said they’re having less sex, too.” That's what MOD director Kristin Alford told our writer last month. “So then we were curious: what does give pleasure if those things are no longer seen as pleasurable?” According to MOD’s new exhibition, it might be receiving a compliment from a stranger, relaxing in a phone-free space or the victory end-screen of a video game. And you can experience these at the Museum of Discovery’s Pleasure Arcade 5000. Read more here.
Makers and Shakers Market is returning to Woodville Town Hall with 50 local stallholders selling beautifully handcrafted homewares, jewellery, textiles and more. It’s about celebrating Adelaide makers and small-batch, sustainable goods over mass production, and that we can get behind. There’ll also be coffee and baked goods to keep you energised while you shop.
More than 400 vintage pieces by Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto and more will go on sale at A Flat Shop this week. It’s the first time Filter Store’s entire collection of designer second-hand clothes and accessories is available in-store, so get ‘em while you can. This month only.
Dance up a sweat at the second installment of Take Me to Paradise, a flash-in-the-pan disco party by Paradise Loft Soundsystem and Mark Kamleh inspired by New York DJ David Mancuso’s famous ’70s loft parties at Chateau Apollo.
Then return the next day for a cross-venue winter wine party. Your favourite producers – including Murdoch Hill, Ngeringa, Delinquente, Gentle Folk and Sigurd, to name a few – will be there pouring their latest releases. A $20 ticket gets you a tasting glass and four hours to sample each drop, or you can grab a bottle and kick back in the Roxie’s beer garden with woodfired pizzas and Spanish snacks by Comida.
The Cabaret Festival is on, too. See Megan Mullally’s “punk vaudeville” buddy act, a gritty new show about Adelaide after dark, and a dazzling tribute to Judy Garland that was a smash-hit overseas.
If you’re more about embracing the crisp winter air, hit the ice at Adelaide’s pop-up ice skating rink in Victoria Square – complete with an après-ski bar, Winter Night Market and ’90s-R’n’B-themed skate sessions.