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Tasting Australia is a journey of South Australia’s produce from paddock to plate and a celebration of real food heroes, 30 April – 7 May.

Tasting Australia is a journey through South Australia’s culinary landscape with spectacular food and drink events popping up all over the state. From beautiful GlassHouse Kitchen dinners and Charred food vendors in Town Square (Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga) to once-in-a-lifetime feasts and wine making classes with the likes of Marco Pierre White, Ana Ross, Analiese Gregory, Cheong Liew and Egon Müller, there is no better way to discover the tastes of South Australia. 

Town Square

Town Square is the heart and soul of Tasting Australia. Snuggle up and settle-in with the tastiest festival South Australia has to offer. Indulge your senses at Adelaide’s Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga with the festival’s finest offerings. Feast on decadent dinners prepared by the world’s best chefs, sink your teeth into sizzling street food and fill your glass with generously poured wine, artisan beer, cider and spirits. Tasting Australia's new look and feel will have foodies from far and wide descending upon Adelaide.

Tasting Australia, Town Square

Tasting Australia, Town Square.

Warm up and satisfy your appetite at Charred: Tasting Australia’s Town Square street food vendors. Each stall will utilise fire as a primary heat source for cooking their menu, adding smokiness and searing flavour to your autumn lunch or dinner. Charred will showcase regional flair such as dishes cooked by Kangaroo Island firemaster, Tony Nolan and Dan Moss of Terroir Auburn (Clare Valley). See the daily program
Meet Tasting Australia’s festival stars including superstar chef Marco Pierre White for free on stage in Town Square. Hear chefs’ personal stories, pick up recipes and mingle with leading culinary identities from Australia and around the world. Find out more.
It’s hardly a secret; South Australia boasts some of the best wine in the country, perched right alongside Bordeaux and Porto as one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals. This year, Town Square plays host to a wine barrel-full of masterclasses, showcases, talks and tastings presented by East End Cellars. Find out more.
In 2017, Tasting Australia welcomes the debut of its Town Square restaurant, Glasshouse Kitchen, where guests and local chefs work side-by-side, creating unique menus starring local produce. Set up for service every night, the Glasshouse Kitchen will welcome some of the biggest names of the world’s culinary alumni right now. Find out more.
Meet your favourite food and beverage icons in the flesh, one-on-one, at Town Square’s Living Library. Here, Tasting Australia has compiled its own encyclopaedia of expert knowledge for your perusal. Absorb the knowledge and enjoy the company of your favourite chefs, food writers, winemakers and producers in a one-on-one private meeting. Find out more.
Tasting Australia Events

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. With hundreds of events in Adelaide’s finest restaurants and further afield in South Australia's beautiful regions, Tasting Australia really is a journey through our culinary landscape. See the full events list.

East End Cellars Masterclass

East End Cellars Masterclass, Tasting Australia, Town Square.

Spend a day at the picturesque and historic Hentley Farm and immerse yourself in the daily ritual of harvesting the finest Barossa food and wine. Renowned for its produce sourced directly from the 150-acre property, this is your chance to experience first-hand how the Hentley winemakers and chefs prepare every meal and glass of wine. Find out more.

Hosted by the team from Fool Magazine (Lotta and P-A Jorgensen) and Gourmet Traveller Australia’s Pat Nourse, Chef Quiz will be a right ruckus with chefs like Jock Zonfrillo, Paul Carmichael, Mitch Orr and Simon Bryant baring their brains for all to see. Find out more.
Chef’s Supper Club is the ultimate Tasting Australia event, showcasing many of our guests and local talent. A stand-up cocktail style affair, the evening will progress through individual servings from 20 chefs including Ana Ros (Hiša Franko, Slovenia), Mitch Orr (ACME, Sydney), Nic Watt (Madame Hanoi, Adelaide) and Sean Connolly (Sean’s Kitchen, Adelaide) while beverages from East End Cellars will be in abundant supply. Find out more.

Steve Flamsteed (Giant Steps) and Michael Downer (Murdoch Hill Wines) showcase their current releases to give an insight into the similarities and differences of the Yarra Valley and Adelaide Hills. Taste the best of both worlds! Find out more.

Kitchen gardens are a long-standing cultural tradition, providing fresh seasonal vegetables year-round across the world. Meet at the Adelaide Botanic Garden Visitor Information Centre and expert garden guides will take you for a tour of the kitchen garden, explaining how different cultures use various vegetables. Find out more.

So popular it has already sold out, legendary UK chef Marco Pierre White joins the formidable team from FINO at Seppeltsfield, chef David Swain and front of house dynamo Sharon Romeo for an unforgettable family-style dinner bringing together story-telling and cuisine from one of the world’s original culinary heavyweights. Set among the heritage-listed estate of Seppeltsfield, FINO Italian Feast with Marco Pierre White is sure to bring fire and flavour to your palette unlike anything before it. Find out more.

A sensational event in every sense, this Fizzology session will guide you through the delicate process of making fine sparkling wine as you share a delicious tasting flight. Next, you'll get amongst it, hand-disgorging, dosaging, corking and labelling your own bottle of 94-point sparkling. Find out more.

To celebrate Adelaide’s inclusion into the prestigious Great Wine Capitals Global Network in 2016, the esteemed team from The Fruitful Pursuit invites you to blind taste South Australia’s most exciting expressions, up against its most acclaimed global counterparts. From Napa Valley to Bordeaux, Verona to Valparaìso and Mendoza to Rioja, ‘choose your own adventure' and tour a handpicked selection of Adelaide’s best bars and restaurants. Find out more.

Join Kaurna elders and Conscious Lifestyles on a culinary and cultural journey into the original foodies of the Adelaide plains, featuring South Australian local native & wild food and historic Patritti wine at the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Marion. Find out more

Yorkes Uncorked is not just about the brilliance of the food on the table, it’s about the making of magic memories. And this will certainly be one to remember – the ultimate dining experience in a working shearing shed on a rural property. Find out more.

Start with sunset drinks in the company of some friendly locals – the charming and curious giraffes of Monarto Zoo that is – before an evening of the Murraylands’ finest flavours. Enjoy the unique setting of Monarto near Murray Bridge as you are guided through a five-course degustation that combines boutique and specialised food and beverage purveyors from the Murraylands region. Find out more.

L Plates

The best way to learn a new skill in the kitchen is to try it yourself. With this philosophy in mind, The Advertiser has teamed with TAFE SA's Regency International Centre to create a series of hands-on cooking classes featuring some of the state's best-known chefs and food heroes. The L Plates classes will take place over two sessions, morning and afternoon, on Saturday, 29 April. Find out more.

Chefs Jock Zonfrillo and Paul Carmichael

Jock Zonfrillo from Orana and Paul Carmichael from Sydney's Momofuku Seiobo showing us how it's done.

The urban pantry and cellar door in rundle mall

Visit the Urban Pantry and Cellar Door in Rundle Mall to pick up the key products and flavours that you know and love from the festival. Featuring samples and products from leading SA food producers along with interactive tastings, special offers and giveaways from Mall retailers, the Urban Pantry and Cellar Door in Rundle Mall is open daily from 29 April until 7 May. Find out more.

Tasting Australia pantry

Buy ingredients at Rundle Mall's Urban Pantry and cook like the pros.

Getting THERE

Get the party started before you arrive with some seriously stylish transport. Book an Uber Black for that oh-so-glamorous VIP entrance, get the pedal to the metal and beer to mouth with HandleBar or hit the pavement with Eco-Caddy


Getting around Adelaide is easy with EcoCaddy.

You can travel around the Adelaide city centre for FREE on the tram between the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and South Terrace, or take the 99C bus which is the City clockwise loop and makes stops at Rundle Mall, the South Australian Museum and Adelaide Central Market.
For the trip too far to walk and too short to cab, there’s EcoCaddy. Jump on-board one of their hybrid-electric rickshaws and get pedalled to any destination within the CBD square mile and North Adelaide.

Perhaps not the best option for getting anywhere in a hurry, but a guaranteed good time, The HandleBar is a 16 person pedal powered pub on wheels. BYO food and music and spend two hours cycling the city, stopping at bars and pubs of your choice! Arrival at your actual destination: optional.

Bypass the taxi rank and arrive in style with Uber. Download the app, set your coordinates and in minutes you’ll be whisked away in luxury to your venue of choice. Easy.

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