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Rundle Mall to host ultimate foodie experience Urban Kitchen during Tasting Australia

Over 10 days in May ‘Urban Kitchen’ will pop-up in Rundle Mall during Tasting Australia with cooking classes, masterclasses, tastings and more.

Imagine world-renowned South Australian producers who are often hidden among pockets of rolling hills, and vineyards, or lush and leafy gardens, plonked right into the heart of the CBD in Rundle Mall! 

That’s exactly what’s happening at Urban Kitchen, where for 10 days this May during one of Australia’s biggest foodie festivals – Tasting Australia – you’ll watch celebrity chefs cook with world-famous produce, before getting your chance to taste it. 

Tasting Australia was first held in Adelaide in 1997, and over its 26-year history has grown to become one of the country’s longest running eating and drinking festivals. 

It’s no surprise then that Adelaide’s most iconic shopping Precinct, Rundle Mall, is getting involved. 

This year, with a new expanded program at the Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall is offering its biggest and best Urban Kitchen yet! 

Within that expanded program, you’ll find 40 live cooking demonstrations and jam-packed masterclasses, including Adelaide’s own MasterChef contestant and clinical nutritionist Malissa Fedele. 

Image: Craig Basford from Big Shed Brewing and Malissa Fedele who’s a former MasterChef contestant

Malissa will host an intimate Mother’s Day brunch demonstration, where she will create a mood-boosting brunch of fluffy pancakes with spiced almond butter and berry compote, and an accompanying berry-filled smoothie. Malissa will also share expert nutrition tips, before rounding out the masterclass with a group mindfulness session. Tickets include a $20 Rundle Mall voucher and Good Day Wellness journal to take home. 

Throughout the 10 days of Urban Kitchen, Sprout will run live cooking demonstrations three to four times daily, where for just $12, eager home cooks can learn how to pair delicious local produce with some of South Australia’s finest wine, gin, whiskey, and craft beer, before enjoying food and beverage tastings. 

It’s one of the most affordable Tasting Australia events available so that everyone can get involved with the festival, no matter your budget. 

These demonstrations at Urban Kitchen will showcase exciting flavour combinations, such as olive oil and shiraz, honey and whiskey, mushrooms and beer to name a few, and feature recipes such as olive oil chocolate mousse with berries and hazelnuts, Japanese potato pancakes, and mushroom, chorizo & pesto breakfast sliders. 

“Last year’s Sprout cooking demonstrations were a hit with enthusiastic foodies,” said Andrew White, the Adelaide Economic Development Agency’s Rundle Mall Executive Manager. 

“With tickets priced at just $12, attendees can look forward to learning new culinary skills while indulging in tastings of two courses and a paired drink. We anticipate these demonstrations to be in high demand once again. 

“Urban Kitchen is a great way to have a day out in Rundle Mall, sharpen your culinary skills, and pick up some new homewares or cookbooks.” 

Other standout Urban Kitchen events include Red Hen Spirits’ owner and distiller Anthony Vallelonga delving into the history and craftsmanship behind his award-winning gins. He’ll guide you through a tasting journey of four gins unveiling the intricacies of each spirit, from botanical selection to distillation techniques in this once-off masterclass. You’ll get to take home your new-found knowledge, with a 200mL bottle of their Classic Dry Gin as yours to keep (or drink). 

Wine lovers can become the ultimate connoisseur thanks to the RIEDEL Wine Glass Experience, which explores the difference the right glassware makes to your wine drinking experience and gives a glimpse into the company’s 268-year history. 

And finally, Koko Black Head Chocolatier and Product Innovator, Remco Brigou, is back and will exclusively demonstrate how to make their mouth-watering whipped caramel mousse praline. Plus, he’ll step you through how to make a decadent chocolate hazelnut cake to level up your dessert game. 

“Rundle Mall is more than just a shopping destination, with Urban Kitchen helping put a spotlight on the Precinct’s growing food and beverage offering of more than 100 eateries – from food court vendors and cafes to small bars and restaurants,” White says. 

“With hundreds of thousands of South Australians coming through the Mall every day, Urban Kitchen helps regional food producers connect with new customers and showcase their brand.” 

Urban Kitchen 
Where: Rundle Mall, at the Gawler Place Canopy 
When: From Friday 3 May to Sunday 12 May 

To find out more about Urban Kitchen and book your tickets, head here. 

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