From island to mainland: Kangaroo Island on show

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By Melissa Keogh

A little part of Kangaroo Island paradise will be brought to Adelaide this month as ‘mainlanders’ get the chance to enjoy the region’s world-class produce, wine and gin.

Argentinean restaurant La Boca Bar and Grill, at the Stamford Plaza, is showcasing Kangaroo Island produce for the month of August.

From award-winning gins to American River oysters cooked on the asador (fire pit) – this North Terrace establishment will bring the best of the island to the mainland.

La Boca chef Nicolas Arriola, who is well known for his Argentinean cooking, will present exclusive island menus which make the most of the region’s premium offerings.

La Boca chef Nicolas Arriolas may know a two or thing about Argentinean food, but will delight diners with his exclusive Kangaroo Island fare.

La Boca chef Nicolas Arriola may know a two or thing about Argentinean food, but will delight diners with his exclusive Kangaroo Island fare.

A different Kangaroo Islander producer will also get behind the bar every Sunday to share their wares while diners nibble on the authentic dishes.

Island producers featured are Kangaroo Island Shellfish, Southrock Lamb, Lake Farm Pigs, Island Pure, The Figgery, Kangaroo Island Olives, Island Beehive Honey, The Islander Estate Wines, Dudley Wines, False Cape Wines, Bay of Shoals Wines, Kangaroo Island Brewery, Drunken Drone, Kangaroo Island Ciders, and Kangaroo Island Spirits.

The island and restaurant partnership came about after Food and Wine Association chairman Tony Nolan met with Nicolas from La Boca at Tasting Australia.

“It is amazing how easy it is to execute such wonderful dishes using produce from this region and I can’t wait for our customers to taste the exclusive menu we have created together with Kangaroo Island producers,” Nicolas says.

Watch the video below to see La Boca chef Nicolas Arriola chat about Kangaroo Island:

Visual artists from Kangaroo Island are also set to share a glimpse of the “isolation and inspiration of island life” in exhibitions as part of the 2017 SA Living Arts Festival (SALA). Flinders University’s City Gallery is hosting Island to Inland, while more than 25 Kangaroo Island artists will showcase their talents at the National Wine Centre.

Want to win a trip for two to Kangaroo Island?
Drop your business card into the bowl while dining at La Boca and you will go into the draw to win a night’s accommodation at the Stamford Plaza plus a three-day food and wine lover’s package donated by SeaLink.

For more information, click here.

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