This week, I’ve heard quite a few conversations start like this…
‘It’s so bloody freezing today’
‘Yeeeah, it’s not warm’
So it seems that Winter is finally here, and with that, everyone’s slow regression into hibernation. There’s been this strange rumour floating around for a few years that there’s ‘nothing to do in Adelaide in Winter’. Yes, it gets a bit chilly and being out and about isn’t top of the priorities (thanks a lot Netflix), but turns out there’s quite a bit to see and do throughout the cold months. You can see shows, check out new cafes, or do what most of us like to do regardless of the season - drink. Whichever way you go, there's something to do!
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - TOTEM
There’s a good reason why Cirque du Soleil has such a stellar reputation. As the leading circus company in the world, it brings with every show a spectacular and artful display of dance, acrobatics and display of ultimate human strength. The show traces the evolution of man kind through a multitude of different ‘creatures’, showcasing incredible talents and skills. Cirque Du Soleil shows are seriously impressive productions, from the makeup and costume, to the incredible soundtrack. It will be worth every dollar you pay to see it.
TOTEM runs from June 11 until July 12 under the Big Top on Tampawardli - West Terrace
ADELAIDE BEER & BBQ FESTIVAL
I'm going to suggest vegetarians and non-drinkers don't swing by this one... The inaugural Beer & BBQ festival is on from the 10th to the 12th of July at the showgrounds. As its name suggests, it's going to be 3 days of beer, bbq, beats and boyyyyzzz (obviously ladies are welcome to, it just worked with the alliteration). The festival will showcase over 30 exhibitors of beer and cider from not just here in SA, but some of the greats from around the world, including Barossa Valley Brewing, Clare Valley Brewing Co, Lobo Cider, Swell Brewing, Two Birds and many more. There'll be barbecues galore with chef's cooking up a storm on them, including a few fairly well knowns like Africola's head chef Duncan Welgemond. Enjoy it all with plenty of live music and DJs, and only $20 for a day or $35 if you're planning on a full beer and bbq bender.
Check out their website for more info and all the updates!
PINK MOON SALOON
We’re already pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to small bars in Adelaide now, but the family gets bigger by the day. Popping up on a side street off Leigh St – that’s right, a side street off a side street – the talented people who brought you Clever Little Tailor bring you Pink Moon Saloon. The 4m wide lane will be a fully equipped small bar and kitchen, complete with wood fire oven and serving a range of specially curated tap beers, cocktails and wines. If their past work is anything to go buy, it's going to impress. More information to come soon...
The Wombats are heading South for the Winter... Adelaide specifically, on the 30th of July. After making their debut at Splendour in the Grass in 2008, The Wombats have become an indie sensation with their first album reaching #2 on the Aria Album Chart. They're touring around Australia, joined by Circa Waves to open the show. Their ticket sale was so crazy they upgraded from the Thebby to the Entertainment Centre, so you can still buy tickets here.
HENDRICKS HIGH TEA AT MADAME HANOI
Fewer things warm you up better than a cup of tea in winter, and now Adelaide’s tea fans can enjoy a gin-infused cuppa in a beautiful setting with friends. Throughout June Madame Hanoi will offer a special Hendricks High Tea experience for just $40 a person. At first, you may think gin and tea don’t mix, but one sip and you’ll be converted. It’s warm and comforting, and the gin taste is very subtle leaving room for the sweet tea flavour. If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, it’s like a hot toddy! As well as your generous pot of Hendricks tea, you’ll be served a tiered tower of some of Madame Hanoi’s best dishes including the soft shell crab burger on brioche, cold rolls, croque monsieur (aka the best ham and cheese toastie you will ever eat), beef tartine and macaroons to finish. It well embodies the French-Vietnamese theme of the restaurant and is a great dining idea for a cold day.
Head to the website for details on how to book - get in quick as the offer runs until the end of June!
Gaming and Anime enthusiasts of Adelaide, it’s time to gather! Avcon is from 17th-19th of July at the showgrounds with a plethora of events. There’ll be gaming tournaments, cosplay, fan-fiction, video games, panel discussions and anime screenings. I dare say you’ll find some like minded folk here to share your digital love.
Check out avcon.org.au for more info!
BAR 9 WHITMORE SQUARE
Rumor round the trap is that one of our favourite coffee haunts is opening up a third location in the buzzing west end! Bar 9 will be completing its trifecta of coffee mecca on Whitmore Square some time in July. Not only will it serve the usual great coffee and brunchy goodness, but it’s collaborating with St. Vinnie’s to do some pretty great things for the community. Details to come, coffee to follow.
ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL
The annual Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the biggest of its kind. Over its 15 years, the festival has garnered an impressive reputation in cabaret circles around the world. This year Barry Humphries heads up as the artistic director of the festival, telling anyone who will listen about how much he loves Adelaide and the event. There is a heap of cabaret shows going on around town, with highlights including Adam Hills, Frisky and Mannish, Daniel Koek, The Tap Pack, Eddie Perfect, and of course the honourable Dame Edna. It’s great to support the lesser known artists at the Cabaret Club and also the budding youngins in the Class of Cabaret. If you haven’t ever seen a cabaret before, why not try it for the first time this winter?
For the full program and to buy tickets head to their website
RED DOOR BAKERY
In addition to locations in Goodwood and Croydon, the Red Door Bakery is bringing its baked goods to the terraces on Grenfell St. Its status as a killer bakery is well known, making all of their products by hand in store. Pies, pasties, sausage rolls, bread, cakes, tarts, buns and more will be baked up and served in their city store, in a location that's pretty perfect for morning tea trips. Red Door Bakery even scored a mention in the Australia Gourmet Traveller. If gluten isn't your thing, you'll still love the coffee.
Red Door Bakery will open at 19 Grenfell St very soon, follow them on Facebook for updates