SA Stories - September 2015


Buzz Honey Hive Door

Hive Door Buzz Honey Hive Door

Buzz Honey of the Adelaide Hills has opened Adelaide’s first ‘hive door’. Open seven days a week just outside of Mount Barker and on the way to Hahndorf, the shop provides customers with a buzzing honey experience. The hive door offers a myriad of honey tastings, honey products and beeswax products to customers as well as teaching people about bees. There will also be a café which will make for the perfect stop whilst exploring the Adelaide Hills region.



As the home of Veuve Clicquot in Adelaide, POP offers a luxurious space to enjoy the finest champagne. Located on level 1 of the Adelaide Casino, POP features an impressive chandelier installation that overlooks the heritage-listed main gaming hall on level one. An array of local and international champagne is on the menu as well as specialised champagne cocktails and more. Tapas style food is also available. POP is opened every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm to late and guests are encouraged to dress smart.


Elbio Elbio Sweets

Located in a heritage-listed church in the suburb of Norwood is Elbio Patisserie’s second home. With a factory and café located in Newton, Elbio is opening a new café and restaurant on The Parade. Famous in Adelaide for their Latin American sweets, Elbio supplies their sweets to over 300 cafes in Adelaide and Melbourne. Now you can try their products first hand at their new Norwood location and bask in the beauty of the heritage-listed 1870 church and enjoy some of the best sweets in Adelaide.


Dave Irwin Dave Irwin

With a passion for nature and wildlife it comes as no surprise that Dave Irwin is the owner and manager of the successful Kangaroo Island environmental education and rehabilitation centre, Raptor Domain. Growing up in Wilmington in the Flinders Ranges, Dave’s backyard was always full of native animals including emus, kangaroos, kookaburras, snakes and lizards. His family always cared for and released orphaned and injured animals. Caring for animals is in all of the Irwin’s blood with late wildlife conservationist and TV personality Steve Irwin Dave’s cousin “I was 11 when I started going out and assisting researchers with banding and collecting vital information on birds of prey,” Dave says. “I also rescued and trained my first falcon at 11 and I haven’t looked back since.”

As a qualified zoo keeper and animal enthusiast, it comes as no surprise that Dave and his wife Leeza decided to call Kangaroo Island home in 2006. Opening Raptor Domain eight years ago was an easy decision. “My job at Raptor Domain is to care for orphaned, injured and sick birds of prey,” Dave says. “Some of the rescued birds are able to be sent back into the wild but the ones that we can’t, we keep and train them to be ambassadors for their species by being a part of Raptor Domain’s educational program.”

A normal day on the job involves, checking on the animals, maintaining the grounds, building equipment for the birds and staff management. “On some occasions I respond to calls about injured, sick or orphaned birds on top of my daily routine” Dave says. Raptor Domain is a place where birds of prey are rescued and humans are educated about these stunning creatures. “I am very passionate about preserving the environment and wildlife. I love the fact that I have created an outlet where I can create awareness, encourage interest, generate appreciation and promote the want to conserve and protect,” Dave says. Kangaroo Island is referred to as the ‘zoo without fences’ so it is very fitting that Dave and Leeza have chosen the Island as home for themselves and Raptor Domain.


The Frames – 1 year anniversary

One year ago The Frames brought the Riverland region a new experience of ultra-luxury accommodation. The Frames offers three opulent and private residences, each with their own private pool and spa, exquisitely tailored to help couples rejuvenate, relax and fall in love all over again. For one year, couples have been enjoying the state-of-the-art fit-outs and appliances as well as quality food and wine all on the banks of the spectacular River Murray. The Frames has become popular and successful and it is still only the beginning.

Haigh’s with Coopers and Yalumba – A true South Australian product

To help celebrate 100 years of Haigh’s Chocolates, the company has teamed up with Coopers and Yalumba to offer consumers two new chocolate flavours. The Antique Fawny Fig Liqueur chocolate consists of plump Australian dried figs that have been steeped in Yalumba Antique Tawny for two weeks. The figs are then dipped into a tawny infused fondant and cellared prior to release. The second flavour, Stout Ganache, has a rich dark chocolate ganache centre flavoured with Cooper’s award- winning Stout. The two chocolates are matched with a 70% dark chocolate truffle and make up the new ‘The Collaboration’.

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort unveils upgraded studio apartments and suites

The Novotel Barossa Valley Resort has unveiled 24 newly refurbished studio apartments and 10 spa suites in response to the demand for premium quality accommodation in the heart of the world-famous wine region. The studio apartments all feature new bathrooms with large walk-in rain showers, kitchens and laundry facilities complete with state of the art appliances. The 10 spa suites have new bathrooms with spacious spa baths, a separate walk in shower and eco-friendly amenities. The makeover of the studio apartments and spa suites complements the resort’s impressive conference centre upgrade completed in February 2015 and the other 106 rooms at the resort refurbishment in 2014.

Andamooka Yacht Club

The doors have opened to the newest South Australian desert hotspot. Andamooka Yacht Club, run by Sydneysiders Matilda Moylan-Blaikie and Kurt Jury, is an innovative new tourism hub featuring a café, gallery and community space set in the moonscape surrounds of one of Australia’s oldest opal mining towns in South Australia’s outback. From locally roasted coffee to hand built furniture and locally mined and designed opal jewellery, the Andamooka Yacht Club is passionate about supporting local industries. The tourism hub provides an opportunity for tourists to mix with Andamooka locals whilst enjoying great coffee and picking up useful travel maps and guides.

Sazon opens in Adelaide CBD

Bringing their delicious South American flavours to Adelaide’s CBD, Sazon Espresso has opened its doors in Grenfell Street. Originally from Mexico, owners Oswaldo and Jose Estralla already have a very successful café in Mount Barker. Now their famous coffee and Mexican food is available in the CBD with Sazon open from Monday to Thursday, 7am to 4pm and Friday nights til late. Offering fresh and colourful Mexican food for any hour of the day, Sazon has something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival has been honoured by the United Nations at a special function hosted by the Governor of South Australia at Government House on 10 August 2015. The award, presented by Chairperson of the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Adelaide Chapter, Mrs Helen Rice, was presented to the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival for the festival’s work in enhancing the cultural development of the region over the past 24 years. The citation acknowledges the festival “for an outstanding contribution to the regional cultural life of South Australia, promoting all facets of the Arts, and cultural tourism”. The award certificate is on display at the Penola Visitor Information Centre.

Long Lost Friend Café

As the newest addition to Adelaide’s bustling café scene, the Long Lost Friend Café does not disappoint. Located in Adelaide’s Eastern suburbs on Magill Road, the Long Lost Friend Café is the sister café to popular Dulwich café The Corner Store. The interior of the café is charming and welcoming and the food on offer is spectacular. Open for breakfast and lunch (or brunch!) seven days a week, the Long Lost Friend café is definitely worth a visit.

Oscar Bar

Located through a mysterious doorway on Hindley Street in Adelaide’s west end is the brand new Oscar Bar, bringing a taste of New York City to Adelaide. The space is intimate and sophisticated and serves a seasonal cocktail menu inspired by the landmarks and culture of New York City. Oscar is a must for music lovers as it has its very own, fully-functioning music studio attached to the bar, Oscar Nine Studios.

Adelaide Dining Magazine

Stuck for ideas of where to go to dinner? The Adelaide Dining Magazine has you covered. Released in August, the Adelaide Dining Magazine is a 128 page magazine dedicated to showcasing the best dining spots Adelaide has to offer. Featuring everywhere from the CBD and surrounds to the Adelaide Hills and Glenelg, there is something in the magazine for any taste bud to choose. The magazine is free and available at local coffee shops, restaurants and the Visitor Information Centre in James Place, Adelaide. It is also available to read free online.

Coonawarra’s Raidis Estate powering up innovative visitors

Leading the charge to support innovation, Raidis Estate has recently installed South Australia’s first Tesla recharge station at their Coonawarra cellar door. This installation enables owners of the electric cars to visit the Limestone Coast wine region with ease for the first time. The charger will charge the Tesla in three hours instead of the 24 hours it would take with a household power supply. Three hours gives visitors with the cars ample amount of time to enjoy and explore Raidis Estate and then go on to explore the rest of the region.

Re-launched cheese cellar

The Barossa Valley Cheese Company has moved back into their newly refurbished cheese cellar. The cheese cellar, located in Angaston, is bigger and better than ever offering a modern space with sleek furnishings for all cheese lovers to enjoy their cheese in. The cheese cellar is open seven days a week for tasting and sales of their famous cheese and condiments. Cheese platters are available to purchase and are matched with wines to compliment the unique taste of Barossa Valley Cheese Company cheese.


Award Winning South Australian Restaurants

Rundle Street Dining on Rundle Street

South Australia is known for its food and wine and has an abundance of top quality, award-winning, restaurants on offer. South Australia has received six places in the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide Top 100 Restaurants in Australia. Orana (10), Penfolds Magill Estate (11), Appellation (54), Africola (60), Hentley Farm (67) and Peel Street (81), all made the top 100 list. The top 10 restaurants in Adelaide were also named as:

1. Orana
2. Penfolds Magill Estate
3. Africola
4. Peel Street
5. Botanic Gardens Restaurant
6. Hill of Grace
7. Press Food and Wine
8. Chianti
9. Andre’s Cucina and Polenta Bar
10. Jolley's Boathouse

With the weather starting to warm up, spring is a great time to explore the many delights South Australia’s food scene has to offer. From modern Australian to African and all that is in between, South Australian restaurants have food to suit all taste buds. Head to the Barossa and visit cellar door after cellar door tasting wine and fresh local Barossa produce along the way. Finish your Barossa food experience at one of the many award-winning restaurants such as Hentley Farm or Appellation. The Adelaide CBD is bustling with new life and is becoming a hub for top quality restaurants and bars. Adelaide’s west end and east end are bustling with small streets and laneways filled with bars and restaurants to cater to everyone. This spring, take some time to get out and explore South Australia and find out why the state is one of the best places to come for food and wine.


Adelaide Fashion Festival
Adelaide Fashion Festival

Royal Adelaide Show
4-12 September, Adelaide
The Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running and largest community event on South Australia’s calendar. It is an action-packed event for the whole family and includes carnival rides and attractions, as well as handicraft, produce, livestock, animal shows, and much more! The show’s celebrations go off with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.

Victor Harbor Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival
19-20 September, Fleurieu Peninsula
Pull out the blue suede shoes and dust off your dancing jacket. Victor Harbor is set to rock to the sounds of the annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival. Multiple stages and dance floors, alongside a retro vehicle display set the scene for plenty of fun.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
20 September, Adelaide
Attracting close to 30,000 participants each year, The City - Bay Fun Run sees elite and novice athletes cover the distance from Adelaide to the beachside suburb of Glenelg. The run has different distances and fitness levels to encourage everyone to get involved.

OzAsia Festival
23 September to 4 October, Adelaide
OzAsia runs for a fortnight and features performances, events and exhibitions celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia. Highlights include the Moon Lantern Festival, which attracts 15,000 people to experience the ambient lighting of the full moon in Adelaide’s Elder Park.

Stirling Laneways – Spring
27 September, Adelaide Hills
Enjoy fashion, food and wine, and street performances in a village style market. The event is held in the laneways and open spaces around Stirling’s picturesque main street, just twenty minutes’ drive from the Adelaide CBD.

Bay to Birdwood Classic
27 September, Adelaide and Adelaide Hills
On the last Sunday in September car enthusiasts join together and travel from the beach to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. The event is the largest most continually staged historic motoring event held anywhere in the world. Share the fun and relive the memories of yesteryear at this popular family event.

Kangaroo Island Art Feast
2-5 October, Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island comes alive during Kangaroo Island Art Feast, with more than 30 Island venues participating in art, culture and cuisine events – it’s time to feast!

Semaphore Music Festival
2-5 October, Adelaide
The Semaphore Music Festival presents South Australian contemporary music artists in an ideal historic seaside village setting. The festival showcases music from more than 60 acts across genres including alternative country, roots, blues and nu-folk.

Ceduna Oysterfest
3-4 October, Eyre Peninsula
The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with entertainment for all ages, and an abundance of oysters on offer.

Australian Masters Games
3-10 October, Adelaide
More than 10,000 participants from around the nation will gather in Adelaide for this event, which features competition across 50 sports. It will be the sixth time the city has hosted the Australian Masters Games.

Adelaide Festival of Architecture and Design
8-13 October, Adelaide
The Adelaide Festival of Architecture and Design will provide a fun, vibrant and educational program of architecture and design talks, panel discussions, installations and films, children’s activities and architectural tours on foot and bicycle. The theme of ‘LIFE ON THE EDGE’ will explore and discuss the role of architects and designers in South Australia, how they contribute to our quality of life and how they can shape our future.

Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
8-18 October, Adelaide
The Art Gallery of South Australia is presenting the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. The Festival encompasses a series of exhibitions, public programs, community events and an Art Fair on the opening weekend. The Festival’s supporting public programs and community events will bring the artists voices and vision to a broad audience of international guests, artists, collectors, curators, students, cultural industry professionals and academics.

2015 ITU Duathlon World Championships
14-18 October, Adelaide
The International Triathlon Union Duathlon World Championships will bring more than 1,500 international endurance athletes to South Australia. They will run and ride their way to the hotly contested world championship title.

Adelaide Film Festival
15-25 October, Adelaide
The Adelaide Film Festival highlights the best of locally-produced films. With a program consisting of an eclectic mix of cinema, television and the moving image, this is a festival you will want to be a part of.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
15-18 October, Limestone Coast
Australia’s favourite spring time wine festival is in Coonawarra! The Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend is rated one of the top events in South Australia and it’s not to be missed! Choose from over 30 exciting events and exclusive tastings at Coonawarra’s outstanding cellar doors. The weekend will be filled with great food, sensational wine, live music and once in a life time experiences for you to indulge in. Come and meet the locals, share in the community spirit and open your eyes to life under the big sky!

Motorsport Festival and Classic Adelaide Rally
16-18 October, Adelaide, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula
The Adelaide Motorsport Festival, which will be held for the second time in 2015, will include the Classic Adelaide Rally and the Victoria Park Sprint. The Classic Adelaide Rally will be staged in Adelaide (Victoria Park), the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula and will utilise many of the stages and roads used by the original Classic Adelaide Rally held from 1997 to 2009. The Victoria Park sprint will this year celebrate 30 years since the first FIA Formula One World Championship Grand Prix was held on the streets of Adelaide in 1985.

Renmark Rose Festival
16-25 October, Riverland
If you are a rose or garden lover you will thoroughly enjoy the Rose Festival in Renmark. Treat yourself to this delightful display of nature through the festival’s program including open gardens, activities, shows and demonstrations that will enthuse and enchant all who attend.

Riverland Wine and Food Festival
17 October, Riverland
Celebrate the Riverland’s rich wine and food culture on the banks of the majestic Murray River. The Riverland Wine and Food Festival is a fantastic way to sample fabulous wine and beer of the Riverland, taste regional produce and enjoy live entertainment.

The World Solar Challenge
18-25 October, Adelaide
The World Solar Challenge is a biennial solar-powered car race which travels more than 3000km from Darwin to Adelaide. The event seeks to inspire some of the brightest young people on the planet to address the imperatives of sustainable transport. The World Solar Challenge attracts more than 40 entries, mostly from interstate and overseas with many of the teams being fielded by universities. There are three distinct categories, Challenger, Cruiser and Adventure class.

Adelaide Fashion Festival
22-25 October, Adelaide
The 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) will showcase South Australia’s rapidly growing local fashion industry and provide design houses with the opportunity to engage on the international and national stage. Media attention will highlight Adelaide as an innovator and leading contributor to the Australian fashion design industry. The AFF will also provide a platform for Adelaide’s unique inner city and metropolitan venues to be explored while highlighting the State’s impressive food, wine and art culture. Stay tuned for more program details which will be announced in the lead up to the event.

23-25 October, Adelaide
CheeseFest is a celebration of the Australian specialty cheese industry and this year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Cheese lovers will enjoy every element of the festival – sampling, cooking, cheese making demonstrations and master classes – while overlooking the picturesque Rymill Park in Adelaide. New for 2015 is Friday night Twilight CheeseFest.

Flinders Ranges Outback Epic
24 October, Flinders Ranges and Outback
Race the clock across an ancient landscape. The Flinders Ranges Outback Epic is the ultimate mountain bike challenge, with entries in a range of categories.

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