Tasting Australia 2020

We are in Tasting Australia again in March-April 2020 with two events.

Learn to make Cherry Jam and Quince Jelly


27 Mar 2020 – 31 Mar 2020
10.00am – 3.30 pm


Get in a jam of the most delicious kind at this hands-on Adelaide Hills workshop. You’ll enjoy morning tea and lunch, tour a working orchard and go home with six jars of your own creations to savour.

Very Jammy will be held at Marble Hill Cherries, an Ashton farm where 1800 cherry trees grow beside native bushland. Just 20 minutes’ drive from Adelaide, the property welcomes more than 4000 visitors each summer; come autumn the crowds have subsided and it’s time to head for the kitchen. You’ll start the day by chopping and preparing cherries, quinces and strawberries for jams and jellies. Bring a good chopping knife and board; everything else is lent or provided. There will be a break for morning tea — tea, coffee and freshly-made scones, with vegan and gluten-free options available — and a chat about jam-making theory. Afterwards it’ll be back to the stove, with an optional guided walk through the orchard. A lunch of locally-sourced ingredients including shared platters of cheeses, farm pickles, pâtés and fresh bread will fuel your afternoon — the meal will be served with a glass of wine as you stir and time the jam. Finish with bottling, pride and a new connection to this Adelaide Hills food tradition.

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Guest Chef and Friend Ayako Ito makes fabulously well presented food. Learn some simple decorative food techniques here at Marble Hill Cherries.


03 Apr 2020 – 05 Apr 2020
10.00am – 2.00pm


This Adelaide Hills event will help you prepare and present Japanese dishes like an expert.

Trailblazing chef Ayako Ito will explain how to make decorations almost too beautiful to eat, then demonstrate two classic Japanese dishes before they’re served for lunch. Your destination for the day is Marble Hill Cherries, which is set in one of the highest parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges at Ashton. Ito — a friend of the business — will work from the farm kitchen. To start you’ll learn simple techniques for exquisite Japanese table decorations to add style and authenticity when plating up. Next it will be time to watch Ito cook. She’ll prepare dishes using South Australian seafood and beef; you’ll enjoy both over lunch with a glass of Adelaide Hills wine, sake and Japanese tea to accompany. Each guest will go home with a pair of extra-long Saibashi cooking chopsticks. Ito co-ran the acclaimed Sakura Teppanyaki restaurant in Unley for 10 years, becoming Adelaide’s first female teppanyaki chef in the process. As part of this Tasting Australia experience you’ll also learn about Japanese table etiquette — customs passed down over thousands of years and used to show respect to chefs, hosts and fellow diners.

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