Showcasing the best Locovore of South Australia
01.12.2015 - 03.12.2015
These markets set the benchmark for what a good market should offer , great local produce, great selection & variety, places to eat, and friendly stall holders. I have added to copy below from the official site for Central Markets. This was about my 4th visit, how lucky the locals are to have this facility in the heart of the city
Located in the heart of Adelaide on the gateway to some of Australia's finest vineyards is this historic market & it should be the first place you visit before exploring the various regions on South Australia.
Established in 1869, the Adelaide Central Market has been a thriving hub of food and culture for over 145 years. With over 80 traders under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is the largest under cover market in the Southern Hemisphere, buzzing with life and colour all year round. The Market offers a huge range of fresh food including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, seafood, cheeses, bakery, smallgoods and health foods, along with some of Adelaide’s most popular cafes and eateries. With over 8.5 million visitors every year, the Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.
1869 On Saturday, 23rd January at 3.15am a group of market gardeners made their way to a site between Gouger and Grote Street and started to sell their produce.Over 500 people attended the first market day and some 500 purchasers made with all stock sold out by 6.00am.
1870 The official opening of the Adelaide Central Market was on the 22nd January 1870. The Central Market was open on Tuesdays and Saturdays with 50 to 100 produce carts. The market was recorded in history as having sold vegetables, fruit, hay, fish and game meats.
1900 On the 8th February 1900 the first stone was laid to build the current Central Market façade, which still stands today. In the same year a 40 meter veranda was added.
1902 Gas lighting, which had been sufficient for almost 35 years was replaced by electricity in March, 1902.
1925 Early in the morning of 27th December 1925 the market in the north eastern section suffered fire damage. The fire brigade managed to restrict damage to two shops.
1965 The Central Market was officially named in August 1965, prior to this the market was known as the City Market.
1965-1966 The Central Market underwent redevelopment which commenced on the 18th January 1965 and was completed along with a new roof top car park on 17th June 1966. The first day of trading saw a turnover of 3600 cars using the 230 bay car park.
1977 On the night of 27th June 1977, a major portion of the southern stall area of the market was badly damaged by fire causing half a million dollars worth of damage.Refurbishment work began to repair damage caused by fire. Work was completed in 1983. The Central Market that you see today is a mix of new age technology and historical building.
Today,The Central Market has over 80 stalls and is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. The Adelaide Central Market remains the food Mecca for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce. The Central Market trades largely in fruit, vegetables, small goods, and café food and is divided into a colourful array of lanes and broadways. The Central Market today remains “the Heart of Adelaide”.
This place really is an adventure, an experience, where locals mix with Restaurant Chefs sourcing the best local produce on offer.
If you feel like lingering longer try breakfast at a variety of options including the famous (to the locals) Lucia's Pizza Bar, where Today, Nicky and Maria continue in the traditions of their mother Lucia, using her traditional Italian recipes.
After cruising around i was recommended to try Market Street for breakfast, great choice, its just outside the main entrance and combines a bakery open plan , great kitchen excellent breakfast menu and delicious coffee.
The markets are closed on Sunday and Monday and check the trading hours on otherdays as it opens sometimes 7am, other times 8am. If you are in Adelaide and want to discover how abundant this state is for local produce for dining and wining make a morning of it.