Africola X Riverland: Exclusive Long Lunch

Africola. Picture: MORGAN SETTE
Africola is putting on an exclusive dinner to help a region that offers so much and needs our help – The Riverland.

Riverland businesses have been hit hard this season, with a once in a lifetime flooding event washing away any opportunity for tourists to visit the region.

To help, Africola is hosting a VIP lunch to not only showcase fantastic regional ingredients, but to also raise vital funds for Riverland tourism operators. Hosted by our very own Food Editor, Mandy Hall, and esteemed chef, Duncan Welgemoed.

Africola. Picture: JOSH GEELAN

A maximum of 100 guests will be able to experience the all-inclusive four-course lunch cooked and curated by Duncan Welgemoed and special guest chefs. The shared-style event will make Riverland meat and fish the vocal point, alongside olive oils, ferments, flatbreads, and a slew of other intensely flavourful dishes.

“One thing we’d like every diner to try at this event is the Riverland carp – for some, this will be for the very first time,” says Duncan.

Africola. Picture: JACK FENBY

“Carp is an important resource in the Riverland, and we will explain why we utilise this fish at the dinner. We’d also love to source some yabbies, depending on flood waters and what we can source.”

A portion of the ticket proceeds will fund fuel vouchers for residents in the hardest hit areas, assisting tourism operators that have had to cancel Christmas due to the rising river.

An auction will also be held on the night, of which 100% of the proceeds will go towards supporting the tourism operators.

“A lot of tourism venues lost Christmas trade. We want to encourage people to visit the region when things settle down. With the auction, these businesses will be able to get money straight away in their pockets so they can sustain themselves until then,” says Duncan.

Africola. Picture: JACK FENBY

At the auction, guests will have the opportunity to bid on Riverland tourism experiences and private dinners curated by Duncan Welgemoed for 2023. Ensuring all guests are “properly fed and watered”, Duncan says the experience will be accompanied with gin cocktails to begin, followed by a beautiful selection of wines and other winners from 2022’s Drink Easy Awards.

Guests will receive a handpicked mixed box of wine, beer, and spirits by Drink Easy. Guests will also receive merchandise on the day.

This event will be hosted by Mandy Hall and Duncan Welgemoed.

Africola, East Terrace

Monday, 29 January 2023

12.30pm – late


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