– Cuisine of Adelaide –
Adelaide has an ever-growing selection of top eateries serving SA-grown produce and boasting an impressive local wine list.
With a climate that’s right for al fresco dining most of the year, Adelaide has a high quality food and wine culture with a mix of fine dining, casual cafés and great pubs and bars. With influences from the Mediterranean, Asia and modern Australia, Adelaide has a host of options to whet your appetite. Many dining spots also serve fresh local goods: sumptuous oysters and prawns from Eyre Peninsula, homemade cheeses from the Barossa and seasonal produce from the Adelaide Hills.
Adelaide is the heart of South Australia’s booming wine industry and the closest vineyard is just a cork toss from the city centre. Located at the end of North Terrace, the National Wine Centre of Australia showcases the nation’s wine industry and is the perfect starting point for a great South Australian wine journey. It features a wine tasting gallery and interactive exhibits that cover all aspects of winemaking. Just 15 minutes away, Penfold’s Magill Estate is home to Australia’s most famous wine – Grange. Drop in for a tasting or join a tour of the historic winery.
You’ll find entire streets devoted to dining. Stylish Rundle Street is known for its al fresco-style cafés. Gouger Street is home to a selection of Asian eateries and the place for great seafood and fantastic steaks. North Adelaide’s Melbourne and O’Connell streets are both recognised for their eclectic mix of funky pubs, fine dining and cafés. On the coast, there’s Henley Beach Square, Jetty Road and Holdfast Shores at Glenelg and Jetty Road at Brighton – all great hangouts if you want to unwind in a relaxed atmosphere by the beach. The Parade, Norwood, on the city’s east, houses some of Adelaide’s favourite little eateries. On the south side of the city there’s a great selection of restaurants along Unley and King William roads, and while you’re in the area, visit Haigh’s Chocolates – the only Australian chocolate-maker that still imports and roasts its own beans.
Situated in the heart of the CBD, the Adelaide Central Market is a local foodie institution, trading since 1869 when a small group of industrious market gardeners carted their home-grown fruit and vegetables to the site between Grote and Gouger streets and sold all their produce within a matter of hours. Today, it’s the biggest undercover produce market in the Southern Hemisphere, abuzz with colour, passionate personalities, and delicious tastes and smells.
In 2006, the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market opened its gates, with growers and producers from all over the state bringing premium goods to the city. Cooking demonstrations and kids’ cooking classes add to the market’s lively atmosphere
Tender Southern Rock Lobster pulled straight from the Southern Ocean, spicy Barossa Shiraz made from Australia’s most prized old vines, a picnic basket filled with ash-rolled Adelaide Hills cheeses and lavish, hand-fed Angus beef raised on the banks of the Murray River or the tangy lime flavours of a Clare Valley Riesling. Where else can you find this distinctive combination of flavours, than in South Australia?
The Eyre Peninsula is a rugged frontier producing nearly 70 per cent of South Australia’s freshest seafood – straight from the Southern Ocean. Home to the King Oyster, the Eyre Peninsula brings your senses to life, offering a range of outstanding natural attractions and some of the country’s fi nest seafood including tuna, mussels, abalone, crayfi sh, oysters and succulent prawns. Located in the west of South Australia, with the city of Port Lincoln a seven hour drive or 50 minute flight away, plan to stay a few days to explore the region.
Quality local wine and produce make a visit to the Fleurieu Peninsula an experience to savour. With bold wines and world-class wine regions, such as McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, authentic Italian wood-oven pizzas and beachside restaurants serving fresh locally-caught fi sh, life in the Fleurieu Peninsula will stimulate your senses and leave you feeling full and content. All you need to do is pack your appetite.
Kangaroo Island has a boutique food and wine scene and with the island being separated from mainland Australia thousands of years ago, it’s home to a pristine environment. Taste cheese from South Australia’s fi rst sheep dairy and honey from the special Ligurian bees imported from Italy in the 1880s. Wash it all down with one of the island’s wines or a gin or vodka infused with island ingredients.
Australia’s most famous wine region, the Barossa is a must on any wine lover’s itinerary. From wine industry legends like Peter Lehmann to small, emerging labels, the Barossa offers a wine tourism experience like no other. The passion shown in the region for good food is almost as entrenched as the region’s love of wine – look for free-range poultry, noodles, olive oil, nuts, cheese, dried fruit, chutneys, pickles, gherkins, fresh fruit and veggies and cured meats.
Information courtesy of South Australia Tourism
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