Tasting Australia’s Town Square opens this Friday

Photo credit: Meaghan Coles
Only four sleeps until the country’s longest running eating and drinking festival, Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel starts across Adelaide and South Australia on Friday 28 April.

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel starts this Friday 28 April with the festival’s eating and drinking mecca, Town Square open from 11am.

Located in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, Town Square is free to enter and home to Town Square Kitchen presented by Mitolo Family Farms, the University of Adelaide Masterclass Pavilion, The Dining Room presented by White Marquee, seven unique bars and a range of local food vendors.

There are more delicious food options this year than ever before, including some that have never previously featured at a festival.

Food vendors include:

  • Chefs on Wheels – Loaded Mac & Cheese: Make mac and cheese your own. Pair local L’Abruzzese Pasta with Spencer Gulf prawns, Section 28 cheese, Schulz Food bacon or Mayura Station brisket.
  • Crepe Bar: Settle in for street-style crepes at their best. Raclette, chicken and avocado and vegetarian options will feature – plus the classic jambon et fromage.
  • One Sneaky Cheetah: Prowling for pizza? The hunt is over. Choose from five spotted crust creations topped with South Australian fare.
  • Peel St Restaurant: Don’t miss out on some of Adelaide’s most iconic dishes as this Peel Street institution brings with them fresh, vibrant flavours of Middle Eastern specialties.
  • Kuti Shack: Savour the best South Australian seafood – pipis, bluefin tuna, carp, prawns, oysters, calamari and mulloway are all on offer.
  • Filipino Project: Family recipes guide these authentic dishes: feast on chargrilled barbecue, flavourful marinades and specialties including coconut chicken adobo and spit roast lechon pork belly.
  • CARŌclub: The Bowden drawcard and food truck favourite are making their Tasting Australia debut with a lineup of crowd-pleasing fried chicken, burgers and chips.
  • Shibui: Discover luscious soft serve, mochi donuts and sundaes made with local ingredients.
  • Phat Head: Try a Viet twist on classic pork dumplings, the signature Tom Yum dumplings, noodles or a special beef wonton ‘pie floater’.
  • Victoria Park Social Club: Embrace Mediterranean-inspired options including a local seafood paella, spaghetti finished in a parmesan wheel and sardines on toast. Amore!
  • Boston Bay Smallgoods X the Smokin’ Grillers: South Australian pork, beef and lamb will be slow-cooked to perfection and served with rainbow slaw, house-made vinaigrette and barbecue sauce.
  • Hubba Hubba Hummus: Devour next-level hummus inspired by Middle Eastern and Moroccan flavours and made with local ingredients.
  • Dawn Patrol Coffee: Start the day right. Enjoy espresso, milk-based beverages and tastings of filter coffee, plus pastries and sourdough from SheOak Baker.
  • Taco Cartel: These authentic Mexican dishes also meet a wide range of dietary requirements. Say hola to a menu free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy and sesame, with vegan and vegetarian options on offer too.

Town Square patrons can have their dishes served on a take-home, enamel Tasting Australia plate for $1, with all proceeds donated to the State Emergency Relief Fund to help South Australians impacted by the River Murray Floods.

Seven unique bars feature across the festival hub serving up the very best in beverages – wine, beer, craft spirits and more. Seek out Town Square’s hidden bar – Mr Whiskers – for a unique whiskey tasting.

The Storytellers Series returns with a stellar line-up of chefs sharing their stories – free to attend, enjoy tales from behind the pass with host Mandy Hall and guests including James Lowe, Karen Martini, Chae, Ayubi Family, Justin James, Heidi Bjerkan, Rebecca Sullivan, Rose Adams and Paul Carmichael with Kylie Javier.

Come early, stay late and see where Town Square takes you.

Tasting Australia presented by RAA Travel

28 April – 7 May 2023

Adelaide and regional South Australia



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