Real food heroes and bloggers to shine at Tasting Australia

13 December 2013

Two special guests linked by their love of the land, and the food and wine that come from it, will share the spotlight at next year’s Tasting Australia.

And, 50 of Australia’s leading bloggers will also converge on Adelaide next April to participate in Tasting Australia’s inaugural culinary and travel bloggers event.

Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell today announced American farmer, lecturer and author Joel Salatin, and Australian landscape architect and television personality Costa Georgiadis would be among festival guests.

They’ll join a group of real food heroes sharing their knowledge, stories and experiences with Tasting Australia audiences between 27 April and 4 May.

“I’m delighted Joel Salatin and Costa Georgiadis will be among special guests sharing their unique insights and experiences at what is set to be a refreshed, bold and exciting Tasting Australia,” Mr Bignell said.

“Food and wine contributes $15.4 billion to South Australia’s economy, and is a major drawcard for visitors to our state, and Tasting Australia will highlight all we have to offer.

"Adelaide is a gateway to some truly diverse and distinct regional locations, and our reputation for clean, premium food and wine and wealth of culinary options makes South Australia perfectly suited to hosting this event.”

Joel Salatin lives in Virginia, where he manages Polyface Farms with his family. He is internationally renowned for his roles in documentaries Food, Inc. and Fresh, and has been dubbed by Time Magazine as the world’s most innovative farmer.

Costa Georgiadis is best known as host of ABC television’s Gardening Australia program. He is passionate about plants and people, and supports a range of community causes that promote sustainable living and food production.

Minister Bignell said the blogging event is new to the Tasting Australia program, and will encourage social media conversation about South Australia’s premium food and wine and unique culinary experiences.

“Next year’s Tasting Australia will bring together 50 of Australia’s leading bloggers to expose them to South Australia’s fresh produce, its origins, and the people behind it. The bloggers will attend a conference at the iconic Adelaide Central Market, as well as visits to greater Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills to experience first-hand our State’s culinary scene,” he said.

Renowned local chef Simon Bryant and wine expert Paul Henry are leading Tasting Australia’s creative direction, with South Australian food legend Maggie Beer as Festival Patron.

Tasting Australia will be held from 27 April to 4 May 2014. Visit www.tastingaustralia.com.au for more information. The full event program will be announced during the coming months.

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