A Guide to Taste Australia – For All Budgets
After a slightly calmer 2021, Tasting Australia is returning full speed ahead this year – the 2022 edition will feature over 200 events across 11 regions across the state. Some of the top-flight events are already sold out (hello, Tasting Australia Airlines) but with a host of new events taking place today, there are still plenty of tasty options to choose from. If Fringe hasn’t been kind to your wallet, $5 will get you a cup of noodles from Morgan McGlone, while a meal prepared by Burnt Ends maestro Dave Pynt can come with a drink. of wine for only $40. At the other end of the spectrum, you can join two of the Barossa’s founding families for a walk through history or drop a few months’ rent by trying some white burgundies.
When you’re on a real college budget, multi-course treats are hard to come by. Thankfully, the University of Adelaide is following up on last year’s Festival of Sausage in Bread with another perennial student classic: cup noodles. Morgan McGlone, co-founder of Belles Hot Chicken, and Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook) will each bring their distinctive style to noodles using a range of local produce to create what is arguably this year’s most budget-friendly event. .
The University of Adelaide Cloisters
April 6, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
$5 a cup
Town Square Kitchen Express Lunch
If you’re short on time or money, but still want to enjoy a meal at Town Square Kitchen, this is your ticket. Each lunchtime, a unique dish will be offered – accompanied by a glass of Yalumba wine – by a range of chefs, including modern barbecue maestro Dave Pynt of the world’s number 34 restaurant Burnt Ends, Etta young gun Rosheen Kaul and Amy Hamilton from Albany’s Liberty (who all cook at sold-out diners in Town Square). Tickets will be available on April 4.
Town Square Kitchen, Victoria Square
April 29 to May 8
Super-Natural Wine Festival
Bid farewell to the festival on its closing weekend as you sip unreleased lo-fi wines — in a secret warehouse — from some of the state’s best winemakers, including a one-night-only blend from Frederick Stevenson, a collaboration wine from Jean Bouteille and Comme Ci Comme Ça, the new white and bubbly blend from Moorak, the 2022 pet-nat from Delinquente and the rare reds from the new Hills Parley Wine label. The wines will be supported by a line-up of DJs: Mell Hall (Adelaide), Luen (Sydney), Lex Deluxe (Melbourne) and Annie Bass (Adelaide). The exact location of the venue will be shared with ticket holders prior to the event.
To be determined, Franklin Street
May 7 7 p.m.–12 a.m.
Lawns Chin Chin X Yalumba GoGo
In many ways, Chin Chin Thai Restaurant could be considered Melbourne’s most successful restaurant. It opened in 2011, with queues from day one, and the hype hasn’t died down. In 2016, its downstairs waiting bar – GoGo – was renovated and became a destination in its own right. And it arrives at the Barossa Yalumba winery for a three-day pop-up – its first appearance in South Australia – on the final weekend of the festival. Expect bar snacks by Chin Chin, Yalumba wines and local beers, plus live music on the lush lawns.
May 6 to 8
For a more theatrical affair, head to this literal blind tasting that turns off the lights and puts your taste buds front and center. Let your mind wander and feel your other senses amplified as you sit in the dark for an evening of wine and vegan canapes provided by Forage Supply Co, a social enterprise using funds from their hospitality businesses to create solutions for portable housing for homeless people (a prototype was seen in Town Square last year).
Arthur Art Bar
May 4 to 5, 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
As natural winemaking becomes more mainstream, lo-fi drops are appearing in the most unlikely places. But labor-intensive methods and small batch sizes mean it’s increasingly difficult to source wines from OG natural wine producers in the Adelaide Hills. Luckily, this event does all the work for you, with local winemakers from Gentle Folk, Ochota Barrels, Comme Ci Comme Ca, Basket Range Wine, Shobbrook Wines and Commune of Buttons pouring their wares alongside international selections curated by the leading importer. and Sydney’s Paski wine. the owner of the bar Giorgio de Maria.
University of Adelaide Masterclass Pavilion, Town Square
May 1, 4 p.m.
Meet the producer, taste the region
This one-day event allows you to go behind the scenes with Fleurieu’s top producers and learn how regenerative farmers also act as stewards of the land. Start at Nomad Farms, where pasture-raised chickens live in portable hutches before heading to restaurants like Shobosho, The Salopian Inn and Soi 38 before lunch at Peninsula Providore Olive Grove with other local producers. Tickets include city pickup and drop-off and lunch.
Various places, Fleurieu peninsula
May 2, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fishbank raw bar
If you love the siren call of ceviche, crudo or sashimi, dive into the world of raw seafood with a masterclass from Fishbank Executive Chef Tony Carrol, who shares tips on how to select and prepare seafood at home. Then, sample a flight of oysters from across the state, experience different cuts of fresh bluefin tuna, and watch them sliced in front of you before tucking into a hearty seafood lunch.
School of Fish, 2 King William Street
May 2 & 3 12 p.m.
While most Town Square diners are already sold out, you can still score tickets for this unique feast from festival co-director Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn), who will serve four courses alongside star chef Kane Pollard (Topiary, ex-Sol) and Ben Devlin of the Pipit restaurant on the New South Wales coast. Expect a menu that maximizes local and overlooked produce from a trio of chefs who are passionate about fighting food waste.
Town Square, Victoria Square
May 5, 7 p.m.
Arkhe and his friends
Adelaide’s hottest new restaurant is home to two of the country’s most celebrated chefs – Matt Stone, a leading advocate of low-waste cooking (who now co-runs Byron Bay’s Harvest restaurant), and Louis Tikaram, an award-winning chef who cooked at Tetsuya. , LA hotspot EP and LP and now runs Brisbane’s Cantonese restaurant Stanley – for a night of open-fire cooking with esteemed Arkhé executive chef Jake Kellie. The progressive dinner will begin with bar snacks and cocktails before the main event in the restaurant’s stunning dining room and end with petit fours and appetizers in the courtyard.
May 7, 6 p.m.
Culinary traditions run deep in the Eden Valley, where the Henschke family has been producing wine for six generations and the neighboring Angas clan goes back even further. This means that the landscape is steeped in countless stories and that the two families come together each year to share them during this unique pilgrimage. Wander from the Henschke cellar door to the hallowed ground of the Hill of Grace vineyard, climb Mount Edelstone (where a trio of exquisite wines, including Hill of Grace await you) and return to the characterful farmhouse of Hutton Vale Farm for lunch.
Various locations, Eden Valley
May 8, 10am-4pm
Burgundy White Tasting Table
Tasting Australia Beverage Director Nick Stock has once again put together a program of amazing tasting events, but even in this business we stand out. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this highlight of the program will see unicorn bottles drawn from the region’s Grand Cru vineyards – if names like Comtes Lafon, Etienne Sauzet and Coche-Dury ring a bell, you’ll understand. Just be warned, it comes at an exorbitant price.
Mother Vine, Avenue Vardon
May 4, 4 p.m.
Tasting Australia will run from April 29 to May 8, 2022. New events will go on sale from 6am on Saturday February 26 via the website.