Culinary festival Tasting Australia is returning to South Australia in 2024 and will for the first time bring visitors from interstate direct to regional South Australia, with a charter plane flying from Melbourne direct to Naracoorte in the Limestone Coast as part of a new Tasting Australia Airlines experience.
It is one of the more than 150 events across the state which will showcase the best of South Australian food and beverage from 3 to 12 May.
International chefs Asma Khan (UK), Claudette Zepeda (US) and James Henry (France) will feature across the festival, alongside a national and local lineup including Matt Moran, Julia Busuttil Nishimura, Justin James and Jake Kellie.
The program has been curated by some of South Australia’s best chefs and hospitality icons, including Festival Director Karena Armstrong (The Salopian Inn), Food Curator Kane Pollard (Topiary and PLACE Dining), Drinks Curators Meira Harel and Banjo Harris Plane (Good Pair Days), and festival Patron Simon Bryant.
A range of immersive events will feature in the program including a sailing adventure along the Kangaroo Island coastline, a collaboration dinner featuring former colleagues Ben Williamson (Agnes, Brisbane) and head chef of city hotspot Kiin Ben Bertei, a wine tasting and screening of movie Sideways at Piccadilly North Adelaide, and a foraging experience in the Coorong National Park at the Coorong Long Lunch: Kuti Shack x The Joinery x Pipi Co.
Other highlights for the 2024 festival include a 10-hour day trip from Melbourne to Adelaide with curated experiences on board The Ghan through a collaboration with Journey Beyond, and a drinks program featuring special bottles and one-of-a-kind tastings.
In 2023, Tasting Australia saw more than 68,000 people visit the CBD hub, Town Square, in Victoria Square across the 10 days.
Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said Tasting Australia plays an important role in telling the state’s food and beverage story.
“The 2024 program is filled with culinary experiences unique to the state and I look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences across Adelaide and regional South Australia,” Bettison said.
“With exciting new additions for 2024 – including experiences which bring visitors direct to region from interstate, the benefits of this event are only set to grow.”
Tasting Australia Food Curator Kane Pollard said the festival attracts some of the most talented chefs and drinks makers in the industry.
“This state has some of the best producers in the world and giving them a platform to shine is what Tasting Australia is all about,” he said.
“The partnerships between local food producers, working farms, tourism venues, breweries and drinks makers are what makes this event so special.”