Right now, it’s all about what to serve and where to eat these holidays. We can help you with that.
Hello and happy summer (with a garnish of season’s greetings) from Eat Local SA.
Right now, it’s all about what to serve and where to eat these holidays, so let’s see if we can help you with that.
Who’s serving local near you?
Here a few of our summer favourites to consider for your next Eat Local SA experience.
High above the Adelaide Oval is the iconic Hill of Grace Restaurant, and where better for marking a special festive occasion?
There are many great South Australian ingredients on show on this menu, ranging from Coorong Wild Seafood mullet served with burnt rice, San Jose lardo, salted egg, pickled onions and Port Lincoln sardine custard, to seared Paroo Kangaroo with a Japanese twist, served with mirin, sake and toasted seaweed dressing, confit strawberries and almonds.
There’s also a dedicated degustation menu for vegetarians (think Hindmarsh Valley Dairy coconut yoghurt and fermented kefir coconut granita, mandarin, ginger and pickled caper leaf, or pickled daikon with lettuce and Dirty Inc wakame and dried mushroom broth.
The Cooks’ Base Store is a new addition to Central Market Arcade, where you will find sustenance in the form of light lunches and great coffee from Barossa-based Bean Addiction Artisan Coffee Roasters.
Feel like a flat white? Enjoy it with Jersey Fresh Milk. A fresh salad (check their Facebook page for today’s menu) will set you up to do a bit of Christmas hamper selection without too much effort, since this is also where you will find products made by local artisan food manufacturers including S(O)ME Foods, Turley Mae and more. (Isn’t it time you were introduced to bacon jam? #Justsayin’)
If you pine for the great days of refined and elegant dining – and still need to organise a Christmas gathering, don’t panic! Look no further than The Henry Austin Restaurant and Bar. Mr Austin has arrived fully and beautifully appointed in the previously famous lair of the business lunch, Chesser Cellars.
A cocktail in the HA Bar downstairs will work wonders for your Christmas spirit, and we think Smoky Bay oysters with native finger lime and sea blite or Smoked Coorong beef with pickled mushrooms and a wild pea salad to follow might be just the thing to keep it going.
And if you can’t leave the office, order online or by phone before 11am from the daily takeaway menu to collect your midday feast in tiffin tins. What could be better than that to soothe the savage working beast within?
Winners, winners, winners!
And while we’re in a celebratory mood, congratulations to Victoria McClurg and the team at Barossa Valley Cheese Company on their recent win at the South Australian Tourism Industry Awards. Barossa Valley Cheese Co. took out the Excellence in Food Tourism at a glittering night at the Adelaide Convention Centre, which also saw Eat Local SA participants Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Leonards Mill Restaurant, 1802 Oyster Bar + Bistro and Windy Point Restaurant pick up silver medals and Coopers Alehouse Wallaroo collect a bronze in the Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services category, and Dudley Wines win silver in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category.
Meanwhile, over at the South Australian Food Industry Awards Gala Dinner, the International Year of the Pulse is finishing in style for Clare Valley’s Pangkarra Foods, collected a new product award for their flavoured snack range made with faba beans, broadbeans and chickpeas to add to their Sydney Royal Fine Food medals (for wholegrain spaghetti and parpadelle) and a delicious magazine award for their cooked chickpeas. Lots to work with there for your summer menu.
Put South Australia On Your Christmas Plate!
It’s easy to put South Australia on your Christmas table, but if you want to try something new, we’ve heard…
- Make a luscious (light) menu switch with MOO Premium Foods’ ridiculously easy No Bake Cheesecake recipe.
- Hurry up and hunt down a limited edition Foodland Barossa Fine Foods Ham and Golden North’s deliriously gorgeous Christmas Pudding Ice Cream in a Foodland store near you, only available for Christmas.
- Phew. Kytons luscious Christmas Puddings will be available this festive season through Barossa Fine Food outlets.And their own premises are open on Christmas Eve too.
- A limited edition beer in a special commemorative has being launched by Coopers Brewery to celebrate it becoming Tennis Australia’s official beer partner for the Australian Open and the Emirates Series in Sydney, Hobart and Adelaide. Cheers!
- Ferguson Australia have released a new range of all-South Australian wild caught frozen fish. Look for them in Foodland, IGA, the Kangaroo Island Stall at the Adelaide Central Market and selected independent retail, organic and butcher stores.
- Cool down a hazy hot summer’s day with Gelista’s new Almond Milk and Coconut Raspberry flavoured gelati.