SA’s premier food and drink festival kicks off

28 April, 2023

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel is in full swing, with more than 150 culinary events in all 12 regions of the state and the return of the CBD festival hub Town Square in Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga.

Patrons will feast from a range of local food vendors, some which have never previously featured at a festival including Kuti Shack (Goowla) who will be serving their trademark Goowla Pipi’s, Chefs on Wheels mac and cheese loaded with South Australian produce and Jam and Pickle, a pop-up from the CBD institution Peel Street Restaurant.

Other food vendors include Filipino Project, CaroClub, Crepe Bar, Victoria Park Social Club, One Sneaky Cheetah, Hubba Hubba Hummus, Taco Cartel, Phat Head, Boston Bay Smallgoods X Smokin’ Grillers, Shibui, Dawn Patrol Coffee and Lukoumades.

RAA Chief Executive Officer Nick Reade said RAA Travel was extremely proud to present Tasting Australia in 2023 and support local South Australian food and wine producers.

“RAA Travel is passionate about selling South Australia to the world and events like Tasting Australia really do put us on the map and help showcase one of our state’s greatest attractions, the food and wine sector.” 

RAA Travel is South Australia’s oldest travel agency with 70 travel consultants across 11 locations at the ready to help locals and tourists alike make the most of the Tasting Australia festival.

The RAA Travel Lounge will also once again be boasting the best views of Town Square.

Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said Tasting Australia is another jewel in the crown for South Australia’s events calendar.

“South Australia has had a hugely successful start to the year with events driving national and international visitation and boosting the state’s economy,” Minister Bettison said.

“I am thrilled that the country’s longest running eating and drinking festival, Tasting Australia is taking over South Australia for the next 10 days, showcasing our globally renowned food and beverage sector and telling the stories of our producers and regions to visitors from around the world.”

Co-Festival Director Darren Robertson says that Town Square makes special gastronomic experiences accessible for everyone.

“Town Square is the heart of Tasting Australia and always has been and always will be free to enter,” said Mr Robertson.

“It has been a priority to Co-Festival Director Karena Armstrong and I to ensure there are accessible and affordable experiences for everyone – dishes from the vendors start from $5 and showcase the very best produce South Australia has to offer. From Coffin Bay oysters to Barossa Valley ham and Adelaide Hills Cheese, everything is locally sourced.”

Away from Town Square, events will feature across the state including Tasting Australia Airlines trips to Kangaroo Island and Flinders Ranges, a long lunch at Maxwell Wines with international chef and food writer Gill Meller, an off-grid culinary adventure to Flinders Island in the Eyre Peninsula.

Tickets to Tasting Australia events are available via