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Tasting Australia returns to the Adelaide Hills this April and May for an eight-day celebration of South Australia’s culinary excellence.

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Tasting Australia 2017

 

The iconic food and wine festival is led by patron and Barossa legend Maggie Beer, creative director Simon Bryant (The Cook and The Chef) and creative curator Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana).

“The city is just the start (of Tasting Australia) – get out to our regions, visit a farm and meet the producer, enjoy a wine masterclass or personalised tasting with the winemaker, harvest olives, make sausages or discover a regional gem,” Bryant said.

The Adelaide Hills will host 10 events during Tasting Australia including a Fresh Wine Disco with resident winemaker, Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 alumna and Tasting Australia ambassador Taras Ochota.

Other events in the Adelaide Hills include the chance to taste some hidden treasure from the 165-year-old Mt Lofty House cellar followed by a degustation from chef Wayne Brown during The Story of Valley to Verandah on 7 May. Festival-goers can also join a tasting summary of the 2017 vintage before a ‘meet the maker’ style food origin discussion over a five-course lunch in The Lane Vineyard’s Dining Room at The Lane ‘Provenance’ event on 5 May.

Tasting Australia events in the Adelaide Hills are::

 

Behind the Scenes: O’Leary Walker at the Historic Johnston’s Brewery, Oakbank

Learn about the history of O’Leary Walker Wines and the historic Johnston’s Brewery at Oakbank in a relaxed conversation with former owner Christ Johnston. Wine and platters will be available to purchase.

When: Sunday 7 May, 2pm

Where: Johnston’s Brewery, Oakbank

Price: Free

 

Experience Chocolate, Red Cacao, Stirling

Spend a luxurious hour with the boutique artisan chocolatier of the Adelaide Hills, Marcus Booth-Remmers from Red Cacao, gaining a first-hand introduction to the wonders of chocolate making.

When: Wednesday 3 May—Saturday 6 May inclusive, 6pm

Where: Red Cacao Chocolatier, Stirling

Price: $55

 

Red Cacao, Stirling

Red Cacao, Stirling

 

Feasting on Film, Glen Ewin Estate, Houghton

At this unique event you’ll consume the 1987 Academy Award-winning film Babette’s Feast while enjoying a five-course meal inspired by the film.

When: Friday 5 May

Where: Glen Ewin Estate Pulpshed, Lower Hermitage (Houghton)

Price: $150

 

Fizzology @ Sinclair’s Gully, Norton Summit

A sensational event in every sense, this Fizzology session will guide you through the delicate process of making fine sparkling wine as you share a delicious tasting flight.

When: Monday 1 May, Wednesday 3 May, Friday 5 May, Saturday 6 May, 11am and 2pm

Where: Sinclair’s Gully Winery, Norton Summit

Price: $75

 

The Lane ‘Provenance’ Lunch, The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf

Head to The Lane Estate for a celebration of food and wine diversity in the Adelaide Hills. Indulge in a five-course degustation showcasing locally-sourced hero ingredients with a ‘meet the maker’ style discussion of food origins with long-standing food suppliers.

When: Friday 5 May, 12:30pm

Where: The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf

Price: $150

 

Life on the Farm, various locations in Littlehampton/Nairne

Journey to the heart of Adelaide Hills agriculture with three top producers from the Bald Hills Road Region: Eastbrooks Vegetable Farm, Bald Hills Olive Grove and Howard Vineyard.

When: Saturday 6 May, 12:30pm

Where: Starts at Four Oaks Farm, Littlehampton

Price: $95

 

Uraidla Local Produce Fair, Uraidla

Experience the new era of country produce fairs. Before settling in for the Fresh Wine Disco at Uraidla Town Hall, soak up some of the country atmosphere at the Uraidla Local Produce Fair, held at the local oval alongside the spectacle of a regional football match.

When: Saturday 6 May, 10am

Where: Uraidla Oval

Price: $8 

 

Fresh Wine Disco, Uraidla

Fresh Wine Disco is a nod to the new guard of winemakers in the Adelaide Hills – and Basket Range in particular – who are gaining recognition around the globe for their progressive winemaking techniques and unique flavours.

When: Saturday 6 May, 4pm

Where: Uraidla Show Hall

Price: $79 

 

Unmasked Dinner, Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Lenswood

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, a single vineyard family winery, is gathering premium Adelaide Hills artisan food and beverage producers in one very special sitting. You’re invited to this five-course degustation.

When: Saturday 6 May, 6:30pm

Where: Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard

Price: $150

 Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard - Tasting Australia 2017

Local Adelaide Hills producers that will be featured and discussing their product during the Unmasked event at Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Lenswood

L-R;  Carey Schultz – Nature’s Chicken (Lenswood); Lauren Evers – MLRV Head Chef; Bee Keeper Syd Denton – Denton Honey (Lenswood); Jamie Steele – MLRV Head Chef; Kris Lloyd – Woodside Cheese Wrights.  

 

The Story of Valley to Verandah Dinner, Mount Lofty House, Crafers

Discover the 165-year-old cellars under iconic Mount Lofty House for a special tasting followed by a decadent degustation upstairs.

When: Sunday 7 May, 6pm

Where: Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Crafers

Price: $299 

 

To book, view the program and find further information visit the Tasting Australia website.