By the Adelady Team

Gourmet food – check. Incredible wine and cocktails – check. Spectacular scenery – check!

This is what Tasting Australia is bringing to Adelaide and the regions from this Friday April 13… time to stretch your tastebuds, legs and minds, Adeladies.

For 10 days, Tasting Australia will offer more than 140 events across 11 regions from degustation dinners to wine masterclasses, a disco, a ball, grazing tours and much, much more. A little overwhelmed?

Don’t worry, we’ve asked two of our favourite Adelady champions – Maggie Beer and Kris Lloyd – to give us their hot tips on what to experience and indulge in during Tasting Australia.

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Kris Lloyd, Woodside Cheese Wrights

East End Cellars Masterclass: Sparkling wine & Champagne, darling. A salon style tasting.

WHEN :: 13 April, 6:30-8:00pm

COST :: Tickets $147.70

WHERE :: East End Cellars Masterclass Pavilion | Town Square, Adelaide

Start your epicurean ten-day journey with a blind tasting of some of the world’s finest liquids that bubble and fizz. Champagne is one of the natural partners for cheese, so here’s your chance to study up. You’ll be guided by the sharpest minds and mouths in Australian sparking wine but it’s up to you to guess which wine is which.

Urban Pantry

WHEN :: 13-22 April

COST :: Free

WHERE :: Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall

I’m super excited to be making an appearance at Rundle Mall’s pop-up Urban Pantry this month – it is the perfect lunch or after work stop to browse, sample and purchase your favourite South Australian producer’s fare. Look out for the self-guided Grazing Trail food tour that runs through Rundle Mall.

Glasshouse Kitchen

WHEN :: 13-22 April

COST :: Tickets from $175

WHERE :: Glasshouse Kitchen | Town Square, Adelaide

With such a superstar line-up, how can you choose just one? Hats off to the festival’s directors Simon Bryant and Jock Zonfrillo for such a powerful program – including their own dinners Seed & Soil (Bryant) and Fire (Zonfrillo). I’ll be contributing to Generations alongside Mehmet Gürs, the founder of Mikla in Istanbul (#51, World’s Best Restaurants), Somer Sivrioglu (Efendy and Anason, Sydney) and the families from Jasmin Indian restaurant and Parwana, as the worlds of old and new collide.

Tasting Australia Spirit Awards Party

WHEN :: 19 April, 6:00-8:00pm

COST :: Tickets $60+

WHERE :: Tasting Pavilion | Town Square, Adelaide

Join the nation’s best distillers as they bring together more than 150 different spirits and liqueurs for tasting at the inaugural Tasting Australia Spirits Awards. Learn first-hand the art and science behind our world class distilling industry – a celebration of my favourite culinary technique, fermentation – and kick the night off with a cocktail and spirit tasting.

Quattro Formaggio

WHEN :: 16 April

COST :: From $20. No bookings – walk up only.

WHERE :: Sunny’s Pizza, Adelaide

With a title like ‘four cheeses’, what’s not to love? Join the off-duty Tasting Australia chefs for a night of unscripted, unpredictable and fun pizza throwing session at Sunny’s. Adelaide’s uber cool pizza bar will flip into a pedestrian pizza party with chefs Somer Sivrioglu (Efendy and Anason, Sydney), Benjamin Cooper (Chin Chin, Melbourne and Sydney), Aaron Turner (Igni, Geelong) and Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana, Adelaide).

Maggie Beer

Andre’s Cucina at Charred

WHEN :: Open from 11:00am 13-15 and 18-22 April. Closed 16-17 April.

COST :: Variable

WHERE :: Charred | Town Square

Start your Tasting Australia journey at the festival’s vibrant hub, Town Square, which is a meeting place, a celebration of produce and home to the smoky, succulent and glorious eating hub – Charred. Serving up warmth as the perfect antidote to autumn’s crisp breeze is Andre’s Cucina; Andre’s sourdough bruschetta three ways, polenta chips and homemade chutney will surely satisfy.

Glasshouse Kitchen – The Romans

WHEN :: 22 April, 12pm

COST :: Tickets $195

WHERE :: Glasshouse Kitchen | Town Square, Adelaide

Who doesn’t love a long, relaxing lunch? Indulge in the quintessential tradition of an Italian Sunday shared in the company of good friends and Italian trained chefs. On board your journey are the godfathers of risotto – Christian and Manuel Costardi, the innovative and sought after Federico Zanellato, Monty Koludrovic who serves up modern Italian, and the locally famed family behind Adelaide institution Lucia’s.

Fleurieu Olive Harvest Open Day

WHEN :: 22 April, 10:00am – 5:00pm

COST :: Free admission, Lunch $45/adult and $20/child

WHERE :: Nangkita Olives, Tooperang

Here’s one for the whole family. Learn to plant, prune, pick, pickle and press olives with one of our top olive producers – Nangkita Olives. Enjoy wood-fired pizza and wine or take to identifying different olive oils by taste, learn the benefits of using olive oil or pop the kids on the hay rides.

Behind the Scenes Farmers’ Market Breakfast and Tour

WHEN :: 15 April, 8:00-9:45am

COST :: Tickets $75

WHERE :: Adelaide Farmers’ Market, Wayville

Join chef and Adelaide Farmers’ Market Kitchen coordinator Sherine Badawy along with Food Tours Australia’s Mark Gleeson for a behind the scenes gourmet breakfast at South Australia’s largest farmers’ market.  It’s amazing to watch the hustle and bustle of market setup while your breakfast is being freshly cooked, and meet the farmers and food producers over coffee.

Krondorf Garden Grazing – Rockford Wines

WHEN :: 16 April, 2:00-5:00pm

COST :: Tickets $150

WHERE :: Rockford Wines, Tanunda

Understanding history is such a beautiful experience, and this tour of my beloved Barossa is going to be really special. After welcoming you at Rockford, guests will trot up the road to Krondorf Farm in a horse drawn carriage, to see, feel, smell and taste their way through one of the region’s oldest gardens.

So now you have no excuse — you’ve got to come and check out Tasting Australia, since you now have the perfect cheat sheet of places to visit. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Millie Looker

Millie Looker

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