Adelaide Central Markets

Adelaide Central Market, Adelaide, SA. © SATC

Adelaide Central Markets

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Adelaide Central Market, a much loved attraction in the heart of the city. . Growers from across the state come here to sell a mouth-watering array of ingredients, from oysters to olive oils to cheeses. These stallholders fuel Adelaide’s kitchens as well as its friendships and daily rituals. Load your basket alongside local foodies and chefs or join a tour for an intimate, behind-the-stalls look at life in South Australia’s gourmet headquarters.

You’ll find a rainbow of fresh produce on offer across 80 specialist stalls at Adelaide Central Markets, which hum with life from Tuesday to Saturday. Load up on organic fruit and vegetables or talk to knowledgeable local butchers about their premium meat and poultry. Shop for locally fished and farmed seafood, taste gourmet cheeses and indulge in mouth-watering patisseries treats. If you’re hankering for a sit-down lunch, head to one of the stylish cafés or choose from eateries serving everything from sushi to pizza.

More than a million visitors stream through Adelaide Central Markets each month. Watch guest chefs give cooking demonstrations or sign up for a cooking class. Listen to live music, take part in gourmet promotions and hear hawkers sing out their bargains over the general hubbub of trading.  There are also a number of different guided tours, offering a closer look at how the markets operate beneath this colour and chaos. Learn about the market’s history and different cultural influences, talk to the traders and enjoy exclusive tastings.

Watch the markets awaken on a breakfast tour, or experience the markets in full swing on a mid-morning tour. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you on a sensory, interactive journey through the market’s many different precincts. The markets have been running for more than 140 years and many stallholders have been peddling their wares here for decades. Meet the vendors, taste their produce and learn about their daily dealings with suppliers, producers and retailers.

Sign up for a cheese appreciation course or learn the secrets of Adelaide’s Asian chefs on an Asian market tour. The markets sell a huge range of exotic ingredients, reflecting the ever-expanding diversity of Adelaide’s cuisines. You can even hunt for the native ingredients traditionally used by Aboriginal people and now enjoying a revival in restaurants serving bush tucker.

Adelaide Central Markets is the bustling hub of food and lifestyle in this city, so some tours start in the market precinct and weave across the city. Visit Adelaide’s main dining strip of Gouger Street, sit down to a private tasting in South Australia’s largest cheese room and tour the studios of local craftspeople. You can even visit the South Australian regions where the markets’ produce hails from in a private charter plane.  Kangaroo Island, the Eyre Peninsula and the Barossa Valley are just some of the places you’ll visit in this six-day gourmet extravaganza.

Of course you don’t need to travel further than Adelaide Central Markets to taste the best and freshest South Australian produce.

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