IMG_2099A few weeks ago I popped into the National Wine Centre for it’s first Winter Wine and Food Festival.  It was late August but a surprisingly warm, blue-sky spring day.

Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but I reckon the National Wine Centre Building is pretty impressive – all timber and curves, lines and repetition, a long and gently sweeping ramp up and around to the entry.

Then into the main function room, cavernous ceilings with curving timber and glass.  Today it held host to a selection of local SA wines, beers and cider, with several regions reflected – Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Barossa.  The Centre’s ‘Wined’ Bar also was open with a much broader selection on offer.

Then out through the double doors onto the paved terrace courtyard and Executive Chef Philip Pope and his crew were offering a delicious range of winter dishes both hearty and light.  There was a curry that looked particularly good.  But I kept it simple in the sun with an Italian style warm, crisp pizza with the freshest of prawns, basil, and an authentic tasting base.  Went so well with my crisp little Pinot Gris and the guitar vocals in background.

I took a quick stroll past the small number of local providores from the Adelaide Hills.  Loved the strawberry Belgian White Chocolate from Chocolate 1508, just a little hit of lemon myrtle, and I also grabbed a jar of the green olive tapenade with capers and a little chilli from Two Hills and a Creek.

I didn’t have time today, but there also were several wine master classes onsite, plus produce demonstrations, including Alex Knoll of Barossa Fine Foods and Rebecca Sullivan of Dirty Girl Kitchen.

As I left, the crowds were starting to swell and it was looking pretty busy around the wine.

Food. Wine. Sun.  It was a good day for a good day.

Yep, I enjoyed the hour I spent, and I could easily have settled in for more.  I’m guessing that there were plenty that did.

Hope you enjoy the pix.

Let me know – if you like.

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