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April 5, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

This week, 6-8 April, 26 of the world’s most influential culinary personalities – the World’s 50 Best Academy Chairs – will spend two days in South Australia (SA).

While in SA, the group will experience some of the state’s finest food and wine, meet local producers and chefs as well as take in the picturesque scenery of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa.

The SA Academy Chair Escape will follow the annual award night in Melbourne where the 2017 list of the top 50 Best Restaurants around the globe will be named. It is the second time in the award’s 15-year history that the award ceremony and Academy Chair Escape have been held outside of London.

The opportunity to host the Academy Chairs Escape is a massive coup for the State, having beaten all other capital cities around Australia for the honour and helps cement SA’s position as the home of Australia’s best food and wine.

The Chairs will be welcomed to South Australia on Thursday 6 April with an event held in the Adelaide Hills showcasing the progressive food, wine and hospitality that Adelaide is famous for.

Duncan Welgemoed, owner and head chef of Africola, will curate a wild-inspired menu for the Chairs, with dishes prepared over fire and cooked on vine and eucalyptus leaves. The menu will be complemented with wines from the natural wine movement in the Basket Ranges, Adelaide Hills.

The following day, the World’s 50 Best’s annual general meeting will be held at St Hugo in the Barossa where they will break for lunch at the venue’s flagship restaurant, headed up by Mark McNamara.

The official Academy Dinner, will be held on Thursday 7 April and will further highlight the culinary prowess of the region with Lachlan Colwill’s degustation menu at Hentley Farm.

To round out the South Australian escape, the Chairs will participate in a range of unique experiences including; a sunrise hot air balloon ride, helicopter flight over the Barossa or a tour of the Barossa Market and cooking demonstration hosted by Saskia Beer. While in Adelaide they will have the chance to dine further at SA’s fine dining restaurants, including Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant, Adelaide Botanic Gardens Restaurant and Restaurant Orana.

Across the two nights, The Academy Chair Escape will highlight why SA is an Australian culinary powerhouse to some of the world’s most influential industry professionals.

South Australia recently joined the Great Wine Capitals of the World and was proud to recently feature in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 regions to visit in 2017.

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