Category Archives: Kangaroo Island

‘Old Tom’ – A Champion Spirit

A traditional gin flavoured with native plants and distilled in the wilds of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has taken out the Champion’s Trophy in the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards handed out by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in Melbourne overnight. KIS Old Tom

Old Tom’ – crafted by Kangaroo Island Spirits at its Cygnet River distillery near Kingscote – boasts a distinctly Australian flavor enhanced by the inclusion of foliage from the coastal Daisy bush, native Juniper and locally grown Lemon Myrtle and Aniseed Myrtle leaves.  Its makers then doff their hats to tradition by ageing the unique gin in French oak for a short time in the spirit of early London expressions.

The Champion Gin Trophy is a major accolade for Kangaroo Island Spirits (KIS) owners Jon and Sarah Lark, who have been pursuing their dream of creating a uniquely Australian, world class gin seven days a week for just over a decade.

“As passionate Australian craft distillers and committed food and wine ambassadors for Brand Kangaroo Island, we are delighted to celebrate this win and our product’s success,” the Larks said.

“We like to think that Old Tom represents the unique attributes of the place it stems from and reflects the personalities of Kangaroo Islanders – wild, fun, sensitive, rural, ecological, old, new, caring, special, true to their history and roots and above all, great value!

“Visitors to Kangaroo Island can experience those characteristics first hand – and those who can’t visit can taste it every time they sip a glass of Old Tom because the flavours and freshness of Kangaroo Island live in every bottle.”

Supplies of Old Tom are limited and only available by phone on 08 8553 9211.  Other Kangaroo Island Spirits products and further information is available by visiting

Kangaroo Island FEASTival 2015

Planning for the 2015 Kangaroo Island FEASTival is well underway in South Australia.

Take time out and encounter the natural bounty of earth and sea at our 8-day Kangaroo Island FEASTival. Celebrate the rich history, spirit and character of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island through a degustation of authentic dining events unique to the island.

Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey

KI Ligurian Honey (image supplied)

This year’s Kangaroo Island FEASTival has a fantastic line up of over 20 events and staged over 7 days to give visitors more options and flexibility to see our island. Our sell-out SALife Table Surfing events have tripled, and this year we are very lucky to have Stephanie Alexander as our host chef for 2015.

Jump on board, and join a new wave of private dining adventures exclusive to FEASTival where visitors get a rare opportunity to join local island producers, farmers or home cooks in their own homes or farm for a home-cooked meal.
Book early as events book out fast due to small numbers. Heres but a selection of what is available.

Join Jolley’s Boathouse founder Belinda Hannaford for a journey through the culinary and cultural influences that inspired her life and career. From 1800 fare to the present day, this creative, high energy luncheon represents the places, food, and people that came to play.

Join the dynamic mother/daughter trio of Lindy, Cherikee and Natalie for a culinary adventure derived straight from their thriving garden at Frogs & Roses Garden Centre. Featuring heirloom herbs and vegetables and a considered selection of Kangaroo Island produce, this event allows guests to share a meal with a family whose food philosophy represents the KI way of life.

Sample the best produce Kangaroo Island has to offer, including sensational South Rock Lamb, in Kate and Andy’s rammed earth family home, situated on the oldest working farm in South Australia. Enjoy the isolation of being on a cliff top overlooking pristine, secluded, bare beaches, spectacular coastline and vibrant bushland.

Step back in time and immerse yourself in a bygone era. A Settlers Supper will take guests on an intimate memorable dining experience at one of the oldest buildings in Penneshaw – Seaview Lodge KI, a Seafarers boarding house built in 1860. Enjoy delicious canapés in the stunning court yard of Seaview lodge before entering the amazing period homestead for a rustic dining experience, featuring a menu reminiscent of its history.

For more details on Kangaroo Island FEASTival see here.


Kangaroo Island Food Safari 2014

Culinary master Mark Best will team up with treasured Barossa cook Maggie Beer this year to host one of the most exciting gourmet adventures on the Australian calendar, the 2014 KI Food Safari at Southern Ocean Lodge.

The hands-on feast among the celebrated producers of Kangaroo Island has been extended this year to seven nights from August 2 to 9, allowing a full week among the paddocks, vines, stockyards and oyster beds. 

Kangaroo Island Marron

KI Marron (image supplied)

First mounted in 2011, the KI Food Safari has fast become an institution among lovers of the carefully grown produce and rich seafood of Kangaroo Island.  It combines the elegant cliff-top luxury of Southern Ocean Lodge with daily expeditions among the producers who have helped forge the island’s reputation for high-quality food and sustainable practices.  

Kangaroo Island Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge (Image supplied)

Highlights of the itinerary include the fine cheeses and yoghurts of Island Pure Sheep Dairy, a visit to the green pastures of Southrock Lamb and a stroll through the shady groves of KI Olive Oil. Guests might pluck marron and abalone from the farm, savour pure Ligurian honey straight from the hive and shuck oysters fresh from the leases at American River. 

Kangaroo Island Ligurian Honey

KI Ligurian Honey (image supplied)

This year’s extended itinerary will also include a visit to the Penneshaw farmers’ markets, allowing guests to discover small local growers and their produce. 

In between, guests will be able to eat, drink and rub shoulders with their hosts at winery lunches, cooking demonstrations, barbecues and sunset drinks. Each night will involve a celebration of the day’s harvest with a spectacular menu served around the table at Southern Ocean Lodge.

As a founding host of the KI Food Safari, Maggie Beer will lend her warmth and passion for local produce to each day’s events.  She will be joined by Mark Best for the first time, bringing insight from his kitchens at Sydney’s acclaimed Marque restaurant, a regular on the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

The KI Food Safari will be held from August 2 to 9, 2014, with places strictly limited.