Winter in Adelaide brings its own special charms, like chilly and foggy mornings, fallen leaves and puddles, windy city streets and crisp nights. It's a perfect time to gather by a warm fire and savour our food and wine, head to an indoor expo, enjoy a cabaret show, and much much more!
Fork in the Port When: Saturday 1st June
Where: Harts Mill – Port Adelaide Cost: Free to attend
Head on down to historic Harts Mill in Port Adelaide from 12pm - 9pm on Saturday 1st June to enjoy this special collection of Adelaide's best food trucks. There'll be the usual range of craft beers, ciders, wines and gins alongside an eclectic selection of food vendors. There's kid's entertainment for families, great tunes, a dance floor and some wonderful art from local Port Adelaide artists. Check here for more details.
Mega Toy Fair When: 1st and 2nd June Where: Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds
Cost: Adults $8. Concession/Pensioner $7. Teenagers 12 - 17 $2. Kids under 12 FREE (with an adult)
Now in its eleventh year, the Cabaret Fringe features the best of homegrown and national talent side by side. The festival organisers have made a long-term commitment to nurture Cabaret in South Australia, providing independent creators and producers with a platform to develop their art alongside the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Get the details here.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival
When: 7th until 22nd June
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre and Thebarton Theatre
The Adelaide Festival Centre is central to hosting the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. This year, for the first time, the festival welcomes Thebarton Theatre to its list of iconic venues. There's heaps of entertainment across the program from daytime events such as the LGBTI Elders Dance Club and the Pub Choir in the famous Spiegel tent, to Kate Miller Heidke appearing at the Thebarton Theatre on the 22nd at six pm, right through to late night events like The Eleven O'clock Number late night club with a range of hot celebrities appearing nightly. See the whole program here.
Sea and Vines Festival
When: 8th until 10th June
Where: McLaren Vale wine region
Image courtesy McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival Facebook
The McLaren Vale wine region's famous Sea and Vines Festival is yet another of South Australia's excellent events and features wine, food and fun set in one of the world's most beautiful places.
Held across all three days of the Festival, Relish events are carefully designed to offer flavour, feasting and immersive sensory experiences. You may find yourself at a master class; cheese and wine matching; a long lazy lunch with acoustic music or an intimate degustation. The Sunday Experience is available at a number of wineries across the region and includes entry and a collector wine glass for $43.50 pp.
The free Family Fun Monday (Monday 22nd) features plenty of fun for kids and their parents at many of the region's best wineries. Bring your picnic rug and enjoy live music, food trucks, themed menus, activities and games. The kids will have a great time while you enjoy a glass of wine and taste some local produce. Book early for all the events as they sell out or reach capacity quickly. Book here.
When: Sunday June 9
Where: Brownhill Creek Loop
Cost: $50 pp
Taste funky ferments and weird and cutting edge varietals like Grenache Blanc, Saperavi and Tannat. Enjoy a shared lunch grazing plate and delight in a dozen wines along the way. Participants should wear suitable footwear for casual, light walking and bring water.
Places are strictly limited so get onto it at www.hydropathwines.com. Call or text Tom directly on 0423 507 366 if you prefer.
The Traveling Table
When: 7 – 10th June
Where: Unley Town Hall
Cost: $50 - $70
The Travelling Table is a pop up migrant restaurant and workshop project which celebrates the stories and delicious and authentic food of migrants that began all over the world. The Travelling Table is back for 2019 at Pirate Life Brewery on 6th June and at the Unley Town Hall from 7th – 9th June with three different family recipe feasts and cooking workshops. Check the details here.
Adelaide Model Railway Show
When: June Long Weekend (8th – 10th June)
Where: Greyhound Park, Angle Park.
Cost: $15 adults, $12 concession, $7 kids(5 ). $32 family.
This amazing show is for everyone. Marvel at the detail, love and care that has gone into these works of technological expertise and art.
The Adelaide Model Railway Exhibition (AMRE) is a yearly model railway show which is put together by seven clubs based in South Australia. These are South Australian Model Railroaders Association; South Australian N Gauge Society; Adelaide Railway Modellers; Marklin; P4 group; Classic Train Collectors and Mt Barker Model Railway club.
The exhibition has been conducted since 1983 and is well attended each year. The aim of the exhibition is to promote the hobby of Model Railways. Part proceeds from the exhibition go to the Make A Wish Foundation. Check it out here!
Cheese After Dark
When: 6.30pm – 8.30 pm. 18th June
Where: Adelaide Central Market
Cost: $85 pp
A fun-filled two day festival with free entertainment, talks and workshops. Over 250 exhibitors have something for everyone. There's psychics, dream interpretation, palm reading, hypnotherapy and tarot readings. There's fun for the kids in the interactive kid's corner. Learn how to eat healthy and live well at this feast for your spirit and soul. With tonnes of beautiful stalls and over 80 psychics you are bound to find what you are searching for. Details here.
Jurassic Creatures at Bonython Park
When: 28th June – 28th July
Where: Bonython Park
Cost: $28.50 adult/child. Family: $90
Kids are going to love this display of over 30 animatronic dinosaurs in Bonython Park. There's heaps to see and do, including a fossil digging area, a 3D jigsaw land, and much, much more. Check here for the full details and get tickets here.
Judged as one of the best Farmers Markets in Australia, this market is a McLaren Vale must every single Saturday. Local produce (and I mean local) is lovingly tended, prepared and presented in a community marketplace redolent with a bohemian and honest feel often reserved for the likes of Byron Bay and others. Bring a basket (and your dog if you like) and pick up the freshest and the best produce on offer anywhere in the world. More information here.