SA Stories - June 2015


Penfold’s Magill Estate Cellar Door

Penfold's Magill Estate Cellar Door Penfold's Tasting Room

The new multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Penfold’s Magill Estate Cellar Door and Kitchen offers a luxurious experience for visitors. The new cellar door features a bespoke building and design, offering an array of tasting and tours. The kitchen offers a more casual dining environment and grazing menu with indoor and outdoor seating. Boasting breathtaking views of the vineyards and the Adelaide city, Magill Estate is the perfect place for visitors to immerse themselves in the history and spirit of Penfold’s.

maui Winery Havens

Hahndorf Hill Winery Hahndorf Hill Winery

Campers now have the chance to say overnight at a South Australian vineyard, thanks to maui Winery Havens. Travellers who hire maui motorhomes can stay onsite at either Hahndorf Hill, Winery, Caudo Vineyard, Lake Breeze Wines or Rymill Coonawarra. This unique experience includes an exclusive site location, a gourmet hamper for two people and access to the wineries’ vintners. Taste the freshest local food and wine, use fresh, local produce to cook up a storm in your motorhome kitchen and stay overnight at some of South Australia’s best wineries.

Bekkers Wine

Bekkers Wine Bekkers Wine Tasting Room

McLaren Vale winery Bekkers Wine has opened a new home, the Bekkers tasting room. The room is an intimate space for guests to taste Bekkers Wine and learn about the McLaren Vale wine region, boasting modern design and sweeping views. The stylish tasting room offers a memorable experience that compliments the wine, with guests guided through the wine tasting by Toby and Emmanuelle Bekker, who also share their impressive knowledge of the region.


High Flyers Gourmet Trail

Jacob's Creek Cooking Class at Jacob's Creek

Air Adventure and Ultimate Winery Experiences have teamed up to create a wine, food and luxury experience like no other. Over seven days you will spend time in some of South Australia’s, Victoria’s and Tasmania’s ultimate gastronomic delights. Board your private Air Adventure aircraft in Melbourne and take off for South Australia, where you will visit the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Experience unique encounters behind the cellar doors you visit as you cook up a storm at Jacob’s Creek, relax in a suite at The Louise and create your own blend in McLaren Vale.


John Glenn John Glenn

As the executive producer of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Commercial Ventures, it comes as no surprise that John Glenn has always had a love for the arts industry. Growing up in Adelaide, John began his career as a musician in 1988 and since then has been working in and out of arts, venue management, government, charities, project management and financial roles. Moving to Sydney in 1995, John worked as operations manager of the Sydney Symphony and general manager of the Sydney State Theatre. In Brisbane, John worked at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre before moving back to Adelaide to begin his role at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

There is no normal day for John, who says his job entails “a lot of instinct, a dose of luck and some educated guesses”. John’s area of expertise on cabaret is extensive as he has to know who’s who and what is happening in the world of cabaret to ensure the best acts are brought to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. “Making sure the Festival is balanced and appeals to the widest possible audience, is run efficiently and delivers the best experience to the people who buy our tickets is definitely the most important aspect of my job,” John says.

The 16-day festival takes a whole year to plan with John also finding time to negotiate big shows and musicals to come to Adelaide at other times of the year. “People are often surprised when I tell them that organising just one show is a very intricate process”, John says. “I have to manage a myriad of relationships to be able to book the 50-60 different acts we have on offer each year. These acts turn into approximately 150 separate performances that I have to oversee the logistics of.”

As a local, returning to Adelaide was a shock to John as the city has changed so much in the 20 years he has been interstate. “I genuinely didn’t realise how cool and sophisticated Adelaide has become after being away,” John says. “The food, bars, cafes, restaurants, sport, nature, markets, venues – this State has it all going on and I think we don’t realise how incredible we have it.” The Adelaide Cabaret Festival will run until 20 June and John says it is the best excuse to dress up in the depths of winter and party with the best artists from around the world.


Adelaide – A Place to Party

Adelaide has some pretty big party shoes in its wardrobe. Each year, it’s events calendar aligns for one crazy month of arts, sport, and general organised chaos, otherwise known as ‘Mad March’. After all the buzz of the Santos Tour Down Under cycling race in January, the eclectic Adelaide Fringe combines with the Adelaide Festival, Clipsal 500 and WOMADelaide to deliver a genuine 24-7 hit of frenzied energy across the entire city! But this place isn’t just about festivals and a new 2 minute video commissioned by the South Australian Tourism Commission shows exactly that. The film showcases the progressive new vibrancy of Adelaide, including the ‘Mad March’ festive season, hidden laneways and nightlife, food and wine, and amazing metropolitan beaches, unearthing a buzzing capital that’s ripe for exploration for young travellers.

"A Place To Party" - Adelaide South Australia

PLONK Launch

South Australia stars in the new season of satirical comedy PLONK which premieres exclusively on video-on-demand service STAN on 18 June. PLONK follows an inept television crew – Chris Taylor from The Chaser’s War on Everything, creator Nathan Earl and Barossa-born actor/writer Joshua Tyler – as they try to produce a respected wine show. Of course, everything they touch turns to plonk. Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Australia and Channel 9, the second season of PLONK was filmed entirely in SA. It features more than 90 local winemakers and tourism industry characters from regions including Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. The Premier Jay Weatherill and Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell also make a cameo along with adored cook Maggie Beer and comedian Greg Fleet. PLONK will be launched at the SA Film Corporation on 15 June and is available for public viewing on STAN from 18 June. See the trailer here and be sure to tune in to see South Australia on the small screen.

Adelaide Fashion Festival Dates Announced

Plans for the next edition of the Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) are well underway with the event dates confirmed by the Premier as part of the China trade mission at a meeting with Angelica Cheung, Editor, Vogue China last week. The event will be held 22-25 October, showcasing our inner city and metropolitan venues as well as our food, wine and culture offerings. The Adelaide Fashion Festival adds to the stable of events owned and managed by Events South Australia and will highlight our growing fashion industry. Design houses will have the opportunity to engage on the international and national stage as the festival showcases and celebrates the best of Adelaide’s fashion industry. The Adelaide Fashion Festival event program will be launched over the next few months.

Liverpool Competition Winner

Finnish man Antti Suominen has won a once in a lifetime trip to South Australia to see his favourite soccer team Liverpool Football Club take on Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval as part of their pre-season tour in July 2015. Over 15,000 people from 145 countries entered the competition that includes two return flights to Adelaide, two tickets to see the game, five nights’ accommodation, a trip to Kangaroo Island and a trip to the Barossa. The Ultimate Away Goal competition was organised by the South Australian Tourism Commission and created incredible interest in South Australia from all over the world.

Golden Oldies in Adelaide

Adelaide has secured the 2016 Golden Oldies World Football Festival which will attract more than 1000 players to South Australia. This is the fifth time South Australia has hosted a Golden Oldies event but the first time football has been played. The 2016 program includes four days of football competition and four days of leisure activities including a picnic and touring day. The Golden Oldies World Football Festival will be held in Adelaide from 9 to 16 October next year.

Head to the Hills for a long lunch

Eight Adelaide Hills restaurants have come together to launch their own campaign, encouraging city dwellers to enjoy a long lunch and post photos of it on social media over winter. It comes on the back of the South Australian Tourism Commission’s latest Adelaide Hills TV ad, which tells South Aussies to “lose yourself in the land of the long lunch”. Each of the venues are launching their own long lunch menu and running a social media campaign until the end of August. The competition winner will win a day in the Adelaide Hills for themselves and five friends with My Restaurant Rules winner Bree May, who will be dining at all eight venues over the coming weeks and blogging about her adventures. Visit the Land of the Long Lunch website for more information.

Jari’s Bed and Breakfast

Located in the Fleurieu Peninsula at Yankalilla Bay is the new JaRi’s Bed and Breakfast. Dedicated to providing a private retreat for two people, the carefully renovated 1860’s stone building is surrounded by tranquil garden. It is 300 metres away to the cafes, shops and restaurants of Normanville’s Main Street and just 400 metres from the pristine Normanville Beach. A modern kitchenette provides all your cooking needs with state-of-the-art appliances, while the outdoor kitchen is perfect for summer night BBQs. Relax in luxury accommodation on the Fleurieu Peninsula and enjoy this private, coastal getaway.

Udder Delights Nomination

Udder Delight’s King Saul cheese, Australia’s first living raw cow’s milk blue cheese approved for public consumption, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2015 delicious Produce Awards. Narrowed down from more than 1000 entries, Udder Delight’s joins some 140 finalists across multiple categories. As finalists in the Dairy – Artisan category, Udder Delight’s King Saul cheese will be vying for top honours against 18 other finalists. The delicious Produce Awards acknowledge Australian primary and artisan producers committed to quality, sustainability and innovation. The finalist’s produce will be blind tasted by a national judging panel with winners revealed on 27 July at a special gala event in Sydney.


The nation’s biggest cheese festival, CheeseFest, will celebrate its 10th anniversary by extending the event to include its first Friday evening session. CheeseFest showcases South Australia’s world class cheese, food, wine and beer to visitors who spend their time sampling the different products on offer. Crowds have grown from 800 people at the first event in 2005, to last year’s record crowd of 20,000. Holding the festival over three days will allow more people to come and enjoy more of South Australia’s best cheese and local produce. For the first time this year, McLaren Vale Beer Company will be the naming rights sponsor. CheeseFest will be held at Rymill Park from 23-25 October.

Gondola Gondola Restaurant Opening

A new South-East Asian restaurant and spirit bar has opened on Adelaide’s Peel Street. Gondola Gondola offers plates of food designed for sharing that include influences from Japanese, Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. Japanese whiskey, sake and beer are readily available to patrons with Gondola Gondola being the first venue in Adelaide to have Asahi Black on tap. The space will include 10-person tables, booths for groups of four to six and a long bench along the windows. The name Gondola Gondola was inspired by many Asian countries where gondolas are used at Asian water markets to sell and cook fresh produce.

Bar Torino

A Spanish and Italian inspired bar has opened its doors on one of Adelaide’s eat streets, Hutt Street. Bar Torino instantly found a clientele looking for stylish casual dining and drinks without the limitations of set times, offering tapas style food paired with stylish cocktails, wine, beer and aperitifs. The black and white tiled floor is paired seamlessly with a long, dark timber bar and the outside courtyard creates a perfect balance. Bar Torino is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am til late.

Labuvette Drinkery

Labuvette Drinkery is housed in a blue painted building in Adelaide’s CBD. French inspired through and through, Labuvette Drinkery offers patrons an elegant French bar with sleek interior, great French hospitality and of course great drinks. Specialty French bites are also on offer including cheese and escargot. Opened recently, the small bar is quickly becoming popular as it bringing a taste of France to the streets of Adelaide.

Granite Island

New York inspired food is set to pop up on Granite Island thanks to the Castaway food truck. Set up and ready for business on Victor Harbor’s Granite Island, Castaway offers gourmet burgers, pies, home baked sweet treats, coffee and cool drinks to visitors to the Island. Take the horse-drawn tram to the island or walk to the Island to get a taste of American inspired food in one of South Australia’s most popular beachside towns.

Culinary Arts with Pip Forrestor

Fleurieu Peninsula local Pip Forrestor hosts cooking classes that focus on using fresh local produce for people with any cooking experience. The day begins with a trip to the Willunga Market for a tour and to collect the local produce to be used in the class. Cook a meal to perfection with guidance from Pip and then enjoy the meal with wine provided by neighbouring winery Bosworth Winery. This a great opportunity to learn how to cook like a master chef using regional and local produce. The class timetable varies with different dishes and themes for participants. The cooking classes are held in Pip’s kitchen in Willunga.


Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre

Steamtown Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre Tour

Peterborough is a small and quirky town located in the Southern Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Peterborough takes plenty of people by surprise with the many offerings the historic railway town has to offer. Peterborough is full of preserved heritage and history which can be seen in its buildings, parks, streetscapes and unique attractions. Peterborough is located just two and a half hours away from Adelaide, half way between Sydney and Perth, and is the gateway to the stunning Flinders Ranges.

Peterborough was once the crossroads of the continent with the Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs and the Transcontinental from Sydney to Perth passing through the town. Therefore, a visit to Peterborough would not be complete without visiting the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre. Delve into the past as you discover the unique rail history of South Australia and explore the exquisite 1st Class Transcontinental Lounge Car, carriages from the Old Ghan line, the world’s only remaining triple gauge turntable and much more. The centre offers guided tours from 9am to 3.30pm that run daily as well as a sound and light show every evening. Listen to the stories of the icons, the workmen and the characters as you immerse yourself in the story of astonishing growth and sudden decline. Having recently received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre is definitely not to be missed.


Adelaide Oval

Cabaret Fringe Festival
31 May – 28 June, Adelaide
The Cabaret Fringe Festival is an open-access arts festival held annually in June, celebrating cabaret. Performers come from all corners of the world to join the celebrations in clubs, bars and venues across Adelaide, offering the audience an experience like no other.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival
5-20 June, Adelaide
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has earned a reputation for showcasing the best local, national and international artists in the cabaret genre. The 2014 program featured hundreds of artists performing over a two week period and 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger and better, with new Artistic Director, Barry Humphries on board.

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers
1-31 July, Limestone Coast
Coonawarra vineyards open their cellar doors and bring out some of their treasures, giving visitors a rare chance to taste and buy aged wine. Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers is a wonderful way to spend some time away from the city and escape to the relaxing surroundings of the Limestone Coast.

Port Augusta Cup
5 July, Flinders Ranges and Outback
The Port Augusta Racing Club has been hosting events since 1881 and everyone is invited to enjoy its annual cup meeting. The Flinders Ranges provide a majestic backdrop to the racetrack.

Southern University Games
5-9 July, Adelaide
More than 1,500 university and TAFE students from Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia will head to Adelaide to compete in the Southern University Games. Athletes are invited to explore the city’s renowned small bars and restaurants during their time off the field.

Liverpool vs Adelaide United
20 July, Adelaide
One of the world’s most famous sporting teams Liverpool Football Club will play an exhibition match against Adelaide United, as part of the club’s 2015 pre-season tour. LFC is England’s most successful club with 41 major honours, 18 times champions of England and 5 times champions of Europe.

Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend
25-26 July, Adelaide Hills
The Winter Reds Cellar Door Weekend has something for everyone, making it the perfect weekend for wine connoisseurs to enjoy hearty food, a warm atmosphere and the stunning reds produced in the region. Some of South Australia’s best photography talent is also on show.

Willunga Almond Blossom Festival
25-26 July, Fleurieu Peninsula
The Willunga Almond Blossom Festival is Willunga’s major annual fundraiser for its recreation park facilities. Bring the family and join in the weekend of celebrations full of food, wine, acts, crafts, and fireworks.


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