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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
THE foghorn of the paddle steamer PS Industry sounded, startling all of us at the Renmark Riverfront, about two hours' drive from Adelaide in South Australia. Steam billowed above the steamer on this lovely sunny day, and all of us clambered aboard, together with the food and wine producers of the Riverland who had brought their goodies to let us have a taste.
We were food and wine journalists who had made our way, under our own steam, to Adelaide to attend "Tasting Australia", a biennial festival of food, wine and beer from Oct 3-12.
It was not just about eating and drinking and cooking workshops, but also food culture events such as the Julia Moretti/Bernadette Van Eyk food art exhibition at the Adelaide Central Gallery, a multi-media program on Preserving Cultures on food at the Migration Museum, and even one on Doughing Science where children get into kneading dough and learn the science behind it, at The Investigator Science and Technology Centre.
There were guided walks through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens with focus on food plants, including bush tucker ones, food tours of vineyards and the Adelaide Central Market. It all culminated in a Feast of the Senses at the Adelaide Riverbank Precinct which 35,000 people attended, tasting all kinds of food, wine and …