A whirlwind weekend in Adelaide
Adelaide has been named one of the world’s great foodie capitals by the revered Conde Nast Traveller magazine, and Tasting Australia gives you the chance to experience everything about Adelaide’s exciting food and wine scene in one jam-packed 10-day festival.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you’ll want a quick and easy plan to all that the city and its regions offer your palate – so here’s how to get through Tasting Australia in one fantastic weekend…
Put some fizz into your Friday night with a Masterclass
Grab a cab into the city and take a seat at Town Square’s East End Cellars Masterclass Marquee for Sparking Wine and Champagne, Darling: A Salon Style Tasting. We want you to start your weekend the right way – with bubbles – and you’ll be guided through Australian sparkling wine by Deviation Road’s Kate Laurie and the legendary Ed Carr from House of Arras.
With bottles including Dom Perignon 2009, Krug MV, Pol Roger Brut Rose 2008, Ashton Hills Salmon Brut, Jose Dhondt, House of Arras Brut Elite, Romney Park Blanc de Blancs 2011, Deviation Road Loftia, Daosa Blanc de Blanc 2012, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Michel Genet Brut Esprit, you’re sure to put the fizz into a great weekend ahead (Tickets $140).
There are over a dozen other East End Cellars Masterclasses you can explore here
Later, scout our small bar scene
Want to venture out on your own? Why not grab a drink in Town Square, or head out to explore the small bar scene of the city. Some of our favourites include Bar Torino, Hains & Co, Maybe Mae, Hellbound Bar and Clever Little Tailor, or you can check out this list of Top 10 Adelaide bars here.
Put fire in your belly and chow down at Charred
Tasting Australia’s hive of activity in the centre of the city is Town Square, and its immersive centrepiece is Charred. With 14 vendors using fire as their primary heat source to concoct delicious bites from local ingredients, there will be something for every taste.
Jump in the car and pick a region: the Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula or Adelaide Hills.
Head north to enjoy a five-course meal at Saltram Wine Estate in Angaston along with samples of the winery’s flagship Tawny in their underground cellar (Tickets $80).
If you want to explore this region yourself, there’s plenty more to do! Why not visit culinary icon Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, the Lyndoch Lavender Farm or get back to nature and swing by the Whispering Wall on your way through? Find out more about what the Barossa has to offer.
Fancy a venture south? Book in for the Hidden Secrets of Penny’s Hill, with a walk through the winery’s vineyard to sit down for a seasonal six-course menu prepared by the Kitchen Door Restaurant (Tickets $175.00). McLaren Vale is a favourite region for wine lovers and with more than 70 cellar doors there’s plenty of reason to go exploring. A trip to the already-iconic d’Arenberg Cube MUST be on your list. Find out more about what McLaren Vale has to offer.
Or head to the iconic Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf for an insider’s experience, grazing platters and Bickfords sparkling beverages before handpicking your own strawberries at the famous strawberry field (tickets $65.00). There’s heaps to do in the Hills. Whether your wining, dining or stopping through the townships the line the freeway, there’s plenty to do just minutes from the city.
Sup back in the CBD
Options abound for your evening meal and a great Saturday night out. Check out some exciting produce from a partnership between Something Wild and the Scoffed Cooking School in St Morris (a 10 minute drive into the eastern suburbs) where you’ll indulge in a rich menu of native Australian seafood and game, followed by lemon myrtle icecream for dessert (tickets $145).
If the CBD is still your thinking, do the double and check out the Gin Society at popular Adelaide ginhouse The Howling Owl in collaboration with Kangaroo Island Spirits (tickets $150). You’ll find yourself in the heart of the city’s fantastic east end vibe.
Then head back to Town Square, where you’ll sit down to your first Glasshouse Kitchen, aptly named ‘Generations’.
Here Mehmet Gürs, founder of Istanbul-based Mikla (No. 51 in the World’s Best Restaurants) and Somer Sivrioglu (Efendy and Anason, Sydney) join forces with Adelaide’s revered food families – the Singhs from Jasmin Indian restaurant, the Ayubis of Afghan eatery Parwana and the Lloyds of Woodside Cheese Wrights to put together a premium feast that brings together old and new, and speaks to sharing, spice, history and family (Tickets $225.00).
But Adelaide’s food scene has deliciousness in abundance, so check out top tables at Restaurant Orana, Peel Street, Africola, Press and more besides…
Taste the best of our produce…
If you didn’t burst at dinner last night, you’re in the perfect place to explore some of the best in Adelaide produce at the Adelaide Farmers’ Market at the Wayville Showgrounds. Just five minutes south of the CBD, you can go behind the scenes at this Sunday morning favourite while your gourmet breakfast is prepared from local ingredients right before your eyes (Tickets $75.00).
Explore everything Adelaide has to offer
Put on your walking shoes and check out the great experiences Adelaide has to offer. From the Colours of Impressionism exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, museums and gardens on North Terrace to the stores and arcades in Rundle Mall, the iconic Adelaide Oval or the great beaches to the west and national parks towards the hills, there’s something you’re bound to enjoy.
Have a Sunday Lunch in style…
We’ve got your regional experiences for the day covered. Pick a new locale and experience something fresh and exciting on the menu for lunch.
In the Barossa, head out to Rockford Wines where a horse drawn carriage will take you to Krondorf Farm to graze your way through a brunch-to-lunch experience in picturesque surrounds (Tickets $150).
On the Fleurieu Peninsula, indulge your senses in an Indian and Malay curry banquet among the almond orchards of Papershell Farm, set against rolling vineyards and views out to Port Willunga (Tickets $130) or enjoy local produce in a rustic and refined luncheon at the home of Salopian Inn mastermind Karena Armstrong (Tickets $120).
Or the Adelaide Hills will have you covered with Foggy Pig at Longview Vineyard, where you can indulge in a celebration of Italian Nebbiolo and Barolo wines paired with local produce (Tickets $70 adult, $15 children).
Enjoy the ultimate Sunday session
You could crank up the decadence in the ultimate Sunday session at Hugh Hamilton Wines as you work through a Georgian Supra - a celebration of friends and family with food and wine inspired by the Caucasian nation (Tickets $195).
Or if you want to call home base, celebrate Adelaide’s status as one of the world’s Great Wine Capitals with the Great Wine Voyage – a tour of East End establishments and the wines that originate from Bordeaux, Argentina, Germany, the Napa Valley and more (Tickets $75).
If something more relaxed is your fancy, then check out the bars and pubs of Peel and Leigh Street in the west end, or the offering around Rundle Street’s east end to quench your first.
Cap off your weekend with Glasshouse gluttony
Finish your weekend with some of world cuisine’s great names preparing your dinner. Ireland’s JP McMahon (Michelin-starred Aniar), Jerry Main (Annam), Adam Liston (Shōbōsho) and Scott Huggins (Magill Estate) bring Rivers and Seas together in the Glasshouse Kitchen with Port Lincoln tuna, Coffin Bay Oysters, Murray River cod, with Asian influences from Vietnam, Cambodia and Japan all on offer (Tickets $250).
If you can’t squeeze a Glasshouse experience in, why not swing down Gouger Street, where you’ll be spoilt for choice from fantastic food from all corners of Asia.