SA Stories - April 2013

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide

For a relaxing stay in Adelaide’s CBD, there are some new, plush rooms on the scene at the Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide on North Terrace. A multi-million refurbishment to 181 4-star rooms has resulted in modern accommodation boasting new bathrooms, sleek white interiors and chrome fixtures. Add the splashes of colour and leather chairs and the rooms offer a bright and stylish option. Perhaps most outstanding of all are the striking black and white photography of local landmarks that hang above the bed heads. Images include the Elder Park Rotunda and the Beehive Corner.

Overnight Adventure Package

Fleurieu Sailing Fleurieu Sailing

Combine indulgence and adventure with Fleurieu Sailing and Links Lady Bay Resort's travel package. Perfect for couples seeking a quick break, this getaway includes accommodation for two at the resort, lunch at the Peninsula Bar and Restaurant, nine holes of golf and a two hour twilight sail on board the luxury Lady Eugenie. Situated just an hour and twenty minutes from Adelaide, Links Lady Bay Resort and Fleurieu Sailing offer an accessible getaway on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula – South Australia’s adventure playground.

Air Adventure - Outback to Ocean

Australian Air Australian Air charter

Combine two of South Australia’s jewels on this air safari that links the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island. Outback to Ocean is a new tour for Air Adventure, which has been operating Outback Australia tours since 1977. Passengers on this trip will be hosted by fourth generation local, Ross Fargher, at the Prairie Hotel in the Flinders Ranges before experiencing Australia’s first true luxury lodge – Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. This trip departing from Melbourne will give visitors a chance to experience two beautiful remote landscapes in just four days.

Barossa Unique Tours

Barossa Unique Tours Barossa Unique Tours' new jeep

Whether it be by trike or by Jeep, Barossa Unique Tours will transport visitors around the Barossa in style. Formerly known as ‘Barossa Trike Tours,’ Barossa Unique Tours has added a brand new Jeep to its fleet, offering visitors an alternative to the exhilarating trikes. A wet weather alternative, the classy black Jeep is also available for stylish airport transfers. Half day or full day personalised tours of the Barossa are available with Barossa Unique Tours, with the full day tour including a personalised lunch at local restaurant 1918 Bistro and Grill.

NEW FOOD, WINE AND LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS

Cantina Sociale

Cantina Sociale Cantina Sociale

For a wine bar with a difference, visit Cantina Sociale where the focus is purely on the wine and good company. Situated in Adelaide’s west end, this intimate bar offers tastings straight from the barrels. Not only is the wine sourced from a selection of exciting South Australian growers, it won’t be found anywhere else! If patrons are desperate to take some home with them, Cantina Sociale will bottle it straight from the barrel. There’s also a selection of tasty little morsels including bread, meat, and cheeses to go with the wine.

Apple Bar

Apple Bar Apple Bar

Apple Bar in Adelaide’s east end has recently undergone major refurbishments to result in four unique event spaces. From the eye-catching lobby to the plush main gallery, cosy lounge room and hip deck area, Apple Bar presents itself as a venue able to cater to a whole host of occasions. With a range of food and drinks packages, this upmarket venue aims to cater for small to large groups and everyone in between.

SA FACES

Catherine Barnett

Catherine Barnett Catherine Barnett

As Chief Executive Officer of Food SA, Catherine Barnett has an intimate knowledge of South Australia’s food industry and works to support its growth and development. An industry group, which aims to help businesses foster connections, increase profitability and improve practices; Food SA offers access to development programs, special events and access to overseas markets in Japan and China. While there is a lot of competition in the market, Catherine says food from South Australia offers something else. “Business is tough at the moment, yet increasingly consumers across the world are looking for high quality, safe and unique food, which South Australia offers,” she said. There are exciting developments on the horizon including the National Food Precinct, which Food SA will be actively involved and will help the food processing industry become more strategic and commercially targeted in a sustainable way. The Eat Local program also continues to build momentum and publicises restaurants and cafes that serve at least one dish made from local produce. Catherine loves the diversity that comes with working at Food SA and the passionate team she works with. “No two days are the same and we have such great people making such high quality food. The people really are the special ingredient.” With a high profile role in a fast moving industry, Catherine relishes the chance to get away. “I’m passionate about the whole state and the diversity offered in each region makes us unique. I love Christmas holidays on Kangaroo Island, the Coonawarra for a long lazy wine weekend and the Eyre Peninsula for all its magnificent seafood,” she said.

EVENTS

KI Feast-ival KI Feast-ival

SACE Art Show 2013, 25 March – 1 May, Adelaide
More than 150 art and design works from emerging young artists and designers.
www.southaustralia.com/info.aspx?id=9011080

Adelaide Food and Wine Festival, 6 – 14 April, Adelaide and regions
A series of events to celebrate South Australia’s dynamic food and wine culture.
www.adelaidefoodandwinefestival.org

Swimming – Australian Age Championships, 8 – 15 April, Adelaide
More than 1,500 of Australia’s up and coming swimming stars will compete at the newly built state-of-the-art Aquatic Centre at Marion.
www.swimming.org.au

Jeremy Strode at Appellation, 20 – 21 April, Barossa
Two opportunities to experience the flavours of the Barossa with visiting chef Jeremy Strode and the Appellation team.
www.thelouise.com.au/dine/events/

Kangaroo Island Feast-ival, 25 – 30 April, Kangaroo Island
This is an Island feast that celebrates fine seafood, local produce, location and conversation on iconic Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
www.goodfoodkangarooisland.com

Australian Swimming Championships, 26 April – 3 May, Adelaide
Australia’s best swimmers will come together in South Australia for the nation’s Swimming Championships which will also incorporate selection for the FINA World Championships.
www.swimming.org.au

Flinders Ranges Outback Epic MTB Race, 27 – 28 April, Flinders Ranges and Outback
Mountain bike races of different distances over the Flinders Ranges with a 200km solo and unsupported race that must be completed within a time frame.
www.eventstrategies.com.au

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend, 18 – 19 May, Clare Valley
The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend was the first food and wine event of its kind in Australia.
www.clarevalleywinemakers.com.au

Kernewek Lowender, 20 – 26 May, Yorke Peninsula
A festival celebrating the culture and heritage of our community while having fun!
www.kernewek.org

Hoot! Adelaide Hills Jazz Festival, 6 – 10 June, Adelaide Hills
The pre-eminent jazz festival in South Australia, celebrating jazz from across the world, showcasing the Adelaide Hills with 60 acts over five days.
www.adelaidehillsmarketing.com.au/hoot 

NEWS

Sticky Rice Cooking School Sticky Rice Cooking School

Naples-accreditation for Etica
Ethical pizzeria, Etica, has recently become Adelaide’s first Naples-accredited pizzeria, joining just six others from Australia. The accreditation is in recognition of Etica’s dedication to creating pizza in the true tradition from Naples. Etica’s pizza dough contains just a few ingredients and is aged over a 30 hour period and cooked in less than 90 seconds in the wood-fired oven.

Top award for Sticky Rice
Sticky Rice Cooking School’s new accommodation has already received top honours being listed in The Australian newspaper's Hotel of the Week column. With competition including 5 star hotels from around the world, the new Adelaide Hills villas complete the Sticky Rice Cooking School offering.

Accolade for No 58 Cellar Door and Gallery
No. 58 Cellar Door and Gallery has recently been named as the ‘Star Cellar Door’ in its competing region in Gourmet Traveller Wine’s latest edition. This is fantastic recognition for one of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s many cellar doors and is an indication of the quality of cellar doors within the region.

SA products in T-QUAL Tick Race
Some of South Australia’s key operators will feature in the upcoming T-QUAL Tick Race, which will see three of Australia’s top bloggers experience T-QUAL endorsed attractions around the country and battle it out in a series of challenges. Products with the T-QUAL tick have been accredited as a quality tourism experience or product. SA operators include the Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Adelaide Central Market Tours, Lenzerheide Restaurant and the National Railway Museum Port Adelaide.

STORY IDEAS

The Cedars The Cedars

- Winter is approaching, which means red wine and crackling fires. Explore the Limestone Coast and Barossa and compare the similarities and differences between the bold red wines SA is known for.

- March has come to an end but that’s no excuse to stay indoors. Get out and about with a range of events and look into the Yorke Peninsula’s Cornish heritage at Kernewek Lowender.

- Make the most of the autumn colours and head for the Adelaide Hills to explore the open gardens and discover the landscape that inspired Sir Hans Heysen.

MEDIA GALLERY NEWS

The Cedars Hahndorf main street

Make your senses sing with shots of the Ye Olde Ice Creamery in Hahndorf. Take your pick from strawberries or cherries, with new ‘pick your own’ experience imagery. Get up close and personal with images of Cleland Wildlife Park and the Hahndorf Farm Barn. Take a deep breath and discover the romance of historic Hahndorf imagery. Be inspired by contemporary art and captivated by images of the Hahndorf Academy.

Log into the Media Gallery to discover these new images for yourself.

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