Kangaroo Island is a food lover's heaven. Here are the top 10 culinary adventures the island offers, so you an indulge in the very best of food and wine.
Located 112 kilometres southwest of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island. With 509km of stunning coastline, the area is both picturesque and packed with a variety of things to do.
Fancy yourself a bit of a foodie? Then you can't go past the many culinary offerings of Kangaroo Island. Take your pick from the list of 10 experiences below!
i. The Hot House with Stephanie Alexander - Taste real food, meet authentic producers and sample an honest drop with friends. Enter the living breathing Hot House for a family day steeped in the culture, food and heritage of Kangaroo Island. For one day only their wharf location and collection of rustic sheds in Kingscote will be transformed into a cosy homegrown space, to enjoy the best of the island's food, wine, produce and culture. Edible living walls, live entertainment, food and wine stalls, cooking demonstrations as well as the farmer's markets means everything in Kangaroo Island is brought to you!
ii. A view to kill - An edgy lunch, in more ways than one! Join Chef Rachel Hannaford and think retro canapés (and music), stunning sliders and flaming Bombalaskas! Cash bar is available for wines, and cocktails by Kangaroo Island and Spirits.
iii. The Secret Enchanted Garden with Stephanie Alexander - The Enchanted Garden evening includes pre-dinner drinks, canapés and gin and tonics, live music, book signings and a Q&A session with Stephanie Alexander and Kate Summer.
2. Kangaroo Island Source
Join an intimate cooking class with local chef Kate Summer at Kangaroo Island Source.
3. Island Pure Dairy
Visit Island Pure Dairy and stock up on sheep’s milk goodness, while seeing how sheep are milked firsthand.
4. Hannaford and Sachs
Taste and see the best of Kangaroo Island with a three-day food and wine lover package with Sealink.
6. Dudley Winery
Sample a whiting pizza at Dudley Winery, and try and hit a hole in one at their hilltop driving range.
7. Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action
Jump on a quad bike for some outdoor action or go for a quiet paddle in a canoe with Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action.
8. Fine Art
Visit Fine Art Kangaroo Island in Kingscote and see the wide range of works ranging from paintings, to sculpture and jewellery.
9. Kangaroo Island Spirits
Drop in at Kangaroo Island Spirits, Kangaroo Island's only distillery, for a cocktail or sample their award winning gin.
10. Island Beehive
On your way home head to Island Beehive, the home of the Liguraian Bee, where you can buy amazing food, beauty and home products.
Nick Hannaford, Founder and Director of the Kangaroo Island FEASTival shares his top 5 travel tips when exploring the island:
1. Invest in good walking shoes.
2. Give yourself time! Time and time again people don't realise the size of the island - give yourself a few extra days on top of what you are planning to really relax and explore.
3. Pack up the car with a picnic to find the secret hidden cave entrance to Stokes Bay and spend an afternoon on the beach. Or stop for fish and chips at the Rock Pool Cafe (also at Stokes Bay).
4. Go for a nature walk at Flinders Chase.
5. You can't leave without trying the range of honey and the sheep's milk cheeses.
The Kangaroo Island FEASTival, which runs from the 1st to 8th of May 2015, is set in an utterly idyllic location, with untouched beaches and sweeping fields – the ultimate location for Australia’s biggest feast!