More uncharted than a best-kept secret, Adelaide is an emerging mecca for food and wine experiences that are authentic, raw and dirty.
These culminate at Tasting Australia - the country's preeminent eating and drinking festival.
Since 1997, foodies have come to South Australia discover what’s new on the menu, direct from the source – often a small organic vegetable patch in the Adelaide foothills, or via a splosh straight out of a Fleurieu Peninsula barrel.
First established in 1997, the festival first showcased South Australian produce to the broader industry and media. Then the event took a new direction in 2014, introducing esteemed chef Simon Bryant and wine expert Paul Henry as creative directors, and Australian food icon Maggie Beer as patron.
The theme for the 2014 event was ‘origins’, which paid homage to a sense of place, tradition, community and most importantly, South Australia’s unique provenance. Produce and producers were elevated as the heroes and experiences tied together the rich, abundant Tasting Australia program. This theme remains at the core of the brand.
The 2016 event followed a ‘landscapes’ theme – our unique landscapes were put at the forefront and told the story of how producers work with the land and how chefs and beverage makers are influenced by it in their flavours and culinary vision.
In 2017 Tasting Australia is going on tour to celebrate these roots and the homegrown heroes of the kitchen, cellar, garden, vineyard and beyond. This champions the theme of ‘people’ for the festival’s first annual instalment.
Between April 30 and May 7 2017, join Tasting Australia for an unforgettable epicurean tour of South Australia; from the Adelaide foothills for minimal-intervention wines to the Barossa for big, bold traditional reds, from the pristine fresh oysters of the Eyre Peninsula to the earthiness of the Limestone Coast.
Still led by renegade chef and television host Bryant with support from newly appointed creative curator Jock Zonfrillo (founder of the world-renowned Restaurant Orana), the 2017 event will take a gritty, organic direction.
Together these two self-proclaimed ‘pirates’ of the cooking world are calling on esteemed colleagues and friends to join the celebration while blending a program of provocative, well-rounded and moreish events. Michelin-starred chefs, Wine & Spirits Top 100-listers, disco balls and Italian heritage will all be added to the Tasting Australia menu in 2017.
We invite you to join us at our table for an unforgettable experience.
Tasting Australia. Adelaide, April 30 – May 7 2017.