29 Oct, 2013

Wild harvest provides taster for laneway dinner this Friday

The Conscious Food and Wine Fiesta Laneway Dinner & film preview, to be held this Friday 1 November, will showcase a new level of environmentally conscious cuisine, food and wine producers, including wild and native food.

This unique pop-up dinner is part of a growing worldwide trend towards eating more locally and naturally. It will open the second Adelaide Transition Film Festival in style, with a celebration of locally produced, wild-sourced and native food and natural wine, consciously grown or gathered and mindfully prepared, and an important local food film ‘Not fit for Human Consumption’.

The dinner is just one of this year’s many Splash Adelaide events that aims to bring our city streets and laneways to life both day and night.

Twenty fledgling foragers (see attached images) were introduced to some of the food and wine that will be served on Friday at a special Wild Harvest excursion at Basket Range on Sunday (see attached photos).

During a walk with natural winemakers Gareth Belton and Anton Von Klopper, and Chris, a weeds botanist from the State Herbarium, participants discovered wild asparagus, garlic, turnip, sheep sorrel, dandelion, watercress & native rivermint, fennel, a thai basil-like plant, nastursium, plus fig, cherry, plum, oak and bay(leaf) trees.

Gareth forages and grows food naturally for high-end Adelaide restaurants, and partakes in natural biodynamic wine making, alongside Anton Van Klopper of Lucy Margaux Vineyards, a recognised local leader in this unique emerging style. Gareth and Anton will be providing foraged and naturally grown food and natural wine at the dinner on Friday.

Tiffany Schultz, the event organiser from Conscious Lifestyles said, “We are lucky to have an amazing array of consciously grown produce and natural wine, as well as producers, in S.A.

“We will be taking things to the next level at the Conscious Food and Wine Fiesta by including wild and native ingredients and going out of our way to source as close as possible to 100% of the produce environmentally consciously, mostly from the Adelaide region or at worst South Australia, right down to the River Murray Salt and native pepper.

“Wild and consciously-grown food and wine requires fewer inputs (water and fossil-fuels), and tends to be more flavoursome, and better for you. And we plan to prepare the food in order to allow these flavours to shine through,” Tiffany said.

Pre-dinner Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, music and a sit-down banquet will be held in the decorated laneway outside Mercury Cinema. The dinner will feature sumptuous consciously-sourced Coorong Mullet, spring lamb on the spit, kangaroo, salads with wild greens and edible flowers, wattleseed and pistachio rhubarb crumble plus much more. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be followed by the preview of local food film ‘Not for Human Consumption’, plus talks from featured local food heroes and wine suppliers, including Anton Van Klopper.

Natural wines by Lucy Margaux Vineyards and Gentle Folk, grown and made without chemicals or excessive sulphur, will complement the food. The menu will also be wheat-free and vegetarians will be well catered for.

‘Pay it forward’ tickets are available to be purchased for the dinner to provide a seat for a Kaurna guest. Bookings can be made at http://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/special-events.

Details for the Conscious Food and Wine Fiesta event, held in partnership with the Adelaide Transitions Film Festival and Splash Adelaide are:

Conscious Food and Wine Fiesta Laneway Dinner and film preview
7pm till midnight, Friday 1 November in the alleyway between Mercury Cinema and the Jam Factory
Tickets: $85 Adult/$75 conc/ $65 ‘Pay it forward’ (seat for a Kaurna guest)

Bookings can be made at http://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/special-events.

Get in quick to avoid missing out on this absolutely unique event.

Keep up to date with preparations and menu details via Conscious Lifestyles on Facebook or @Conscious_life on Twitter, email Tiffany ecoconscious @ internode.on.net

Dress: Up! But comfortably, for this is a celebration, of food, wine and community consciousness. If you can, bring something grown or foraged to add to the table. Be quick tickets are strictly limited.

More information about the Conscious Food and Wine Fiesta contact Tiffany Schultz from Conscious Lifestyles mobile 0427 475 123.