One of the country’s longest-running food festivals has confirmed the food and beverage talent who will be putting together the 2024 program held in South Australia.

Tasting Australia was established in 1997 and has become one of the highlights of the culinary year, having showcased chefs including Burnt Ends’ Dave Pynt, Nomad’s Jacqui Challinor, and Christine Manfield over the years.

Local chef Karena Armstrong will continue on as festival director, with former co-director Darren Roberston (Three Blue Ducks) finishing up with the event.

“I’m really proud to be associated with the festival and everything it’s achieved,” he says.

“South Australia will always be close to my heart, and I wish Karena and all the team the best of luck with next year’s program.”

Kane Pollard from Topiary and Place Dining has been appointed food curator for the first time, taking over from Emma McCaskill.

“My role is to collaborate with chefs taking part in the festival, to share the quality and variety of South Australian produce, and in turn to help craft memorable experiences for our audience,” says Pollard.

Meanwhile, Simon Bryant is remaining on board as festival patron and drinks curators Meira Harel and Banjo Harris Plane will work together for the second year to curate the beverage program.

The 2024 lineup for Tasting Australia will be announced later this year.