The months have come and gone with us arriving at that magic part of the calendar – Cellar Door Fest 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This year the Cellar Door Fest offers a Cheese Lovers Pass which will put you in the garden of Edam! There is also a Chocolate and Wine trail which is a great combo. If you prefer something a little stiffer then The Distillery is for you. It showcases some of SA’s finest distillers, spirit aficionados and the like.
I was invited to have a sneak of what is to come this year, starting off with a masterclass hosted by Reggie from Man of Spirit whom you will find in The Distillery at the festival. In this class we were padawans learning the secret art of making a fine Spritzer. I was introduced to Applewood Gin and Niccolo Wines Prosecco which makes for a fine cocktail. There were also some very scrumptious antipasto platters courtesy of the Adelaide Convention Centre delicatessen which lined the belly. All of this was upon the new Adelaide Convention Centre balcony overlooking the fine city of Adelaide.
The signals were given and off we went to The Henry Austin (also a fringe venue this year). There we were given a proper introduction by the ever witty host Maxwell Mason, one of the ambassadors this year, before delving down underground for some wine tasting. Vinteloper were providing some nice drops of wine while Sugar Man Patisserie made us some great Golden Gaytime macarons. I don’t often have macarons and wine but after this I should do so more often!
To finish off the night our final stop was Ambra Liqueurs for some dessert and alcoholic treats! The Limoncello Cream Liqueur was great with a zesty tang but creamy embrace. Another great beverage was the Choc Orange Cocktail which disappeared far too quickly down my throat. All desserts were from MarcusBooth-Remmers of Red Cacao (one of Ling’s all time favourites) which consisted of Lemon Myrtle & White Chocolate Mousse, Raspberry and Pistachio Macarons and Salted Caramel Milk Truffles. We were warned about the truffles as they do tend to explode. They were right in the warning. It was a great sonic boom of flavour in my mouth with was amazing!
The sneak peak definitely did its job in peaking my interest and I am very excited for what is going to be an even better event than last year! This big momma of an event kicks off Friday 24th February to Sunday 26th. I will note that there is something called a Friday night knock off ticket. Purchase one of these and it entitles you and a friend entry into the festival and a bottle of Dominic Versace wine. You can enjoy this in the Friday knock off bar or take home to drink in a Netflix and chill session. Get online and book some tickets for this great event filled with food and wine sampling and special showcases with an electric atmosphere! For the full program, masterclasses and tickets head to cellardoorfestival.com
We would like to thank everyone involved for this great night and all the hard work put in.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited to this preview event as a guest