Tasting Australia, presented by Thomas Foods, wraps up today following a successful eight days of eating, drinking and thinking in some of South Australia’s top culinary locations.
Confirming the event would be an annual fixture of the event calendar from 2016, Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said holding Tasting Australia every year would help cement South Australia’s reputation as the food and wine capital of the country.
More than 80 free and ticketed events have been held across Adelaide and regional South Australia in the past eight days.
Many were sell outs – including the Origins Dinner, Langton’s Classification of Australian Wine VI, Nose to Kale with Fergus Henderson, A Neighbour’s Walk to Table and Lime Cave Degustation Dinner just to name a few.
The Town Square, which attracted tens of thousands of visitors, created heart and soul for the festival bringing regional fare to the city and a central location for eating, drinking, sharing and thinking.
“These have all created lasting memories for visitors and locals alike, and have put our unique produce and regions on show,” Mr Bignell said.
He congratulated Events South Australia, the creative directors, chef Simon Bryant and wine expert Paul Henry and patron Maggie Beer – on the success of this year’s festival.
“This festival has been revitalised under new leadership and the result has been an event with great depth, an event which tells a story of South Australia and Australia and one which has been embraced by South Australians, visitors, media and industry alike,” Mr Bignell said.
“This has been a week to celebrate what our state does well all year round – serving up delicious food and world-class wine, beer and spirits – while also showcasing experiences and destinations related to our produce.
“Research shows people travel annually for food and wine events, and we aim to capitalise further on this through the annualising of Tasting Australia.”
A new feature of this year’s festival was the Town Square in Victoria Square, where foodies could join a class teaching cooking skills, see a renowned chef cook their signature dish, listen to industry debates, sample food and wine from around the state and treat themselves to fabulous lunches.
A series of spotlight events were also held in regional South Australia and included farmland feasts, food and wine master classes and even a nine-course mushroom degustation in a lime cave.
Tasting Australia also played host to the first bloggers conference directly related to a culinary festival in Australia along with traditional media which will give South Australia’s produce and culinary tourism experiences valuable exposure nationally and internationally.
Tasting Australia has been held biennially for 15 years and has become one of Australia’s biggest eating and drinking festivals, attracting industry professionals, media and foodies from all over the world.
The next Tasting Australia event will be held in April/May 2016 and each year after that.
For further information please visit Tasting Australia website.