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Indulge in Tasting Australia 2016

On 1 May to 8 May 2016, you’ll find mouth-watering foodie events celebrating our thriving food culture all over South Australia.

From paddock to plate, Thomas Foods’ Tasting Australia is a journey through South Australia’s sprawling culinary landscape. On 1 May to 8 May 2016, you’ll find mouth-watering foodie events celebrating our thriving food culture all over South Australia.


Tasting Australia is one of the country’s most anticipated culinary festivals; since its beginnings in 1997, it has grown rapidly in popularity, so much so that it is now a major event on the South Australian gastronomic calendar.


To help you make the most of the eight day festival of flavours, we’ve put together a sample of just some of the events you can expect this year.


Out of the dining room and into the kitchen – cooking events
Tasting Australia is about so much more than pressed table cloths and sparkling cutlery. Get your hands dirty and immerse yourself in the whole experience. This year you’ll find a wide range of cooking events all around the state. Learn the sacred art of the sponge cake, try your hand at cheese-making and pasta rolling or learn how to grow your own vegetables.
Learn from the experts at the following cooking events:

Easy as Pie

What: Join pastry chef Domenic Tiani in an interactive, hands-on pie making masterclass. Learn artisan methods of pastry making with locally sourced ingredients, from the flour to the filling.
When: Sunday 1 May & Sunday 8 May, 9am
Where:
Butterfingers Adelaide, North Adelaide

How much: $90pp


Seedlings to Supper masterclass
What:
Learn how to propagate seedlings and grow your own vegetables. Enjoy a masterclass by Paul Baker, Head Chef of Botanic Gardens Restaurant and The Advertiser’s Chef of the Year.
When:
Sunday 1 May, 1:15pm
Where:
Adelaide Botanic Garden
How much:
$180pp


Barossa on the Plate – An Italian Point of View
What: Italian Chef Matteo Carboni guides you through a hands-on cooking class, combining Italian culture with incredible Barossa produce.
When:
Wednesday 4 May & Friday 6 May, 9am
Where:
Casa Carboni, Angaston
How much:
$185pp


Masterclass in the Company of Belinda Jeffery and SACWA
What: Join the SA Country Women’s Association in a sponge cake masterclass with special guest and celebrated author Belinda Jeffery.
When:
Saturday 7 May, 10am
Where:
Adelaide Central Market
How much:
$250pp


Masterclass in the Company of Rodney Dunn at Sprout
What: Pairing The Agrarian Kitchen and Rodney Dunn's produce-focussed cooking classes with Sprout's health-focussed cooking classes, participants will learn about production techniques and food philosophy. You’ll create dishes with featured products, and enjoy a sumptuous meal matched with South Australian wine.
When: Thursday 5 May, 6pm
Where:
Sprout Cooking School, Hilton
How much:
$230pp

Cheese Making with the Cheese Queen
What: Join Udder Delights Cheese Queen, Sheree Sullivan, for this intimate cheese making class. Learn how to make creamy feta, then marinate it or turn it into Camembert. This memorable lesson is full of personal anecdotes and foodie fun.

When: Tuesday 3 May & Wednesday 4 May, 10am
Where: Udder Delights Cheese Cellar, Hahndorf
How much: 
$195pp


Freshly made cheese at Udder Delights

Freshly made cheese at Udder Delights


Satisfy your thirst – beer, wine and spirits events

Thirsty for the chance to dive into locally produced beverages? From craft beers to cocktails; regional spirits to fine wines; your cup is guaranteed to spill over with a range of fantastic drink-oriented experiences. Discover the inner workings of our beverage industry, taste exciting new flavours and meet passionate producers. Take the chance to drink it all up.

Try one or more of these liquid-laden events during Tasting Australia:

Fizzology @ Sinclair’s Gully
What:
This fizzology session will guide you through the delicate process of making fine sparkling wine as you share a delicious tasting flight. Hand-disgorge, cork and label your very own bottle of sparkling Rubida to take home.
When:
Monday 02 May – Saturday 07 May, 11am
Where:
Sinclair’s Gully, Norton Summit
How much: $75pp

Jacob’s Creek food and wine matching Masterclass and Lunch
What:
Join this food and wine matching master class at the Jacob’s Creek Visitors Centre. Once class is dismissed, you will be treated to a two-course lunch and a glass of wine or two.
When: Sunday 1 May – Sunday 8 May, 11am
Where:
Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, Rowland Flat
How much: $150pp

Which Craft?!
What:
Wear loose pants for this seven course degustation of New Orleans-inspired soul/dude food matched with craft beer.
When: Wednesday 4 May, 6pm
Where:
Nola, Adelaide
How much: $125pp

ibis Adelaide ‘Beergustation’ Dinner featuring Prancing Pony
What: Enjoy a four-course beergustation dinner at ibis Adelaide, with a custom menu designed by our Executive Chef, matched with a selection of beers from Prancing Pony. 
When:
Friday 6 May, 6:30pm
Where: Ibis Adelaide
How much: $90pp

Distillation Masterclass
What: Join a hands-on distillation workshop that includes a basic science lesson, demonstration of an operating still and a food and beverage paired lunch. Participate in a gin masterclass and construct your very own style of gin which you'll get to take home.
When:
Friday 6 May, 10:30am
Where:
Encounter Coast Spirits, Lower Inman Valley
How much:
$150pp

Food for thought – lectures and talks
Our hope is that you walk away from Tasting Australia with a full mind as well as a full stomach, carrying a basket full of knowledge, as well as produce. Learn from some of the best minds in the industry including host of River Cottage Australia Paul West, lentil advocate Liz Carlisle and author Mark Kurlansky.

Enrich your mind as well as your stomach at the following lectures and talks:

Lunch in the Company of Paul West at Savannah Farm
What: Join Paul West (NSW), host of River Cottage Australia, and Michele and Phil Lally at their Savannah Farm to discuss the future of food. Enjoy fire flamed tastings, a glorious destination, lively discussion, and a wander around one of South Australia’s most awarded and environmentally conscious food producing farms.   
When: 06 May, 12:00pm
Where: Savannah Farm, 312 Lallys Road, Hill River
How much: $140pp


Dinner in the company of Liz Carlisle at Naya Restaurant
What:
Open the door to a lentil cookhouse. At least 15 different kinds of legumes will greet you. Sprout, ferment, smoke, steam, sun-dry roast, braise and get excited about luxe lentils.
When:
06 May, 6:30pm
Where:
Naya Restaurant and Bar, 2/24 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
How much:
$120pp

Lunch in the Company of Mark Kurlansky at Osteria Oggi
What:
Osteria Oggi will create a menu around Salt, Cod and The Big Oyster, titles of Mark's New York Times best-selling books. Mark will be describing how salt has shaped human civilization, how cod has encouraged world travel, and how the oyster is a star player in the history of New York.
When:
04 May, 12:00pm
Where:
Osteria Oggi, 76 Pirie Street, Adelaide
How much:
$150pp

Fine food at Osteria Oggi

Fine food at Osteria Oggi


When too much is never enough – indulgent events

Satisfy your senses on a journey of indulgent discovery.

Are you a chocaholic? Can’t live without coffee? Eagerly anticipating your next fine wine or crazy for cheese? Entwine all your foodie loves this May; relish every morsel and consume until your heart’s content. Tasting Australia offers you the chance to treat yourself, no questions asked.

Explore a decadent menu of indulgent events and book your ticket now:

Chocolate and Coffee Experience
What: Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven. Indulge in luxury chocolates handmade using local ingredients. Pair them with aromatic roasted coffee from Just Coffee with creamy fresh B.d Farm Paris Creek milk.
When:
Daily, 1-8 May (excluding Tuesday 3 May), 9am
Where:
Red Cacao Chocolate Café, Stirling
How much:
$8.50pp

Chocolate and Wine Experience
What: Enjoy an intimate experience based on the concept of terroir. Be taken on a journey of flavour through four varieties of premium fortified wines, matched with divine handmade chocolate truffles.
When:
Wednesday 4, Thursday 5, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May, 2pm
Where:
Liebichwein Cellar Door, Rowland Flat
How much:
$20pp

Single Sites Tasting
What: This unique tasting will be the most detailed exploration of single site wines ever undertaken in Australia, and will be accompanied by a closely curated menu of exceptional regional fare.
When:
Thursday 5 May, 5:30pm
Where:
National Wine Centre, Adelaide
How much:
$120pp

The Ultimate Cheese Experience
What:
Meet the makers at this degustation of fabulous local cheese paired with perfect local wine. This event is hosted by Adelaide's Cheese Queen Valerie Henbest (owner of Say Cheese, and Smelly Cheese) with guest appearances by local cheese producers and a special guest wine maker.
When: Thursday 5 May, 5:30pm
Where:
Say Cheese Wholesale, Adelaide
How much: $65pp

Follow your nose – foraging events

Get back to nature at a unique foraging event. Comb stunning South Australian landscapes for ingredients, then take them home and create a sensational meal. Journey over hills, through valleys and along the coast in search of the finest ingredients.

Follow your nose to these foraging events:

Coastal Foraging Experience
What: Our exclusive coastal foraging experience package will take you to the farm gate and beyond to source fresh, local produce. Be rewarded with a feast to savour in a special degustation lunch, paired with Rymill Coonawarra Wines. The second day will be spent at Rymill Coonawarra Winery and will include a winery tour, private tasting and shared platter.
When:
Friday 6 May, 8pm
Where: Limestone Coast
How much: $950pp

Harvest the Landscape
What: Come on this guided tour through the Adelaide Botanic Garden and learn more about Australian bush foods. Find the source of native and exotic produce right in the heart of the city.
When: Sunday 1 May – Saturday 7 May, 11am
Where:
Adelaide Botanic Garden
How much:
$5 Adult, $2 child

Fine Food Forage
What:
Follow the trail of delicious market goodies to taste and take home, while exploring a maze of stalls, uncovering hidden delights and immersing yourself in the market atmosphere.
When: Tuesday 3 May, Thursday 5 May, Friday 6 May, Saturday 7 May, 10am
Where: Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide
How much:
$29pp

The Central Market in Adelaide

The Central Market in Adelaide


The pick of the bunch – fruit events

Savour the seasons by celebrating fruit during Tasting Australia this May. Rich in sweet pickings, South Australia has a long history of producing premium fruit from the Adelaide Hills to the Riverland and everywhere in between.

Bite into something fruity and secure your place in one of the following fruit-focussed events:

Very Jammy
What:
Fresh cherries, winter jams and quince jelly are part of the Adelaide Hills’ rich food heritage. Walk among the fruit trees and make your own jam. Head home with six full jars, new friends and a jelly cloth.
When: Tuesday 3 May, Thursday 5 May & Saturday 7 May, 10:30am
Where:
Marble Hill Cherries Packing Shed and Kitchen, Ashton
How much:
$95pp

She’ll Be Apples
What: Learn all about Lenswood produce and what makes this tiny hamlet one of the best apple and wine producing regions in Australia. Enjoy a lunch made with fresh and foraged Adelaide Hills produce, paired with single-vineyard award winning wines.
When:
Saturday 7 May & Sunday 8 May, 12pm
Where:
Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Lenswood
How much:
$135pp

Figsation
What: Take a walk through Glen Ewin Estate’s orchards whilst enjoying a refreshing beverage, listening to tales from this little slice of heaven.
When:
Friday 6 May, 6pm
Where:
Glen Ewin Estate, Houghton
How much:
$140pp

The great outdoors – regional events

Get a taste of the great outdoors this Tasting Australia by embracing the farm gate. Experience food where it tastes best – at the source. Join our special guests Liz Carlisle and Paul West as they explore the Limestone Coast or take a leisurely trek through some of the Barossa’s most hallowed farming land.

See where your food comes from and how it’s grown at one of the following outdoor events:

The Barossa Camino
What: Put on your walking shoes and traverse the beautiful Barossa. Learn more about the Henschke and Angas families and their wineries which date back to the 1800s.
When:
Sunday 1 May, 8:30am
Where:
Barossa
How much:
$195pp

Afternoon at Hobbs of Barossa Ranges
What: The Hobbs family-held vineyard is home to some of the oldest vines in Australia. Wine in hand, come and chat with the people who grow the grapes and make the wine.
When:
Saturday 7 May, 4pm
Where:
Hobbs Vineyard, Angaston
How much:
$30pp

A Day In The Company Of Liz Carlisle and Paul West at Kalangadoo Organic and Bellwether Wines
What: Discuss small plot culture with Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia, followed by a shared-table family-style lunch prepared by chef Kirby Shearing. Author of Lentil Underground, Liz Carlisle will provide insight into American Agriculture and natural foods in the beautiful setting of Bellwether Wines.
When:
Saturday 7 May, 8:30am
Where:
Kalangadoo Organic and Bellwether Wines, Kalangadoo
How much:
$100pp

Taste Our Story
What: Join Bec Hardy for a walk through the family vineyard and experience the award-winning, single estate wines in a tasting between the vines.
When:
Thursday 5 May, 10:30am
Where:
K1 by Geoff Hardy, Kuitpo
How much:
$110pp

K1 Winery Cellar Door

K1 Winery Cellar Door


Carnivores welcome – meat events

South Australian meats are world-class, with many local producers exporting their products to various countries world-wide. Bite into sumptuous steaks and divine roasts this Tasting Australia. Learn how to rear cattle, discuss breed protection and find out more about sustainable farming.

Try South Australia’s finest cuts at one or more of these intriguing events:

Big Skies over Triple B
What: Taste farm-raised, biodynamic and organic beef and lamb dishes carefully paired with delicious wine.
When:
Sunday 1 May, 12pm
Where:
Culfahane Farm, Finiss
How much:
$75pp

Dinner and Masterclass In The Company Of Andrew McConnell at Leonards Mill
What: Renowned Meatsmith Troy Wheeler will discuss aging, bespoke breed and cut while demonstrating techniques on Mayura Station wagyu, arguably the best in Australia. Enjoy it all afterwards in a degustation dinner.
When: Thursday 5 May, 7:30pm
Where:
Leonards Mill, Second Valley
How much:
Dinner only - $165pp; dinner and masterclass (5pm start) - $200pp

Butcher’s Block at the Adelaide Central Market
What: Experience Central Market culture, cuisine and live music at this exclusive market venue. Enjoy a tasting plate and matched craft beer.
When:
Friday 6 May, 6pm
Where:
Central Market Kitchen, Adelaide
How much:
$55pp

Lamb Tasting at Rawnsley Park
What: Dine on a four-course lamb-inspired dinner in Rawnsley Park Station’s historic woolshed. The evening showcases the property’s lamb in three different and delicious dishes, matched with local wines.
When:
Sunday 1 May, 6:30pm
Where:
Rawnsley Park Station, Hawker
How much:
$95pp

Sausage Making Class with Feast! Fine Foods
What: This class takes you through the whole process of creating a great tasting sausage.
When:
Sunday 1 May, 2:30pm
Where:
Central Market Kitchen, Adelaide
How much:
$140pp


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