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Try the top tastes in town
Tasting Australia is Australia's Premier Food and Wine Festival in Adelaide
Tasting Australia 2014 is an internationally recognised biennial food festival held in Adelaide and the scenic regions of South Australia from April 27 to May 4.
This enormously popular food and wine festival attracts around 50,000 people including interstate and international visitors, and celebrates everything to do with eating and drinking.
The theme of Tasting Australia this year is Origins, recognising the importance of a sense of place. The regions of South Australia contribute so much to our tables and our culture that this recognition is truly significant. Origins are a part of our tasting experience - from our climates and soils, to our regional restaurants and pubs, the produce that the regions are noted for, and the people who create what we consume.
Simon Bryant at Fork on the Road Hindmarsh Square in Adelaide
The Tasting Australia's Creative Directors Simon Bryant and Paul Henry have developed an eclectic program which includes a huge range of events in Adelaide and South Australian country areas, with things to suit all budgets and interests. To help you navigate your way through the smorgasbord of sessions, you can either download the full program or an app for your iPhone or Android phone.
South Australian Wine is Among the Best in the World
Tasting Australia Origins Dinner One of the event highlights this year will be the Tasting Australia Origins Dinner, where 30 local, national and international chefs will use premium produce from South Australia to delight and surprise their 300 guests at an (as yet) unknown location. Of course the feast will be lubricated by some of the finest South Australian wine and spirits, so there's no need to BYO.
Town Square The attractively renovated Victoria Square will be the location for Town Square, a hub operating throughout the festival with different things to see and do every day.
The First Fork on the Road in Adelaide at Victoria Square
Tasting Australia 2014 kicks off with a special Fork on the Road on Sunday April 27 in Victoria Square, and this perennially popular event is bound to be a festival highlight. It's quite appropriate as it is the first time that Fork on the Road has returned to Victoria Square after meandering about in Adelaide's parklands.
Home Grown Produce Surrounded by Edible Purslane Weeds
Share Sessions at Town Square Share Sessions are 45 minute cooking classes (not free) from world class cooks and food producers including Poh Ling Yeow, Sky Gyngell, Callum Hann and Jon Lark. There's even Kids in the Kitchen with activities for kids - they will pick their own produce then head to the kitchen for a cooking class with Callum Hann.
Stephanie Alexander Edible Gardens The Town Square is dotted with edible gardens designed by eight South Australian schools involved with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Take a stroll through them and pick up tips for your own home veggie patch.
Think Sessions These free expert panel discussions will tackle topical issues of the day including
There are a load of associated events happening all around SA to celebrate our delicious produce - from Streaky Bay oysters to Kapunda chooks and Coonawarra wines, most parts of the State are joining with Tasting Australia to celebrate our best. Here's just a few:
The Agrarian Kitchen at Appellation three course lunch in the Barossa, with fabulous Henscke South Australian wine
The Adelaide Hills boast a five-course, paddock-to-plate menu with matched wines at Ngeringa Vineyards
The Future of Food lunch with Joe Salatin at ethical lamb producers Savannah Farm in the Clare Valley
Learn about life on the station while enjoying a three-course lamb tasting menu in the Flinders ranges
The Producers' Picnic is at Town Square in Victoria Square
The Producers' Picnic
Tasting Australia climaxes with the Producers' Picnic in Victoria Square on Sunday, May 4. Grab a blanket, your friends and a basket or platter and assemble your own picnic lunch from the multitude of stalls offering great gourmet goods produced in Adelaide and the regions of South Australia. Perhaps consider public transport, as there will be some awesome wines on offer too!
There are just so many things to see and do in Adelaide during Tasting Australia, that I have been only able to touch on a small selection of events. Be sure to check out the Tasting Australia website, and follow them on Facebook or on Twitter to make sure you don't miss out.