Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
Tasting Australia is back this weekend, celebrating unique food and beverage experiences across South Australia’s top culinary locations.
The revamped Town Square hub has extended its opening hours to dinner and includes more than a dozen fire-oriented street food vendors such as Pizzateca, Comida, La Boca, Superfish and Coriole in a new space called Charred. East End Cellars will be serving South Australia’s finest at the Premium Wine Bar, Beer and Bubbles and Bottle Shop Gin Bar while diners will also enjoy meals inside the new Glasshouse Kitchen.
More than 80 free and ticketed events will be held across Adelaide and regional South Australia from Sunday 30 April to Sunday 7 May with tens of thousands of people expected to attend the festival.
A total of 18 visiting chefs from across the globe will attend the festival with guests including UK culinary icon Marco Pierre White, the World’s Best Female Chef Ana Ros and German winemaker Egon Muller.
Many events have sold out – including FINO Italian Feast with Marco Pierre White at Seppeltsfield, the Glasshouse Kitchen collaboration dinners, and the Maggie Beer Tribute Dinner – but tickets are still available for many others.
In 2016, Tasting Australia attracted more than 40,000 people to Town Square and thousands more to events across South Australia’s regions.
This year locally renowned chefs Simon Bryant and Jock Zonfrillo will lead Tasting Australia’s creative direction, with Maggie Beer making her final appearance as festival patron.
Town Square will be open from 11am daily, starting with an official opening on Sunday 30 April, and will be open for dinner on Sunday 30 April and from Wednesday 3 – Saturday 6 May.
For more information and tickets visit www.tastingaustralia.com.au
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
South Australia has a diverse, high-quality range of culinary experiences, which makes Tasting Australia a truly exciting and world-class eating and drinking festival.
It is the first time that Town Square – the Tasting Australia hub – will have extended hours for dinner, giving everyone more of an opportunity to taste what our State has to offer.
South Australia is home to 18 wine regions and is part of the prestigious Great Wine Capitals global network. This year’s program has elevated wine and beverages as an important part of our South Australian story.
We know our premium food and wine is one of South Australia’s greatest assets, which is putting us on the map globally as a must-see destination and is an important contributor to our State’s economy.
Quotes attributable to Tasting Australia Creative Director Simon Bryant
If you love eating and drinking, sharing food and beverages and meeting the people behind what’s on your plate and in your glass, then Tasting Australia is for you.
South Australia is a really special place to visit because there are culinary experiences all around us, from the city to less than an hour’s drive away in the Barossa, Adelaide Hills or even further afield.
You can go to the farm gate and pick your own olives, visit the cellar door and walk through the vineyards where world-class wine begins its journey, meet the producer who grew the crisp apples in your dessert or chat with a chef about making the perfect sauce.
Tasting Australia offers this in many different forms – sometimes for free, sometimes at unique one-off events – but always in an immersive, moreish way.