Adventure Package: Australia
Experience the full Australian Adventure
Australian cuisine has evolved over the years from a hunter-gatherer diet, commonly known as bush tucker or bushfoods, of the Indigenous Australians, to nowadays with foods that have been influenced by a multicultural immigration from around the world.
Prior to the arrival of the Europeans in 1788, early Australians relied on their native flora, vibrantly colored fruits, mushrooms and nuts, in addition to native fauna, including emu, kangaroo and wallaby. Other staple foods adjunct to these options were lizards, snakes, witchetty grubs (large wood-eating larvae, said to taste like chicken) and more. Although these are still available today, most locals opt for a more modern-day cuisine that has adapted and expanded to become a true reflection of their diverse population. By combining bush tucker with ingredients from England, East Asia, the Mediterranean and various other regions of the world, Australia has created delicious and inventive dishes.
Although a stereotype, its based in truth: no one can do a BBQ quite like they can Down Under. The BBQ culture began in the 1920’s and has evolved into a rooted tradition for gathering friends and family while enjoying good food, beer and wine! Snags (slang for sausages), beef, lamb, emu and prawns (do not try to call them shrimp in Australia) are some favorites to throw on the Barbie’ and are accompanied by salads, potato bake, and fried onions to name a few. Other foods include: meat pies, biscuits, lamingtons (a sponge cake coated in chocolate and rolled in coconut flakes), Pavlova, a wide range of seafood, hamburgers, laksa (spicy noodle soup from Indonesia) and many more.
The three featured recipes were selected to pair deliciously with the featured Australian wines! Try adding some of the items from your Adventure Package for the ultimate Australian experience. Cheers!
The International Gourmet Adventure Package from Australia includes the following items:
• Almond & Sea Salt Chocolate Bar - Bahen & Co.
• Pepperberries United - Outback Chef
• Pumpkin Basil Fettuccine - L'Abruzzese
• Australian Truffle Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Great Southern Truffles
• Australian Black Truffle Mustard - Great Southern Truffles
Try pairing these items with your Australian wines for fun! Read more about the Products and Artisans below.
International wines sold separately
Bahen & Co.
Based in Margaret River, Western Australia, Bahen & Co. is a premium chocolate company that takes a traditional approach to chocolate making, using small-batch stone ground techniques with restored vintage machines. Chocolatier Josh Bahen actually began as a winemaker, and it is with this attention to detail that Bahen & Co.’s artisanal bean to bar chocolate is formed.
Featured Product: Almond & Sea Salt Chocolate Bar
Located in Margaret River, Western Australia
Outback Chef emerged as an Australian native herb and spice company back in 2005, and it’s now one of Australia’s leading suppliers of native herbs, spices, fruits and berries to the hospitality industry and home chefs. Founder Jude Mayall has been actively involved in the Aboriginal art and culture industry since 1990, and was inspired by their stories of survival and food gathering. Over time, it fueled her desire to go further with Australian native bush food and it quickly became her job and life’s passion.
Featured Product: Pepperberries United
Located in Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Great Southern Truffles
One of Australia’s pioneers in hunting and grading truffles, the Great Southern Truffles team has over 15 years of experience in hunting, harvesting and grading truffles throughout Europe and Australia. Truffles can be described as ‘gourmet mushrooms’ that offer an intense, earthy fragrance and lend a unique flavor and aroma to food. Although truffles are used in extremely small quantities, their flavors and aromas can turn a standard offering of soup, chicken, meat or game into a gourmet experience. Great Southern Truffles is best known for their truffle infused oils, mustards, honeys and aiolis.
• Australian Truffle Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Australian Black Truffle Mustard
Located in Mount Hawthorn, Australia
L’Abruzzese was established 40 years ago in South Australia by a family originally from the Abruzzo region in Italy. Their passion for the superb quality and taste of handmade pasta culminated in what is still today one of the most authentic artisan pasta producers in Australia. Using traditional methods and a slow and gradual drying process, L’Abruzzese pasta is made from Australian durum wheat semolina, which is recognized as one of the best in the world.
Featured Product: Pumpkin Basil Fetuccine
Located in Glynde, South Australia