Flicking though the events in the Tasting Australia program is enough to bring on a migraine. The food-focused festival boasts guest chefs from faraway lands, weird and wonderful masterclasses and meals in unique places. It all makes for a veritable smorgasbord of eating and decision-making. You’ve got between May 1 and 8 to make the most of it. Here’s our pick of events (with tickets still available) in and around the city.
The Feral Feast of Prairie on O’Connell
You could drive all the way to the Flinders Ranges’ Prairie Hotel to sample the best feral fare in South Australia, or you could catch a cab to North Adelaide. Expect three meaty courses including smoked kangaroo, emu-liver pâté and mignon, camel mettwurst, feral meat sausages and quandong pie.
May 1, 3, 5 and 7, Prairie on O’Connell, various times, $55.
Lunch in the Company of Mark Kurlansky
There’s no aphrodisiac like lunch with a side of slippery little suckers. Join Mark Kurlansky, author of New York Times best-selling books Salt, Cod and The Big Oyster for an Osteria Oggi menu focused on the subjects of his tomes.
May 4, Osteria Oggi, 12pm, $150.
It wouldn’t be a best-of list without a pair of local and international heavyweights. Orana’s Jock Zonfrillo teams up with former NOMA head chef Matt Orlando (now at Amass in Denmark) to prepare a six-course dinner matched with local wines. It takes place in the festival’s city hub, Town Square. Break the bank and just do it.
May 5, Victoria Square, 7pm, $280.
Breakfast With Monks
A Thai Monk ceremony and Thai coffees brewed by Soi 38's Terry Intarakhamhaeng kick off this Thailand-themed breakfast. The event is held above Adelaide Central Market so you know the produce will be tops.
May 5, 9am, The Market Kitchen, $95.
Do away with corkage for one night only at city restaurants Melt CBD, Press* Food & Wine, The Union, Naya Bar, Bistro Dom, Delicatessen Bar & Kitchen, Bistro Dom and Peppers Waymouth Street.
May 2, various locations around Waymouth Street, 6.30pm.
Dinner in the Company of Liz Carlisle
Avoid this if legumes make you heave. If not, get amongst this Indian feast prepared by Ragini Dey. More than 15 types of legumes and pulses will pop up in the menu (plus meat and seafood), and Liz Carlisle, author of Lentil Underground, will talk about a few of her favourite things.
May 6, Naya Restaurant, 6.30pm
Farmer’s Market Dinner
A three-course meal in the company of market growers and producers, held in the shed they call home every Sunday. It’s made using their produce, naturally.
May 6, Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market, 6.30pm, $70.
A five-course, long-table meal on a boat, prepared by Kitchen Catering By Sam. Three boats, each with 26 people on board, will float down the River Torrens as guest South Australian producers chat and you eat.
May 7, The Popeye, 5pm, $200.
Masterclass in the Company of Belinda Jeffery and SACWA
Learn to bake like Nana with author Belinda Jeffery and contributors to the SACWA Calendar of Cakes cookbook. It wouldn’t be a South Australian Country Women’s Association event without lunch and afternoon tea.
May 7, The Market Kitchen, Adelaide Central Market, 10am–3.30pm, $250.
Loaves and Fishes
Two of life’s simple pleasures served up by some of the best bakers and fishermen in the state. Bakers Josey Baker (really) and Jeffrey Hamelman jet in from the States to talk about wheat, grains, bread and fish while you eat. The Port Adelaide location is something special, too.
May 6, Hart’s Mill, 7pm, $70.
Something a little different for a building full of dinosaur bones and stuffed critters. Local experts will lead a night of insight into food and wine science, culture and biodiversity. There’s food to go with new-found knowledge, too.
May 6, South Australian Museum, 6pm, $35
Tickets for all events available at tastingaustralia.com.au.