The debut of Adelaide’s new open-access food festival was cancelled last year, but its inaugural run is looking much more jam-packed than the original three-day program.
Festival organisers cast the net very, very wide – like Adelaide Fringe, SALA Festival and Umbrella Festival anyone can get involved (so long as the event meets all health and safety regulations). The result is more than 100 events celebrating South Australia’s dining and drinking culture, including one-off dinners, cultural affairs, picnics, exhibitions, cooking classics, booze tastings, food trails and more.
More than 18 different cuisines and cultures will be showcased across dozens of events, including a headlining talk (with Parwana’s Durkhanai Ayubi, Cordelia Clay of the Sierra Leone Women's Association, Never Never’s George Georgiadis and more) that explores the history of migrant and Indigenous food in Australia. And later on, Daniel Motlop of Something Wild is hosting an interactive masterclass on Indigenous food and ingredients.
There's also a Future Food workshop exploring what we might be eating in 2050; a choose-your-own-adventure vegan food trail; free agnolotti demonstrations from Borsa Pasta Cucina; a suckling pig feast from Russian restaurant Siberia; a community picnic in Aldinga; French wine and cheese pairings, and more.
Some venues will double as hubs over the course of the week: Pirate Life Brewery will host an Italian Islands feast, firepit masterclasses, beer mug pottery classes and a ukulele workshop; and Mercato will deliver a number of food experiences including a pasta masterclass with founder Imma Caporaso. Elsewhere, there'll be several events at Never Never’s new cellar door in McLaren Vale; Patritti Wines in Dover Gardens; and in Henley Beach, when Lot 100 pops up for collaborations with Melt, Sea Salt and West. While International Pub Week will spotlight the importance of pubs and hotels around the state with a slate of events at more than a dozen pubs over seven days.
The program also includes heaps of free, family-friendly, not-for-profit and community-centred events, and 10 per cent of all net registration fees across the festival are being donated to Foodbank.