Gone are the days where Australia was synonymous with barbecues and the dubious delights of Vegemite, as the nation has a food scene that’s undergone a startling transformation in the past ten years.
With a freewheeling approach that takes in the best of global cuisine trends with a flexible take on everything from fine dining to food festivals and street food, Australia has become the envy of many of the world’s top chefs.
Celebrity chefs like Heston Blumenthal have expressed the view that it’s Australia’s willingness to experiment with different tastes in unusual ways that have made it such a hotbed for culinary creativity.
Whether it’s Sydney’s acclaimed Stanbuli restaurant updating Turkish street food for Australian tastes, or even Perth’s Lulu La Delizia that has a typically adventurous approach to pasta, it’s the way that this nation has enthusiastically taken global cuisine and made it its own that’s truly remarkable.
Whilst Australia’s fine dining has certainly come on strong in the past decade, it’s the street food revolution that’s proven seriously impressive.
Thanks to efforts of organisations like Street Food Australia, foodies are now never too far away from a food truck, market or festival that shows off a stunning array of bold new culinary tastes.
It’s something that’s also been witnessed in the food delivery business. Rather than the stereotypical pizza delivery, brands like Deliveroo have made the wise decision to team up with leading restaurants in each Australian city to ensure that taste doesn’t have to be compromised by convenience.
But it’s in the nation’s growing ranks of food festivals that you can best witness the latest trends in Australian culinary innovation. Adelaide’s Tasting Australia Festival just wrapped up another successful yearly event, whilst Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival has helped efforts to ensure that the city becomes known as the food and wine capital of Australia.
However, it’s the Noosa Food and Wine Festival that possibly has the most luxurious location for showing off an extravagant selection of fresh seafood delicacies and South Asian innovation.
What’s remarkable about all of these trends is the way that they focus on an artisan approach to food preparation where it’s the details that matter in helping the consumer truly savour their meals.
And with brands like Deliveroo helping Australians find an easier way to hunt down the freshest food in their area, it’s clear that Australia’s food revolution will continue to impress.