More than 160 quality South Australian venues, hungry for culinary tourists and local visitors, have joined Eat Local SA – and three new categories have been introduced to broaden the program.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell – who visited participating business The Veg Shed at Naracoorte during his trip to the South East – says Eat Local SA is leading the way in connecting culinary tourists with South Australia’s restaurants, cafes, pubs and cellar doors.
“As one of the only culinary tourism programs in Australia, Eat Local SA is an innovative, creative and customer focused way to connect the State’s important food, hospitality and tourism industries together for the benefit of consumers,” Mr Bignell said.
“Eat Local SA promotes and identifies venues that choose to use and distinguish themselves with South Australian food on menus and in retail outlets across all State regions.
“Now 18 months into the program, Eat Local SA is attracting quality venues across the State and is growing in recognition beyond our borders.
“To coincide with this growth, Eat Local SA has added a number of new features to the program, including three exciting new categories to broaden opportunities – Catering, Stay and Experience.”
The new categories allow venues that provide SA food with their accommodation – such as bed and breakfast or motels – to join the program, as well as culinary tourism experiences such as farmers’ markets, food tours and cooking schools.
Catherine Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of Food South Australia Inc, said popular venues across the State were joining Eat Local SA to connect with passionate foodies.
“Venues recently joining include The Brasserie @ Hilton Adelaide, The Establishment, Salopian Inn, Barossa Farmers Market, and Howard Vineyard” she said.
“We’ve also launched a number of new activities to promote Eat Local SA, including a monthly blog touring our regions and venues, recipes, a digital newsletter distributed to more than 10,000 consumers, and two regional representatives working across the State to recruit new venues.
“These activities join existing promotions including the website, a handy app for smartphones, social media and the Eat Local SA sign which is starting to be well recognised.”
Participating venues are required to have at least one main dish on their menu or a selection of take-home products named and sourced from South Australia for sale at all times.
Eat Local SA is managed by Food South Australia Inc with the support of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.