Tasting Australia welcomes World’s Best Female Chef and new focus on the regions

22 February 2017

Hon Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

The World’s Best Female Chef Ana Ros of Hisa Franko is among Tasting Australia’s festival stars for 2017, as the event expands further into South Australia’s famed food and wine regions.

Tasting Australia, the country’s pre-eminent food and wine festival, will showcase South Australia’s premium produce across eight days from April 30 to May 7 in its first annual event.

Slovenian chef Ros, who was awarded the title by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants academy this month, is recognised for her zero-kilometre approach to sourcing produce.

For the first time, Tasting Australia includes events in Yorke Peninsula and the Murraylands/Lakes and Coorong, while the number of events in the Riverland has grown as part of a stronger focus on encouraging visitors to explore the State’s regions.

Also making its debut at this year’s festival in Town Square (Victoria Square) is the Glasshouse Kitchen. It will be a showpiece restaurant for the festival constructed from glasshouses, where Ros and the line-up of guest chefs including Marco Pierre White will cook alongside local heroes every night.

The first events of Tasting Australia 2017 will be released tonight and the full program will be unveiled in late March. Visit tastingaustralia.com.au

Tasting Australia was launched in 1997 and is a celebration of SA produce and the State’s local food heroes.

Last year, the festival attracted more than 40,000 people to its hub, Town Square, in Victoria Square and generated $16.15m in public relations value.

This year, Simon Bryant and fellow chef Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana) will lead Tasting Australia and SA icon Maggie Beer will make her final appearance as patron.

Among the famed chefs attending Tasting Australia this year are:

  • Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney)
  • Clayton Wells (Automata, Sydney)
  • Mitch Orr (ACME, Sydney)
  • Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne)
  • Lennox Hastie (Firedoor, Sydney)
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
South Australia is the proud home of the country’s best produce, coming from our clean, green

Our award-winning beverage industry continues to grow with new cellar doors, artisan distillers
and craft brewers, and it’s great to see so many involved with Tasting Australia.

As one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals, Adelaide leads the way for wine-related activities,
and the events held during Tasting Australia will highlight how fantastic SA is when it comes to
great food, wine and tourism experiences.

South Australia has been named the Best Events State two years in a row and I’m sure Marco
Pierre White and Ana Ros will love our world-class produce and exciting atmosphere of
Tasting Australia. There really is something for everyone at this festival, from visitors craving a
high-end experience to families wanting a day out with the kids.

Quotes attributable to Tasting Australia creative curator Jock Zonfrillo
It’s a super interesting time here in Adelaide with new cafes, restaurants & small bars. With
world-class winemakers, brewers & distilleries all within 20 minutes of the CBD it's fair to say
we have plenty to discover.

It’s great to be cooking with a lot of my peers and people I really admire, including these
interesting bright young chefs. It’s not often that we get to cook together because we’re all
busy in our own restaurants… the collaboration dinners at Glasshouse Kitchen are going to be
a great experience.

Quotes attributable to Tasting Australia creative director Simon Bryant
From Town Square in the city to South Australia’s amazing regions, there are so many
interesting food and drink activities to enjoy during Tasting Australia.

You can really get involved by visiting a farm gate, meeting a producer, doing a tasting with a
winemaker or trying a masterclass with one of our visiting guest chefs.

South Australia is at its best in autumn, the produce will be awesome so it’s the perfect
opportunity to get out to region and experience something real around food and drink.

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