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14 September, 2011

International flavour adds spice to Tasting Australia

Next year’s Tasting Australia food and wine festival will have a distinctive beer flavour with British brewers Tony Hadley and Richard Fox announced among the international line-up of guests coming to Adelaide.

Fox and Hadley are known for their equally consuming passions for cooking and brewing.

Fox won the British Guild of Beer Writers award for Food and Beer Writing and is an active supporter of the Love Food Hate Waste campaign which he helped launch on his regular spot on the Food Channel’s Market Kitchen.

Hadley, the former Spandau Ballet lead singer, critically acclaimed West End stage performer and contestant on the UK series, Celebrity MasterChef, co-owns the Red Rat Craft Brewery and will share his love of an ale with the festival audience.

Another famous foodie to grace our shores in April-May is celebrated British chef, food writer and renowned restaurateur Mark Hix. Recent major UK awards include Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year.

Since opening the Hix Oyster & Chop House in Smithfield, London, in 2008, Hix has established a chain of gourmet eateries that draw on the freshest seafood and produce Britain has to offer. Hix was a 2007 finalist on the hit TV show Great British Menu.

The trio will join other well known epicureans at Tasting Australia events like the BankSA Feast for the Senses, Miele Chefs’ Showcase and the Selector Word of Mouth forum where the public can rub shoulders and share their passion for everything food and wine.

From across the Tasman, Martin Bosley, winner of New Zealand’s 2007 Cuisine Magazine Restaurant of The Year, will demonstrate why his Wellington restaurant Martin Bosley’s is the must visit for all those who appreciate the work of a chef at the height of his powers and creativity. The multi-award winning Bosley also writes for New Zealand’s Magazine of the Year – The Listener, The Air New Zealand in-flight magazine Kia Ora, has two books to his name and has a regular spot on NZ television.

Tasting Australia festival director Ian Parmenter says the international line-up will be matched by a yet-to-be-released Australian and South Australian bill which he says will be “world class”.

“Some of the most exciting names in food as well as well known food writers, journalists and presenters will be here for the 2012 event,” Ian said.

Mr Parmenter said the 2012 Tasting Australia will be the most interactive yet, with the program featuring special events for amateur foodies and the public.

“Festival-goers will be front and centre at the 2012 Tasting Australia as we have introduced new interactive events and tweaked others to encourage more participation.

“There will be a special focus on youth activities, regional experiences and the arts, which will be served up with an amazing array of hands-on experiences for young and old.”

Tasting Australia runs from April 26 to May 3, 2012. Visit www.tasting-australia.com.au for details.

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