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Top 5 Adelaide Events in October

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There's Something for Everyone in October

Some months it seems a committee sat around and decided a theme, Adelaide will be rife with food and wine events, or filled with family friendly activities. October? No siree, this is a month of many things.

We always love our food and wine, and you'll get a chance to experience them at both the Gourmet BBQ Festival and the Good Food and Wine Show. But elsewhere in October people will be hungry for something different as the sound of "braaaaiiiiinnnnnsss" fills the air of the Adelaide Zombie Walk.

In a slightly more glamorous event, Adelaide fashionistas will be out in full force for the Adelaide Fashion Festival. And things might get a bit silly as team take to Adelaide for the Can Do Caper.

So don't feel like you need to be pigeon-holed, and take part in it all this October.

Gourmet BBQ Festival

Gourmet and BBQ aren't the most likely combination to find in a sentence, but when the two do get together it's a sweet, sweet thing. The Gourmet BBQ Festival is a chance to get up close and personal with some very tasty meat. Held over the first weekend of October, you'll be able to check out food stalls, barbecuing masterclasses, and even cook offs.

There will be a range of food stalls and exhibitors, all showing off their barbecuing prowess. Don't think this is all about snags on bread, a lot of time and effort goes into gourmet barbecue food, and it pays off the moment you take a bite.

The competitions are another fun side of the festival. Some of the ones you can compete in include: rib eating contest, slider eating contest, tyre tossing challenge, and the chilli eating contest. There will be wine, beer, and barbecue tastings, and even activities for the kids.

The Gourmet BBQ Festival is held on the 6th and 7th of October. Entry is free, but you can purchase a VIP ticket with access to all of the best bits for $110.

Adelaide Fashion Festival

Kicking off on the 17th of October with their Official Opening Party is the 5th Adelaide Fashion Festival, and this year promises one of the biggest programs to date.

There's always a feeling of exclusivity surrounding fashion festivals, but while you may not get an invite to the opening party there are definitely plenty of ways to experience the festival first hand. In Rundle Mall you'll be able to enjoy free fashion parades, or you can head along to a free styling session at Myer.

Other fashion parades to look out for include the Advantage SA Young Designers Showcase and the TAFE SA Fashion Graduate Display, both are a great opportunity to see some of the fresher faces of Adelaide fashion.

So pick out your best frock and get ready for a very fashionable week in Adelaide. To view the full program head to the Adelaide Fashion Festival website.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival runs from the 17th till the 27th of October. Ticket prices vary, and some shows are free. You can purchase tickets online once they go on sale in early September.

Adelaide Zombie Walk

People will be searching for fashions of a different sort at the 2012 Adelaide Zombie Walk. This huge event sees scores of brain-hungry 'zombies' take to Adelaide streets, equipped with their best zombie attire, most gruesome gashes and gouges, and plenty of fake blood.

If you're new to the event you might be surprised to find out it's a family friendly event. While it might not suit some kids, there are plenty of families that join in on the night, and the organisers do a great job at making sure every one is safe.

The walk starts at 7pm, but there will be free entertainment in Rymill Park from 5pm. At the end of the night there is even a free all ages after party at Fowlers Live.

It may seem a bit strange to get dressed up in full zombie attire, just to walk from one end of town to the other. But with 8000 zombies estimated to be joining in on the walk, there's a unique atmosphere that can't be found at any other Adelaide event.

The Adelaide Zombie Walk is held on the 6th of October. One of the best bits is that it supports a good cause. To take part you'll have to bring along a gold coin donation, or a non-perishable food item to be donated to Foodbank SA.

The Good Food and Wine Show

For all things food and wine, you can't go past the Good Food and Wine Show. It's a huge event where food and wine producers and distributors join a host of well known chefs and passionate foodies, for a weekend enjoying the finer things in life.

Many people will be coming down to check out the Fisher & Paykel Celebrity Theatre. Some of Australia's most loved Celebrity Chefs will be showing off their cooking skills, Adelaide's own Maggie Beer will join George Colombaris, Matt Moran, and Manu Fidel.

If you enjoy a bit of cooking yourself you can take part in one of the many masterclasses on offer. Learn how to cook food inspired by the bush with Andrew Fielke's Tuckeroo Cooking School, or why not learn how to put together the perfect cheese platter. You definitely don't have to be an expect to take part, and there is something to suit any food and wine lover.

The Good Food and Wine Show is on at the Adelaide Showgrounds on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of October. Tickets are only $20 for entry, but the Celebrity Theatre and the Masterclasses are all extra. You can check out the information on all sessions online.

The Can Do Caper

If you've ever watched the Amazing Race and thought "I can do that", then the Can Do Caper might be for you. Sure you won't come home with $250,000 in your pocket, but you will have a great time helping out a good cause.

The premise follows that or television shows like the Amazing Race, but instead of racing around the world you're making your way around Adelaide to complete secret challenges. Before the race you'll have to get together a group of four people, and all four of you will need to participate in the race.

There are many reasons why you might want to participate, but one of the best ones is to help raise money for the Can Do Group. They help by working with children and young adults with sensory impairments like blindness or deafness. Fundraising is a big part of the event, and finding new and interesting ways to fundraise the money is sometimes half of the fun.

The Can Do Caper starts on Friday October 19th and ends at 6:30pm on Saturday October 20th, but if you want to get involved you'll want to start planning now. You'll need to fundraise at last $590 to register a team.
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Where: In and around Adelaide
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