The group of media and influencers who chair the voting panels for the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, known as The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, will visit South Australia from 6 to 8 April 2017 for a two-day itinerary with the support of Tourism Australia and the South Australian Tourism Commission.
The 26 Academy Chairs, many of whom are considered influential food journalists, will experience the best of the region’s vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, meet with local producers and South Australian chefs, and dine in some of the state’s best restaurants as part of their two-day annual general meeting.
The official Academy Dinner, a key event in the two-day program, will be held on Friday 7 April at Hentley Farm, one of South Australia’s best restaurants. Other highlights of the program include: Wild Adelaide Welcome Feast in the Adelaide Hills with Orana chef Jock Zonfrillo, known for his use of native Australian ingredients, and Duncan Welgemoed from Africola cooking wild South Australian produce over fire; a bush breakfast with kangaroos; and a helicopter tour over the Barossa, landing at the famous Steingarten Vineyard for a St Hugo Riesling tasting experience.
Tourism Australia Managing Director John O’Sullivan said: “South Australia is providing an exceptional itinerary that will further highlight Australia’s incredible restaurant, food and wine scene to some of the world’s most influential identities. Following the Academy Chairs’ visit to South Australia, they will also have the opportunity to visit another Australian region, with the aim of them leaving Australia as long-term ambassadors of our food and wine”.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants will be held in Melbourne in April 2017, with more than 200 of the most influential people in the global restaurant industry visiting Australia for the program of events. The gala awards night will be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building on the evening of 5 April 2017. The Academy Chair trip to South Australia will complete the official event program.