Appreciate an incredible culinary experience? Can’t go past a delightful local drop?
Tasting Australia starts this weekend in Adelaide, celebrating the unique flavours of South Australia’s incredible food and wine regions from Sunday April 30 – Sunday May 7.
There’s one man who knows everything there is when it comes to South Australia’s wine region – East End Cellars owner Michael Andrewartha is excited to host an array of beverage related events, tastings and experiences with locals at the 2017 Tasting Australia Festival. SA Style were lucky enough to sit down with the man himself as he took us through the incredible list of offerings at the iconic culinary festival.
South Australia has always been the flagstone of the Australian wine industry. The programme of wine events at Tasting Australia have been curated specifically to encourage exploration, to broaden horizons, at the same time as drilling down into details, and to show that few cities on earth can so evocatively illustrate the idea that all good wine comes with a strong sense of place. As Michael so passionately explained to us, “There’s something for anyone who loves wine.” There was certainly no shortage of South Australian spirit in the planning process as Michael’s extensive knowledge and years of industry connections helped curate the wineries involved in the event, “We have access to wines that no one else has access to… top end wines! It makes me choke up thinking about how everyone pulled together for this event. The pride in SA in incredible – the ability for wineries to open their doors for us and offer their best quality is amazing. I even had wineries offering me their last 3 cases!”
THE CITY SPACE
Victoria Square will become the FREE central hub, known as Town Square, for the eight-day festivity with events taking place in and around the city icon.
The All-Day Weekend Experiences
Saturday 6 May – Spirit of Australia Day (11AM until Midnight) 16 breweries as well as a taste of the region’s best whiskey, rum and gin! Distilleries involved include Adelaide Hills Distillery (with its Green Ant Gin), Ounce, Applewood and KI Spirits.
Sunday 7 May – Cider Sunday + Beer and Charcoal Sunday (11AM until 5pm)
Glass House Kitchen
Book a table with friends at the Glasshouse Kitchen, Tasting Australia’s new showpiece restaurant where guest chefs from around the country and the globe will join forces with local industry to produce decadent dinners every night.
Set up for service every night of the Tasting Australia festival, the Glasshouse Kitchen will welcome some of the biggest names of the world’s culinary alumni right now.
Joining the lineup is industry trailblazer Marco Pierre White and the unassuming powerhouse from Slovenia, Ana Ros – the World’s Best Female Chef for 2017.
Food + Drink
Warm your body and satisfy your appetite at Charred, Tasting Australia’s Town Square ‘street’ food vendors. Each stall will utilise fire as a primary heat source for cooking their menu, adding smokiness and searing heat to your autumn lunch or dinner. It’s your chance to experience incredible food at an affordable price!
Following the many free tastings on offer, to showcase quality wines such as Henschke, you can also purchase a glass of local wine, artisan beer, cider or spirits to share an after work aperitif. You can even pick up a fine local bottle to take home and share at your table for dinner from the Tasting Australia bottle shop. All beverages are presented by East End Cellars!
East End Cellars are hosting a range of masterclasses throughout Town Square that are designed to educate guests about the local food and wine of Adelaide. “Tasting Australia is a great event to highlight the passion of local winemakers and beer brewers; we’re looking forward to sharing this with the guests,” says Michael.
One of the many events, East End Cellars Masterclass: Food Culture of Beer (Wednesday 3 May), will be hosted by Matt King (The Craft Beer King), an Adelaide based beer blogger. “The guests will enjoy a pint of beer that matches with four entrée courses, whilst understanding the local brewers with a question and answer session. The four brewers [Mismatch, Pirate Life, Big Shed and Hawkers] will all be present to talk about their beer with the guests.”
Full list of masterclasses ranging from $40 to $950:
- Two Good Looking Roosters Showcase
- The Glory of Grenache – a discussion, a debate, an impassioned plea
- ‘Skinny Dipping’ – a celebrating skin contact in wine:
- 10 vintages of Rockford Basket Press Shiraz – a wine with should:
- Food culture of Beer: Craft Beer and Food Tasting: 3 May
- Pet Nat, for all the cool kids
- The Surprise Session – only the bold will dare:
- Australian Pinot Noir:
- Six vintages of Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
- Six vintages of Penfolds St Shiraz
- Seriously Sparkling
- Naturally Good
- Grange Experience – six vintages over six decades
- The Kind and Queen of Riesling with some old friends
- 10 years of Wendouree
more details + bookings here
image · Michael Andrewartha taking us through the six different vintages of Penfolds Grange and Penfolds St Henri Shiraz available for tasting at the East End Cellar masterclasses
for more info visit tastingaustralia.com
all photos by Megan Voo for South Australian Style