If you consume locally produced food, you cut down the use of fossil fuels that were used to transport it. You cut down on the times it has to change hands. And if it’s local it probably tastes better because it was picked when it was ripe. – Dr Tammy Faux
Fresh, locally produced, organic, gluten free. Whatever your food preference, you can find it at the food markets in Adelaide.
If Sunday evening television viewing leaves you cold, a far better option is the Adelaide Night Market at Prince Henry Garden, North Terrace. Whilst not strictly a food market, you’d struggle to leave with an empty stomach with plenty of international options and entertainment too. A relatively new addition to the market calendar, it’s a little early to predict what the niche is for this event food wise, but we hear gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Check out their Facebook page in advance to keep up with the fortnightly offerings and music line up.
Voted Best Farmers Market in Australia by Australian Traveller Magazine, the Adelaide Farmers Market has two locations, Wayville and Gawler. Established in 2006, the goal is to inspire consumers to consider the production methods of the food they eat and also where it comes from. Shoppers can buy their fresh produce direct from the grower so they know exactly where every item comes from. With a real family focus, the market even has a kid’s club so that the little ones can be entertained and educated with things to grow, learn and cook each week.
The 2015 South Australian Tourism Award Bronze award winners, Adelaide Central Markets, was established in 1869 and remains the ‘Heart of Adelaide’ to this day. From small beginnings this iconic market has grown to over 80 stalls and statistics suggest it is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction with over 8.5 million visitors a year. With that many people passing through, the food has to be fantastic and varied, local or tourist, you won’t be disappointed. Whilst known as the mecca for International food, the largest contingent are the fruit and vegetable sellers.
Divided into an array of laneways and broadways, food is the major attraction, whether you are looking for a great feed, aromatic coffee or to fill your fridge and pantry for the week ahead. Open 5 days a week, and with a monthly theme as well as live music on Friday’s, you’ll find all you need to know online as well as seasonal recipes and even a merchandise shop, like any popular tourist attraction. Turning 147 years old on 23 January 2016, a special tribute to the original traders and a BBQ breakfast for charity is the perfect way to celebrate this amazing milestone which will include food demonstrations and recipes with an 1869 theme.
Rain, hail or shine, you will find 25 passionate and committed producers at the Adelaide Hills Farmers Markets, selling their produce in its simplest form along with any other products that can be made from these primary products. Held every Saturday in Mt Barker, you will find a group of dedicated Hills residents who created this vision and event to promote regional and seasonal food and establish community events with a local and sustainable focus. Regular or even day visitors are invited to become a member (fees apply and vary) to receive a 10% discount on all purchases.
We all need to eat, and the markets around Adelaide provide a wonderful experience as well as a full belly. With a local focus, keeping the profits close to home, they showcase the best our region and State has to offer. Consider visiting one soon!