Tasting Australia events have become synonymous with unparalleled quality and unforgettable experiences. Similarly, since its inception in 2014, the annual Can:Do 4Kids Dinner in the Dark has treated guests to spectacular dinners and raised thousands of dollars for charity.
We’re very excited for their return as the sixth sixth annual Dinner in the Dark will be a part of the 2019 Tasting Australia Festival program.
In a collaboration that is sure to excite guests, the 2019 Dinner in the Dark will be hosted at the National Wine Centre of Australia on Friday, April 12.
The fundraiser will focus on South Australian offerings, with the menu highlighting the best produce and wine the state has to offer, even down to the olive oil used in the cooking process.
The National Wine Centre of Australia’s Executive Chef, Steven Clarke, has exclusively created a four-course mystery menu, combining exciting textures and flavours to awaken the senses and set the scene for a gastronomic experience like no other.
“This is the third year I have been involved with Dinner in the Dark and I am looking forward to this year’s event being part of the Tasting Australia program,” says Steven Clarke.
“Although the menu must stay a mystery, I can share that I have utilised local SA produce enhanced with native ingredients in each of the four courses. I can’t wait to show the guests what we have in store for them this year!”
Hosted by Max Mason, the name behind South Australian Ocular Wines, Dinner in the Dark is Can:Do 4Kids signature fundraising event and is the first time the charity has been involved in the Tasting Australia program.
The event gives guests a unique sensory dining experience by suppressing their most dominant sense – sight!
“I’m so excited to host Dinner in the Dark and to work further with Can:Do 4Kids… We live in a state where good food is so central to people’s lives and this event, as part of Tasting Australia, adds a valuable and a fun dimension to both the dinner and to the fundraising efforts,” says Max Mason.
The night will begin with outdoor pre-dinner drinks, live oyster shucking and canapes in the National Wine Centre’s stunning courtyard.
Guests will then be guided inside, where each table will be hosted by a local wine maker to expertly match their wines to each course and guide diners through the unique, blind-folded dining journey.
Can:Do 4Kids, Townsend House, offers vital therapy and support to children and young people who are blind, deaf, have low vision, are hard of hearing or have sensory needs.
Established in 1874 by William Townsend as a school and accommodation for deaf and blind children, Townsend House has provided family-centred support for over 140 years.
It is estimated that up to 10,000 South Australian kids face every day with a vision or hearing challenges.