Tasting Australia Airlines headed to Kangaroo Island again

KIS TASTING: One of the Tasting Australia group tastings at KI Spirits last year. File photo
KIS TASTING: One of the Tasting Australia group tastings at KI Spirits last year. File photo

Tasting Australia Airlines is coming to Kangaroo Island again for day trips on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.

Participants will fly over in a chartered plane for lunch at Sunset Food & Wine at Penneshaw, followed by a visit to Kangaroo Island Spirits for a tasting of gin and whisky with Jon Lark.

Last year, visitors also had celebrity chef Paul West on the Island. See: Chef Paul West, Tasting Australia visitors enjoy KI

Running April 5 to 14 in more than 120 venues across Adelaide and regions, 2019 Tasting Australia offers a packed program of intimate dinners, long lunches, culinary day-trips, classes, wine tasting sessions and more featuring over 70 Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs and winemakers from around the world.

Pop-up restaurant the Glasshouse Kitchen will return as the glittering heart of festival hub Town Square in Adelaide.

Tasting Australia Airlines regional flights are also taking off, with the day trips to Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay, the Flinders Ranges, Barossa and Mayura Station on the Limestone Coast.

Each trip includes lunch prepared by star chefs such as Sunset Food and Wine chef Jack Ingram, previously head chef at Southern Ocean Lodge, plus beverages, for a luxurious day of dining and tourism experiences in stunning regional locations.

The East End Cellars Masterclasses in Town Square includes a hands-on Blend Your Own Gin sessions with KIS Spirits on April 6, 17 and 13.

Tasting Australia director Simon Bryant said the popularity of this year's event was reflective of the exciting and diverse program, co-curated by award-winning Adelaide chef and Programming Director Jock Zonfrillo and Beverage Director Nick Stock.

"This year's program undoubtedly cements Tasting Australia as Australia's premier culinary experience festival, and it's clear people are responding," Mr Bryant said.

"From fine dining to free family events, and intimate meals with Michelin-starred chefs to shared feasts with friends in Town Square, as well as chances to get hands-on with workshops, classes and tours, Tasting Australia really is a feast for the senses."

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