From catch and cook adventures to cooking classes in the kitchen of culinary legends, these regional foodie experiences will have you loosening your belt buckle as you explore the state.
The Best Gourmet Adventures in South Australia
1. Local produce tour | Kangaroo Island
The ultimate forage and feast experience, Exceptional Kangaroo Island’s Fine Flavours tour is a gastronomic gateway to this gourmet island paradise. Meet local artisan producers and taste your way around the island over seven glorious food-filled hours. For entrée, taste olives and olive oil among the sprawling grove at Kangaroo Island Olives then settle in for a local feast featuring Pacific Oysters grown in the calm waters just offshore at Eastern Cove at the The Oyster Farm Shop. Taste honey produced from the world’s last remaining population of pure Ligurian Bees, sip premium wines crafted by ex-Bordeaux wine maker Jacques Lurton at the Islander Estate Vineyards, then toast to a day well spent sipping one of the world’s most awarded gins at Kangaroo Island Spirits.
2. Bushfoods | Fleurieu Peninsula
On the banks of the Coorong, a culinary experience thousands of years in the making awaits. Discover and taste the unique native foods of the Fleurieu Peninsula with the knowledge of a Ngarrindjeri guide on the Ngarrindjeri Kurangk Culture Experience Tour. An authentic bushfood experience, your Aboriginal guide will unearth the native berries, foods and medicinal plants of the area for you to try while you learn about how the Ngarrindjeri have lived on the banks of the Coorong for thousands of years. Harvest fresh pipis from the pristine shores, then tuck into lunch featuring native bushfoods and local wines. On tour with Spirit of the Coorong, you’ll also be initiated into country with a smoke ceremony, spot abundant local birdlife, and witness the epic end to the Murray River at the Murray Mouth.
3. Seafood safari | Eyre Peninsula
Nothing compares to the satisfaction of tucking into a meal you’ve sourced yourself, especially when some of the best seafood in the world is on the menu. With pristine waters to thank for producing some of the world’s best prawns, abalone, tuna, King George Whiting, snapper, mussels, octopus, squid and more, the Eyre Peninsula rightly lays claim to being the seafood capital of Australia, and Australian Coastal Safaris have your ticket to one of the freshest seafood buffets in town. The ultimate ocean to plate experience for seafood lovers, unearth cockles from pristine powdery sand then 4WD through undulating sand dunes to your very own deserted beach where you can cast a line for Australian salmon. Afterwards, don your snorkel and dive into the crystal-clear waters to collect fresh abalone just metres from the shore, all in time for lunch.
If you’d rather stay on land, you can dig into world-famous Eyre Peninsula oysters and local wine at Oyster HQ, right on the Coffin Bay foreshore.
4. Market to table | Barossa
The Barossa is defined by good food and good wine, and one of the best foodie experiences awaits at the home of an Australian culinary legend. In the heart of the Barossa on Maggie Beer’s Farm in Nuriootpa, you’ll not only get to taste the region’s best produce, you’ll learn where to source the best ingredients, cook side-by-side with one of the region’s best chefs, then tuck into your own market-fresh meal. Join The Farm Eatery head chef Tim for the day and learn to recreate some of the restaurant’s signature dishes on the Market to Table experience. Accompany Tim to the popular Barossa Farmers Market, meet the local producers and source regional produce to feature in your four-course lunch. You’ll even get the recipes to take home, so you impress at your next dinner party. Hungry for more? The Farm Eatery also offers classes specialising in handmade cheese, artisan bread, pasta, pickles and preserves, and even plant-based cooking.
5. Cheesemaking | Adelaide Hills
Udder Delight’s master class is a one-whey ticket to a cheese lover’s heart. Tucked in the bustling village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, feast on fromage then learn how to make your own from scratch in the Udder Delights cheese cellar. After tasting your way through a cheese and wine flight, don your fromager’s cap and make feta, craft camembert, and turn whey into ricotta under the guidance of one of the Udder Delights original cheese makers, Sheree Sullivan. You’ll even get to take home your creations, plus one of your favourite Udder Delights cheeses. Calcium is important, after all.
6. From paddock to plate | Limestone Coast
Set on a farm overlooking paddocks of grazing cattle with distant views of Canunda National Park and the sand dunes of the Limestone Coast is The Tasting Room – South Australia’s best steak restaurant. It is located at Mayura Station, the first pastoral lease in South Australia, 400km from Adelaide. This is no picnic spot. Mayura Station is an award-winning beef producer with one of Australia’s largest Wagyu herds, and The Tasting Room is a high-end restaurant that was purpose-built by the de Bruin family in 2010 to showcase their product.
7. The one stop gourmet adventure | Yorke Peninsula
Derek Matthewman, who owns the formerly unloved warehouse in Wallaroo with wife Nicole, spent nearly a million dollars on transforming the 150-year-old building into a three-storey microbrewery, distillery and restaurant, with accommodation on the top floor. The Bond Store offers a one stop shop for the lovers of beer, spirits and food. It has quickly become a favourite among locals after opening in December 2019. The couple have travelled the world and know what a good gin taste like, and bring the best gin flavours to Yorkes. With the combination of delicious food that holds the ethos of fresh, authentic and high quality this is the foodie destination that highlights the provenance of their offering.
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