Tasting Australia Throwback: 2016


My first introduction to Tasting Australia was receiving a phone call from Soul Projects Director; Kirby Shearing. He was going to be representing the Limestone Coast at the event, and required extra hands.

And who better to help out than his most loyal anddedicated ex-minion … me?!

Last year the formatting was a little different, with all regions of SA participating in stalls dedicated to food and wine of the area. Apart from the Limestone Coast, other stalls were Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninisula, Flinders Ranges, Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Fleurieu Peninsula.


The menu was in typical Kirby fashion: wholesome, healthy and real food; put simply together and using the freshest ingredients from the Limestone Coast, adhering to his Loco Omnivorian principles of cooking and eating. Here is a copy of the menu Tasting Oz Town square FINAL

I had an absolute blast at Tasting Australia, and that is what ultimatley lead to my application for placement with SATC for this year. I met so many wonderful people and sampled delicious food from places I had never visisted before, I also learnt about many different seasonal products and cuisine styles from the regions.

Kirby also held an associated event for Tasting Australia back in the Limestone Coast: From Little Things Big Things Grow, a progressive day starting at Kalangadoo fo breakfast, and moving onto Bellweather Wines in Coonawarra for lunch. The lunch, held on 7th May, included all things South-Eastern, and was a sold out event. I still have a copy of the menu, despite missing out!

from little things big things grow

@ kalangadoo


fresh organic apple pastries designed by chef kirby shearing, hand crafted by local artisan bakers @ metro bakery, mt gamibier

spiced mulled apple juice

@ bellwether wines


jaffle by the fire, join paul west for a hot toastie around the fire

cup of seasonal soup in the veggie garden


shared table mains

apple wood smoked mixed grain, roasted beets, merlot vinegar reduction, ROBE DAIRY labnevo gf

MALONES lamb spit roasted over foraged wood, MULLINGER PARK lentil salad, soul kitchens curried almond granola gf

crisp CULBURRA pork belly /w soy, KALANGADOO ORGANIC spiced apple gf

shared table sides

green garden fry up with chilli, ginger and ANANDA organic garlic vo

mt gambier potato puree, fried salt bush vo gf

russet burbank potato from COONAWARRA FRESH, bronzed fennel gribiche gf


shared table after lunch food

roasted leek, rosemary oil, baked LIMESTONE COAST CHEESE CO’s lady musgrave brie, organic golden linseed + quinoa wafer gf

KALANGADOO ORGANIC apple crumble, hay infused custard

baked chocolate, soil, caramel, DICKENS DELIGHT toffee gf


ROBE DAIRY- http://www.robedairy.com

MALONES- http://www.malonewines.com.au/lamb

CULBURRA- distributed through RGFM (www.feastfinefoods.com.au )

KALANGADOO ORGANICS- http://www.kalangadooorganic.com.au

ANANDA- http://www.anandaorganicaustralia.com

COONAWARRA FRESH- http://www.coonawarrafresh.com.au

LIMESTONE COAST CHEESE CO- can be bought at Foodland Naracoorte, IGA Penola, She’s Apple Mt Gambier

DICKENS DELIGHT- http://www.dickensdelights.com.au