This weekend, let your belly guide you, with a stack of delicious events to keep you busy. Get stuck into some dumplings, take in the lights of OzAsia’s Moon Lantern Festival, sip champagne at the wine centre and fill yourself up with fermented goodies at CheeseFest.
Lucky Dumpling Market
OzAsia is officially here again, and good golly are we excited about it. We’re also excited about the popular dumpling market that comes with it, starting this Friday. A hub for the festival, the Lucky Dumpling Market runs from Thursday October 25thto November 11th, set on the beautiful banks of the River Torrens on the Convention Centre lawns. With a collection of food and drinks vendors, as well as live entertainment and free entry, it’s a great way to spend the warmer, lighter nights. This year, there’s even a brand new sake bar.
Thursday October 25, 4:30pm to late. Convention Centre Lawns, River Torrens. FREE ENTRY
“TARNANTHI, pronounced ‘tar-nan-dee’, is a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the first emergence of light.” The event is renowned for bringing together the most incredible contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island art––this year, the opening will celebrate ‘John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new’.
Thursday, October 25, 6pm to 9pm. Art Gallery of South Australia. North Terrace, Adelaide. FREE
Unley Night Market
The opening night of another lively event will see you shopping under the stars on the rooftops of Unley. Look out over the illuminated nightlife below, as you peruse the fine craftsmanship of Adelaide artists, creators and designers. You can even expect a pop-up wine bar and South African street food, to wet your whistle and curb your cravings.
Friday 26 October, 5.30pm to 10pm. 170–182 Unley Road, Unley. FREE
Don’t Be A Scaredy Fork
Though this Halloween-themed street food festival is screening the 1985 cult classic The Goonies, you can guarantee they’ll be serving up far more than Mama Fratelli’s tongues. In fact, you’ll find some of the best food trucks in Adelaide, alongside craft beers, cider and wine, and a prize for the best-dressed in costume.
Friday 26 October, 5pm to 11pm. Pt Malcolm Reserve, Military Road, Semaphore Park. FREE
Not limited to just wine and cheese, this festival celebrates all things fermented, from sourdough and cheese to beer and sauerkraut… and everything in between. Expect to fill your bellies and indulge in the finest fermented foods and beverages, while keeping an eye out for live demonstrations by Australia’s top chefs and fermenters.
Saturday 27 October to Sunday 28 October, 10am to 6pm. Rymill Park, Adelaide. Tickets $25
OzAsia Festival x Nexus Arts: DOBBY with DyspOra and ELSY
The Nexus Arts stage is set for powerful, cultural and sonic expression with OzAsia Festival’s performance of DOBBY alongside Adelaide’s own DyspOra and ELSY. Filipino-Aboriginal rapper, drummer and composer DOBBY is a compelling new voice in Australia’s hip-hop community, using the medium to empower and strengthen, and to speak truths about injustices. DyspOra and ELSY from Adelaide’s Playback 808 label will draw on their experiences as refugees in breaking down cultural, linguistic and racial barriers. Sonic activism at its finest.
Saturday 27 October, 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Nexus Arts Venue, Lion Arts Centre, Cnr Morphett Street and North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $15 – $25
Prospect Spring Fair
Get your party feet to Prospect this weekend for their ever-popular Spring Fair. With over 6,000 people attending last year, this year’s event is set to be even better. The best part? Pooches are welcome and in abundance at this community affair. Not only for locals, the event is open to everyone, with live music, food, amusement rides, workshops and market stalls. There’s even a sports zone and a community stage for punters to show off their skills (whatever they may be). For those of you just excited for a day out with your dog, you can enter your furry friend into the PAWtrait Prize. See ya there!
Saturday 27 October, 9am to 3pm. Broadview Oval, McInnes Avenue, Broadview. FREE
Adelaide Hills Oktoberfest
Head to the Hills this Saturday for a family-friendly day out that celebrates all things beer and all things German. With a variety of fun performances, entertainment and of course beer, food and even a little Adelaide Hills wine, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. A collaboration between Newnham and Mount Barker brewery Prancing Pony, the festival is all about celebrating the German heritage of the region, as well as the current thriving Hills community.
Saturday 27 October, 11am to 10.30p m. Newenham, Flaxley Road, Adelaide Hills. Tickets FREE – $35
Moon Lantern Parade 2018
One of the most anticipated events of OzAsia festival– the Moon Lantern Parade – is set to be bigger and better than ever this year. There’s more lanterns and a whole lot more space, with Elder Park providing more vantage points for big and little peepers to see the stunning show. The crowd favourite dragon lantern, spanning 40 metres, is set to make it’s usual appearance, along with nine new lanterns this year. Keep your eyes peeled – this one is going to be a goodie. Live entertainment will start form 3pm, while the lantern parade meanders through from 8pm. There will be roving entertainment and food trucks all afternoon and evening, too. Let the good times roll.
Saturday 27 October, 3pm to 9pm. Elder Park, King William Road, Adelaide. FREE
The Makers & Shakers Market
We all love a good weekend market, and this weekend, Adelaide’s top creatives are putting on a showdown at the Woodville Town Hall. With a focus on quality, the arts and crafts on show are all beautifully crafted – a stunning selection of homewares and lifestyle goodies for you to snap up on your Saturday. There will also be food and drinks on offer to satisfy your hungry belly. There’s plenty of parking (WIN on a weekend) but organisers do recommend you bring some cash money to pay for your goodies. There’ll be an ATM on site if you get caught out, but beat the line and be organised.
Saturday 27 October, 10am to 3pm. Woodville Town Hall, 74 Woodville Road, Woodville. Tickets $2
MINI British Film Festival
Beginning Wednesday 24thand running through until November 14th, the MINI British Film Festival celebrates cinematic delights from the British Isles. Opening with Colette, starring Keira Knightley, the festival features a range of films, including Georgy Girl, Spitfire and Pin Cushion. All films are shown at Palace Nova East End and Prospect Palace Nova, and tickets are available online for their huge range of British films.
Saturday 27 October, 10am to 11.30pm. Palace Nova Cinemas, Adelaide. Tickets $40
2018 Vegan Festival Adelaide
Whether you’re a vegan, a sometimes-vegan, an almost-vegan or not, the Vegan Festival is a great weekend out sampling some of the clever, delicious vegan goodies coming out of Adelaide. Not only are there an enormous range of vegan food outlets, but there’s also a workshop zone, cooking tent and playzone for the little ones. Learn how to make everything from bath bombs to pizza and hear about the future of plant-based food.
Saturday 27 October 10am to 9pm & Sunday 28 October 10am to 4pm. Victoria Square, Adelaide. Tickets $5
Gouger Street Yum Cha Cha Street Party
Sunday yum cha is one of life’s sweet weekend rewards. It doesn’t get much better than settling in for a scrumptious Chinese feast with friends and family. This weekend, Gouger Street is celebrating the much-loved Chinese tradition of Yum Cha with a street party like no other. Ding Hao, Star House and Kingdom Chinese Restaurant have all curated a special menu in preparation for the day, so you can book in at your favourite (tickets are for two) and join in on the street festivities. There will be live music and speakers from the featured restaurants so you can learn all about the Yum Cha tradition before you dig in.
Sunday 28 October, 12pm to 3pm. Gouger Street, Adelaide. Tickets $100
To celebrate International Champagne day last week (Friday 19th), the National Wine Centre are hosting their very own Champagne Fest. Sip and sample some of France’s top bubbly drops, as well as a collection of Aussie sparklings, too. Indulge in fresh local seafood and other delectable bites as you sip your sparkling to the tunes from DJ Driller. Oh so fancy (just don’t forget to lift up your pinky). General admission allows your entry and the first glass of bubbles, but there’s a number of other more pricey options that give you more bang for your buck, too. The VIP package is $150, and then there’s a slightly increased $40 ticket, too, which gives you a more exclusive tasting selection.
Sunday 28 October, 11am to 6pm. National Wine Centre, Corner of Botanic Road and Hackney Road, Adelaide. Tickets $25