Tasting Australia 2014

A few weeks back, Victoria Square transformed itself into ‘Town Square’ and was the official head quarters for Tasting Australia 2014! I was invited to attend the launch at Town Square for breakfast and the opening of Tasting Australia before the doors were officially opened to the public.

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
It’s Maggie Beer!

There were many stalls set up at Town Square to promote the wonderful produce and beverages that our state offers. There was also a centre stage with cooking demos and hands on cooking classes that were open to the public through the purchase of a ticket. Special eating and drinking events, degustations, tastings and trails were held throughout the Adelaide CBD and regional SA during the course of Tasting Australia with many events selling out; and ‘Think’ and ‘Share’ events were also hugely popular, with discussion panels on topics revolving around food and intimate cooking classes, trails and tours around Adelaide Central Market and regional SA, as well as meeting and joining chefs and producers in their element and sharing a meal with them.

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square

The sun came out and the rain clouds stayed away, the weather was perfect that day with lots of families and friends out and about on a lazy eventful Sunday eating and feasting in Town Square and at Fork On The Road which was also held on Victoria Square with the intersected road blocked off.

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Freshly squeeze juices

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Yoghurt and fruit pots

Town Square looked awesome. There were plenty of seating available, benches around the edge of the square as well as an under cover area in the centre of Town Square with hay bales, large wooden tables with decorated table settings and flowers, wine barrels, planter pots with herbs and veggies. This followed out through to Victoria Square/Fork On The Road with large long communal tables set up in the middle of the road for all to utilise, individual seating pods made out of crates scattered around the square and fake lawn squares for people to sit on.

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Breads and spreads

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Harry’s jams

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Town Square lounge

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Deep fried eggs with coriander, spring onions, oyster sauce, chilli sauce and a sprinkle of sesame seeds prepared by co-creative director, Simon Bryant

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Cooking demonstration from Chef Cheong Liew

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square
Thomas Farms‘ bone-in pork shoulder, honey and cumin rubbed and slow cooked “Desiree” potato fries with cajun and tomato mayo; $13.00
Pepper berry and native thyme rubbed beef brisket skala ciabatta, green apple and finger lime “slaw” with charred “Nadine” potatoes with Adelaide hills herb salt; $15.00

The rocket leaves look a little limp but these were on display only so people knew what they were getting. 😉

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Just a portion of the goodies we ordered on the day.

That duck gnocchi was to-die-for and the mash under the pulled pork was divine! Great wine too. :)~

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square

tasting australia 2014, town square, victoria square

What a fantastic event that brought our city to life! Adelaide ain’t so bad after all aye? I can’t wait for the next one. 😉

Tasting Australia is a biennial event but that’s all changing come 2016! Woohoooo~

-d

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