Tasting Australia 2021

By The Weekender Travel

December 13, 2020 | 3 minute read

Feature image: South Australian Tourism Commission. Banner image: Maxime Coquard.
Feature image: South Australian Tourism Commission. Banner image: Maxime Coquard.

One of Australia’s biggest regional food festivals is back next year with a mouth wateringly good lineup.

Celebrating the very best of South Australia’s local produce, Tasting Australia will run from 30 April – 9 May and Festival Director Simon Bryant promises the festival is going to be better than ever. 

“With a focus on brilliant homegrown talent from Australia curated by our Food Curator Darren Robertson, we have created a program that truly celebrates everything we do so well in South Australia. I think that more than ever before, the 2021 program has an event for everyone – from free events to family programming to events for craft beer enthusiasts – we have it all,” Bryant says. 

While some of the festival’s events will be held in Adelaide, there will be a huge focus this year on getting people out of the city and tasting the delights of regional South Australia. 

“Regional travel in South Australia has boomed this year and we are excited to be supporting the festival and encourage people to explore the regions and extend their stays to really discover more of what this great state has to offer,” says Gina Norman, General Manager Travel and Distribution from Tasting Australia’s presenting partner, RAA Travel.

“We’ve also brought back Tasting Australia Airlines to two of South Australia’s most celebrated regions, Coffin Bay and Kangaroo Island, in fact we’ve got two planes going to Kangaroo Island this year!” Bryant said of the region-heavy lineup.

While most people have heard of spectacular Kangaroo Island and its abundant wildlife, Coffin Bay is a lesser known but equally gorgeous coastal foodie haven. Situated on the limestone cliffs of the Eyre Peninsula, Coffin Bay is a dreamy holiday town where you can gorge on fresh seafood including King George whiting, cockles raked from the beach and the eponymous Coffin Bay oyster. Coffin Bay’s Tasting Australia adventure includes return flights from Adelaide and a day of seafood-driven culinary adventures so you can make a journey out of it and get your feet wet. The best part? You’ll get to meet the cooks including everyone’s favourite South Australian darling, Maggie Beer. 

Other events include a fire pit feast in McLaren Vale, a Cinco de Mayo Mexican fiesta for the senses, the Festival of Sausage in Bread (yes really!) and many long, lazy vineyard lunches in the sun. 

It’s no surprise that with so many world class wine regions within a grape’s throw of Adelaide, wine is a major feature on this year’s lineup. But the beverage list doesn’t stop there - you’ll also find craft beer, whiskey and sake tasting experiences. We’ll cheers to that!