Tasting Australia – Words to Go Forum, Adelaide

I’m in Adelaide for Words to Go, a forum (and chinwag) for Australian food and travel writers.  If you haven’t visited Adelaide or South Australia, you should if you are a food and wine lover.  South Australia has a booming food and industry down here and one reason is because the state government pulls out all the stops to promote it. Yes, they need good soil, plenty of sun and good use of water, but unless people know they exist, they’re out of luck.

I arrived at 9pm last night and found Caitlin, an official from Words to Go waiting for me.  That sort of hassle free arrival means I love writing about Adelaide.   I’d been flying most of the day with planes filled with babies.  Crying, screaming babies were beside me, behind me and in front of me.   Nothing parents can do if the babies aren’t happy.

Adelaide Hilton

I was taken straight to the Hilton right next to the Adelaide Central Market.  I’ll only have to walk a few steps to get anywhere I need to be.

Adelaide China Town

I’m very near China Town and had the most spectacular baked custard and almond bun for breakfast.  It was lighter than air and John would have said, OMG that’s so sweet.  That’s what I liked about it!

At noon, Tasting Australia got in full swing in Victoria Square across the street.  Ever the inquisitive one where food is concerned, I headed over at 12:01.  From the steps of the hotel the aroma of food being cooked made me want to cross the street like they do in cartoons – floating on the delightful smells.

As I meandered along the pathway, it struck me how diverse the Australian palate is.  There were stalls for Spanish,  Mexican,  Argentinian,  Malaysian and others.  Even the clever fellows from the Hilton were smoking beef brisket for BBC.   THIS American/Australian felt right at home.

Beef Brisket

Then when I was full of food, who shows up but Joanne from whatsonthelist.com.   Joanne is a fellow American/Australian who has lived in Adelaide with her husband Chef Georgia for many years.  It was fun to talk American for a while.

Joanne Ferguson and me

Off to a cocktail party – more soon!


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  1. says

    It looks like you are being treated well by the organisers. If I can’t be there I’ll continue reading, salivation and envying, just a bit, those of you who are.

  2. says

    The travel down to Adelaide sounds horrendous but how lovely that someone was there to greet you and you’re at the Hilton! I remember going there for dinner at EDB. And yes, you’re in a very central part of Adelaide, although nothing in Adelaide is terribly far or difficult to get to. How lovely that you caught up with Joanne! I hope you’re having a relaxing and enjoyable time xx

  3. says

    Jealous. Wish I was there, it all sounds spectacular!

    maybe one day…. the world could be a little smaller…. or a transporter like Star Trek could be invented….

  4. says

    Great to have dinner with you last night, Maureen. Sorry that we missed the opportunity to say goodbye today. Love your blog and will be a firm follower. Happy eating travels :)

  5. says

    Hi Maureen,

    I’ve never been in Adelaïde, I like the way you speak about this town. There’s no doubt that I’ll visit it one day.
    Thank you for sharing those moments.
    I’am happy to stop by here.

    • says

      Callum Hann from Australian Masterchef went on the tour of the Adelaide Central Market and he convinced me to buy some honey that’s made by the only pure colony of Italian bees on the planet that live on Kangaroo Island. So every time I think about lugging that big jar of honey around, I’ll think of him. :)

  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says

    Haha – love how you ended this one, Maureen!
    Your trip to Adelaide sounds like its off to a great start – hope the rest of it is even better!

    • says

      Actually, Joanne didn’t attend. We met the day of registration and sat on the curb at Tasting Australia’s ‘Fork in the Road’ festival across from my hotel.

    • says

      Any visit to Australia must include a trip to food-mad South Australia :) It puts Queensland to shame in the way they promote their food. We have as much food grown up here but it’s not marketed anywhere near as well as SA.

    • says

      oh bummer. I only realized that you might be in Adelaide on my way home. I wish you’d been with us for Words to Go – it was so much fun and the food writers I spent time with are very cool!

  7. says

    Hello Maureen, I have been enjoying all your photos on instagram and am so happy you at at this event. It sounds like the place to be if you are a foodie! Have a super time and can’t wait to hear more about your event. Take Care, BAM

  8. says

    Another post of yours that brought up a smile on my face and while I didn’t care about this festival before reading this, I do want to beam over asap right now!
    So what did you girls do there. I can imagine some mouthwatering good food must be involved. =D

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