CLIQUE PICKS: Tasting Australia

South Australia, we’re a great state renowned for our sprawling vineyards, stunning scenery and delicious, gourmet local produce. From the vines to the bottle and the farm to the plate, Tasting Australia is the ultimate guide to our backyard’s best. In the past, the event has been on the more expensive end of the scale but this year’s lineup has a little bit of something for everyone. With so many tantalising plates to sample and regions to explore, it can be near impossible to plan your schedule so we’ve handpicked our most enticing (yet affordable) picks ripe from the Tasting Australia vine for your enjoyment.

Fresh Wine Disco

Great tunes and even better wines, its an evening just made for the party people of Adelaide. Fresh Wine Disco combines innovative winemaking techniques with disco smash and, of course, barrels of the good stuff for an evening of funky fresh experiences. Let your hair down and dance the night away as you slurp the stuff of Adelaide Hills winemakers who are leading the way in low intervention winemaking. Come with an open mind and a fresh palate for a truly unique wine tasting experience.

Where: Uraidla Show Hall, Swamp Road, Uraidla
How much: $79 + booking fee
Buy your tickets here.

Food, Booze + Dancing Shoes

Masterchef 2015’s Jessie Spiby has joined forces with her besties from the biz to present a day of delectable eats, funky beats and plenty of wine. Think wine tour meets nightclub meets daytime festival as Sharni Honor of The Porch Sessions curates a line of beats that will keep you on your feet all day long. A collision of young local talents from across the board, Food, Booze and Dancing Shoes presents the perfect Sunday afternoon to round out the Tasting Australia festival.

Where: Plant 4 Bowden, Third Street, Bowden
How much: $75 + booking fee
Buy your tickets here.

Dining With Spirits

Take a break from tasting the A-grade wines from vineyards across the state with a degustation of a different kind. Making waves in Adelaide’s boutique bar and restaurant scene, The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange are set to host a three-course degustation dinner like no other. Each course will showcase the hoards of fantastic South Australian produce and will be paired with the finest locally brewed spirits. Designated driver tickets are also available.

Where: The Bibliotheca Bar and Book Exchange, 1/27 Gresham Street, Adelaide
How much: $85 + booking fee
Buy your tickets here.

Chesser Street Picnic

Quickly establishing a well-deserved position as hub for exquisite dining, The Henry Austin is set to team up with the iconic Maitre D Primo Caon of The Chesser Street Cellars. Showcasing the best of the best, the night will feature sparkling wine on arrival, canapes, entrée, shared main course and dessert each carefully prepared by The Henry Austin chefs. Don’t miss this rare chance to celebrate and learn about locally eats and drinks as South Australia’s food heroes set to divulge their extensive knowledge.

Where: The Henry Austin, 29 Chesser Street, Adelaide
How much: $95 + booking fee
Buy your tickets here.

The Urban Pantry in Rundle Mall

Been inspired by the exquisite eats and gourmet produce at the heart of the Tasting Australia festival? Head down to Rundle Mall to swipe up key products and flavours from your favourite events. Sample, select and purchase an array of pieces from key South Australian food producers as well as one-of-a-kind Tasting Australia merch. Whether to give your next meal an extra flourish or as a gift for your foodie friend, The Urban Pantry brings the festival into the kitchen with you.

Where: Gawler Place, Adelaide
How much: FREE
For more information, visit their website.

For the full lineup of events, visit the Tasting Australia website.

Images via Tasting Australia and Rundle Mall.

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