SA Stories - March 2014

NEW ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

The Frames

The Frames The Frames

Offering luxury accommodation, The Frames is made up of three distinct and modern residences in a private and gated enclave in South Australia’s Riverland. The property is located on a cliff top at Paringa and offers endless views of the River Murray’s beauty and grandeur. Each residence boasts open, private living spaces with fine fittings, including the bed, linen, appliances and poolside outdoor kitchens. The bathrooms feature a spa bath, a sauna and a large rain shower. The Frames has redefined luxury, creating a sensory wonderland in the Riverland.

Tour de Vines

Tour de Vines Tour de Vines

Offering cycling tours throughout France, New Zealand and Australia, Tour de Vines have introduced small group weekend trips in South Australia’s Clare Valley for the first time. Enjoy a leisurely ride along the Riesling Trail, passing rolling vineyards, some of Australia’s oldest cellar doors and sampling world-class wines and gourmet delights. An ideal weekend escape, tours start on a Friday night in Auburn – a two-hour drive from Adelaide. The package includes accommodation in Auburn and Clare, a group dinner in Auburn, two breakfasts, two cellar door lunches, up to five winery visits and a guide. Initial tours have been scheduled for the weekends of March 21 and 28, April 11 and May 2, with more to be held throughout spring or added on demand.

NEW ATTRACTIONS

Verdun Park Wines

Verdun Park Wines Verdun Park Wines

A boutique, family-owned wine producer has opened their doors to the public. Verdun Park Wines opened a cellar door last month. Tickle your palate and tempt your taste buds with a wine flight, enjoy a glass or share a bottle with friends beside the garden and vineyard. Verdun Park Wines specialises in producing a limited quantity of premium, elegant, cool-climate wine each vintage. Taste small and exclusive batches of sauvignon blanc, rose and shiraz. The cellar door is located at Verdun and open on the fourth weekend of every month, from 12pm to 5pm.

Editor on Waymouth

Editor on Waymouth Editor on Waymouth

This new city haunt combines two of the newest trends hitting Adelaide’s nightlife this year – dessert bars and wine bars. Offering fine wine, cocktails, cakes, pastries and music and located in the Adelaide CBD, the Editor on Waymouth invites you in for a cool margarita and a praline platter. Other sweet treats to tempt your tastebuds include a petit tart selection, gluten free brownies, macaroons and tarts made from shortbread pastry.

SA FACE

Simon Bryant

Simon Bryant Simon Bryant

He has more than two decades of culinary experience, a 10-year stint at the Hilton and a television show under his belt, but Simon Bryant is still hungry to showcase South Australia’s food industry. The chef started his career in Melbourne, but moved to Adelaide to take up a position as a commis chef the Hilton, where he worked under Cheong Liew at The Grange and later became the hotel’s executive chef. He co-hosted more than 150 episodes of The Cook and the Chef on the ABC with fellow South Australian food icon Maggie Beer between 2005 and 2009.

If this is not enough on his plate, Simon has taken over the country’s premier food and wine festival as creative director of Tasting Australia. Returning to work with event patron Maggie Beer and teaming up with fellow director Paul Henry, Simon has helped compile a program of more than 75 events.

Simon says the program reflects the festival’s theme of Origins and celebrates South Australia’s producers. It is not, he says, about “bringing out a rock star line up of famous chefs and riding off names”.

“Tasting Australia is about our patch, about showing the world our culinary tourism food trails, why they should come visit us and eat and drink with us. The chef is still present but we are putting the focus on the producer, more focus on the region and even more focus on the provinence, the soil and the uniqueness of that. You can’t take a strain of our shiraz, plant is somewhere else and expect the same wine. It’s about place.”

Tasting Australia presented by Thomas Foods will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from April 27 to May 4.

NEWS

Best Job in the World on the Fleurieu

Explore South Australia’s adventure capital, the Fleurieu Peninsula, through the eyes of Wildlife Caretaker Greg Snell. The Canadian adventurer, who won one of six positions in the Best Jobs in the World competition, recently spent a fortnight in the region. Greg is spending six months travelling throughout South Australia and sharing his adventures with the world on his website and through social media.

 

Greg plays on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Luxury travel bible goes digital

Widely regarded as the bible of five-star travel in regional and remote Australia, Australia in Style is now available as an ebook series. It features stories and photography from 31 travel experiences, from a stylish cattle station to a sand dune eco-camp. R.M. Williams Publishing’s team of photojournalists travelled across the nation for the fourth edition of Australia in Style, produced in hardcover in 2013. It is available as a full 392-page ebook with all 31 stories, or as a series of five ebooks grouped according to region. The South Australian ebook features six stories over 80 pages. The Australia in Style ebook series is available now via the iBooks Store. The full edition costs $14.99, and the mini ebooks are $4.99 each.

Young art stars on show

The SACE Art Show 2014 showcases the creative talents of many of South Australia's finest emerging young artists and designers. The exhibition includes about 150 art and design works, including paintings and drawings, sculpture, costumes and photography, produced by SACE art and design students from schools throughout South Australia. The exhibition is at the Light Square Gallery and will run from March 22 to April 30, 9am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. It will be closed for the Easter break and ANZAC Day.

Awards night comes to Adelaide

Adelaide has been named as the host city for the most prestigious event on the tourism industry calendar, the 2014 Australian Tourism Awards. The awards will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in April 2015, where state and territory tourism award winners from the previous year will compete for national titles. About 800 tourism operators and industry leaders are expected to attend the event. Winners from the 2014 SA Tourism Awards will go on to represent their state at the national event in their hometown. Nominations for these awards are now open and close July 4, 2014.

STORY IDEAS

Taste your way through the Barossa

Maggie Beer Maggie Beer

More than a quarter of the 75 plus events in this year’s Tasting Australia program are in the Barossa, which means you can organise a whole trip around eating and drinking between April 27 and May 4. Join the region’s top producers and top chefs from around the country for culinary experiences in stunning Barossa locations. Be a chef for a day at Appellation, share a table at Maggie Beer’s farm, blend your own wine or feast on local produce amongst the vines.

Boutique brews in the Hills

Thirsty folk should head to the hills for a beverage adventure unlike the usual wine tasting tour. If you prefer an amber liquid over your reds or whites, the Adelaide Hills has several micro-breweries to explore. Head to Prancing Pony in Mt Barker, Grumpy’s Brewhaus in Verdun, Gulf Brewery in Hahndorf or the Lobethal Bierhaus for a beer flight and food platters. The region has a history of beer making, with a pair of Scottish brothers opening Johnston Oakbank brewery opening in 1843. While beer is no longer made here, you will now find cordials, wine and food platters. Cider fans can visit Kersbrook Hill Wines for their beverage of choice or hunt down a bottle from the Hills Cider Company. If you’re still thirsty for wine, head to ChocoVino at Hahndorf Hill Winery for pairings with chocolate.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tasting Australia
Mad March

Yorke Peninsula Saltwater Classic (April 4-6), Yorke Peninsula
Since it started in 2003, the Saltwater Classic has become a must-attend event for boat building enthusiasts keen to preserve their craft. It also includes the award-winning Stansbury Seaside Market.
www.ypsaltwaterclassic.org.au

Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championship (April 7-11), Fleurieu Peninsula
Featuring four golf courses over five days and some of the region’s best attractions and restaurants to enjoy, this event is on every keen golfer’s calendar.
www.fleurieupeninsulagolfchampionship.com.au

Tasting Australia (April 27 – May 4), Adelaide and Regions
Australia’s premier culinary festival returns to deliver the best in Australian produce, wine and beer. Held over eight days, it will feature a range of activities in the city and regions with a focus on youth activities and the arts.
www.tastingaustralia.com.au

2014 Australian National Masters Rowing Championships (May 1-4), Adelaide
Australia’s best masters rowers will compete on the AM Ramsay Regatta Course at West Lakes. There are plenty of great vantage points for supporters to enjoy the racing.
www.rowingaustralia.com.au

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend (May 16-18), Clare Valley
Celebrating the end of vintage each year with award-winning wine and food, this weekend event also features live music in the stunning Clare Valley. The Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend celebrates 30 years of the event this year.
www.clarevalleywinemakers.com.au

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