Adelaide Central Market Wonderland

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Day two back from my quick trip to Adelaide in South Australia and I am feeling a little over-whelmed at how much I have to get done before heading away for a month in Italy...yeep, two weeks and counting, and I still can't quite believe it. The trip 'across the ditch' as we antipodeans say, was to attend the annual Tasting Australia event, and specifically their first ever 'Words to Go' culinary and travel bloggers' forum.

I had the most amazing time, listening to inspirational speakers from around the world including Katie Quinn Davies of "What Katie Ate' fame and  Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman of 'Eating Asia' - all recipients of top Saveur awards. Apart from being motivated by the fabulous selection of speakers, we also had a chance to check out the Tasting Australia event including a tour of the Adelaide Central Market. So amazing - I wish we had something similar in Auckland. The market is bursting at the seams with stunning produce of every size, shape and variety being displayed and sold by passionate vendors. Coffee makers, butchers, florists, bakers, delicatessens and chocolatiers tend to their long-standing, loyal customers with enthusiasm and knowledge. I managed to sneak down to the markets early and catch the action just as the market was getting started...

It was such a treat to be showed around by Mark Gleeson promoting creative food tourism including Adelaide Central Market's latest innovation the Market Challenge - 'an interactive and fun test of palate, intellect and agility', sadly we didn't have the chance to give it a try, but it sounded like a hoot. On the way around the tour we managed to chat with producers and vendors, all happy to share their knowledge, from discussing Pine Mushrooms, found at a certain time of year under pine trees, to the way to the way a vege vendor prepares her vibrant green Asian eggplant, to the history of Lucia's Pizza & Spaghetti Bar which has been open and run by family for generations - it was a wonderful morning, watching old friends catching up for coffee or lunch and the endless banter between vendors and their customers. To see more pics from the market click on the recipe link below:)


2 comments :

  1. Thank you for this post :) I am from South Australia, but I have been living in the USA since 1996! I miss this market place very much!

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    1. Hi - I'm not surprised - isn't it fabulous? Thanks for commenting! :)

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