Food Drink

Duncan Welgemoed takes over the Enchanted Fig Tree

Prehistoric environment and the parochial ingredients of Kangaroo Island inspire the new flavours and tastes behind Duncan Welgemoed’s one day menu at the Enchanted Fig Tree.

Renowned South Australian chef Duncan Welgemoed will be taking over the Enchanted Fig Tree kitchen today serving up dishes even his patrons at his own restaurant Africola have never tasted before.

The inspiration for Duncan’s menu design comes from the islands
prehistoric landscape that has nourished its parochial produce over the
years Duncan explains.

The one-off menu will include tiny abalone (Abalini) fermented seaweed,
roasted figs, and fresh costal seafood alongside Kangaroo Islands iconic Ligurian honey.

After two fires and Covid-19, the Enchanted Fig Tree opened up again in
December 2020 and is now operated by Gastronomo Dining, an exciting
new wilderness dining concept created by LifeTime Private Retreats owner
Nick Hannaford.

With support from chef Stephanie Vass and experience manager Benjamin
Anthony, Nick explains the Gastonomo concept is about connecting people
to the magic of nature and the outdoors through innovative food, conversation and an element of surprise.

Partnering with the South Australian Tourism Commission Nick and the
team gave Duncan the freedom to create his exciting menu under the simple theme of Land, Sea and Earth.

“I jumped at the chance to be a part of this exciting event because it allows
me to work alongside a world class dining operation in an authentic wilderness destination such as Kangaroo Island “ Duncan says.

The sold-out lunch starts at 12.30 today on Kangaroo Island where 50
guests will dine amongst the limbs of one massive fig tree that is over 130 years old.

With fantastic partnership support from both SeaLink and KI Tourism Food
Wine and Beverage Association, the Gastronomo Dining 2020 -21 Enchanted Fig Tree season has also been supported by the Federal Government Bushfire Recovery Initiative.

Chef Emma McCaskill will be the final visiting chef for the season and
showcasing her menu for one day on the – 9th April 2021.

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