Tasting Australia 2019 achieves record attendances

The 2019 Tasting Australia festival is set to finish on a high tonight, with a record number of attendees making it the most popular in the event’s history.

Over the past nine days of the festival more than 57,600 people have visited Tasting Australia’s free festival hub Town Square – already exceeding last year’s total attendances of 54,000, with today’s final day of programming still to go.

With perfect weather forecast today more crowds are expected to flock to the festival’s eating and drinking hub in Victoria Square for the final line-up of events including the Glasshouse Kitchen: Roast long lunch at 3.00pm featuring star Brazilian chef Manoella Buffera, the final East End Cellars Masterclasses at 12.30pm, and a range of bars and food stalls offering delectable “small plates” dishes until 7.00pm.

Also in Town Square today is the SA Pub Burger Challenge run by the Australian Hotels Association (SA Branch), a free event which will see 12 local chefs going head to head on the grills from 4.00pm to win the title of South Australia’s Best Pub Burger.

Other closing day events include free vegan food event Veganpalooza at Tonsley Innovation Hub from 11.00am, and the last of the Tasting Australia Airlines day trips to the Flinders Ranges.

Minister for Tourism, Trade and Investment David Ridgway said the 2019 Tasting Australia festival had been a resounding success.

“Tasting Australia is a world-class event, which not only showcases our magnificent produce, food and wine to the world, but has the capacity to generate significant trade opportunities for our local producers,” Minister Ridgway said.

“We look forward to building on this year’s success in the future, as we continue grow our $6.9 billion visitor economy. I congratulate Directors Simon Bryant, Jock Zonfrillo and Nick Stock on another wonderful event.”

Festival Director Simon Bryant said the festival was a great showcase for local restaurants and producers.

“The great thing about Tasting Australia is that it allows us to bring top international chefs to explore and learn about South Australia and our wonderful produce and tourism destinations, while also putting our amazing local talent on an international platform to do what they do best,” he said.

“I couldn’t be more delighted that the people of South Australia continue to embrace the festival, and support it with such great enthusiasm every year.”

Events South Australia Executive Director Hitaf Rasheed said Tasting Australia was an important event for the State, the benefits of which extend beyond its economic impact.

“Every year Tasting Australia strengthens South Australia’s reputation as a must-visit food and wine destination, resonating not just with tourists and travellers but with chefs, winemakers and culinary industry leaders all over the world,” she said.

“There’s no doubt that 2019 was a really strong event and we look forward to delivering an outstanding program again in 2020.”

Tasting Australia’s Town Square is open in Victoria Square until 7.00pm tonight (Sunday April 14) with five bars serving wine, craft beers, cocktails and coffee and 14 food vendors selling a range of small plates dishes.

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