Arrivals & Departures Foodie frenzy: Gourmet festival fun in South Australia

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From oysters to wine to vegan and fermented food, South Australia has plenty of treats in store for gourmands over the coming months.

It's no secret that South Australia is a tasty prospect for food and wine lovers, from the vineyards of the Barossa Valley to Haigh's Chocolate and the fantastic Adelaide Central Market.

But if you're need of an excuse to visit, there's even more in store, with a host of upcoming foodie festivals that'll cater to a diverse range of tastes. 

First up is the Barossa Gourmet Weekend from September 1-3, with no less than 44 events including tastings, special dining experiences, masterclasses, garden parties, picnics and more.

Among them will be a Beer vs Wine degustation dinner, a dinner of wild and game meats cooked over charcoal, and a sustainable music festival.

Nine of the events are part of the Gourmet Trail, which costs only $10, with a shuttle available between each site. 

Further afield, the town of Ceduna (about an eight-hour drive west of Adelaide) will host its Oyster Fest from September 28 to October 1, celebrating local seafood and oysters.

This will be followed by a festival focused on one of the biggest trends in the food world, fermenting. 

Ferment the Festival will be held at Adelaide's Rundle Park from October 19-22 to showcase some of Australia's best cheese makers and artisan producers of fermented foods and drinks. 

Visitors will be able to taste everything from cheese, chocolate and charcuterie to sourdough bread, yogurt, kimchi and kombucha tea. 

There will also be a special alfresco dinner, a beer garden, tea bar, whiskey lounge, gin and tonic bar, cider garden, along with workshops and masterclasses.

Coming up the following weekend will be the Vegan Festival, held over two days at Adelaide's Victoria Square from October 28-29, with speakers, stalls, music, cooking demonstrations, workshops and children's activities.

Picture at top: St Hugo winery in the Barossa Valley. Picture: St Hugo/South Australian Tourism Commission 

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