Culinary master Mark Best will team up with treasured Barossa cook Maggie Beer this year to host one of the most exciting gourmet adventures on the Australian culinary calendar, the 2014 KI Food Safari at Southern Ocean Lodge. Hosted on Kangaroo Island, the culinary feast has been extended this year to seven nights, running from 2 to 9 August. Guest will have a full week to stroll among the paddocks, vines, stockyards and oyster beds and to enjoy the culinary delights of the region. First mounted in 2011, the KI Food Safari combines the elegant cliff-top luxury of Southern Ocean Lodge with daily expeditions appreciating the producers who have helped forge the island’s reputation for high-quality food and sustainable practices.
Highlights of the itinerary include tastings of the fine cheeses and yoghurts of Island Pure Sheep Dairy, a visit to the green pastures of Southrock Lamb and a stroll through the shady groves of KI Olive Oil. Guests might pluck marron and abalone from the farm, savour pure Ligurian honey straight from the hive and shuck fresh oysters at American River.
This year’s extended itinerary will also include a visit to the Penneshaw farmers’ markets, allowing guests to discover small local growers and their produce.
In between, guests will be able to eat, drink and rub shoulders with their hosts at winery lunches, cooking demonstrations, barbecues and sunset drinks. Each night will involve a celebration of the day’s harvest with a spectacular menu served around the table at Southern Ocean Lodge.