The gates have shut on Town Square, fire pits have turned to ash and appetites are well and truly sated. Tasting Australia’s first annual installment is over but it leaves a refreshed sense of excitement for the state’s culinary future.
South Australian produce and its champions were on show throughout the eight-day food and wine festival. Guest of honour Marco Pierre White spruiked Adelaide’s best at several public appearances, touting the offerings of Lost in a Forest, Sunny’s and Africola. International superstars White and Slovenia’s Ana Ros joined forces with local talent Jock Zonfrillo, Sean Connolly and more.
Australia’s best – including Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney), Clayton Wells (Automata, Sydney), Analiese Gregory (Bar Brose, Sydney), Mitch Orr (ACME, Sydney) and Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne) – also made the trip for a series of sold-out collaborative dinners at the festival’s showpiece Glasshouse Restaurant. For those who missed out on the week’s hot tickets, there was an abundance of street food – flamed, wood-fired, smoked and charred beasts and veg – cooking every day in Town Square.
The festival upped its focus on booze this year with a range of events honouring SA’s entrenched relationship with wine. East End Cellars hosted a series of masterclasses, The Fruitful Pursuit returned with the venue-hopping Great Wine Voyage, and Taras Ochota delivered the sold-out, rollicking wine party Fresh Wine Disco.
We ate, we drank, we snapped.