A (not so) secret whisky bar
Have you met Mr Whiskers? That’s the mysterious question Tasting Australia’s Instagram posed over the weekend. If you're yet to encounter it, we can fill in the gaps. Mr Whiskers is a secret whisky bar hidden from view inside Town Square (Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga). We won’t tell you exactly where it is, but there’s some frank neon signage you can follow to get there. The modest looking but well-stocked bar is serving a strong selection of Aussie whiskies that’ll excite enthusiasts, including stuff from Smith's Angaston, Starward Whiskey, Fleurieu Distillery, The Gospel, 78 Degrees Distillery, and 5Nines Distilling. It’s also serving whisky sours and a “secret Mr Whiskers cocktail”.
Hit the Town Square
Town Square was heaving on Saturday night (when Broadsheet left the Fire & Ferment glasshouse dinner, a dance floor had broken out – and several Adelaide chefs got involved – thanks to the work of DJ Annie Bass). If you didn’t make it in over the weekend, you’ve got one more week to do so. The festival hub has a huge mix of street-food-style snacks on offer, from vendors such as Angler, Hubba Hubba Hummus, The Filipino Project, Gang Gang, Forage Supply Co, Fire x Soi 38, Sunny’s Pizza, Ragini’s Spice, Boston Bay Smallgoods & the Smokin’ Grillers, Shubui, and more. It’s a leisurely way to take in the Tasting Australia festivities (and lighter on the wallet). To drink, there’s pop-up bars serving Pirate Life beers, Yalumba wines, and cocktails designed by top Adelaide bars, including a “Panettone Negroni” by Hains & Co.
Donate to help combat homelessness
Adelaide initiative Forage Built has devised a safe, transportable housing solution for people experiencing homelessness, and a prototype is currently on display on the eastern end of Town Square. A partnership between Forage Supply Co founders Scott Rogasch and Justin Westhoff, Tim Pearce of Frame Creative, Andrew Steele of Studio Nine Architects, and Zoe Steele of Tandem Building Group, the goal is to eventually set up “villages” on underused land, allowing people to safely connect with others to form community, access services and find their way back into permanent housing. Visit the prototype and donate via the QR code, or donate online here to assist The Village Project with building more dwellings. You can also help by purchasing Tasting Australia’s reusable enamel plates – available at any vendor – for $2, which will go towards the project.
Learn, snack, drink – for free
Tom Bradman and Verity Slee of the highly regarded Nomad Farms are some of SA’s leading regenerative farmers. And they’re hosting a free masterclass on Sunday May 8 as part of the Tasting Australia program, which includes a glass of wine and two small dishes – a pie and a ragu – prepared with their pasture-raised meat. (More information here). That same day (Mother's Day) you can catch free Q&A sessions with festival organisers Darren Robertson, Karena Armstrong and Emma McCaskill, who’ll all share the stage with their children; and another with Fino Seppeltsfield and Fino Vino co-owner Sharon Romeo and her mum.
Kebabs to close proceedings
Norwood’s fire-powered restaurant Arkhe has snuck in an extra event to wrap up this year’s festival. On Sunday May 8 chef Jake Kellie is teaming up with guests Ben Devlin of coastal New South Wales restaurant Pipit, Justin James of Restaurant Botanic, and Tom Campbell of The Summertown Aristologist to grill kebabs (available for $18) from 7pm till late. There’ll also be $5 spritzes, free-flowing Pirate Life beers from 8pm till 10pm, and music from DJs Mark Kamleh and Adam Frawley. Walk-ins only. Keep an eye on Arkhe’s socials this week for more information.
Eat where Australia’s best chefs eat
Last week we asked Tasting Australia’s guest chefs – including Dave Pynt, Shannon Martinez, Morgan McGlone, Peter Gilmore, and more – where they’re most looking forward to dining out in Adelaide. And there were some standout favourites: Leigh Street Wine Room, Restaurant Botanic, Arkhe, Africola and Parwana among them. Here’s more of the bars and restaurants they've been checking out.