It’s easy to slothfully slide from one Tasting Australia event to another – the food festival has taken over the city. But a short drive away are the stunning rural settings that provide the produce. And a bunch of top chefs are out there, too. We’ve compiled the highlights worth a trip out yonder.
Dinner in the Company of Robin Wickens
Chef Robin Wickens from Melbourne’s Royal Mail Hotel hits The Lane Vineyard to cook up a storm. Find out why he’s earned two hats and what he learned under the tutelage of Bruno Laubert and Raymond Blanc.
6.30pm, May 6, The Lane Vineyard, Hahndorf, $150.
Lunch in the Company of Rodney Dunn
The Ngeringa Vineyards team is joined by Rodney Dunn of The Agrarian Kitchen. They’ll be serving up lunch and biodynamic wines at the new Ngeringa Cultural Centre with views of Mount Barker.
May 6, midday, Ngeringa Cultural Centre, Mount Barker Summit, $125.
Fizzology @ Sinclair's Gully
Learn about the process of making fine fizz with this tasting flight. You’ll hand-disgorge, dose, cork and label your own bottle of quality sparkling Rubida to take home, too.
May 3 to 8, 11am, Sinclair’s Gully, Norton Summit, $75.
She'll Be Apples
Matt Fitton’s five-course degustation features Lenswood apples and foraged Adelaide Hills produce. Lunch is matched with single-vineyard, award-winning wines. The views are a treat.
May 7 and 8, midday–3pm, Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, Lenswood, $135.
The jam-savvy Marble Hill Cherries team will spend a day teaching the art of filling a jar with the good stuff. A ploughman’s lunch and local wine round off a day among the fruit trees.
May 3, 5 and 7, 10.30am–3.30pm, Marble Hill Cherries Packing Shed and Kitchen, Ashton, $95.
Lunch in the Company of Paul West
Paul West, host of River Cottage Australia, and Michele and Phil Lally discuss the future of food at their Savannah Farm property. Expect to get your hands dirty and get up-close-and-personal with their grass-fed lamb, poultry, pigs and beef cattle.
May 6, midday, Savannah Farm, Hill River, $140.
Barossa Aussie Icon Long Lundin
Lunch meets dinner in this buffet of old Barossa recipes including wild rabbit and “banga kanga”. Veggies are from the local market and there’s an open bar with wine, beer and cocktails. A gift bottle of wine is included for each adult guest.
May 7, 1pm, Rowland Flat Community Centre, Barossa, $75/concession, $85/adult.
Chocolate and Wine Experience
An afternoon of utter richness awaits: Liebichwein’s fortified wines are matched with chocolate truffles. Can you handle it?
May 4, 5, 7 and 8, 2pm–4pm, Liebichwein Cellar Door, Rowland Flat, $20.
Dinner in the Company of Matt Wilkinson
English-born, Melbourne-based chef Matt Wilkinson (formerly Vue de Monde and Circa) is behind Pope Joan and Jack Horner in his home city. He drops in to Terrior to serve a menu inspired by the local landscape.
May 6, 6pm, Terrior Auburn, Clare Valley, $100.
Barrel Tasting in the Vale
It doesn’t get more intimate than barrel tastings with winemakers in their secret sheds. This McLaren Vale tour includes cheese platters and wood-fired pizzas at Penny’s Hill Winery. A Mercedes Benz Viano is your ride for the day.
May 3 and 7, 9.30am–4.30pm, Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide (CBD pick up), $245.
The Fruitful Pursuit
A two-day showcase of renegade winemakers with plenty of tastings of small-batch, organic, biodynamic, natural and minimal intervention wines. It’s a special gathering in celebration of the official launch of The Fruitful Pursuit and its unique wine tours. It’ll be a blast.
May 7 and 8, 2pm–8pm, Fall From Grace, Aldinga, $65/day ($85 with bus from city).