Although Tasting Australia won’t run as a festival, some smaller events which were part of the original 2020 program and held at established venues will go ahead, within Government guidelines and with the support of the Tasting Australia team as part of the Tasting Australia Local program.
We’ve got a limited number of tickets now available! Discover what events you can attend below.
3 Oct 2020 – 8 Oct 2020
This lunchtime cruise along Adelaide’s glittering coastline will feature fresh local seafood and cultural insights from an Aboriginal guest speaker.
Upon boarding Adelaide Ocean Safari’s brand-new, stylishly state-of-the art vessel at Glenelg you’ll be greeted with a glass of Australian Green Ant Gin — the delicious result of a collaboration between Something Wild and Adelaide Hills Distillery. Enjoy its notes of lime and coriander while taking in the view. Lunch will be a large shared platter piled high with native ingredients and South Australian produce including oysters, prawns and a selection of canapés. Pair your plate with beer or wine — both will be available to purchase. Gather around after the meal for insights and stories from a local Aboriginal speaker. You’ll learn about their connection to land and sea, and discover more about ingredients featured in the lunch platter. Green ants, for instance, were traditionally favoured by indigenous societies for their medicinal benefits and protein content. Two-hour journey complete — and memories made — you’ll cruise back to Glenelg.
10 Oct 2020
4.00pm – 8.00pm
Be captivated by Coonawarra at Bellwether Wines.
You’ll be treated to a three-course meal featuring local meat roasted asado-style over red gum, with a glass of wine on arrival and further drinks available to purchase by the glass or bottle. On the menu: chorizo sausages in home-baked buns, slow-cooked lamb and beef served with fresh garden salad and chimichurri, plus an Argentine dessert.
The Limestone Coast is an extraordinary corner of South Australia — one where farmers, grape-growers and winemakers are blessed with high rainfall, free-draining soils and abundant aquifers. Local eucalypts are huge, with scars from canoes made by Aboriginal people who lived off the land when it was swamp country. At Bellwether Asado you’ll dine under these trees, make new friends, gaze at the stars and share campfire stories. This is a true country experience, one that will also allow you plenty of time to explore the historic stone shearing shed where Bellwether’s acclaimed wines are made. The beautiful property unites local artists, chefs, gardeners, musicians, winemakers, photographers, travellers and wine lovers. Pack your essentials and join the fun.
10 Oct 2020
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Chef Kane Pollard and staff from the Tea Tree Gully café will set off at 6am on the morning of the event and start picking, pulling and prepping ingredients to be served 12 hours later. Your night will begin with a selection of snacks, followed by four courses served at a long table. House-made butter and cheese will make an appearance, along with an assortment of all that is local and delicious within four hours’ drive of the café. Each dish will be made from 100 per cent South Australian produce. Drinks will be served on arrival, with matched wines throughout the dinner. Topiary is set within the grounds of Newman’s Nursery, a go-to destination for Adelaide gardeners. Each menu item is developed from scratch; Pollard searches, tests and develops recipes that push boundaries and fit the café’s lush setting.
11 Oct 2020
12pm – 4pm
How many spices make a dish delicious? Two or 20? Find your own perfect blend with Adelaide spice queen Ragini Dey.
Settle in for a spice appreciation class, five-course set menu lunch and an afternoon of spice sorcery that will change the way you view flavour.
Blend, crush, roast, fry and revel in fragrance under Ragini?s expert eye. Ask all your questions about Indian cuisine: when certain ingredients are added, how long flavours need to infuse then taste dishes made with South Australian produce that use between two and 20 spices. Choose your favourites and ponder the question: is more better?
Ragini was born in the Indian city of Mirzapur and has lived in Adelaide for 37 years. Her stellar career has included a trio of successful restaurants: first The Spice Kitchen in Leabrook, and now The Spicery and Naancho Naancho Man in Hutt Street.
This passionate chef delights in sharing the complexities of spice with home cooks. As she says, she will guide you towards spice heaven, because it could easily be flavour hell.
Please note that drinks are not included in your ticket price and may be purchased on the day.
14 Oct 2020
6.30pm – 10pm
The newly upgraded King William Road is looking good — and so is a five-course Italian feast at local restaurant Farina 00 Pasta & Wine.
You’ll find this casual eatery in the middle of the renewed streetscape; choose a seat in its cosy interior or opt for the outdoor bar space. Your shared-plate dinner menu will feature fresh handmade pasta and hand-stretched wood oven pizza, with matched South Australian wines served alongside each course. Farina 00 is all about traditional methods; this is not a place that takes shortcuts. Slow-cooked sauces and braises, dough left to prove until perfect and the freshest seasonal vegetables all feature. The restaurant is named for the flour used in its pasta: Italy’s signature Stagioni 5 ’00’, which uses only the best wheat and is made in the province of Brescia. Gather friends and family to celebrate as the Italians do: with gusto and over an exceptional meal.
15 Oct 2020
6.30pm – 9.45pm
Stellar South Australian seafood and wine will star in a 10-course degustation at Adelaide’s Arkaba Hotel.
Head chef Anthony Donehue is ready to source the very best ocean fare: think freshly-shucked Coffin Bay oysters, Spencer Gulf prawns, South Australian blue swimmer crabs and kingfish. You’ll begin the night with two cocktail-style courses before being seated for the remaining eight, with individual cheese platters to be served as a final flourish. Hook and Vine is a partnership between the Arkaba and Oatley Fine Wine Merchants; each course will be paired with matched South Australian wines from top producers. Enjoy bottles from the Barossa’s Hentley Farm, Adelaide Hills estate The Lane, the Clare Valley’s Pikes, McLaren Vale winery Gemtree and Langhorne Creek label Bremerton. Representatives from Hentley Farm and The Lane will also attend Hook and Vine to talk wines and share stories with guests. This dining experience is a chance to tour South Australia through expertly crafted dishes and drinks. The state’s reputation for food and wine has never been stronger — Hook and Vine will show you why.
15 Oct 2020
7pm – 11pm
Get set for a culinary journey at Argentinian-influenced La Boca Bar and Grill.
This popular venue — found in Adelaide’s Stamford Plaza — invites guests to indulge in a five-course pork degustation paired with lavish gin cocktails. Premium local ingredients will star at dinner, with a nose-to-tail dining philosophy also guiding the menu. La Boca’s Argentinian-born chef Nicolas Arriola will introduce the meal. Your first course is pork roll with Cajun and bourbon broth, to be served with a honeydew martini made with Applewood gin from the Adelaide Hills. Next comes pork cheek on cauliflower puree and apple relish; its fruity pairing is a Rhubarb Haven cocktail created with homemade syrup and Wild Gin from Kangaroo Island Spirits. Third course is rolled suckling pig with figs and endive salad, complemented by La Boca’s Night Flower: Adelaide Hills Distillery’s 78 Degrees Gin, Mancino Bianco, lavender syrup, citrus and egg white. The final savoury dish for the night will be pork belly marinated with stout and served with smashed chive potato. The Mad Hatter cocktail is its match — ingredients include gin, absinthe and passionfruit. Finish on a sweet note with a strawberry and lavender pistachio shortcake alongside vanilla gelato, and a blueberry cocktail also starring 78 Degrees gin.
16 Oct 2020
6.30pm – 10.00pm
Sunset dining calls for cocktails — and that’s where Twenty Third Street Distillery comes in. The Riverland label is sending its best to the Stamford Grand’s Promenade Restaurant for a four-course dinner.
Gaze across Glenelg beach while enjoying a set menu featuring produce from across South Australia. Promenade executive chef Darren Greenwood spent 10 years working overseas before returning home in 2018; his passion is fresh, bold fare with low food miles. Each of this dinner’s courses will be matched with a cocktail made at a purpose- built station within the restaurant. Twenty Third Street Distillery was built in 1914 and resurrected in 2016 with twenty-first century technology. Its spirits — which include gin, brandy, whiskey and vodka — continue to win global awards, including a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition for the Prime 5 brandy. The Promenade Restaurant’s windows open directly on to the Glenelg esplanade, perfect for people-watching and enjoying the ocean air.
17 Oct 2020
12pm – 1.30pm
Experience a flight in McLaren Vale without leaving the ground.
Your destination: Beresford Wines, a family-owned estate established in 1985 and passionately South Australian. You’ll meet chief winemaker and share a six-wine tasting flight focused on the qualities that set Beresford apart. Each of the wines — Angelique premium cuvee, Estate grenache, Estate cabernet sauvignon, Estate shiraz, Limited Release shiraz and sparkling shiraz — will be paired with a tasting plate of regional flavours. You’ll be hosted in the Beresford Tasting Pavilion, an intimate space that’s all clean lines and views to the 28-hectare property. The site is among the most elevated in McLaren Vale, sitting 130 metres above sea level. Deep sand above the clay sub-soils allows the vines to be dry-grown with minimal or no irrigation, creating wines of intense flavours and soft, mouth-filling tannins. Dix is a South Australian who has spent more than 20 years making wine in regions including Langhorne Creek, Coonawarra, the Riverland and Clare Valley.
18 Oct 2020
12pm – 2pm
Tasting Australia without seafood? Not a chance. Join 2KW Bar and Restaurant executive chef Trent Lymn as he celebrates all that’s fresh from the ocean.
Two hours of rooftop terrace indulgence await you at 2KW’s Seafood and Oyster Festival. On the menu: Eyre Peninsula oysters, hand-caught calamari from the Fleurieu, Largs Bay crab and an abundance of local fish. Exquisite canapés and hearty paella will be matched to still and sparkling wine from across the Adelaide Hills, with Coopers beer also included in the experience. If it’s your first time visiting 2KW, you’ll find it atop one of Adelaide’s best-known heritage-listed buildings on the corner of King William Street and North Terrace. Even regulars are wowed the views, which extend across the city to the Riverbank, Adelaide Oval and beyond. Lymn took on the venue’s executive chef role in 2018. His background includes a stint running his own café-restaurant in Argentina and working for British gastropub pioneer David Eyre in London. Seafood fans are advised to get in early for this Tasting Australia extravaganza: it’s tipped to sell out.
18 Oct 2020
12pm – 4pm
The Kensi is ready to rock the suburbs in a collaboration with craft brewers Little Bang.
You’ll be treated to a six-course beergustation lunch, with produce from each dish to be sourced from across South Australia. Kensi head chef Aleks Tasic loves food and beer pairing and is set to deliver tasty plates inspired by autumn’s harvest. Tasic will chat with diners about the inspiration for his menu; members of the Little Bang team will also be on hand to discuss their brews and share stories from the journey so far. Little Bang Brewing Company was founded by mates Filip Kemp and Ryan Davidson, former video game developers who turned their creative flair to beer production in 2013. After outgrowing their first two premises the business is now based at Stepney. Little Bang offers 21 beers, among them its Icon hoppy steam ale with a can design that speaks to all fans of vintage computers. A recent renovation means the Kensi — found in Kensington’s Regent Street — is looking better than ever. If you’re a fan of quality pub fare and craft brews, this is the lunch you’ve been waiting for.
22 Oct 2020
2.00pm – 11.30pm
Journey to what is the newest luxury lodge in Australia, for an exclusive event as part of its formal opening, to celebrate what they do best.
Your experience at the lodge, which is part of the celebrated Mount Lofty House estate, will begin with a chauffeur luxury transfer to the property before being settled into your luxury suite. From here you may choose to relax during a 30-minute spa treatment or discover the nuances of Adelaide Hills gin during a guided tasting.
As evening falls, your experience will commence with an orchestral performance, canapes and sparkling Sequoia wine beneath the giant tree that shares its name.
Hear about the creation of the property and the history of the iconic manor which lies at the heart of Mount Lofty House. A stroll afterwards will allow you to chat with representatives from flagship South Australian brands RM Williams and Jurlique. You will then be led to your dinner table — settle in for a meal prepared in collaboration with world class chefs Jin Choi (Hardy’s Verandah) and Jared Ingersoll (Barrel and Beast) (31st March) or Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Bentley (Magno Brasserie) (1st April) in a partnership between Paroo Premium Kangaroo and Penfold’s fine wines will complete the picture.
Gather around a bonfire for after-dinner marshmallows, stories and stargazing before turning in for the night.
This Tasting Australia event grants you access months ahead of the destination’s official launch in September.
7 Nov 2020 & 8 Nov 2020
2pm – 4pm
Set sail with stalwarts of the local spirits scene in an afternoon of sensory exploration.
Captaining the voyage: Never Never founder Sean Baxter, Applewood distiller Laura Carter and Ounce Gin distiller David Danby – all hosted by one of Adelaide’s biggest gin fans, Hains & Co’s Marcus Motteram.
You’ll gather on the outdoor deck of Hains, where the makers will offer a truly immersive experience from each of their labels and give you insights which will give you a deep appreciation of their craft.
These premium gins will be matched with the right tonics, you’ll get to experiment with garnishes, while sampling divine gin-inspired canapés.
Book any, or all of the above events at https://tastingaustralia.com.au/supporting-hospitality