Adelaide’s dedicated Russian bar, Red October, will host a new kind of dumpling festival this month. Available for two weeks alongside its usual offerings will be a special menu of traditional Russian dumplings – pelmeni and vareniki – stuffed with beef, pork, potatoes, seafood or venison, plus fried dessert dumplings filled with cherries, ricotta and chocolate. There will also be pleated, Georgian-style variations, or khinkali, filled with cheese and herbs, or beef. Plus, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
If two weeks of delicious dough-balls isn’t enough, up your own dumpling-making skills with Red October’s Russian-born head chef Elena Ambrose. She’s hosting four two-hour cooking classes this month, where you’ll learn to cook three kinds of traditional dumplings from scratch.
Red October’s dumpling festival runs from May 14 to 25. Tickets to the cooking classes are available online.