By Lana Guineay
Calling all foodies…aka everyone. Wake up and smell the rosé, because the 2017 Tasting Australia Festival is here.
A weeklong celebration of SA-made wine, food and good times, the festival kicks off on Sunday April 30 and runs until May 7, with a jam-packed program of celeb chefs, wine tastings, one-of-a-kind feasts, free events and much more. We’ve hand-picked just a few to get your mouth watering.
1. Chef’s Supper Club
Presented by I Choose SA (that’s us), get ready for a night to remember as you sample the amazing flavours of Tasting Australia. Your hosts? Some of Australia’s best chefs, including Jock Zonfrillo and internationally acclaimed Ana Ros. The menu? A stand-up cocktail affair with individual servings from each of the amazing 20 chefs involved. Created by the best, using the best local ingredients, just for you.
When: Saturday, May 6
Where: Glasshouse Kitchen, Town Square , Adelaide
2. East End Cellars Masterclasses
Fancy a drink? Leading boutique retailers East End Cellars are set to show why we’re one of the wine capitals of the world with a series of 18 masterclasses. East End Cellars owner, Michael Andrewartha said: “We’ve produced a program for every purse and palate ….it’s all about fun and not the least bit boring or highbrow, like some wine tastings.”
From meeting the makers to tastings, gin making sessions to themed bars – the classes cover everything from from sparkling to riesling and everything in-between. Check out the entire East End Cellars masterclass program here.
When: throughout the festival
Where: Town Square, Victoria Square
3. Urban Pantry and Cellar Door
Wish Tasting Australia was with you in your home, 24/7? Visit the pop up pantry in the heart of Rundle Mall to discover SA-made products from Tasting Australia. Featuring some of the state’s top producers, this is the perfect place to browse, sample, and stock up on the best (and the most delicious) of the fest – and support local producers at the same time. I Choose SA is proudly partnering with the Urban Pantry and Cellar Door to encourage ongoing support for local brands.
When: Open daily
Where: Rundle Mall
4. Chef Quiz
Pub quiz, foodie style. Test your culinary IQ with this interactive night of drinks, pizza, and showdown of wits. Hosted by DJ Driller and featuring guest chefs testing their skills in front of a live audience, you’ll have the chance to join “pay for play” games raising funds for OzHarvest. Bring your mates or join a table on the night; either way there will be plenty of food for thought.
When: Friday May 5, 7:30pm–11pm
Where: Town Square, Adelaide
Tasting Australia runs from 30 April – 7 May, see the full program here.