King William Road was transformed into a vibrant wonderland of family-friendly entertainment for the 19th annual Unley Gourmet Gala held on Thursday 17 January.
Hosted by The City of Unley Council in collaboration with the Santos Tour Down Under and Toop & Toop, the well-loved street party showcased the finest food, wine, fashion and music that Unley has to offer.
Toop & Toop invited Adelaide Food Central to attend the Unley Gourmet Cocktail Function at their Hyde Park office set in an 19th century three-storey church known as ‘The Abbey’.
Guests were treated to an evening of canapes, drinks and networking amongst recently-elected councillors, local business people and Toop & Toop Real Estate employees.
Vale Brewing offered up their Lager and Ale for beer lovers, whilst Beresford Wines were serving up a variety of their award-winning drops including their 2016 Shiraz, 2017 Chardonnay and Angelique Premium Cuvée.
According to Mayor of Unley Michael Hewitson, the Unley Gourmet Gala is “not just important to the city of Unley, it’s important state-wide”.
“We’ve been doing it for nineteen years for a reason. Last year we won the award for best event and the best festival in the whole state,” Mayor Hewitson said.
Toop & Toop CEO Suzannah Toop said the company were proud to be a part of the Unley Gourmet Gala and play host to the VIP Cocktail Function.
“The exposure for this type of event for Adelaide is just fantastic. It really does have a draw-card of not just locals, you’ve got people from across the country and the world tuning in to watch the event unfold,” Ms Toop said.
Kicking off the evening between 6pm – 7pm was a “Teen Takeover” hosted by the SA Youth Arts Organisation, which featured the talents of award-winning slam poet Audrey Mason-Hyde and young local music groups Malibu Drive and Empty Threats.
More than thirty gourmet food pop-up stalls served up an extensive variety of cuisines, whilst there were plenty of drinkable delights on offer by many notable local businesses such as Beresford Wines and 23rd Street Distillery.
Several stages hosted an array of DJs and performers, with the Australian Migrant Resource Centre providing a World Music Stage to showcase entertainment from multicultural performers including indigenous DJ Taneisha Poole-Mottishaw.
Coinciding with Stage Four of the Santos Tour Down Under, the Gala also incorporated a competition to find SA’s best Middle-Aged Man in Lycra (MAMIL), with winner Graeme being awarded a prize pack and ride in the TDU Stage 4 tour parade car.
Several runway fashion shows held at 6:15pm, 7:30pm and 8:45pm featured some of the City of Unley’s most iconic designers and boutiques such as Blue Illusion, Frock Me Out and Pink Carat.
There was plenty of entertainment for the whole family, with child-friendly activities including roving performers, crafts and beats by DJ Monski Mouse held at the free kids’ zone.
“It [was] an evening full of wonderful sounds, sights and delights with King William Road almost bursting at the seams from all the excitement and entertainment,” City of Unley Mayor Michael Hewitson said.
Words and Photos by Tayla Giles