Kangaroo Island is taking over Adelaide this August, with two art shows and a great restaurant experience thrown in for good measure. La Boca Bar and Grill, at the Stamford Plaza, will showcase Kangaroo Island produce on its menus for the entire month, as well as offering a wide selection of Kangaroo Island beverages.
Chef Nicolas Arriola, well known for his Argentinean cooking, will present menus featuring island produce, and will host a beverage tasting each Sunday. A degustation dinner will be held at the end of August.
This island/restaurant partnership came about after the chairman of the Food & Wine Association,Tony Nolan, met up with Nic Arriola at Tasting Australia.
“After meeting Nic and his team and seeing their amazing attention to detail, it was immediately apparent that commonalities existed between La Boca and Kangaroo Island,” says Tony Nolan. “I am very proud of our island producers and the opportunity this presents to showcase their products in an amazing 5-star establishment like Stamford Plaza La Boca Bar and Grill,” he said.
Likewise, chef Nic Arriola is delighted with this opportunity. “The partnership between La Boca Bar and Grill and Kangaroo Island is very exciting for me personally and one I believe will continue well beyond August,” he said. “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.”
The National Wine Centre is the venue for the Kangaroo Island SALA event, showcasing 25 artists depicting this year’s theme: How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Ways – KI The Intertidal Zone. Curated by the talented Fleur Peters, this annual pilgrimage of Kangaroo Island artists to the mainland is a highlight of the SALA calendar, with Fleur and artists on hand daily to meet visitors. The National Wine Centre will also showcase KI wines during the SALA event.
The Flinders University City Gallery is hosting Island to Inland, an exhibition featuring 10 island artists, depicting their experiences of isolation and inspiration living on the island.
During the month-long promotion, Stamford Plaza will offer fantastic accommodation and dining packages, and a competition will be run at La Boca with the prize donated by SeaLink. Drop your card into the bowl at La Boca to enter the draw to win a great trip for two to Kangaroo Island.
Some of the island producers to be featured are: KI Shellfish, Southrock Lamb, Lake Farm Pigs, Island Pure Sheep Dairy, Clifford’s Honey Farm, The Figgery, Kangaroo Island Olives, Island Beehive Honey, Kangaroo Island Spirits.
Wines will include Dudley Bubbly and Dudley Riesling, Bay of Shoals Sauvignon Blanc, False Cape Pinot Grigio, Captains Cabernet and Ships Graveyard Shiraz, Islander Estate Wally White Semillon, Old Rowley Shiraz Grenache, Majestic Plough Malbec and Investigator Cabernet Franc, along with The Stoke Rose.
So it’s all happening in August – call and book a table now to enjoy one of La Boca’s special dining events, or stay the night at Stamford Plaza and take the time to visit the two art exhibitions on offer.