The festival began in 1997 as a biennial media-focused event and subsequently evolved to an annual consumer-driven celebration.
Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel is the country’s longest running eating and drinking festival – celebration and collaboration of people, produce and place lie at the heart of our existence. Each autumn we invite audiences to step beyond a standard food festival to discover deliciously different experiences that feed their curiosity.
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 world – 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.
Tasting Australia is held in Adelaide and across South Australia. In 2023, Tasting Australia showcased its most diverse program yet with more than 160 events in 12 regions. The Tasting Australia festival hub, Town Square, is in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga.
Tasting Australia is held annually every Autumn. In 2023, Tasting Australia took place over ten days and two weekends from 28 April—7 May.
Tasting Australia takes place over ten days and two weekends.
Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel is owned and managed by Events South Australia. The naming sponsor is RAA Travel. See the full list of sponsors here.
Co-Festival Directors Darren Robertson and Karena Armstrong shape the diverse annual program alongside Food Curator Emma McCaskill and Drinks Curators Meira Harel and Banjo Harris Plane. Simon Bryant – one of South Australia’s real food heroes – is patron.
Thanks for your interest in being involved with Tasting Australia. Learn more about how you can get involved as an associated event holder, vendor or volunteer here.
Every year, homegrown chefs, winemakers, beverage experts and hosts help to create unforgettable food and beverage experiences at Tasting Australia.
Discover our past alumni here.
Tasting Australia is owned and managed by Events South Australia, a division of the South Australia Tourism Commission through the South Australian Government.
Town Square FAQ's
Town Square is Tasting Australia’s eating and drinking mecca, located in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. 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.
Yes, entry to Town Square is free.
During Tasting Australia, Town Square is open from 11AM-9PM from Sunday - Thursday and 11AM-12AM on Friday & Saturday.