It’s simple, really. First you forage, and then you eat. Emergence is an intimate lunch for 50 on winemaker Charlotte Hardy’s Basket Range property, and it’s happening on September 25.
It won’t be easy to find, though. Nothing in the steep Adelaide Hills wine region is. “It’s quite a special little place,” Hardy says. “This is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this here.”
The event begins with a 90-minute wild-herb and food forage with herbalist Bianca Houseman and Conscious Lifestyle’s Tiffany Schultz, who came up with the concept as a way to celebrate the emergence of spring, and to teach people about wild edibles.
After the walk a grazing menu will be served in the Charlotte Dalton wine shed by chef Isaac Carreese. “There will be loads of wild leaves incorporated, cooked vegetables and a big wild salad,” he says. Canapes, cheese, wild-herb damper, spring rabbit, spit-roasted lamb, organic vegetables, wild and native greens, berries, and dessert will be made using foraged and local fare.
Carreese formerly worked at Orana, Bistro Dom and now forages weekly for The Henry Austin. He knows his stuff. “In this area there’s loads of wild radish, plenty of fennel fronds, wild lettuce, sow thistle,” he says.
The wine will be topnotch, too. Charlotte Dalton wines was recently recognised by James Halliday (author of the Halliday Wine Companion) as one of the top 10 new wineries in Australia. Her small-batch, minimal-impact wines are made in her shed with lots of love.
“Last year I only made three tonne and it sold out straight away, but this year I have the luxury of having some wine to share,” she says. “It’s awesome that people can come and drink it where it’s made. It makes it a totally different experience.”
Live music will accompany the meal and a bus will transport people to the property from Victoria Square in the city and back again. Additional wine will be available for purchase on the day.
Emergence at Charlotte Dalton wines, September 25, 10.15am–5pm, $136.50, participants depart via bus from Victoria Square, Adelaide.
Tickets are available here