Thousands of food lovers and soccer fans enjoy Tasting Australia

01 May 2016

Hon Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

Food-lovers from across the globe – as well as local and interstate soccer fans – are expected to descend on Victoria Square today to experience Tasting Australia.

The eight-day festival features 200 events in Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula, Flinders Ranges and Outback, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast, and Riverland.

Tourism Minister Leon Bignell today joined Creative Directors Simon Bryant and Paul Henry to officially open the gates in Victoria Square – which is the event’s city base.

Mr Bignell encouraged the 10,000 interstate soccer fans in Adelaide for the Grand Final between Adelaide United and the Western Sydney Wanderers to visit the Town Square and taste the great food from 10 South Australian regions and more than 20 food trucks, as part of Fork on the Road.

There’ll also be on-stage demonstrations from top chefs Cheong Liew, Jock Zonfrillo, and Matt Orlando.


Tasting Australia presented by Thomas Foods is South Australia’s premier eating and drinking festival, and one of the pre-eminent food and wine festivals in Australia.

The 2016 event will be the tenth edition, and it will become an annual event from this year.

One of the festival’s events is the South Australian Tasting Gallery in Town Square, presented by Primary Industries and Regions SA, where guests participate in an interactive session with producers which aims to challenge how we think about food and wine pairings.

Tasting Australia supports the State Government’s economic priority of Premium food and wine produced in our clean environment and exported to the world.

Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell

The city will be absolutely amazing today. From 9.30am this morning Victoria Square will be home to some of the world’s best chefs, amazing food, and brilliant demonstrations, and this afternoon Adelaide Oval will come to life with the roar of 50,000 soccer fans.

Tasting Australia creates a platform for us to showcase producers as our real food heroes, highlighting the abundance of premium food produced within our clean, green environment.

This year’s event program has an experience to suit all tastes and encourages you to understand where food comes from, try something new, share and indulge.

I am sure foodies in South Australia and around the globe are thrilled Tasting Australia will be an annual fixture on our event calendar from this year.

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