Words by Ainsley Campbell
The ‘Tastes of the Outback Festival’, held between the 1st and the 10th of April is an annual event designed to showcase the best regional food, wine, music and entertainment that the Flinders Ranges and Outback SA has to offer. This year I will again be heavily involved in the festival, which attracts hundreds of tourists to the region each year. It is a fantastic way of promoting the region, and people’s awareness of the flavours of Australian Native Ingredients.
I will be presenting two Master Classes, and hosting & judging a fabulous and fun Schools Cooking Competition . The local schools will compete with their own creations “Masterchef” style, while being filmed and judged. I will host the event with a roving mic and assist in the final awards at the end – what a fantastic challenge for the kids using school and locally grown produce and native ingredients
The Master Classes will be held on the 8th of April, and will specialise in cooking with native Australian ingredients. The classes will be open to both the industry and public, in the townships of Hawker and Quorn. It will be a fantastic way to truly experience the festival, and take home a little slice of the outback!
If you are interested in securing your spot in the Master Classes please contact Paula Osborn on (08) 8641 1444 or via email on POsborn@radfn.com.au
My produce will also be on show throughout the festival with the Wild Lime Café featuring some of my gourmet foods on the menu. Tuckeroo produce will be in high demand as tourists pass through the café in Blinman, including gourmet pies, saltbush dukkah, and even smoked roo and emu! If you plan on heading to the festival, stop and refresh yourself at the Wild Lime Café.
For more fabulous flavours of the outback, don’t miss a stop at the famous Prairie Hotel at Parachilna, and its famous Feral Mixed Grill & more
The degustation tour will run each day of the festival, and involves a cruise and 4WD element. I have worked closely with the organisers to match local food and wine from the very landscape that one will travel over on the tours. The degustation menu includes 6 courses, featuring such things as; Spencer Gulf Prawns, Saltbush Mutton, Feral Goat and Red Kangaroo. All the dishes are expertly matched with Flinders Ranges Wines. A fantastic experience, and one not to be missed, especially if food and adventure is a passion!
Book early to avoid disappointment!
Ph: 0438 857 001 www.augustawestside.com.au
The Tastes of the Outback 2011 is set to be a truly amazing experience, especially if you have never travelled to the stunning Flinders Ranges region before. Book in early to avoid disappointment, and I hope to see some familiar faces out back!