3 May - By Alyssa Mittiga
While many Tasting Australia events have already sold out, it’s still possible to get a taste of the party by ordering from special Blackboard Menus being offered at familiar dining venues across the State.
Restaurants submitted applications to Tasting Australia, with dishes that showcase South Australian produce gaining the tick of approval from creative director Simon Bryant. Electra House in King William Street, Adelaide, is among the participating restaurants, adapting its dish of kingfish with the addition of native bush finger lime. Restaurant Manager Kate Rowlands said “each morning we get whole kingfish from Port Lincoln, and it was fun adapting our regular dish with a local twist to get involved in the festival”. Kate has received many phone enquiries about this dinner special that is available throughout the Festival.
Tasting Australia’s event coordinator Tamara Wilks explained that the Blackboard Menu was included to engage local businesses, also providing an option for diners not wanting to attend an expensive high-end dinner. Diners can gain new experiences from their favourite eateries in venues ranging from cafés to restaurants – from Bird in Hand Winery in the Adelaide Hills preparing chargrilled poussin, to Campelltown’s Mercato serving a pumpkin crespelle (Italian style pancake). A list of participating venues can be found on Tasting Australia’s website.