Cellar Door Festival is entering its eighth year at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Running over the weekend of the 2nd-4th of March, the festival brings the finest of our state’s food and beverages into the city. This year is shaping up to be the biggest year, highlighting 180 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and food producers from 17 of South Australia’s regions. Phew!
Whether you’re a wine fanatic or just a casual beer drinker, Cellar Door Fest has something for you. The festival gives you the opportunity to speak directly to makers, enjoy complimentary tastings, try a masterclass, and immerse yourself in behind-the-scenes culinary experiences. This year, new attractions include a showcase of emerging winemakers, the DIY series (learn to make everything from feta to tiramisu), and a Friday night party at Food, Booze, and Dancing Shoes, a collaboration between some of the biggest names at the festival, including Jessie Spiby (Masterchef 2015), The Porch Sessions, Alpha Box & Dice, Mismatch Brewing Co., Hills Cider, Adelaide Hills Distillery, and Sunlight Liquor.
We were lucky enough to head along to the sneak peek of the Festival, where we got to sample four of the main attractions of the weekend: beer, wine, gin, and food. Starting at Home Ground, the Convention Centre’s newly opened eatery, we tucked into beers and burgers. This year’s Festival Beer Garden will house 11 breweries and one Matt King, writer and craft beer advocate. King led us through Beer Geek vs Brewer, which will run throughout the weekend, testing your beer tastebuds against some of the big people in the business.
Next we headed over to Mark Reginato, one of the brains behind Applewood Distillery and Man of Spirit. Mark knows his way around a bottle of gin, so you can trust that his masterclass, ‘The BeGINning’, will be worth heading along to. The masterclass explores raw botanical ingredients and blending them to create the perfect cocktail. He is a true cocktail genius, and his Okar Amaro iced tea is a delicious alternative to a bog standard punch.
We finished up at East End Cellars, a local favourite wine shop and cellar door. Showcasing three of their own wines, East End Cellars will be providing matching antipasto platters and wines all weekend.
After a whirlwind tour of Cellar Door Fest, we are can't wait for it to start. With all of the big players of the South Australian food and beverages showcasing their best creations, the festival fits right in amongst the craziness of Mad March.
For tickets and events, check out: www.cellardoorfestival.com
Friday 2 March, 5-9pm, tickets $28 per person ($30 on the door)
Saturday 3 March and Sunday 4 March, 11am-6pm, tickets $38 per person ($40 on the door)