A French garden party, a disco at d’Arenberg and Jock Zonfrillo’s new ode to his Italian roots. Here’s what Broadsheet Adelaide editor Daniela Frangos will be checking out this month.
Didn’t quite indulge enough over the break? Get down to Pinky Flat this weekend to feast on French delicacies (there’ll be oysters, crêpes, gooey raclette, macarons and more) while knocking back a frosty flute of champagne or a wine from Bordeaux. So Frenchy, So Chic, a celebration of modern French culture, is back for its second year, with an all-female musical line-up headlined by mononymous French treasure Camille and electro-pop group Yelle.
Ace Open’s (free) Summer Party should please the whole crew; it’s bridging the gap between art and sport by transforming the Lion Arts Centre into a backyard cricket pitch (of sorts) featuring public performances, interactive installations and a banner-making workshop. It’ll all culminate in a grand final “inspired by some of Australia’s favourite sports” complete with a choreographed cheer squad. Carn.
While you’re there, check out the gallery’s current exhibition, Plenty, which is all about food and food consumption. Eight Australian artists take a look at what it takes to get food on our plates, from food production and guerrilla gardening, to migrant labour and native ingredients. “It’s so easy to disconnect ourselves from the impact of these kind of faceless global movements and the cultivation of food,” curator Toby Chapman told our writer last year. “I guess it’s about thinking about what our responsibilities are, both individually and as a community.”
Art and food will also collide at the very first edition of d’Arenberg’s Top Floor party. Head along to watch the sunset over McLaren Vale with a wine in one hand and Motherlode Nuggetaria’s golden nuggets in the other. Tickets include after-hours access to the Wonka-like Alternate Realities Museum on the ground floor. Wine-party staples Skin Contact will provide the backing track.
Sample more wine at Crush, the flipside to the Adelaide Hills’ Winter Reds festival celebrating the heroes of summer. Sip on sparkling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and rosé among some of the most striking settings in the state. More than 30 wineries across the region will host one-off long lunches, dinners at dusk, garden parties and more. Lot 100 – the “new-age barn” and brand new home of Vinteloper, Adelaide Hills Distillery, Mismatch Brewing Co and Hills Cider Company – will make its Crush debut with booze tastings, live music and delicious snacks.
Lot 100 isn’t the only new venue to check off your list this month. You’ll find me escaping the heat with vino and spuntino at Mallozzi (Jock Zonfrillo’s wine and snack bar in the former Iberia site) and sampling the goods at Little Bang’s new digs.
Remember Myth? The mysterious collective we introduced at the close of 2017 has been pretty quiet since its launch. But the group is about to debut its first major project, a disco, house and techno festival, this month at Tampawardli/Ellis Park. The line-up features UK DJs Bontan and Doorly, Sydney’s Poolclvb and Triple J mainstay Linda Marigliano, plus locals Wallace & Malone and Fisherman's Friend. All going to plan there’ll be more throughout the year, so this is one to get behind.