Tasting Australia event planned for Coffin Bay

Eyre Peninsula’s seafood profile is set to increase even further with the region targeted for its first Tasting Australia event in 2018.

Tasting Australia event manager Ross Ganf and wine expert Nick Stock visited the Lower Eyre Peninsula on October 3 to get familiar with the area and its products ahead of a planned event in April.

The pair visited locations including Myers Seafood, Pure Coffin Bay Oysters and 1802 Oyster Bar and Bistro.

Mr Ganf said the plan was to hold an event around Coffin Bay with a seafood focus.

“We want to take the next step and really show people something like Coffin Bay,” he said.

Mr Ganf said distance had been a factor against an event being held on Eyre Peninsula in the past.

“We’ve looked at ways to alleviate that to make Eyre Peninsula significantly more accessible to our audience in a short period of time,” he said.

Tasting Australia provides food lovers with a showcase of South Australian produce while celebrating those who deliver it all to the plate.

This year’s program saw events held in Adelaide and across several South Australian regions between April 29 and May 7, including Yorke Peninsula, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills.

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula special projects manager Jade Ballantine said the event would showcase the varied amount of local seafood including oysters, mussels, whiting and octopus.

“We’ve got such a varied seafood product that isn’t as well known as it could be,” she said.

“Regional Development Australia (Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula) thinks the trade potential that can come from that exposure is something we can see as equally valuable.”

The Tasting Australia 2018 program is expected to be released in mid November.

The 2018 event is scheduled to take place between April 15 and 22.


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