The sun is finally out, and is melting away the last remains of our Winter blues *collective sigh*.
By October, Spring has well and truly sprung in Adelaide – bringing with it winery events, dinner experiences, food and fashion festivals, shows, and more…
We get it – coming out of hibernation can be overwhelming. So we’ve detailed all the ways you can defrost this (hopefully) sunny October.
1. Penfolds 175th Birthday Celebrations
Head to Penfolds Magill Estate on Friday 2 of October to celebrate 175 years of winemaking, for a five-course menu with paired wines.
The exclusive evening is a smart cocktail attire event held in The Tunnels, at the estate.
Plus, make sure to check out the limited edition wines released to celebrate the iconic winery’s anniversary.
RSVP to [email protected] or 8301 5551 by Friday 4th October.
Penfolds Magill Estate is located at 78 Penfold Road, Magill.
There’s always someone on a wine tour saying ‘why don’t they have beer/cider tours’. The brewers of Lot.100 in Hay Valley have answered those prayers, with Lot.Ober Fest.
The event will take place on October 5. A ticket includes a half stein to fill up with your favourite brews from Mismatch Beers and Adelaide Hills Cider and entry into the Mismatch Beer Hall.
The Lot.100 chefs will be cooking over huge fire pits throughout the day to give you the energy you need to enjoy the band from 1-5pm. German outfits and knee slapping optional, and ‘accomodated’, in the words of the good people of Lot.100.
Lot.100 is located at 68 Chambers Rd, Hay Valley SA 5252
3. Royal Adelaide Wine Show
A must for wine lovers, taste over 2,500 drops from over 300 Australian wineries at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Australia’s most prestigious wine awards show is offering tastings and workshops at Adelaide Showgrounds on Friday 4 October.
Join a Masterclass by the National Wine Centre for their Wine Education session, or the Riedel Sensory Workshop to learn about how glassware can enhance the flavour of your wine – and take home four performance glasses valued at $199!
For more information or to buy tickets, see here.
Royal Adelaide Wine Show will be held at Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road Wayville.
4. McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair Festival
Head down to McLaren Vale on October 6 for a day of SA’s best food and wine and plenty of dancing. Participating in the festival are six of your fave wineries including Coriole Vineyards, Mollydooker, Maxwell Wines, Paxton Wines, Penny’s Hill and Serafino.
Head to the Spring Affair website and grab a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ ticket, which offers the choice of entry to three of the six wineries. Or pick your fave and choose a single winery ticket to stay all day.
Transport isn’t included but you can join a pub group tour. Meet at your local bright and early (most include brekkie, and your first drink of the day). Breakfast burgers and espresso martinis? Yes please.
5. Vogue Fashion Festival
On October 18 and 19, the Vogue Fashion Festival is gracing Rundle St and Rundle Mall.
Head to David Jones for stylish in-store fashion parades, pop-up bars, guest DJs, exclusive offers, styling tips, complimentary beauty treatments and more.
Sip on a Seppeltsfield wine as you hear from industry voices in Voices of Vogue Festival at the main stage, near the Mall’s Balls. For $35, enjoy a glass of wine and a gift bag as you listen to the panel discussion. Or visit the website here to check out the list of speaker events – covering all things beauty, slow fashion, social media, editing and designing.
The East End has your Friday post-work drinks sorted, between the Belgian Twilight Markets, and the Ebenezer Pop-Up Party on Ebenezer Place.
For more information and to check out the full range of events on offer this Vogue Fashion Festival, see here.
6. Fresh 92.7’s 21st Birthday Windback Party
Fresh 92.7 is celebrating 21 years at Zhivago, with all your favourite windback tunes from Fresh FM’s best DJs, past and present.
Dance it up in the Main Room, or chill in the deluxe outdoor laneway. For only $21 (earlybird), gather your mates and head along for a night of classic hits to celebrate Adelaide’s own electronic music station.
Grab your tickets here, and head to Zhivago on Saturday 19 October for a good time – and to support the Adelaide radio community who’ve been entertaining us since 1998.
Cheese and wine, need we say more? Yes, because there’s SO MUCH more.
CheeseFest and FERMENT the Festival, have combined in 2019 to bring Adelaidians a two-day festival celebrating all things cheese, and all things fermented.
That means over one hundred stalls showcasing all the best cheese, chocolate, charcuterie, sourdough bread, pickles, cultured butter, kimchi, yoghurt, kombucha, ginger beer tea and coffee, SA and Australia have to offer.
Wine might be cheese’s usual partner in crime, but there will also be plenty of local beer, cider, whiskey, vodka and brandy, to pair with your camembert.
Whether you’re a gut health guru or looking to indulge, head to Rymill Park Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 October for a picnic in the sun, live music, and opportunities to learn from your favourite top chefs, and food personalities.
Buy your tickets to CheeseFest here
CheeseFest 2019 will be held at Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka, East Terrace, Adelaide.
8. OzAsia Festival/Lucky Dumpling Market
The 2019 OzAsia Festival brings with it the return of the much-loved Lucky Dumpling Market. Popping up on the Adelaide Riverbank’s Convention Centre Lawns, the market offers up a mouth-watering selection of dishes from all over Asia.
Think dumplings, BBQs, curries, stir fries, noodles, desserts and more dumplings. Wash it all down with a Vietnamese iced coffee, bubble tea, Japanese sake, beer … or enjoy your feast with one of your favourite South Aussie wines.
Sit back on the banks of the Torrens and eat and drink to your heart’s content while you enjoy the live music, for the perfect Spring night out. Or, peruse the markets and fuel up on nibbles between festival performances.
Lucky Dumpling Market will be located at Adelaide Riverbank, Convention Centre Lawns, Adelaide.
9. Champagne Fest
Taste over 40 different Champagnes, plus plenty of sparkling wine from across Australia, America and Europe, at the National Wine Centre on Sunday 27 October.
Described as a day of pure indulgence, delight in fresh seafood and a hand-designed menu by executive chef Steven Clark, using nothing but local produce.
Between live music (+ champagne = dancing, obviously) and a series of Champagne Masterclasses with big industry names – this is the ultimate bubbly lover’s paradise.
Bookings are essential, and can be made here.
Champagne Fest will be held at the National Wine Centre, located Corner of Hackney Rd &, Botanic Rd, Adelaide.
10. Vegan Festival
Vegan Festival is back with all your favourite ethical, sustainable foods. Local legends like Jamu, Juice Lovers and Live a Little Gelato will be there; starring alongside a range of stalls serving up deliciously healthy, and indulgent, plant-based foods – with something to entice even the most carnivorous of carnivores.
Between demonstrations, workshops and speakers – the Vegan Festival is the place to be if you’re thinking about eating more plants, or are already a veteran herbivore, looking to shake-up your home cooking game.
For more information, or to grab your cheap-as-veggie-chips $15 weekend pass, visit the Vegan Festival website here.
Vegan Festival will be held on the 26 and 27 October at Rundle Park, Rundle Rd and East Terrace Adelaide.
- Metallica at Adelaide Oval, Sunday 20th October
- Stadium Golf at Adelaide Oval, 5th-12th October
- Oktoberfest in the Gardens at Pinky Flat, Saturday 12th October
- The Nutcracker at Adelaide Festival Centre, 8th-12th October
- Families in Wine Dinner at Level 1 Electra House, 23rd October
- Polly’s Pimms Party, d’Arenberg, 6th October
- 2KW Spring Dance Party, 2KW Bar and Restaurant, 6th October
- Field Good Festival, Fleurieu Peninsula, 5th & 6th October
- Lucky’s Beach Club at Morphettville Racecourse, launching October 5th
- Bird in Hand Spring Festival, Bird in Hand, 5th – 7th October
- Alice in Wonderland, Adelaide Botanic Garden 28th September – 6th October
- Goatober at Hayes Family Wines, 5th & 6th October
Cheese, dumplings, wine, fashion and festivals – here’s your guide to Adelaide’s October calendar.