Tasting Australia Airlines, Kangaroo Island
Tasting Australia Airlines, Kangaroo Island
Tasting Australia Airlines, Kangaroo Island

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Tasting Australia highlights with the World's 50 Best

A MONTH has passed since Tasting Australia took over the food and beverage destinations of South Australia.

Thankfully, we’ve had the chance to look back at a few highlights of the festival with World’s 50 Best Academy Chair, Cemre Narin.

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After a visit to South Australia in 2017, following the annual awards which was hosted in Melbourne, Narin has been back to experience the state through the eyes of Tasting Australia to see that eating and drinking is so much more than fine dining restaurants and degustation menus. 

It's about connecting with place, meeting the people behind the food and the spectacular backdrop that only South Australia can provide. 

Over on the World's 50 Best Instagram page, Narin shared a collection of her favourite moments of the visit from the Glasshouse Kitchen to Tasting Australia Airlines and everything in between.

Take a look at some below.


Dinner in the Glasshouse Kitchen proved a favourite, with the fire-roasted macadamia nuts cooked by Christian Puglisi (Relæ, Copenhagen) beginning her list of highlights.

Back in April, 50 Best Academy Chair Cemre Narin (@ceminers) was in Adelaide, South Australia for the 10-day eating and drinking festival, Tasting Australia. The festival, one of the longest-running food festivals in the world, included 140 events, from spectacular trips to Kangaroo Island and Coffin Bay to sold-out dinners starring local and international chefs. During the festival, Adelaide’s Victoria Square was transformed into a bustling hub with incredible food and drinks, music and activities, visited by more than 53,000 people. To start off some of the highlights from Tasting Australia, these are fire-roasted Adelaide macadamia nuts from Christian Puglisi (Relæ, Copenhagen), for his course “Grilled eggplant with smoked macadamia, curry leaf”. It was served with 2017 Cape Jaffa ‘Mesmer Eyes’ of the Limestone Coast. Image: @duydash #50BestAcademyChair @ceminers @tastingaustralia #tastingaustralia @christapug @restrelae #seesouthaustralia

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The stars of Tasting Australia were certainly noteworthy for Narin, including Dan Hunter (Brae, Victoria) and Christian Puglisi.

"This year, Tasting Australia welcomed 30 chefs who joined forces with local champions to produce one-off dinners. One of the festival’s hits was the series of 'Glasshouse Kitchen' dinners, which took place in Town Square and featured different themes like Spice, Generations, and Fire. They showcased amazing local and international talent, as well as the natural beauty of the local produce. Here is Christian Puglisi of Relæ in Copenhagen in action at the Glasshouse Kitchen: Fire." 50 Best Academy Chair Cemre Narin (@ceminers) shares highlights from Tasting Australia. Image: @duydash #50BestAcademyChair @ceminers @tastingaustralia #tastingaustralia @christapug @restrelae @tastingaustralia #seesouthaustralia

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"Another starring chef of the Glasshouse Kitchen: Fire dinner was Dan Hunter of Brae. At his restaurant, located on a beautiful 30-acre farm in Otway hinterland in Victoria, many of the products he uses in the kitchen are grown on the farm. At Tasting Australia, Dan Hunter served 'Pork jowl with fire-pit figs, fermented cabbage', served with 2011 d'Arenberg The Athazagrophobic Cat of McLaren Vale. The sold-out dinner also included courses from Jock Zonfrillo (Orana, Adelaide), Christian Puglisi (Relæ, Copenhagen) and Aaron Turner (Igni, Geelong)." Highlights from Tasting Australia are being shared by 50 Best Academy Chair Cemre Narin (@ceminers). Image: @duydash #50BestAcademyChair @cemienrs @tastingaustralia #tastingaustralia @zonfrillo @rest_orana_ @christapug @restrelae @rest_orana_ @aaronigni @restaurantigni @chefdanhunter @braerestaurant #seesouthaustralia

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Narin tells the world that a visit to Jock Zonfrillo's Restaurant Orana is 'a reason in itself to travel to Australia'. We couldn't agree more!

Jock Zonfrillo of Orana in Adelaide is one of the names behind Tasting Australia, acting as the Festival’s Programming Director. Jock Zonfrillo’s Adelaide restaurant, Orana, 'is a reason in itself to travel to Australia," says 50 Best Academy Chair Cemre Narin (@ceminers), who was in Adelaide for the festival. Orana, which means “welcome” in some Aboriginal languages, is home to Jock Zonfrillo’s philosophy from over 16 years of research and exploration of Australian land, produce, people and history. Jock Zonfrillo also heads the Orana Foundation, aimed at recognizing, empowering and preserving Indigenous communities and their food heritage. Image: @daniel.purvis #50BestAcademyChair @ceminers @tastingaustralia #tastingaustralia @zonfrillo #chef @rest_orana_ @oranafoundation #seesouthaustralia

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A trip to Kangaroo Island with Tasting Australia Airlines was certainly in her top moments, where guests enjoyed dishes cooked by Jp McMahon (Aniar, Ireland), Norbet Niederkofler (St Hubertus, Italy) and Duncan Welgemoed (Africola, Adelaide). 

"When you’re in South Australia, you could be eating oysters plucked fresh from the ocean one day and visiting picturesque vineyards the next. So other than all-star dinners and a Town Square filled with incredible food and drinks, the Tasting Australia program also offered trips to spectacular destinations like Kangaroo Island and Coffin Bay. Guests experienced a unique itinerary, which included these pheasants on the fire pit and red apples with honey and caramel, by JP McMahon (Aniar, Ireland), Norbert Niederkofler (St Hubertus, Italy) and Duncan Welgemoed (Africola, Adelaide), who curated the experiences. As we wrap up the highlights from Tasting Australia, scroll through to the shot of beautiful oysters from the South Australian oyster bar at the d’Arenberg Cube Surrealist Ball. Mark your calenders for next year’s festival, set for early April!" Thank you to 50 Best Academy Chair Cemre Narin (@ceminers) for sharing highlights from Tasting Australia festival. Images: @duydash #50BestAcademyChair @ceminers @mistereatgalway @afropunkoz @nniederkofler @restaurantsthubertus1996 @aniarrestaurant @tastingaustralia #tastingaustralia #adelaide #australia #tastingaustraliaairlines #seesouthaustralia #oysters

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And, of course, it would be difficult to forget a trip to McLaren Vale to see one of our favourite local chefs, Karena Armstrong of the Salopian Inn.

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