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Market Brew – A Brewery at Adelaide Central Market?

06/07/2015 | By

Great food & good drink go hand in hand. Liberty Distillery works on Vancouver’s Granville Island. Market Brew – boutique beer at Adelaide Central Market?

Market Brew concept

Adelaide Central Market tower competition winner, Market Brew.

 

Last week Adelaide’s iconic Adelaide Central Market announced the winner of their concept design competition for the best idea to make use of the historic tower on the Grote St side of the Market.

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Attention Adelaide Food Entrepreneurs – Adelaide Central Market Wants You!

27/03/2015 | By

Adelaide Central MarketHave you been quietly nursing a food business dream? Are  you keen to get into the food scene in Adelaide but worried about starting out on your own?

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Food Tours – Adelaide’s Central Market Tour

09/02/2015 | By

Mark Gleeson of Central Market Tours (image by Grant Nowell)

Mark Gleeson of Central Market Tours (image by Grant Nowell)

I’ve been hanging around food markets for more years than I care to think about. Wherever I travel, I make it a point to check out the local fresh food markets and I do food tours wherever possible as I believe they are the quickest way to get to know any local food scene.

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Christmas Comes to Adelaide Central Market – Some of my Favourites of the Season

14/12/2012 | By

Once again I’m unsure as to how it has happened, but December is rushing past me at a breakneck pace and I’m pretty sure I’m on a collision course with Christmas which is going to end fairly unpleasantly if I don’t pull my finger out.  With that in mind, yesterday I took myself down the hill to the Adelaide Central Market and at least made an effort to wrap my head around the impending food binge.  I had a bit of a wander around looking for some specialties of the season and thought I might share a few of them here with you.

I don’t know about you, but Christmas isn’t Christmas here without a huge lump of ham on the bone taking up vast amounts of space in the fridge and appearing at every possible ingesting opportunity for a week or two. (Never store your ham in the plastic. Wrap it in a tea towel or an old pillowcase turned inside out which has been dipped in acidulated water – 4 cups water: 2 tbsp vinegar- and  thoroughly wrung out, changing every day or two.)  We are particularly spoiled for choice in this department at the Adelaide Central Market and I am struggling to choose between two especially.

Barbara Knoll at Barossa Fine Foods ,of course, has their splendid award-winning ham but did you know it also comes in a delicious orange glaze all ready for you to bake.

Sometimes timing is just everything in this world, isn’t it?  Such was the case when I popped in on Tony O’Connell of O’Connell’s Meats just as they were pulling out this magnificent haul of double-smoked hams from the smoker.  Tony will be using these in a carving demo at the Adelaide Central Market stage on Friday (14th Dec.) afternoon and the smell is guaranteed to drive you wild.

Poultry is another protein that will be on our table on the big day and I’ve opted for one of Saskia Beer‘s fine birds boned and stuffed, from Feast Fine Foods.  A goose is one of the more traditional birds to eat at this time of year in Europe, but not so much here.  If you fancy changing your traditions around a bit you can pick up a splendid goose from Marino Meats at $19.95 per kilo and then toddle over to Lucia’s and buy some French goose fat with which to baste it.

For those who want to stick with the traditional poultry, but only have a few to feed or simply can’t face the idea of a whole bird the lovely Frank, at Vegas Poultry , has the perfect alternative – free-range turkey chops!  Sling them on the barbecue and you’re done!

Edible centre-pieces hold quite an attraction for me and this cake-pop Christmas cake can certainly make dessert a much simpler affair.  You’ll find these at The Providore and they can be made as simple – or as huge – as you want.  Too easy!

A couple of foodie-type gifts caught my eye, too.

These gorgeous blue and white ceramic pots of imported artisan Stilton available from Say Cheese are sure to make the cheese-lover in your life very happy indeed. And for last minute, emergency gifts how about a big bag of white chocolate rocky road from The Providore?

 

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Eat Drink Blog 2012 is a wrap!

07/11/2012 | By

I know I’ve neglected you all again, but I think I’ve had a really good excuse – the national Australian food blogging conference, Eat Drink Blog 2012!  It has been ship-load of work (pardon my language) and a challenge at times, but last weekend saw the program become a reality as 80 food bloggers descended upon Adelaide.  We had a wonderful weekend of the very best of South Australian food and wine provided by some extraordinarily generous sponsors and a day full of blogging information shared by our talented presenters including our exciting special guest, Dianne Jacob.

Normal service on this blog will resume shortly, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of the fun with you.

And finally – this wonderful short video of the weekend, put together by Simon Leong of Simon Food Favourites, is a remarkable snapshot of the event, so check it out!

 

 

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Adelaide Showground Farmers Market & Adelaide Central Market – what’s the difference?

05/03/2012 | By

I know many of my readers are very interested in food production methods, future food security and finding out ways that they can encourage fresh produce diversity, support local producers and retain some control over their food choices.  There are lots of everyday ways that the average consumer can help control their food choices and these include growing at least some of their own fresh food, shopping at farmers markets and supporting smaller, local food producers, suppliers and retailers, rather than the huge supermarket food chains.  Obviously, these retail choices are going to vary depending upon where you live, but I just wanted to focus on two quite significant sources of produce here in Adelaide who, between the two of them, offer residents and visitors an extraordinary range of local and imported fresh food products while at the same time supporting small local businesses.

The Adelaide Central Market, in the centre of Adelaide, has been the heart of fresh food supply for the city and suburbs for the last 140 years.  From humble beginnings  in 1869, when a small group of market gardeners gathered together to sell their produce to the public it has now grown to a vibrant, culturally diverse group of over 80 stall-holders housed behind the historic facade which borders Gouger Street on the southern side and Grote Street on the northern side.

Most (but not all) of the market gardeners have long gone but, in their place, are family held stalls, some of whom have been nurturing relationships with both their growers and their retail customers for generations.  Over the years the genre of some of the stalls has evolved and changed and the market as we know it today is a vibrant community of traders, artisans and shoppers, all of whom share a passion for food.  Adelaide Central Market is the place to find all manner of fresh fruit and vegetables, local and imported meats and smallgoods, an obscure ingredient for your multicultural cuisine, the very best of Australian seafood, imported coffees and teas, exclusive and unique imported cheeses for a special dinner party or simply an exciting, buzzing atmosphere to do your fresh-food shopping.  A trip to the market is a long-standing tradition in many families and many stall-holders watch their customers grow up from infants to adults, checking on them periodically during school holidays, as my children can attest.  Once the shopping work is done, it offers plenty of traditional or funky cafés where you can grab a coffee or a meal and sit back and relax while watching the world go by.  In short, it is an exceptional and vital piece of the culinary heritage of Adelaide and simply a gastronome’s delight.

A more recent, and every bit as significant, fresh food supplier has also taken root and gradually spread it’s branches in the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Showgrounds.   I last wrote about the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market back in October of last year when it was celebrating it’s 5th birthday and it continues to grow from strength to strength.  Farmers markets continue to grow in popularity, popping up in carparks and open spaces in cities and towns, big and small, all over the world.  Selling fresh produce, dairy products, meat, local seafoods and smallgoods as well as artisan food products, the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market offers farmers and small producers the opportunity to sell direct to the public in a low-cost, secure alternative to restrictive and limiting contracts with large wholesalers or  the uncertain patronage and returns of farm-gate sales.   Because a farmers market allows the growers to get to know their customers and their needs, many producers are encouraged into planting smaller, more diverse, organic  and/or  heritage crops which they might otherwise have difficulty producing in wholesale marketable amounts.

The gains for consumers are equally as important, providing them with a direct link to the source of their food choices, returning a sense of seasonality to their tables as the produce is all sourced and grown locally and maximising the nutritional content of the food as it hasn’t been transported for long distances to get to the market.  The consumers have the opportunity to develop relationships with the growers, developing an understanding of the vagaries food production and sharing in the seasonal riches. Further, the money they spend on their weekly fresh food shopping stays within and enriches the local community, rather than going into the pockets of international supermarket chain owners and off-shore shareholders.  The Adelaide Showgound Farmers Market is a community owned and operated organisation which promotes the practice of sustainable food production and the produce of South Australia and, like it’s more mature colleague, is an essential and dynamic ingredient in the comestible character of Adelaide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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