The Most Expensive & Decadent Adelaide Events This Season • Glam Adelaide

The Most Expensive & Decadent Adelaide Events This Season

Start saving your pennies for an incredible line up of amazing events in Adelaide & South Australia this season.

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Look, we’re all about budgeting here at Glam Adelaide, and this time of year can be a little tight on the wallet, as we juggle Fringe shows, babysitters, Ubers, buying Adelaide Festival tickets and more. But hey, some things are just worth saving up for. Or splashing out on. And we have the list.

The “maybe we could sell a kidney” list… (in price order)

13 Apr 2019

Tasting Australia Airlines: Flinders Ranges

$1,593.86

Start time 9.30am 
Duration 2 days 
Region Flinders Ranges & Outback 
Contact 0427221577 [email protected] 

Depart Adelaide Saturday morning and arrive at Rawnsley Park Station just in time for Lunch at the Woolshed Restaurant.  After lunch, tour to Ikara/Wilpena Pound for a short walk into the Pound and a visit to Hills homestead.  Then return to Rawnsley Park and  get settled into your Eco villa accommodation. In the evening enjoy a lamb tasting dinner using the Station’s own lamb and matched with Clare Valley wines at the Woolshed Restaurant, and watch the sun go down over the Flinders Ranges.  Wake to the sounds of nature and a morning tour to Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges.  See the yellow footed rock wallabies, emus, kangaroos and discover the remarkable landscape and the region’s incredible geological history.  Travel to the iconic Prairie Hotel for a delicious lunch of local fare before returning to Rawnsley and your return trip to Adelaide. Transfers included.

8 Apr 2019

Penfolds 175th Landmark Special Bin Tasting with Peter Gago

$1,532.64

Start time 4:00pm 
Duration 2.5hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8301 5569 [email protected] 

Join Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago in the Magill Estate Cellar Door for an exceptional Special Bin Tasting that will include wines ranging from 1962 Bin 60A Cabernet Shiraz, 1982 Bin 820 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1990 Bin 95 Grange, 1996 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon to 2010 Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz, Penfolds G3 and more.

9 Apr 2019

Tasting Australia Airlines: Barossa

$818.36

Start time 9.30am 
Duration 7.5hrs 
Region Barossa Valley 
Contact 0438639085 [email protected] 

Enjoy a tour and wine tasting around the picturesque 175 year old Hutton Vale Farm with the current 6th and 7th generation of the Angas Family. Then join in with Hutton Vale Farm cook, Jan and 2KW Chef, Trent as the restaurant and farm come together to present an iconic paddock to plate farm lunch paired with rare back vintage Hutton Vale Farm wines. Relax in the private cellar for an hour or so enjoying a drink before boarding your PC12 aircraft back to Adelaide.

6 Apr 2019

Tasting Australia Airlines: Coffin Bay – Day Trip

$741.83

Start 8am 
Duration 12hrs 
Region Eyre Pennisula 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 
please note this event is not wheelchair accessible 

Join TAA for a full-day of gastronomic adventure in one of the country’s most spectacular coastal locations, the Eyre Peninsula. Enjoy a premium long lunch hosted by Maggie Beer, prepared by Vintner’s Peter Clarke and with wines curated by Tasting Australia. Then explore the region by sea or land activities before returning to Adelaide by charter plane.

13 Apr 2019

Glamping at Serafino

From $716.32 to $1,838.76

Start time 2pm 
Duration 2 days 
Region Fleurieu Peninsula 
Contact 08 8 323 8911 [email protected]

Enjoy a relaxed evening away toasting marshmallows over a fire pit and getting back to nature – in style. Relish in a fine dining experience with your fellow Glampers at Serafino’s restaurant, where their Executive Chef will prepare a 3-course dinner using locally sourced produce accompanied by a selection of award-winning wines. This year guests can relax and enjoy an outdoor cinema by the lake after dinner, followed by a cooked breakfast on Sunday morning to set you on your way for a day exploring the beautiful region. The package includes: tent styled by Tent Events SA, midnight survival hamper for those late night munchies, 3 course dinner with beverage package at Serafino Restaurant- local produce from the Fleurieu region paired with award winning wines, late night movie, fire pit,  buffet breakfast the next day. 

6 Apr 2019 to 7 Apr 2019

Tasting Australia Airlines: Kangaroo Island

$725.71

Start 9am 
Duration 10hrs 
Region Kangaroo Island 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 

Kangaroo Island is undoubtedly nature’s playground. It’s where towering cliffs, wild plains and impeccably clear waters reward those who venture the roads less travelled. With Tasting Australia as your personal tour guide, board your own charter plane and think nothing more of the when, where, how and why. Just kick back, relax and let the beauty of Kangaroo Island wash over you. Start your culinary journey in Penneshaw at Sunset Food & Wine; a clifftop oasis with spectacular views from Kangaroo Head to the renowned Brown Beach.

Owner and executive chef Jack Ingram (formerly Southern Ocean Lodge, Vue de Monde) will prepare lunch from the Island’s premium fare drawing on his encyclopaedic local knowledge, collaborating with NOMAD’s Jacqui Challinor – a master of big Mediterranean flavours. Local crayfish will be in season with fishermen sourcing the Island’s best for you to devour. After lunch you’ll be transported to one of Australia’s leading distilleries, Kangaroo Island Spirits, for an unprecedented tasting of gin and whisky. KI Spirits’ Jon Lark will be joined by his brother Bill – of Lark Distillery (Tasmania) fame – to guide you through a tasting of their award-winning collection. Both trailblazers in the world of distilling, Jon and Bill have many stories to share about the art of gin and whisky making, and the environments from which they draw flavour and inspiration. This caps off the afternoon, preparing you for to settle into the comfortable 45-minute charter flight home.

6 Apr 2019

Catch and Indulge at the Star

$665.30

Start time 7.30am 
Duration 7hrs 
Region Fleurieu Peninsula 
Contact 885577420 [email protected] 

A sea-faring adventure hosted by the Star of Greece where you can catch, cook and eat your own seafood feast. Craving the fresh sea breeze and flavours of the ocean? Depart Adelaide by coach at 730am, limited to 10 people. Head south with a brief stop to collect morning tea en route and then on to Wirrina Cove where you will be welcomed aboard a fishing boat with Star of Greece chef and a local fisherman to snag the catch of the day – squid, whiting, snapper. After you have caught your lunch, stop at the Victory Hotel to freshen up and for a behind the scenes tour of the cellar and tasting of the Rudderless wines by acclaimed publican Doug Govan. Then it’s on to South Australian icon – the Star of Greece at Port Willunga for your four course lunch paired with local wines. Return to Adelaide by 5pm. Return transport, morning tea, lunch, local wines and beers all included.

13 Apr 2019

Due Volte at Yalumba

$508.10

Start 7pm 
Duration 4hours 
Region Barossa 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 

Australia’s most historic family owned winery opens its doors unlike ever before for an unforgettable evening in the winery’s most exclusive space, Tank 11 & 12. Enjoy Italian flair and hospitality, with a twist, as two of Sydney’s top chefs (Alessandro Pavoni and Giovanni Pilu) are inspired by the Barossa’s heritage and bounty. These evocative rooms, rarely open to the public, reside below the original heritage-listed Administration Building in Angaston and are former concrete winemaking tanks that have retained the unique wine stained patina of their previous lives. 

On the evening Yalumba will unlock the museum for a unique tour of one of the country’s most iconic wine cellars and select a collection of wines to serve throughout the dinner. Dinner will delight and surprise; prepared by two of Sydney’s finest Italian chefs – Alessandro Pavoni (Ormeggio at The Spit, Via Alta) and Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater) – service will take an interesting turn during the evening. Pavoni and Pilu will each prepare two courses; first to be served in one tank, before switching halfway through the meal to be served in the second tank.

Pavoni was born in Lombardy (the region of Milan and Lake Como) and has been recognised by The Australian in their Top 50 restaurants and holds two hats from the Good Food Guide.

Pilu was born in Sardinia and relocated to Australia in 1992, bringing a love of simple ingredients and minimum fuss to Sydney kitchens ever since. Pilu at Freshwater was recognised by the Good Food Guide with two hats.

This exciting Italian-inspired menu and the world-class wines will give guests twice  – due volte – as much gastronomic joy in one spectacular evening.

Yalumba – Tank 11 & 12, 40 Eden Valley Rd, Angaston, South Australia, 5353.

The “it’s not as expensive, but we’re doing this instead of Christmas” list

13 Apr 2019 to 14 Apr 2019

The Art of Fortifieds

$410.20

Start time 10.30am 
Duration 4hrs 
Region Barossa Valley 
Contact (08)85240202 [email protected] 

Begin your journey, glass of sparkling in hand, with a private tour of the Estate, then head to the lab to learn the art of fortified blending and sparkling red dosage. Afterwards, it’s time to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch in ‘Chappy’s Chapel’, an intimate tasting room built on top of the original underground tanks. Indulge in a spread of South Australia’s finest charcuterie, cheese and garden produce whilst the chef prepares a tailored menu. Let out your belt and finish the afternoon with a fortified and chocolate flight that will challenge your taste buds.

Chateau Yaldara, 159 Hermann Thumm Drive, Lyndoch, South Australia, 5351.

6 Apr 2019

Big Sky Banquet

$405.10

Start time 6pm 
Duration Overnight 
Region Limestone Coast 
Contact 08 8737 2966 [email protected] 

Chefs Lucy Von Stanke and Josslyn Lee of Presto Eatery will prepare an amazing five course Greek feast to be shared amongst fellow diners at long tables under the stars in the Estate’s old quarry. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at sunset overlooking the vineyards and gain an insight into the minimal intervention viticulture that the Estate is known for. Transport for all guests is included from Penola and Mount Gambier. For the $400 price tag though, you also get to indulge a little more. You can stay on after dinner in your very own glamping tent to enjoy an extra couple of wines around the campfire. Campfire breakfast included, cooked by Steven & Emma Raidis.

The Quarry – Raidis Estate Vineyard, Riddoch Highway, Penola, South Australia, 5277.

13 Apr 2019

Glasshouse Kitchen – Wild

$356.27

Start 7pm 
Duration 4hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 

Wild and free – these chefs will not be defined, nor will they refrain from showcasing their passion for good food. Alex Atala (D.O.M. Brazil), O Tama Carey (Lankan Filling Station, Sydney), Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale) and Oliver Edwards (The Summertown Aristologist, Adelaide Hills).

Unbridled talent and flavour that cannot be tamed. These chefs and their cooking exemplify bold, honest and brave. International industry legend Alex Atala (D.O.M. Brazil) brings his rockstar energy and martial arts precision to Tasting Australia. D.O.M. has been a thought leader and tastemaker in Sao Paolo since 1999, peaking at #4 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and remains a firm fixture on the esteemed list. For O Tama Carey (Lankan Filling Station, Sydney), her Sri Lankan roots mixed with formative experience cooking Chinese, French, Japanese and Italian often leads to wild ideas on the plate, many featuring curry leaves. McLaren Vale’s Karena Armstrong hails from The Advertiser’s Restaurant of the Year, The Salopian Inn, and draws inspiration from her rampant vegetable garden. Similarly, Oliver Edwards (The Summertown Aristologist) looks to the local Adelaide Hills community for key ingredients and unique, seasonal fare to transform into simple but spectacular dishes.Enjoy a bespoke suite of matched wines representing the very best iconic producers from South Australia and beyond, curated and presented by guest sommeliers, the team at East End Cellars and festival beverage director Nick Stock.

13 Apr 2019

Legends in Clare Valley

$325.91

Start 1pm 
Duration 3hrs 
Region Clare Valley 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 

This roll-call of the region’s best and brightest producers will keep your palate guessing and your stomach satisfied with food and wine showcasing the unique terroir of the mid-north. Includes: Pikes, Wendouree, Jim Barry, Grosset, Wines by KT and Adelina Wines with food by Margot Janse (South Africa) and Clare’s own culinary talent.Unwind in some of Australia’s most beautiful wine country.Celebrate the well-known and hidden gems of the Clare Valley – a region of five-star wineries and world-renowned Riesling.Tasting Australia will bring the celebration to the cellar door, profiling the esteemed Pikes, Wendouree, Jim Barry, Grossett, Tim Adams, Mitchell, Taylors, Kilikanoon, Wines by KT and Sevenhill Cellars all in one meal. Each of the four courses will be matched with three pours.Lunch is in the hands of industry legend Margot Janse, a Dutch-born, South African-based chef whose former restaurant Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek (South Africa) peaked at number eight on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. Janse will be joined by local heroes Dan Moss (Terroir Auburn), Guy Parkinson (Seed Wine bar + Kitchen) and Max Stephenson (SLATE at Pikes).Be among the first to experience Pikes Wines new world-class cellar door and SLATE restaurant; the centrepiece of the 34-year-old family business that brings together food, wine and tourism all in one site.

Pikes Wines, 233 Polish Hill River Road, Sevenhill, South Australia, 5453.

12 Apr 2019

Glasshouse Kitchen – East Meets West

$310.73

Start 7pm 
Duration 4hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 

The meeting point between two distinctly different continents, mindsets and culinary disciplines, this dinner showcases the beauty in diversity. Chiho Kanzaki ( Restaurant Virtus, Paris), Alex Munoz ( Labart, Burleigh Heads), Emma McCaskill (formerly Magill Estate, The Pot ) and Simon Bryant ( Dirty Foods )

Chiho Kanzaki is a Japanese-born chef who has made her mark in Paris, now at the helm of acclaimed Restaurant Virtus. Kanzaki established her philosophy and technique at two Michelin-starred Mirazur. From Queensland’s Burleigh Heads hails Alex Munoz Labart (Restaurant Labart, Burleigh Heads) – a chef that honours seasonality via a passion honed at Monopole and Cirrus Dining in Sydney. Much-loved Australian chef Simon Bryant has a veritable passport of cuisine weaponry at his disposal, while Adelaide’s Emma McCaskill (The Pot, Magill Estate) was the first non-Japanese chef to work at Narisawa (Tokyo) and is alumna of Tetsuya’s in Sydney.

Enjoy a bespoke suite of matched wines representing the very best iconic producers from South Australia and beyond, curated and presented by guest sommeliers, the team at East End Cellars and festival beverage director Nick Stock.

Town Square, Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000.

6 Apr 2019

d’Arenberg Cube Surrealist Ball

From $297.96 to $333.67

Start time 7pm 
Duration 5hrs 
Region Fleurieu Peninsula 
Contact (08) 8329 4888 [email protected] 

Join us for a night of extravagant decadence, a gala event reminiscent of the Rothschild Surrealist Ball, where distinguished guests such as Salvador Dali and Audrey Hepburn explored the boundaries of their imagination Take inspiration from their 1972 attire, and clothe yourself in an exotic blend of fashion and fantasy – combine the traditional black tie with the weird and wonderful. Explore five levels of the d’Arenberg cube, a building filled with extraordinary sensory experiences. Savour the stunning views of McLaren Vale’s rolling vineyards, and watch the building come to life as digital projections illuminate the glass exterior. Enjoy a selection of cocktails and premium wine, and feast on creative canapes prepared by the award winning d’Arenberg Cube Restaurant. Then end your night in style, with some smooth moves on the dance floor.  Please note dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. 

d’Arenberg Cube, 58 Osborn Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171.

14 Apr 2019

150 Years of the Market: A Time Travellers Feast

$303.06

Start time 12pm 
Duration 4hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact (08) 8203 7494 [email protected] 

Imagine travelling back in time to sample the flavours, sights and sounds from 150 years of Adelaide Central Market history. This is your chance The way the market’s produce (and South Australian tastes) have changed over a century-and-a-half reveals intricate stories about the fabric of our community and its unique food culture. This adventurous four course long table lunch will be a feast for the senses. Some of South Australia’s hottest chefs will serve up a menu inspired by the years 1869, 1919, 1969 and 2019. They’ll use ingredients created by the multigenerational producers whose families have been supplying the market for decades. This culinary odyssey is a once in a lifetime travel experience, not to be missed. Guests are encouraged to embrace the journey and dress inspired by their favourite era.

Adelaide Central Market, Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000.

8 Apr 2019

Limestone Coast food trail

From $297.96 to $338.77

Start time 7am 
Duration 2 days 
Region Limestone Coast 
Contact 887255800 [email protected] 

With rich terrain and stunning coastline, the Limestone Coast is home to many incredible experiences; this tour will reveal the gastronomic delights the region has to offer. Board your coach and head straight to Humpalicious Dairy in Robe – an unique, commercial camel dairy, home to a herd of 60 camels. Humpalicious owners and Warwick and TJ will share the health benefits of the camel ‘supermilk’ before guests move on to a different, more traditional, kind of dairy near Mount Gambier. From milk to wine the tour will then go onto Herbert’s Vineyard for a tasting of their famous pinot noir. Guests will enjoy a three course meal cooked by chef Graeme Armstrong with a menu reflecting the places you’ve visited that day or will be visiting tomorrow before settling in for the night. The following morning starts with a fully cooked breakfast then onto Holla Fresh, who produce fresh herbs for commercial kitchens and supermarkets throughout Australia. Next up is Limestone Coast Cheese for a tour and tasting, before the culinary journey concludes at Longridge Olives at Coonalpyn to hear about how their olives are grown, harvested and transformed into extra virgin olive oil. Transfers included. Guests are recommended to bring a cooler bag to collect goodies along the way.  Depart Franklin Street Bus Depot at 7am.

21 March 2019

Magnum Champagne Dinner

Start time 6:30pm 
Duration 4 hours
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8443 4343
[email protected]

Gather your Champagne-fiend friends! Sprout is bringing together five of the world’s best Champagne houses for a seriously indulgent dinner on March 21.

On the night you’ll sip champagnes from Pol Roger, Louis Roederer, Bollinger, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, and Veuve Fourny & Fils – which will be paired with a five course dinner using top South Australian produce, specifically designed to highlight the power, finesse and textures of the bubbly.

Coming interstate just for the evening is Australia’s premiere Champagne critic, Tyson Stelzer, who will share his knowledge on all things liquid perfection.

All the Champagne will be served out of magnums – aka. 1.5 litre bottles of champers (there’s a secret behind why such large bottles are necessary which you can hit up Tyson about on the night).

Tickets are on sale now, so snap them up before they disappear (or this would seriously put you in the good books as a Chrissy present for a champagne lover!)

The Magnum Champagne Dinner is on March 21 from 6.30pm at Sprout, 89 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton. Tickets are $299 – buy them here

9 Apr 2019 to 11 Apr 2019

The Chef’s Table with Sean Connolly

$297.96

Start 7pm 
Duration 2.5hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8212 2811 [email protected] 

Join Executive Chef Sean Connolly at his Adelaide restaurant, Sean’s Kitchen, for an unforgettable dining experience during Tasting Australia. Discover the secrets of some of Sean’s favourite seafood & steak dishes, as you indulge in an incredible four-course menu with matched beverages, personally cooked and served to you by our passionate chefs.The Chef’s Table is positioned within the kitchen, so you’ll be up close to all the action while Sean himself guides you through some of the secrets to his craft. Whether you are celebrating or simply indulging, seats at the Chef’s Table are highly sought-after and will book out fast!

11 Apr 2019

Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant and Henschke: A Pioneering History

$267.34

Start time 6:30pm 
Duration 4.5hrs 
Region Adelaide Hills 
Contact 08) 8339 6777 [email protected] 

Discover the rich history of Mount Lofty House and the pioneers who have shaped Henschke wines. Indulge in an inspired five course meal prepared by Chef Jin Choi of Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant matched to pioneering Henschke wines. Sixth generation Henschke family member, Justine Henschke, will host your evening and speak of the ancestors to which each wine is attributed.

12 Apr 2019 to 13 Apr 2019

Lime Cave Experience

$257.14

Start time 7pm 
Duration 3.5hrs 
Region Fleurieu Peninsula 
Contact 08 8323 8200 [email protected] 

Nestled amongst the vines at Maxwell Wines is a hidden treasure, the Maxwell Lime Cave. This stunning and unique venue will be the dining room for the evening, offering guests a food and wine experience to remember. Head Chef Fabian Lehmann and team will design a feast for the senses; six courses showcasing the best of South Australian produce, all paired with Maxwell’s premium wines by Mark Maxwell. Organic estate garden produce will be featured throughout the entire menu, including a showcase dish of mushrooms grown in the cave, metres from the dining table.

Of The Moment – The Tasting Australia Opening Night Party

$257.14

Start 5.30pm 
Duration 2hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8463 4706 [email protected] 

Treat yourself – and your tastebuds. Join Jock Zonfrillo, David Thompson, Paul Carmichael, Darren Robertson and Yalumba for the official opening party of Tasting Australia 2019.It will be a night of surprises and exquisite food and wine matching as these award-winning chefs prepare a gluttonous grazing menu that cannot be replicated; each chef will scour South Australia for the best ingredients of the moment, creating dishes that are at their prime on that day only to pair with any of the newly released Samuel’s Collection by Yalumba.Star chef, author, TV presenter and co-owner of Three Blue Ducks, Robertson joins acclaimed Caribbean-born Carmichael, Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana, Gourmet Traveller’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year), and one of Australia’s great Asian masters, Thompson, who shot Bangkok’s Nahm to the top of the World’s 50 Best Asia list.The sundowner soiree brings together a generous selection of world-class small plates and wines from the iconic Barossa.Kick off your gastronomic grazing for the 10 days of Tasting Australia with this exclusive event; be part of the 2019 party to remember.
Please note this is stand up cocktail style event.

11 Apr 2019 to 13 Apr 2019

Henry’s Table – A Gueridon service in the True Silver Service Tradition

$245.00

Start time 6.30pm 
Duration 4hrs 
Region Adelaide 
Contact 08 8224 0666 [email protected] 

Newly opened Henrys Table @ Ayers House will mix the tradition of silver service with a contemporary degustation menu.Award winning Executive Chef Paul Groves, a 16 year veteran of Ayers House, has crafted six dishes from South Australia’s best produce. to be served with bygone panache, predominantly from the Gueridon (trolley). Back vintage wines and current releases will be pared with all dishes.Former staff will reunite with modern-day employees to celebrate outstanding food, wine, service and magical memories. Note – booked guests will be contacted by Ayers House to determine a seating time.

6 Apr 2019

Discover Wirra Wirra

$231.63

Start time 11am 
Duration 3.5hrs 
Region Fleurieu Peninsula 
Contact 8323 8414 [email protected] 

Discover Wirra Wirra via full immersion – from the vineyards to winemaking and even the old cellars. Learn the secrets behind Wirra Wirra’s biodynamic vineyards with a hosted tour of the Scrubby Rise and Chook Block vineyards, taste biodynamic wines on the Wirra Wirra jetty, learn barrel ageing via a tour of the original ironstone cellars, and taste five of Wirra Wirra’s best wines complemented with a local handmade chocolate. Finish with a regional two-course lunch and matched wine from Harry’s Deli on site.

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