With just three weeks to go until the official opening of 2019 Tasting Australia, the festival is proving once again to be a tempting autumn attraction with 18 events on the program already sold out.
Running April 5 to 14 in more than 120 venues across Adelaide and regions, Tasting Australia offers a packed program of intimate dinners, long lunches, culinary day-trips, classes, wine tasting sessions and more featuring over 70 Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs and winemakers from around the world.
Pop-up restaurant the Glasshouse Kitchen will return as the glittering heart of festival hub Town Square, with two of its dinners already sold out: Fire (April 5), and Nouveau (April 6), and tickets selling fast to the remaining six banquets. All feature a stellar line-up of top chefs cooking to a theme: Effervescence (April 7) celebrates all things bubbly, with Bollinger Champagne in a starring role; East Meets West (April 12) showcases chefs cooking outside their traditional cultural boundaries, including newly minted Michelin starred chef Chiho Kanzaki (France); while Roast (April 14) turns the traditional Sunday lunch on its head with a contemporary menu perfect for feasting with friends.
Tasting Australia Airlines regional flights are also taking off, with the day trip to Coffin Bay (April 6) already sold out, and limited tickets remaining to Kangaroo Island (April 6 and 7), the Flinders Ranges (April 13-14), Barossa (April 9) and Mayura Station on the Limestone Coast (April 13). Each trip includes lunch prepared by star chefs such as Cheong Liew, Maggie Beer, Adam Liston and more, plus beverages, for a luxurious day of dining and tourism experiences in stunning regional locations.
Wine aficionados and novices alike are flocking to the East End Cellars Masterclasses in Town Square, with four tasting sessions now sold out including the Champagne Bollinger Collection (April 7) and Glory of Grenache (April 11), with many others down to their final few tickets.
Other masterclass highlights include the International Chardonnay Tasting (April 7) offering a tasting of the incredibly rare 2015 Coche-Dury Meursault; Masters and Apprentices (April 13), which will see 12 established and young winemakers face off with tastings; hands-on Blend Your Own Gin sessions with KIS Spirits (April 6, 17, 13), and Torbreck RunRig Blend Your Own (April 7), where participants can create their own version of the label’s famous wine.
Tasting Australia Director Simon Bryant said the popularity of this year’s event was reflective of the exciting and diverse program, co-curated by award-winning Adelaide chef and Programming Director Jock Zonfrillo and Beverage Director Nick Stock.
“This year’s program undoubtedly cements Tasting Australia as Australia’s premier culinary experience festival, and it’s clear people are responding,” Mr Bryant said.
“From fine dining to free family events, and intimate meals with Michelin-starred chefs to shared feasts with friends in Town Square, as well as chances to get hands-on with workshops, classes and tours, Tasting Australia really is a feast for the senses.”
Tasting Australia kicks off on Friday April 5 when free festival hub Town Square officially opens in Victoria Square with the theme of “Small Plates” – an all-day grazing mecca with multiple food vendors and bars.
Opening celebrations continue that night with Of the Moment – The Opening Night Party where guests will be treated to a surprise menu of once-in-a-lifetime dishes of local ingredients sourced on the day by chefs
Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana, Adelaide), David Thompson (Aaharn, Hong Kong), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney) and Darren Robertson (Three Blue Ducks, Sydney) with matched wines by Yalumba.
Other program highlights include top chefs cooking their take on the classic pub schnitzel at The Stag Public House in SchnittFest (April 8), the second annual Tasting Australia Spirit Awards (April 6), premium wine dinners at Yalumba (April 13), Henschke Cellars (April 12), and the Legends in Clare Valley lunch at Pikes winery (April 13).
Tasting Australia runs across Adelaide and regions from April 5 to 14, 2019. For tickets and more information go to tastingaustralia.com.au
TASTING AUSTRALIA 2019 SOLD OUT EVENTS:
• Glasshouse Kitchen: Fire (April 5); Nouveau (April 6)
• Tasting Australia Airlines: Coffin Bay (April 6)
• East End Cellars Masterclasses: Sparkling Red – Brunch on the Dark Side (April 6); Champagne Bollinger Collection (April 7); Experience the Magical Journey of Coffee from Yemen to Adelaide
(April 7); Glory of Grenache (April 11)
• L Plates: Parwana Picnic (April 6); Taco Time (April 6)
• Very Jammy – Traditional Jam and Jelly Making (April 5, 7, 10)
• Rockford Wines – Krondorf Garden Grazing (April 6 and 7)
• Bottomless Buns, Beer and Bubbles (April 6 and 13)
• Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail Tour (April 8, 9, 10)
• Izakaya Night (April 9)
• Family Dinner at Salopian with Karena Armstrong and Emma McCaskill (April 10)
• Rumble in the Tunnels (April 10)
• South Australia’s Two Big Reds – Wine and Wagyu (April 11)
• Of the Land and Sea (April 13)