Last week we told you about 12 Tasting Australia 2023 masterclasses related to champagne and French wine varietals being held at Town Square. Today, we are letting you know about other events with French links happening around Adelaide and surrounds on the Tasting Australia program.
Some are sold out and waitlists are available, others still have places available but not for long!
Madame Hanoi’s Culinary Adventure
6pm 3 May
The seatbelt sign is on. Madame Hanoi is taking you on a journey – will it be France or Vietnam?
Enjoy four courses of either nation’s cuisine and matching cocktails at the SkyCity Adelaide restaurant during Tasting Australia. Head chef Raj Kumar will introduce each menu, plus a showcase of French cheeses from across the country.
The multi award-winning Madame Hanoi is loved for fresh, diverse fare celebrating the French influence on Vietnamese dishes.
Adelaide Central Market
7am on several dates
Flavours of the Market will uncover delights and iconic South Australian cuisine – a great way to discover new favourites and immerse yourself in the Adelaide Central Market atmosphere.
This self-guided tour showcases some of the very best local and artisan produce and is inspired by the market’s melting pot of cultures, from traditional Italian pizza and pasta to authentic French charcuterie, the uniquely crafted delights of Kangaroo Island and native game meats, plus fare from Indigenous-owned Something Wild.
Collect your self-guided tour map and bag and follow the suggested path to discover some of South Australia’s best produce, meet expert makers and enjoy special offers and discounts. Tours include a $10 gift card to spend anywhere in the market.
Sofitel Adelaide’s Signature Champagne Dinner
7pm 3 May
The finest French champagne is set to meet its culinary match at this lavish degustation.
Gather at the Sofitel Adelaide for a luxurious, one-of-a-kind experience. Each of the meal’s six courses will be paired with exclusive champagnes, among them Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Ruinart, Moët & Chandon and Dom Perignon.
Guests will gather in the beautiful Symphony Room on level nine of the hotel – a space with sweeping views across the city and coastline – and are set to be hosted by a Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy brand ambassador.
Opened in 2021 and found in Currie Street, Sofitel is Adelaide’s first internationally recognised five-star hotel – a space that offers relaxation and inspiration in equal measure.
Sofitel Adelaide’s Tasting Australia High Tea
Garçon Bleu, Sofitel Adelaide
12:30pm 28 & 29 April, and 6 & 7 May
$49 – $89
Indulge in Sofitel Adelaide’s special Tasting Australia High Tea.
Hosted in the beautiful and contemporary Garçon Bleu, this high tea will be a culinary journey of savoury and sweet, featuring the finest seasonal local produce in a new autumn menu with a French twist. Be greeted with a glass of premium South Australian sparkling, then enjoy coffee and tea at your leisure.
Cove Civic Centre
6:30pm 3 May
Rachel Signer’s first taste of pétillant-naturel – pet-nat for short –sparked a journey of self-discovery that shaped her personally and professionally. Join the US-born afficionado to discuss the book she wrote chronicling the adventure: You Had Me at Pét-Nat: A Natural Wine-Soaked Memoir.
Accompanying Signer will be Olivia Moore from LOC Bottle Bar, Adelaide’s go-to destination for natural and minimal intervention drops. Sample standouts while enjoying locally sourced organic grazing platters. Books and wine will be available for sale after the talk.
Victory Hotel, Sellicks Hill
4pm 4 May
In search of Burgundy’s best? The Victory Hotel can help.
Join owner Doug Govan and wine columnist Nick Ryan as they share a dazzling selection of 2019 wines from this iconic French region. You’ll begin with Ruinart Blancs de Blancs NV Champagne, then explore selections from the revered trio of Domaine Roulot, Domaine François Raveneau and Domaine Rousseau Père et Fils.
Settle in with Govan and Ryan to enjoy irreplaceable gems from three fabulous producers. These are rare, beautiful wines from the exceptional 2019 vintage – world-famous for good reason and united by the letter r. Savour their nuances and learn more about the qualities and vineyards that set each apart. A very special tasting awaits.
THE TASTING TABLE EVENTS AT TASTING AUSTRALIA
Under the category of The Tasting Table, you will find wine events across various Adelaide locations. Some of these events are the opportunity to discover wines that you don’t often get to see in Adelaide or even Australia.
11am 28 April
Revel in a selection of exceptional fizz from the wider Champagne region – producers working all the way to Chablis. You know the big houses; it’s time to meet their boutique counterparts.
2pm 7 May
White Burgundy deserves all the hype. Its fans are many, its nuances profound. Ready to indulge? Join South Australian winemaker Charlie Seppelt for a tasting of regional standouts.
SOLD OUT EVENTS WITH WAITLIST AVAILABLE AT TASTING AUSTRALIA
Loire & Local – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST
Stem Bar and Restaurant
6:30 pm 4 May
Adelaide dining destination Stem is hosting an unforgettable night of food and wine inspired by an unheralded source of remarkable produce: France’s Loire Valley.
Explore the region’s food through a four-course, Loire-inspired tasting menu crafted by Darcy Dawes and Sam Clarkson using 100 per cent South Australian-sourced ingredients.
Navigate the wine varietals and techniques of the Loire through eight carefully paired wines. Four will be from the Loire Valley, with four to be the same varietals grown right here in South Australia – all back-to-back.
This Tasting Australia event promises to enliven the senses and introduce you to some of the world’s great winemaking, culinary techniques and fresh produce.
Australia vs The World – Chardonnay Tasting – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST
Jennie Wine Bar
12pm 29 April
Treat your palate to top expressions of chardonnay from Australia, New Zealand, France and America through this fun-filled tasting.
Hosted at Jennie Wine Bar in Adelaide’s Peel Street, expect an afternoon of exceptional wine paired with delicious Australian cheeses.
Guiding you through the afternoon will be industry experts and chardonnay lovers alike.
Why was chardonnay chosen? Because while its homeland lies in Burgundy, the team at Jennie think it’s the one grape that can truly make world-class examples outside its spiritual home.
Sashimi, Sushi & Champagne Masterclass – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST
Koomo Restaurant and Bar, Crowne Plaza Adelaide
Various dates and times
Come join Crowne Plaza Adelaide’s culinary team at a sushi and sashimi masterclass perfectly complemented by bubbles.
Gather at 10th-floor restaurant Koomo and learn how to roll sushi, slice sashimi and plate artfully – all with a backdrop of panoramic city views.
Learn new skills and take home your very own sashimi knife: a memento sure to impress guests at your next dinner party. A champagne masterclass will also take place during this Tasting Australia event, with vintage and non-vintage bottles to feature.
Guests will be guided through every step of sushi and sashimi preparation, creating dishes fit for a food-blogger’s Instagram!
Suitcase Wines – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST
4pm 28 April
It’s a classic sommelier move: stashing special bottles from an overseas jaunt in the suitcase to enjoy at home. Now comes your chance to share them. Discover international gems otherwise impossible to find in Australia.
Wines you might taste at the world’s best restaurant – SOLD OUT – JOIN THE WAITLIST
Leigh Street Wine Room
4pm 6 May
You know noma. It’s among the world’s great restaurants – and naturally its wine list is impeccable. Discover the wines and philosophy of noma alongside the restaurant’s former manager James Spreadbury.
GSM3 – SOLD OUT – JOIN WAITLIST
Kay Brothers Wines, McLaren Vale
12pm 30 April
Kay Brothers Wines
Take GSM and raise it to the power of three with Kay Brothers wines in McLaren Vale. Guests will taste each individual variety from Kay Brothers alongside the same varietal from two international wine regions, exploring the origins and versatility of each – and how Australian wines compare.
Try grenache from McLaren Vale, Garnacha from Rioja and Grenache from the Rhone Valley. Discover Mataro from McLaren Vale, Monastrell from Valencia and Mourvèdre from the Languedoc. Sip Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Syrah from the Rhone Valley and Syrah from Cortona. Then bring all the varieties together again to experience their power, complexity and nuances as one blended wine. An expertly matched menu will be paired with each flight.
KEY INFO FOR TASTING AUSTRALIA 2023
WHAT: Tasting Australia 2023
WHERE: Various locations in Adelaide and South Australia
WHEN: Various dates from 28 April to 7 May 2023
HOW: Purchase your tickets via the event links above or view the whole program via this link: tastingaustralia.com.au
HOW MUCH: Prices vary depending on the event
For other events with French and Francophone links happening in Australia this April, check out our What’s on in April article.
What would be your dream food and wine event?