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Serving up a slice of South Australia

Charred, Town Square, Tasting Australia
South Australia is plating up its best culinary and beverage experiences from today with the return of Tasting Australia.

The festival, considered one of Australia’s foremost eating and drinking events, will offer even more star power and unique meals, tours, tastings and masterclasses from April 13-22.

In 2017 more than 52,000 people visited Town Square. This year’s program has grown to 10 days, includes more guest chefs from interstate and overseas and features more than 140 events across 11 South Australian regions.

New this year is Tasting Australia Airlines, offering all-inclusive full-day luxury experiences for guests to explore Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay and the Limestone Coast. Several of these flights sold out within 48 hours.

The festival’s creative team remains strong with chef Simon Bryant, and chef Jock Zonfrillo leading the program alongside industry legends Cheong Liew as patron, Duncan Welgemoed as food ambassador and Nick Stock as beverage ambassador. 

Minister for Tourism, David Ridgway said more than a third of all Tasting Australia events are sold out, demonstrating the hunger for South Australia’s unique experiences and flavours. 


“Small World Bakery in Langhorne Creek is proving to be a regional champion, with their 2-day hands-on sourdough making masterclass selling out to interstate visitors,” said Minister Ridgway.

“We know that food and wine experiences are motivators of travel to SA and Tasting Australia is the perfect platform to showcase this passionate industry, incomparable regions and world-class produce.

“Regional tourism is of considerable importance and it’s great to see these areas will get a slice of the tourism pie through Tasting Australia Airlines”, said Minister Ridgway.

South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex said Tasting Australia was a fantastic event that tells South Australia’s food, wine and beverage story.

“We see demand for events that connect our guests with the regions, but the regions will also touch those guests who experience Tasting Australia in the city through Town Square, or at the Glasshouse Kitchen,” Mr Harrex said.

“We look forward to welcoming tens of thousands of people to the free festival hub in Victoria Square where they can share a meal, a drink or a snack with friends and family each day.”

Festival Director Simon Bryant said food and beverage lovers should embrace the opportunity to experience something new.

“I enjoy working on Tasting Australia because I see people excited about what we have here in South Australia, from guest chefs to international media and even local event-goers,” Mr Bryant said.

Programming director Jock Zonfrillo said the guest talent, including Michellin-starred chefs Norbert Niederkofler (St Hubertus, Italy) and Carlo Mirarchi (Blanca, New York), shared South Australia’s passion for ingredients, producers and growers.

“Tasting Australia is by far the most interesting food festival in Australia right now Mr Bryant said.

Tasting Australia kicks off on Friday 13 April till 22 April 2018. Locals and visitors are encouraged to visit the FREE Town Square (Victoria Square) where there will be 14 food vendors, daily varietal wine tastings, bar service by East End Cellars and d’Arenberg wines and live music.

Visit www.tastingaustralia.com.au for more information.