Tasting Australia 2019 takes to the land, sea, sky and river

The pre-eminent festival returns to South Australia on April 5-14

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Town Square Charred entryway, Tasting Australia

Town Square Charred entryway, Tasting Australia [©Duy Dash]

Glasshouse Kitchen Generations chef Mehmet Gurs, Tasting Australia
Glasshouse Kitchen Paul West, Tasting Australia
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An epicurean flotilla on the Murray River, a surf safari and seafood feast on the Yorke Peninsula and chartered flights to Coffin Bay, Kangaroo Island, Mayura Station, the Barossa and Flinders Ranges are all part of the bold program for Tasting Australia 2019.

The country’s pre-eminent eating and drinking festival returns April 5-14, 2019, bringing unprecedented opportunities for food, wine, beer and spirit lovers to explore and experience South Australia over 10 days.

The first program release, now on sale, features more than 90 events in Adelaide and regions.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway, said the festival is expected to attract more than 60,000 people, many from interstate and overseas, who will generate significant economic activity for the state. “Where else can you cruise the Murray River, cook your own meal with hampers prepared by Tasting Australia, and dine aboard a 120-year-old paddle-steamer with original wood-fired oven and award-winning chefs at the helm?” said Minister Ridgway.

“Or, if you prefer something saltier, the Surf Food Safari at Innes National Park will enable guests to explore this untouched piece of paradise, whilst re-fuelling on world-class food sourced from the region.

“We’re also delighted to welcome Yalumba as the major wine sponsor for 2019, with premium Yalumba wines to be served throughout the festival and at a bespoke dinner in the winery’s esteemed Tank 11 & 12.”

Highlights of Tasting Australia 2019 include:

  • Tasting Australia Flotilla – join the crew aboard the historic PS Marion or book out your own houseboat to cruise at your leisure. All meals included, 3 days 2 nights;
  • Surf Food Safari – a 3-day/2-night adventure through Innes National Park with personal instructors guiding surfers in steady swell and chefs Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks) and Simon Burr (Olfactory Inn) providing delicious fare during peak crayfish season;
  • Tasting Australia Airlines – the return of the 2018 hero event, guests enjoy charter flights to Coffin Bay for a weekend or day trip, plus day trips to Kangaroo Island, Mayura Station, Flinders Ranges and the Barossa by charter plane;
  • Due Volte at Yalumba – an Italian feast at Yalumba in the evocative Tank 11 & 12;
  • Masterclasses curated by Nick Stock and East End Cellars showcasing Champagne Bollinger, 1000 Years of Wine, blend your own Torbreck Run Rig shiraz and more.

Festival director Simon Bryant (The Cook and The Chef), programming director Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana) and beverage director Nick Stock have sought out fresh ideas and the hottest talent to bring Tasting Australia to life.

“Tasting Australia may be one of the country’s original food and beverage festivals, but it has always taken a maverick approach to showcasing quality, provenance and personality without following trends,” Bryant said.

“South Australia is a great meeting point for the industry due to its established history and welcoming approach and is also an oasis for food and drink lovers to retreat to when they want time to explore and unwind.”

Zonfrillo said top chefs were excited to come to Adelaide, and experience South Australia. “Alex Atala from D.O.M. in Brazil – number 30 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants - will be cooking in the Glasshouse Kitchen next year, as will Thai aficionado David Thompson and Peter Gilmore from Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant of the Year, Quay."

“Alongside them we have a great line-up of established and emerging talent including Shinobu Namea (L’Effervescence, Tokyo), Manu Buffera (Restaurant Manu, Brazil), Mat Lindsay (Poly and Ester, Sydney) and O’Tama Carey of Sydney’s hottest eatery, Lankan Filling Station bringing the heat, flavour and excitement to the kitchen."

“Plus we have some amazing local ambassadors who do South Australia proud every day; Adam Liston (Shobosho), Jessie Spiby (My Grandma Ben), Emma Shearer (The Lost Loaf), Bethany Finn (Mayflower Restaurant), Karena Armstong (The Salopian Inn), Michael Downer (Murdoch Hill), Kate Laurie (Deviation Road), Louisa Rose (Yalumba) and Stephen Pannell (SC Pannell).”

Tickets for Tasting Australia April 5-14, 2019 are available at tastingaustralia.com.au


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