Dumplings are undeniably tasty, and rosé sure doesn’t go astray on a warm summer’s day. Whack the two together and you’ve got yourself an unsuspecting, but flavoursome combination.
And for lovers of such things, or the curious, the Rosé and Dumplings Festival is making a return to Howard Vineyard within the Adelaide Hills.
Hosted over two smashing days on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January, the foodie festival is set to take over the Nairne locale, just on the outskirts of the quaint-ish Mount Barker township.
The Howard Vineyard lawns will transform into a shaded sea where your taste buds will be tantalised and your ear buds will be grace by a line-up of live music from local musicians.
The juicy morsels are set to be handmade by the Vineyard’s Korean kitchen team, lead by Head Chef Chang Koog Lee. Expect to indulge in a menu which includes dumplings of pork, vegetable, or seafood, as well as bao buns stuffed with Korean fried chicken, teriyaki pork, or japchae. Plus a few other Asian-Australian fusion delights.
In terms of libations, the Rosé and Dumpling Festival will feature Howard Vineyard’s very own award-winning rosé which won the title of Best Rosé in the Adelaide Hills and the Adelaide Hills Wine Show in 2022.
Howard Vineyard will also be joining forces with Threefold Distilling Co across the two January days. The team will be shaking up refreshing cocktails for those who aren’t huge fans of plain old rosé.
The two companies recently collaborated to produce a pleasant new Blush Gin, inspired by the signature tasting notes of the Howard Vineyard wine range.
Head Winemaker Tom Northcott and the Howard winemakers crew carefully selected nine botanicals for the debut Blush Gin spirit; featuring white grapefruit, strawberry gum, rose petals, and white pepper.
The Rosé and Dumpling Festival will be giving gin enthusiasts the chance to taste the final product alongside the mouth-watering dumps’.
The Rosé and Dumpling Festival will run from 11am through to 5pm on both Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January, with entry for those under 17 at $5 and general admission adult tickets at $15.
But if you’re feeling a little bit fancy, nab a VIP ticket which includes entry, reserved seating and a table in the shade, a Riedel glass to keep, two food tokens, and one gin token. As well as a 3.5-hour drinks package for the Saturday VIP ticket, or a bottle of wine from the 400 or Howard Vineyard range for the Sunday VIP ticket.
It’s a soirée for rosé all day and dumpling rumblings – a winning combination in our books.