If you subscribe to the unfair and stereotypical opinion that the average Australian’s diet largely consists of Vegemite, bush tucker and lager, spending any amount of time in South Australia will change your view forever. Here, the cuisine is as diverse and mouth-watering as the state’s outstanding natural beauty and holidaying gastronomes could choose no better base than Adelaide, a city which encapsulates the best of South Australia’s food and drink. Here are just a small collection of our top 10 foodie venues.
According to the Government of South Australia the state possesses more than thirteen thousand farms, so finding fresh local produce is never an issue. Take a stroll around Adelaide’s colourful Central Market and I challenge you to resist the temptation of sampling some of the freshest fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, olives and baked goodies on display. If you have the time, I also suggest considering the ‘central market tour’ – you will not be disappointed!
This cornucopia of superb ingredients ensures that Adelaide and its suburbs boast a range of excellent restaurants such as the intimate and unforgettable Orana restaurant which elevates cooking with South Australia’s native ingredients to a highly-acclaimed art form. Adelaide’s finest restaurants seem to treat every international cuisine with equal reverence. Visitors and citizens alike are spoiled with a choice of everything – and I do mean everything – from exquisite Nepalese delicacies at Langtang, Japanese at Kenji and Vietnamese at Nghi Ngan Quangourmet to superb tapas at the atmospheric Udaberri,not to mention the growth of Adelaide’s recent ‘Food Truck Revolution’. There are a number of exciting new ‘laneways’ springing to life everywhere around the city with cool little boutique restaurants popping up next to chic hole-in-the-wall wine bars.
“Hang on a minute”, I hear you cry, “I thought Australian cuisine majored on seafood”? You’re right, and in South Australia we’re about as far removed from the cliché of ‘throwing another shrimp on the barbie’ as we can get. Head due west of Adelaide to the naturally stunning Eyre Peninsula (flying is your best bet; you’ll be there in an hour) and you’ll be in seafood heaven. The clean coastal waters here – aptly named the Great Australian Bight – are richly populated with some of the world’s most coveted seafood including Bluefin tuna, rock lobster, oysters and prawns. The city of Port Lincoln, close to the tip of the peninsula, is justified in its claim to be the ‘seafood capital of Australia’ and establishments such as the excellent Sarin’s Bar and Restaurant showcase the fruits of the ocean (especially the oysters) at their freshest and best.
It would be churlish of me to harp on about the excellence of South Australia’s food without mentioning its wine; the state accounts for up to seventy-five percent of Australia’s premium wine production and you don’t have to venture far beyond Adelaide’s outskirts to find yourself amid the vineyards of some of the world’s most respected wine regions. The iconic Barossa Valley, for example, is just an hour’s drive north of the city. Here it’s possible to indulge in the twin pleasures of fine food and wine in unforgettable locations such as Hentley Farm, a boutique winery set amid picturesque rolling hills or the Henschke Estate at which you can wander through forty acres of Shiraz vines before sampling their produce at the Cellar Door.
If money is no object, enjoy the sublime menu and views of Penfolds Magill Estate where you will have a unique opportunity to sample Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange, before dinner. Alternatively, there are other wonderful wine regions producing superb Sauvignon Blanc (Adelaide Hills) and Shiraz (Mclaren Vale). You can even try your hand at ‘Making Your Own Blend’ at Penfolds (Barossa) and d’Arenberg (Mclaren Vale).
Of course, I’ve only scratched at the surface of South Australia’s wonderful food and wine here; an aspect of the culture so beloved that it is celebrated with a host of annual food & wine tasting festivals including Oysterfest, Cheesefest, the Barossa Vintage Festival, the Tunarama Festival and lastly the annual Kangaroo Island Festival.
The only true way to discover and appreciate the state’s vast range of culinary delights is to visit for yourself. And did I mention the sublime Black Angas beef, by the way? Or the artisanal chocolatiers who can rival the best that Switzerland has to offer? Kangaroo Island’s remarkable honey… the Clare Valley’s delicious organic lamb… the Campbelltown Food Trail…? Well, there we are then, you get the picture – totally spoilt for choice and feeling hungry no doubt and because of that I strongly suggest you take your taste buds on holiday and include South Australia in your tailor made holiday itinerary to Australia.
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