Loving the Adelaide Fringe? So are we! But we also have an eternal soft spot for Adelaide’s food/beer/cider/wine scene, and as such look forward to the annual Cellar Door Fest (#CDFAdelaide) rolling around again each year at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Falling across three days from Feb 26-28 (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday) it ticks all the boxes if the way to your heart is through your (spoilt-for-choice) South Aussie palate. If you haven’t been before, or need a reminder of why it’s so good, here’s our top 8 reasons for heading along this week.
- It will make you cooler than all your friends. With 180 SA producers on show, you’ll find out about that amazing tiny wine maker, or craft brewery that nobody has heard of yet, and you, YES YOU, will be the one who’s introducing everyone to the hottest new thing.
- The Garden Of Brewed Delights. Yep, this year the Festival has stepped things up and introduced an oasis of beer and cider where you can enjoy a hoppy pint from the likes of Pirate Life or Vale Brewing, or perhaps a fiery pint from the Prancing Pony crew, or even the tart apple tastes of Lobo or The Barossa Valley Cider Co. Read more about this fabulous part of the CDF here.
- With a sensory overload of masterclasses and mini-events within the Festival, we’ve discovered one called The Supreme Cheese Experience. Do we even need to sell this to you. OMG. Our taste buds are tingling already.
- It’s cheaper than touring over a dozen wine regions. Seems logical to us. Hitting up the Festival means we can glide through the best wine regions SA has to offer, while spending our hard earned coin on stocking up our cellars, fridges and cupboards, instead of forking out for petrol.
- It’s the perfect pre-Fringe kick off. Hit the CDF with your friends, eat some fabulous food, enjoy some boutique wines, meet the wine makers, brush up on your beer & cider knowledge (all in air conditioned comfort we might add), before hitting up a Fringe show. They’re pretty much all walking distance which is handy. Friday the CDF wraps up at 9pm, and Saturday/Sunday it closes at 6pm.
- Stay nearby. It’s a stone’s throw to the InterContinental Adelaide if you want to make a weekend of it. Hilton Adelaide and the Hotel Grand Chancellor are also just a short stroll. It’s a great time to be in the city, so enjoy yourself!
- Free stuff. Yep, the CDF has plenty of it. Between the shipping deals from various wineries and breweries, ridiculous value deals from the cheese suppliers and other food producers, the extra loot stuffed into your Festival Flavours Goodie Bags, and the tastings you get to enjoy, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. This is a good value day out.
- Cult-hit comedy wine show “Plonk” went and filmed a couple of episodes at the Cellar Door Fest last year. Remember Chris Taylor from The Chaser? Yep, well his fabulously inappropriate humour is back on board for the series, as he and co-stars Joshua Tyler and Nathan Earl work their way through the SA wine regions. It’s a big deal. And who knows, after watching Plonk, Brad Pitt and his entourage may just be coming over to check out the CDF for themselves. Word is getting out there, and you don’t want to be the one who missed out do you? Watch a CDF episode below (go on, you know you want to). Better yet, start at the beginning of the season and work your way through to get in the mood for the Festival. And do it with a glass of SA wine in hand.
February 26th, 27th & 28th 2016.