30 April - By Paula Rose Castronova
Tasting Australia’s Living Library gives knowledge and information about the chefs, winemakers and food writers that make South Australia a pre-eminent culinary destination.
The unique stall within Tasting Australia’s Town Square provides a rare opportunity for visitors to informally chat with authors while perusing your favourite cookbooks and culinary personality profiles, while sitting on a comfy seat having a coffee, glass of wine, and artisan beer or gin.
The Living Library is being run by Justin and Jane Harman, who also own Stall 17 at the Adelaide Central Market, selling Kangaroo Island’s best array of food and drinks, and they are inviting producers to stop at the Living Library to chat about their pure products.
Guest presenters in the sitting room at 6pm on Wednesday May 3 are Analiese Gregory of Bar Brose, Brendon Keys of BK Wines, and James Erskine of Jauma Wines, presenting a session on Natural. Wine With Spice at 6.30pm on Thursday May 4th will feature Kenji, Nick Ryan of Nick Ryan Wine and Nick Stock of Postferment. The New Europeans will feature Ana Ros (Best Female Chef 2017 from Hisa Franko in Slovenia), Egon Mueller of Weingut Egon Mueller in Germany, and Paul Henry at 6pm on Saturday May 6, while Tasting Australia directors Simon Bryant and Jock Zonfrillo of Restaurant Orana will be present at 1pm on Sunday May 7. The Living Library is open every day from 11am to 5pm, with free entry.
Creative Director Simon Bryant designed this stall with a view to bring the relaxed atmosphere of South Australia’s open spaces and easy accessability to the festival’s public Town Square domain. It’s a unique place to enjoy a tête-à-tête with your favourite chef or winemaker, have a book signed, and relax with a drink – as if they were on your living room couch.