There are three things South Australia does very, very well: food, drink and festivals. So when you hear about a combination of the two, you can expect it's going to be a good time. Case in point: South Australia's Tasting Australia, which kicked off on Sunday and has already garnered countless 5-star reviews, Instagram love and drummed up quite a bit of FOMO among the Sydney-based Buro 24/7 Team. Thankfully, there's still five days to go, so consider this a call-to-action for those without plans this weekend to book a spontaneous trip to the festival state.

Foodie getaway: Why South Australia is the place to be this weekend

Different from your run-of-the-mill foodie fest, this paddock to plate celebration doesn't just happen in a single warehouse space, hall or park, it actually invites you to make your own way by exploring Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, Riverland, Kangaroo Valley, Yorke Peninsula, Fleurieu Peninsula and beyond, with launches, showcases and events taking place around the state. 

Foodie getaway: Why South Australia is the place to be this weekend

Of course, it wouldn't be a food festival without some kind of celebrity - this year, it sees legendary British enfant terrible Marco Pierre White and Slovenia's Ana Ros (the 2017 World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards' best female chef). It also sees locals Maggie Beer and Jock Zonfrillo (Restaurant Orana), Mitch Orr (ACME), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo), Analiese Gregory (Bar Brose) Victor Liong (Lee Ho Food) and many more.

Foodie getaway: Why South Australia is the place to be this weekend

Knowing the speed at which these kinds of festivals sell out, there's no need to freak if you've left it too late. Tasting Australia has already thought of this - the event has put together an ongoing blackboard menu on offer at many of the state's best venues. There are also plenty of free events to take part in. Basically, unless you have something better to do, South Australia is the place to be this weekend. 

Until May 7
tastingaustralia.com.au