The first lot of tickets to Tasting Australia go on sale today and there's some exciting inclusions for 2019 you won't want to miss.
An epicurean flotilla on the Murray River, a surf safari and seafood feast on the Yorke Peninsula and chartered flights to Coffin Bay, Kangaroo Island, Mayura Station, the Barossa and Flinders Ranges are all part of next year's bold program.
Tasting Australia will run from April 5-14 bringing unprecedented opportunities for food, wine, beer and spirit lovers to explore and experience South Australia.
Featuring more than 90 events in Adelaide and the regions, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway says "the festival is expected to attract more than 60,000 people, many from interstate and overseas, generating significant economic activity for the state".
Where else can you cruise the Murray River, cook your own meal with hampers prepared by Tasting Australia, and dine aboard a 120-year-old paddle-steamer with original wood-fired oven and award-winning chefs at the helm?
"If you prefer something saltier, the Surf Food Safari at Innes National Park will enable guests to explore this untouched piece of paradise, whilst re-fuelling on world-class food sourced from the region" the Minister says.
Yalumba will come on board as the major wine sponsor, their premium drop served throughout the festival.
If masterclasses is your thing, there's plenty on offer with Nick Stock and East End Cellars showcasing Champagne Bollinger, 1000 Years of Wine, blend your own Torbreck Run Rig shiraz and more.
Festival Director Simon Bryant says “Tasting Australia may be one of the country’s original food and beverage festivals, but it has always taken a maverick approach to showcasing quality, provenance and personality without following trends”.
While Programming Director Jock Zonfrillo says "top chefs are excited to come to Adelaide, and experience South Australia".
“Alex Atala from D.O.M. in Brazil – number 30 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants - will be cooking in the Glasshouse Kitchen next year, as will Thai aficionado David Thompson and Peter Gilmore from Gourmet Traveller’s Restaurant of the Year, Quay.
“Alongside them we have a great line-up of established and emerging talent including Shinobu Namea (L’Effervescence, Tokyo), Manu Buffera (Restaurant Manu, Brazil), Mat Lindsay (Poly and Ester, Sydney) and O’Tama Carey of Sydney’s hottest eatery, Lankan Filling Station bringing the heat, flavour and excitement to the kitchen".
Not forgetting local ambassadors who do South Australia proud every day; Adam Liston (Shōbōsho), Jessie Spiby (My Grandma Ben), Emma Shearer (The Lost Loaf), Bethany Finn (Mayflower Restaurant), Karena Armstong (The Salopian Inn), Michael Downer (Murdoch Hill), Kate Laurie (Deviation Road), Louisa Rose (Yalumba) and Stephen Pannell (SC Pannell).
Grab your tickets to Tasting Australia here
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