Since 1997, Tasting Australia has been showcasing South Australian produce with its massive foodie festival, and with good reason too. Our wholesome southern state produces some of the best food, wine, beer, and spirits in the country, and the world for that matter.
Tasting Australia’s 2023 edition is once again delivering a stacked line-up from Friday 28 April until Sunay 7 May. With over 150 events across 12 South Australian regions, you’ll be able to tuck into incredible lunches, sip boutique beverages by the city firepits, and indulge in spreads created by world-class chefs in a variety of spectacular venues. You can even board a Tasting Australia fight to take you out yonder for more than just an adventure for the taste buds.
Just like previous years, Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga will transform into a foodie hub dubbed Town Square. The free-to-enter venue will be the temporary home to the Town Square Kitchen presented by Mitolo Family Farms, the University of Adelaide Masterclass Pavilion, The Dining Room presented by White Marquee, as well as seven unique bars, live music, and a range of local food vendors.
A mosey around the Square will be sure to entice your hunger – 2023 vendors include: Peel St Restaurant, Kuti Shack, Filipino Project, CARŌclub, Shibui, Phat Head, Victoria Park Social Club, Boston Bay Smallgoods X The Smokin’ Grillers, Hubba Hubba Hummus, Dawn Patrol Coffee, Taco Cartel, One Sneaky Cheetah, Crepe Bar, and Chefs On Wheels. A few Adelaide Fringe festival crowd favourites if we ever did see any!
The Storytellers Series also returns to Town Square, with a stellar line-up of chefs set to share their stories. Again, free to attend, you an listen to tales from behind the pass with host Mandy Hall and guests including: James Lowe, Karen Martini, Chae, Ayubi Family, Justin James, Heidi Bjerkan, Rebecca Sullivan, Rose Adams, and Paul Carmichael with Kylie Javier.
Tasting Australia’s full program is vast, but four festival highlights stand out from the rest. The immersive events feature: Yalumba X Chin Chin, Peel Street X Miznon Melbourne, a long lunch at Maxwell Wines titled McLaren Vale Made, and a five-day culinary adventure through the state’s Epicurean Way with RAA. Further, Chef’s Table, Tasing Australia Airlines, Wine! Wine! Party! Party!, A Taste of Streaky Bay, and Uni Days ft. Adam Liaw and King Stingray are bound to be a blast.
Tasting Australia co-director, Karena Armstrong of The Salopian Inn says, “Tasting Australia brings life to our city and regions, encouraging people to try something new and celebrate the world-class food and beverage experiences on offer in our state.”
While co-director, Darren Robertson shares, “The partnership between local food producers and venues including working farms, breweries, drink-makers, and tourism operators is what makes this event so special.”
That just scratches the surface of what’s on at Tasting Australia across the state between Friday 28 April and Sunday 7 May 2023. Check out the full program on their website.