Australia’s best ten-day eating and drinking festival, Tasting Australia, is fast approaching and East End Cellars is once again ready to saturate the Town Square, executing and curating the beverage component of the festival.
East End Cellar’s owner and mastermind of all things beverage for Tasting Australia, Michael Andrewartha said: “Get ready to immerse in another series of unique experiences, curated specifically to encourage exploration and to broaden horizons at the same time as drilling down into the nitty of gritty of all things ‘drink’.
“Here, you can deepen your understanding of Australian wine, beer, and spirits, with incredible talents such as Chester and D’arry Osborn of d’Arenberg, Stephen & Prue Henschke, and many more experts guiding you through this incredible journey from glass to glass.”
This year the beverage showcase offers a more interesting and diverse range of 24 masterclasses to suit a wider audience.
“Whether you’re keen to master the perfect shaken (or stirred) martini with David Danby, uncover the mysteries of Mataro with Nick Ryan, blend your own gin with KIS Spirits or mix it up and come along for a night of tinnies, trivia and tasty things – there really is something for everyone this year.
“We are also introducing an increased number of affordable tastings and have used ‘Wine varietals’ as a theme. These will run from 1pm-4pm most days with a $15 entry fee including a take-home Riedel glass, plus more wine and spirits available at the $10 price point,” said Michael.
The bottle shop will host free tastings where patrons will have the opportunity to meet the maker, whether that be the distiller, brewer or winemaker.
With more and more people enjoying the extensive selection of beverages at the festival there is a focus on the environmental impact, this year all beers and ciders will be sold in cans to eliminate unnecessary plastic.
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In 2018 Instead of regional tastings Tasting Australia and the East End Cellars are rolling out Varietal Tasting Days. A tasting will set you back $15, can be purchased at the Town Square gates, and inclused a Riedel glass to keep.
Sat 14th – Shiraz and associates
Langmeil, Koltz, Yalumba, Torbreck, Murrays Vineyard, Shaw and Smith, Ministry of Clouds, Mitolo, Battle of Bosworth, Karatta.
Wed 18th – Riesling and Friends
Kanta, Clos Clare, Dandelion, Jim Barry, Chaffey Bros, Knappstein, Sons of Eden.
Thurs 19th – Grenache and mates
SC Pannell, Two Hands, Yangurra, D’Arenberg, Rudderless, Turkey Flat, Samuels Gorge, Arno Wine Co.
Fri 20th – Pinot Noir
Romney Park, Wicks Estate, CRFT Wines, Tomich, Brackenwood, Mac Forbes, Sidewood.
Sat 21st – Oz Varietal Days
Fox Gordon, Bird in Hand, Torzi Matthews, Pikes, Primo, Coriole.
Sunday 22nd – Chardonnay and company
Tapanappa, Michael Hall, Mosquito Hill, Corduroy, Guthrie, Lofty Valley, Hersey, Wirra Wirra, Landau, Ngeringa, Petaluma, Eccolo.
The East End Cellars sure have their work cut out for them at TA this year, with Masterclasses, tastings, wine and gin flights, gin making sessions, a bottle shop and eight themed bars. It’s a lot, but it’s only fitting for one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World.
Tasting Australia runs from 13 to 22 April 2018 and you can get all the deets on the drinks, masterclasses and more here.