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Dinner and a Show: Eating the Fringe

Dinner and a Show: Eating the Fringe

Fringe and food collide in this selection of gastronomic events and shows throughout the ever-expanding Adelaide Fringe Festival.

If the sit-back-stand-and-deliver style of show doesn’t tickle your fancy, or you’d like some eats with your entertainment, try these tasty options.


Held at Carmine & Co’s sparkly new location, Aperitivo will ensure your weekend afternoon doesn’t go to waste. Those living in the suburbs don’t have to battle parking at The Garden to enjoy a little comedy, cabaret entertainment or some traditional Italian live tunes. Of course, there are dishes to match and the aperol spritzers will be flowing.

Friday, February 17 until Sunday, March 19
Carmine & Co, 49 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide

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Fat Tuesday Street Party (On a Friday)

Fat Tuesday is on a Friday, but you’ll be pleased once you wake up covered in glitter with a splitting headache on a Saturday (and not a Wednesday). A homage to the famous New Orleans Mardi Gras, NOLA and The Popup Co have teamed up to turn Vardon Ave in to a miniature Nawlin’s French Quarter. There’ll be music, parades and plenty of plastic necklaces.

Friday, February 17
Vardon Avenue
Free Entry

Post Dining


Back for a second year, this performance will challenge the possibilities of the eating experience. A meal like no other will take place in The Market Kitchen and host a variety of elements to stimulate the senses. If last year’s 10-course dessert degustation with matched performance art and music is anything to go by, this will be a treat.

Saturday, March 4 until Friday, March 10
The Market Kitchen, Level 1, Adelaide Central Market

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Beer in the ‘Burbs


Make your own entertainment with a bunch of mates, and a suburban brewery tour. Beer in the ‘Burbs is an all-inclusive bus tour that will take you through tastings at Pirate Life and The Wheatsheaf, with lunch at Sweet Amber Brew Café and a final beverage at Big Shed Brewing.

Friday, February 17 until Saturday, March 18
Starting at the Franklin Street Hotel

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Carnevale Variety Show


Those who know their Italian food well, will know that the North-Eastern suburbs of Adelaide are a mecca for delis, pasta shops and a good cannoli. If you like to eat and you also like to party, then book a table of friends (up to 12) for a night of food, drink and laughter at this Italian Carnevale celebration. Italian-Australian comedian James Liotta will be on hand to MC.

Friday, March 3 until Sunday, March 5
Rossini Function Centre, Paradise

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Running every night Wednesday to Saturday, Sugar nightclub will be hosting a themed laneway bar to replace last year’s SATO ROJI. This time the vibe is outer space. Space themed games, food and drinks will be on offer, plus DJ’s upstairs once you’re ready to enter the nebula.

Friday, February 17 until Saturday, March 18
274 Rundle Street
Free Entry

A Brief History of Beer: The New Brew


Manhattan’s East Village plays host to an intense drinking culture, fuelled by an abundance of university students. It’s also where Wish Experience hosts their show all about beer. Described as a “sketch comedy drinking game”, there’s no doubt that this will a fun and hydrating experience.

Friday, February 17 until Sunday, March 19
The Elephant – British Pub, Cinema Place

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Jazz High Tea


Over two Sundays, The Stirling Hotel is opening its doors to welcome the fringe to The Adelaide Hills. There will be live jazz bands, sparkling wine and plenty of freshly brewed tea. The show runs under the Stirling Fringe, a new out-of-city hub for the 2017 organised by Bamboozled Productions.

Saturday, February 26 (sold out) and Saturday, March 5
Stirling Hotel

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Waymouth Street Party

Back for another year, Waymouth Street will receive its temporary closure for a night of food, wine and entertainment. The usual suspects like Press, Melt and Bistro Dom will open their doors alongside newcomer Bakmi Lim Noodle Project. Entry is free and all ages are welcome.

Friday, March 10
Waymouth Street

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The Wine Bluffs


It’s a show is hosted by a couple of piss-takers (Damian Callinan and Paul Calleja), but don’t be fooled, you might actually learn a thing or two. Informative and entertaining, The Wine Bluffs will explain to you how to pair a fine drop with your favourite culinary delights like chiko rolls and fairy bread. If you like drinking games, you’ll be right at home.

Friday, February 17 until Saturday March 4 at Royal Croquet Club
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Saturday, March 1, and Saturday, March 4 at Stirling Fringe
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Header image: Courtesy Post Dining, Fringe


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