A Vine Ol’ Time

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The week­end I landed in Ade­laide the tem­per­a­ture hov­ered be­tween 39 and 41 de­grees, which as you might ex­pect is hard to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween. Years ago, on my very first visit to South Australia’s cap­i­tal, some­one said to me, “We have two sea­sons here, hot and very hot.” This was the very hot sea­son.

I’d just stepped off the air-con­di­tioned luxury of The Ghan train from Dar­win in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, where it had been a pleas­ant 33 de­grees, onto a con­crete plat­form that seemed to be buck­ling un­der the heat of an Ade­laide sum­mer.

It was the first day of the Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val and the city was gear­ing up for one of Australia’s largest cel­e­bra­tion of the arts. With over 1,000 events it’s one of the largest, open ac­cess arts fes­ti­vals in the world, tap­ping into South Australia’s vi­brancy, cre­ativ­ity and en­ergy, an event that has firmly ce­mented its po­si­tion as one of the best “arty” cap­i­tal cities in Australia.

My own feast and fes­ti­val week­end (of sorts) was booked with Off-Piste 4WD Tours to the Fleurieu Penin­sula, about 45 min­utes from my centrally lo­cated Ade­laide ho­tel. Hav­ing been on a num­ber of food and wine tours in the

Wil­lunga Mar­ket

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