STUNNING autumn sunshine was a vibrant word for Tasting Australia’s finale on Sunday.
The 10-day food festival drew an estimated 52,000 individuals to the CBD, the place Victoria Square was reworked into the “Town Square”, a bustling market bursting with individuals, music, and actions. The occasion attracted dozens of worldwide and nationwide cooks, who produced unique dishes for myriad events, in the town, suburbs and areas.
Organisers of the festival, established in 1997, stated wintry circumstances and powerful winds dampened the opening weekend, with the Square pressured to shut on the primary Saturday, nevertheless it picked up momentum.
“We had some challenges with weather which had an impact, but the crowds have been incredibly strong,” an SATC spokeswoman stated.
She stated the numbers matched the earlier yr, which, given one key-day closure, successfully delivered a 2018 statistics increase.
Festival director Simon Bryant stated cooks have been describing it because the “must-attend” festival for them, “so be proud Adelaide, we’re on the map and I think the public realise it’s a valuable event for SA”.
Program director Jock Zonfrillo cited an actual “FOMO about it now”, the place “everyone wants to be involved”.
Rob Paglia, of La Dolce Vita, who created big pans of paella in the Square, listed the emphasis on native food because the necessary function.
He stated highlights have been “after-work crowds coming to a central place for dinner, and, the celebrity chefs”.
“It’s been a great experience, with great networking,” he stated.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway praised the festival for “shining a light on our regions”, and for the brand new Tasting Australia Airlines idea taking individuals to regional food and wine experiences.
“Going forward, the Liberal Government will be looking at more ways to enhance this showcase of SA’s world-class food and beverage,” he stated.
“I’m excited about the opportunities, and jobs, that will arise for local tourism businesses.”
— with Simon Wilkinson