Adelaide Central Market

Call me crazy but I actually get a little buzzy and excited when visiting food markets. I find supermarkets depressing, they lack personality and warmth and no matter how hard Coles and Woolies try to create that ‘market atmosphere’ in the fresh food section, I’m not buying it!

South-east Queensland does have a lot of farmers markets to visit on weekends but I would kill to live within walking distance of a regular market. Ok, maybe not kill, but it would be so inspiring to have something as wonderful as Adelaide Central Market on my doorstep. Pretty sure my grocery bill would sky rocket but how lovely to buy fresh produce and product from local suppliers.

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Our Words to Go group, courtesy of Tasting Australia did a walking tour of the market with Callum Hann (former Masterchef contestant). Callum is a lovely young man who freely shared his knowledge and showed us some of his favourite things to buy at the market (fig and walnut bread and Kangaroo Island honey).

We sampled delicious cheese from the The Smelly Cheese Shop, yoghurt from The Yoghurt Shop, bread from Wild Loaf and small-goods from Lucia’s Fine Foods.

My friend Heike (check out her blog But it Tasted Good) and I enjoyed breakfast at Zuma Caffe before the market tour. The food was fresh and very reasonably priced.

If you intend visiting Adelaide, make sure you include a market visit in your itinerary. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it just as much as I did.

Adelaide Central Markets

Opening hours: Tues 7am – 5.30, Wed 9am – 5.30, Thurs 9am – 5.30, Fri 7am – 9pm, Sat 7am – 3pm, Sun & Mon closed.

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Tasting Australia in Adelaide

I’m ashamed to say that my only real understanding of Adelaide was of a city with lots of churches that you needed to travel to if you wanted to experience the Barossa, Clare Valley or Adelaide Hills wine regions.

Naturally, it was on my list of travel destinations if only to visit Maggie’s kitchen and farm shop in the Barossa (that’s Maggie Beer in case you have no idea who I’m talking about).

On this visit, which was organised by SA Tourism and Tasting Australia, I didn’t get out to the Barossa but I did get to meet Maggie who is as delightful and funny and generous in person as she appears on your TV screen.

DSC02528Always wanting to seek out the coolest coffee shops, I had been given a tip that Hello Yes was a place to visit. The cafe was an easy walk from the Hilton Hotel (located at 12 Eliza St, CBD) but when I arrived at 9am the roller door was still shut. Doh… open at 10am, so I set off for a big walk to fill in the hour. Clearly everyone enjoys a Sunday morning sleep-in.

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Hello Yes feels like an op-shop with old doors as tables, mismatched chairs, old couches, bicycles, books and an interesting array of artwork. Check out the hanging dolls head in the photo below.

DSC02513The coffee was good (De Groot Coffee), the service friendly and the menu interesting. I opted for the house-made bagel which was lightly toasted with avo and whipped feta.

My next stop was the Tasting Australia free public event in Victoria Square. Food trucks Fork on the Road lined the street selling every type of food you could imagine. The main Tasting Australia area was beautifully decorated and had plenty of hay bail seating and a fully functioning stage kitchen where celebrity chefs did their thing in front of a packed out crowd.

After much deliberation over what to eat for lunch I settled on the Sneaky Pickle tasting plate ($12), which consisted of a smoked pulled pork and slaw bun, a pastrami, cheese and mustard on rye bun and fried pickles with mayo. It was fresh and delicious.

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My next Adelaide post will focus on the Words to Go bloggers conference where we not only enjoyed some inspirational learning but also a fantastic lunch, dinner, tour of the Adelaide Central Markets and Udder Delights cheese-making in the Adelaide Hills at Bird in Hand winery.

Tasting Australia is a biennial event, which promotes the best that the nation has to offer in produce, food products, wines and beers, and hospitality and tourism. I was invited to attend as a food blogger (#wordstogo14). For the Love of Food paid for flights and accommodation. Conference lunch, dinner, market tour and cheese-making activity was provided free of charge.