Tasting Australia Presented by RAA Travel

“Three things go through my mind after Tasting Australia each year.

 “One: how did I cram so much good food and drink into such a short space of time? 

 “Two: how much is property in Adelaide again? 

 “And three: gosh this is the best food party in the country. It's always a joy to be in South Australia, but never more so than during Tasting Australia.”

– Journalist Max Veenhuyzen

 

A celebration of eating and drinking

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel is a showcase of all things South Australian: our people, our produce and our place. Each autumn we invite audiences to step beyond a standard food festival and discover deliciously different experiences that feed their curiosity. Indulgent lunches with friends, boutique beverages served fireside in Town Square and menus created by world-class chefs are just a taste. The festival began in 1997 and continues to deliver both innovative events and the informal excellence our state does so well.

Board a Tasting Australia Airlines flight to destinations you’ve always wanted to explore. Savour the magic that happens when local legends are joined by top chefs from around the nation – moments impossible to recreate. Sip your way through a wine, beer or spirit masterclass, sampling South Australian gems alongside those from further afield. Head to the heart of Adelaide or enjoy a regional getaway. Make memories.

This beloved event is your chance to enjoy the adventures only South Australia can offer.

Co-Festival Directors Darren Robertson and Karena Armstrong shape the diverse annual program alongside food curator Emma McCaskill. Simon Bryant, one of South Australia’s real food heroes – is patron.

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel inspires visitors, chefs, producers, media and buyers to experience the best of our state – and ensures local audiences are always at the party too.  

 

Festival Highlights

Discover festival highlights from 2022. Tasting Australia returns in 2023 from Friday 28 April to Sunday 7 May for another 10-day celebration of unique eating and drinking experiences. 

Town Square

Town Square

Fun, free and perfect for families, Town Square is the place to meet for a drink, stay for a meal and explore. It buzzes with all of the energy of South Australia at its harvest peak, offering diverse bites from food vendors and beverages sure to impress.

Tasting Australia Airlines

Tasting Australia Airlines

Tasting Australia Airlines invites you to discover South Australia. In 2022, guests savoured pristine South Australian seafood on a full-day adventure at festival favourite Coffin Bay, experienced the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Flinders Ranges in an all-new outback odyssey, and discovered the rugged beauty of a Coober Pedy, known for the glittering opals its red soil yields.

Town Square Kitchen

Town Square Kitchen

Town Square Kitchen is where top chefs collaborate to craft dazzling meals across brunch, lunch and dinner, offering dining experiences you won’t find anywhere else. New to the 2022 program, Town Square Express Lunches offered a dream weekday option.

Masterclasses

Masterclasses

Topping up your drinks knowledge, glass by glass. The ever popular Masterclass series surprises, delights and delves deep into the wonderful world of beverages. Here, patrons broaden their understanding of wine, beer, spirits, food produce and more in fun and engaging sessions.

The Tasting Table

The Tasting Table

A series of intimate tastings hosted across Adelaide’s best-loved hospitality venues. Taste, talk and share great wines with the people who shaped them.

Behind The Bar Series

Behind The Bar

Regular bar-hopper? In our Behind the Bar series, Adelaide’s leading bars share their signature beverages. Led by brilliant bartenders, learn how to mix it with the best – what makes each venue so unique.  

Winter Series

The Tasting Australia Winter Series runs throughout the month of July, offering a curated selection of events across Adelaide and regional South Australia highlighting the state’s producers, produce and places.