A number of Kangaroo Island businesses and Business KI members were represented at the eight-day Tasting Australia food and beverage festival in Victoria Square in Adelaide recently.
Each business made a significant investment in time and money to be there.
False Cape Wines and Dudley Wines offered tastings and sales for the full eight days with Hazy Blur and Bay of Shoals Wines taking a few days each.
On the food front, chef Kate Sumner for Kangaroo Island Source prepared her free-range charcoal pork and haloumi dishes on five of the days, while KI Shellfish sold oysters three ways on the other three days.
Chocol’Art and Coffee spruiked their KI Roasters coffee, KI Spirits was at both the KI stall and the SA Gin State booth, and the Adelaide Central Market’s Provenance stall sold a large range of Kangaroo Island produce.
Tourism Kangaroo Island, in collaboration with the Kangaroo Island Industry and Brand Alliance and the Kangaroo Island Food and Wine Association, also represented about 20 businesses who opted to be part of the tourism offering, giving thousands of festival goers the chance to learn more about Kangaroo Island.
Fine Art Kangaroo Island’s Fred Peters demonstrated silver jewellery making on Friday.
Opening day on Sunday, May 1 was strong but poor weather on Monday and Tuesday made it slow-going before the week warmed up and Thursday and Friday were very busy, with many making the pilgrimage to the city for lunch or after-work dinner and drinks. The weekend brought a different crowd and many Mother’s Day visitors.