Adelaide film production company, 57 Films, spent several days in the Riverland last week working with regional food, wine, beer and tourism producers and promoters capturing footage for an episode of the television series Chef Exchange, a unique TV series showcasing the best of South Australian food, wine and regions.
The producers anticipate an audience of up to 90 million when it airs on China’s Qingdao TV (QTV) early in 2018. Channel 9 will broadcast the series in Australia. This opportunity for the Riverland emerged from the SA government’s key strategic focus: strengthening SA’s highly valued cultural and trade ties with the Shandong province and emphasising this region’s prized clean, green credentials.
Segments were filmed at the new Loxton Research Centre, Woolshed Brewery, Headings cliffs, Kingston Estate Winery and Byrne Vineyards at Scott’s Creek near Morgan. Chinese celebrity Chef Qu Jianmin was filmed cooking with locally grown foods and wines at Loxton and on board the Woolshed houseboat.
The producers flew drones over vineyards, orchards, Lock 4, the cliffs and creeks near Headings as well as the Kingston Winery and the wet-lands at Scott’s Creek sanctuary. The series emphasises sustainable food and wine production in harmony with our environment; in the case of the Riverland, the episode illustrates how the river breathes life into the desert and surrounding communities.
Special thanks to those who responded at very short notice to provide locations, food, wine and local knowledge. The 57 Films crew were impressed and thankful for the warm Riverland hospitality and support. This enabled them to maintain an incredibly tight production schedule. Similarly the locals who worked with them were greatly impressed with their professionalism and attention to detail in every aspect. The series will certainly put Riverland wine, food and locations on the international map. Read about Chef Exchange.