If I told you that in one weekend you could visit 15 different South Australian wine regions and taste wines from over 150 different wineries without even leaving the Adelaide CBD, you would probably turn to me with one raised eyebrow and say, “I went to the Cellar Door Wine Festival last year Sarah. I’ve got this”. But you’d only be half right. This isn’t the Cellar Door Wine Festival. Well… not as you know it anyway.
In 2016 the Cellar Door Wine Festival has ditched the “wine” part – but don’t panic – it’s in name only! The Cellar Door Fest, running from 26-28 February, will be boasting as many wineries and wine tastings as ever, but this year the festival is also focusing on other local producers. Boutique South Australian beers and ciders will be coming out to play in a luscious little beer garden, there’ll be a stack of local food producers including chocolatiers, cheese makers, small goods and primary producers, over 50 of which have never been to the festival before, and a brand new long table dinner will be taking place on the Friday night.
Some newly created Master Classes have also been added to the bill including:
- ‘Cheese, Chocolate and Bubbles’ with Steven ted Horst.
- ‘The Ultimate in Cooking with Cheese’ (in which half a Parmigiano Reggiano wheel is partly emptied so that it can be used as a cooking vessel for some Manchego with butter, honey and rosemary and buffalo mozzarella with olive oil, sea salt, basil and tomato).
- ‘The Supreme Cheese Experience’ with cheese-pert Valerie Henbest.
- ‘McLaren Vale’s Best’. A South Australian Craft Beer showcase during which you will discover McLaren Vale’s signature flavours.
- ‘Plumm Wine Glass Experience’. An opportunity to spend time with ARIA Restaurant’s Head Sommelier, Matt Dunne.
With most wineries offering Cellar Door Fest specials, this is a great opportunity to get access to a month-long road trip’s worth of wine and produce in just one weekend, without having to choose a designated driver! (Because trams, buses, taxi’s, Ubers, EcoCaddy’s…). Not to mention the ability to talk face to face with the people who make, live and breath the wine and produce that will be delighting your tastebuds.
Tickets for the Cellar Door Fest (available online or at the door) start from $25 for the Friday night and $33 for the Saturday or Sunday and will get you access to all of the tastings and specials. Not to mention direct access to 180 South Australian producers and, of course, a bloody good time!
Friday 26 February, 5-9pm
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February, 11am-6pm
The Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide
Heard About SA accepted an invitation to a Cellar Door Fest preview and the VIP launch of the event.