Last week I was one of the lucky ones invited to attend the launch for the 2011 Good Food & Wine Show which will be held here in Adelaide from 7-9 October at the Royal Adelaide Showgrounds. Held under the canopy in Rundle Mall, we were treated to wine from some amazing South Australian names like Blue Rock, St Hallet’s and Peter Lehmann and some of the brilliant produce from our wonderful South Australian producers, before we wandered up the Mall to The Richmond for dessert treats and fizz. Returning for its’ second year here in Adelaide, the Good Food & Wine Show is a great opportunity to indulge your every foodie fascination, catch up on some of the latest food trends and also to check out some of South Australia’s remarkable food products. With celebrity chefs, wine and cheese discovery sessions, celebrity books signings, the Coopers Beer Garden and gourmet meals available, the show is a great day out and the perfect way to explore South Australian food – all in one spot.
Over the last 18 months or so, I have written about some of our talented food producers and their products. While I may have piqued interest in some of my readers for some of these very flavoursome foodies, it may not have always been convenient or possible for you to obtain the goodies that I have been tempting you with. The Good Food & Wine Show will be your opportunity to not only get up close and personal with some of the more noted or familiar food names here, but also to get to know some of the smaller producers and the fruits of their labours. The roll of exhibitors is way too long for me to list here, but I might just mention a few of the producers who are going to be there that I have come to love and some I intend to get to know better.
Tuckers Natural – Back in November last year I introduced you to Sam Tucker, the winner of Innovate SA Visionary Leader (Young) in the 2010 SA Premiers Food Awards. If you haven’t had a chance to try his great range of gourmet snack crackers I suggest you hunt him down at the show.
Spring Gully Foods – This is a name that will be familiar to many of us as a home-grown brand of very long standing. Now a fourth generation family owned business, Spring Gully came from humble beginnings as a local supplier of pickled onions in the Adelaide foothills in 1946 and is now a leading manufacturer of pickles, sauces and honey. Take this chance to re-acquaint yourself with the pickled onions of your childhood, while checking out how they’ve grown their range!
Careme Pastry – If my memory serves me well, the Careme pastry stand was extremely popular last year. If you have been looking for reasons to try their amazing range of pastry for yourself a visit to this exhibit to sample their wares will be all it will take. No need to feel guilty for not making your own when we have access to such a great local product.
Matchett’s Productions – Originally from New Zealand, Vicki Matchett has been an Adelaide food identity since before her days behind the stove and counter at The Queen of Tarts in Hutt Street. She is a member of the Fleurieu Food Group and now produces a delicious range of chilli-type things which scare me just a bit, as well her very popular salad dressings – including one which is always on my shelf and in my salads – Storm.
Beerenberg Farm – A familiar name to most of you, especially if you read my post about them here, this is just the chance you have been waiting for to get a glimpse at their enormous range of Adelaide Hills products and to try a few that you might not have seen yet.
Of course, these few names are just the tip of the iceberg. If you are interested in food in general and south Australian in particular, I’d suggest you put the dates – 7-9 October – in your diary and treat yourself to a tasty afternoon out at the Good Food & Wine Show Adelaide.