Passionate Gourmets Celebrate in Adelaide and Barossa

Travel News Asia 3 February 2006

Romantic couples with a passion for fine wining and dining, as well as each other, can celebrate Valentines Day with a gastronomic flair in South Australia.

As Adelaide and the world famous winemaking Barossa bask in the warmth of summer, a tantalising array of acclaimed restaurants await gourmets in Australias food and wine capital.

From Hong Kong, Lotus Tours is also offering equally tempting Cathay Pacific Valentine Special packages from just HK$4,999 including economy flights and five days / three nights accommodation with a choice of eight hotels in Adelaide.

On arrival, visitors should pick up the new, complimentary Your Guide to Dining in Adelaide from any South Australian Visitor & Travel Centre. The 48-page booklet points food lovers in the direction of such acclaimed venues as the multi-award winning Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant amid the winerys historic vineyards, The Archer in North Adelaide, The Brasserie at the Hilton Adelaide and the Bridgewater Mill in the Adelaide Hills.

More than 700 restaurants, cafes, wine bars, pubs make Adelaide a food lovers paradise. At the heart of the citys thriving food culture, Central Market is the largest and one of the most historic food meccas in the southern hemisphere.

Along the eat streets of Rundle Street, Gouger Street and Hutt Street, cuisines embrace a smorgasborg of cultures including Asia, Italian and even Greek.

Arnou Bistro at The Earl hotel won the States Best Bistro award last year for its modern Australian cuisine. At the North Terrace Railway Station casino, try the Saturday night seafood special at award-winning Pullman.

Eros, named after the goddess of love, serves superb Greek cuisine in Rundle Street. Citrus sets the benchmark for Australian cooking at its finest.

The Brasserie at the Hilton Adelaide is seriously South Australian cuisine, featuring only produce grown, reared or caught in the state showcasing the essence of the regions food, from the Barossa and McLaren Vale vineyards to olive groves, the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island. 

The Salopian Inn pays a similar tribute serving the taste of the McLaren Vale, and Chinese visitors still craving for morning dim sum should not miss the family style Ips Hong Kong Restaurant.

Fine dining is an integral part of the South Australian Tourism Plan 2003-2008, which aims to enhance and grow the States authentic experiences, and in particular, enrich South Australias wine, food and restaurant experiences.

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