23.06.2010 Australia, South Australia, Adelaide

Whether you’re going on an Australian honeymoon vacation, a luxury travel tour or have an all-inclusive travel package paid for by your colleagues, there’s always a reason to sample the local cuisine. Australia has a unique fusion of traditional western foods and drinks (including a truly legendary reputation for their beer) and South Pacific-inspired dishes. For people who love to taste and prepare food, one of the biggest cultural events to attend is Tasting Australia.

Held every year for eight days in April and May, Tasting Australia is an event worth scheduling around. It is a no-holds-barred celebration of Australian food from all over the country sprawling across the city of Adelaide and the nearby wine regions.

Something for absolutely everybody can be found at Tasting Australia. Foods from every spectrum are on lavish display for the entire event. Extravagant breakfasts, sumptuous lunches and intimate dinners abound. Familiar dishes like pizza are given an entirely new twist with local toppings. The international flavor of the event can allow for some spectacular combinations of food and wines from around the world.

On the other hand, perhaps you aren’t simply satisfied looking and sampling. Some people want to do more than taste — they want to cook, and Tasting Australia is more than happy to cater to this desire. There are numerous opportunities to swap recipes, learn a quick lesson in regional food preparations or take in an intimate lesson from a world famous chef.

For those of a more talkative bent, there also are the enjoyable Word of Mouth sessions held the first weekend in May. Here vacationers will find hundreds of regional and international food authorities discussing everything from the business of opening a new restaurant to the subtleties of oregano and marjoram in Italian-inspired cooking.

There truly is something for everyone at the Tasting Australia festival. If your vacation plans are set for the end of April through the beginning of May, do your best to see if you can schedule them for at least part of this spectacular affair. Indeed, a good vacation might be focused solely on the festival itself. There’s certainly enough to eat, after all.

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