Spring has sprung (and rained, and blown, and shone) and you may be thinking about where to go for that all important Melbourne Cup lunch, or dusting off the barbecue to have some friends around this weekend. Yes, ‘tis the season to come out and play with family, friends and food. Then there’s the cheese…
New to Eat Local SA
Say hello to an Adelaide pub icon! The Crown & Sceptre is where to be if you love a great South Australian steak (Coorong Angus Beef or Limestone Coast Free Range) and live music.
Where to for the Melbourne Cup this year?
The MS Society will be the fundraising beneficiaries of this year’s yum cha lunch at The Salopian Inn. Grab your hat and gloves and don’t forget there’s an amazing $1500 dining experience to be won in the Cup raffle. Book here.
The Mayflower Restaurant at the Mayfair Hotel is going all out with seafood gateaux and their enviable high tea, while the Hennessy Bar upstairs is providing a glass of Veuve to set the mood and a selection of canapes and cocktail dishes, or gourmet platters can be pre-ordered.
The Riverside Restaurant Intercontinental is celebrating with a floral extravaganza and a menu including food, wine, fashion and entertainment. You can learn a thing or two watching the live oyster shucking, and you can even roll your own Peking Duck pancake.
And Serafino McLaren Vale is hosting lunch in their tranquil courtyard, with acoustic entertainment, and a live and silent auction, raising funds for the Starlight Foundation.
Introducing Salty Macadamia Pearls by Charlesworth Nuts
Charlesworth Nuts has created Salty Macadamia Pearls to help raise funds for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation. Featuring whole Australian macadamias, a touch of salt and lustred white chocolate, 20% of proceeds will support the WCHF Beach House Project, helping to create special memories for children with life-limiting illnesses.
Kangaroo Island fresh water marron on the menu at Emu Ridge
As the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus folks say, marron is THE bush food – indigenous to the island, sustainably farmed and renowned for its sweet, delicate flesh and rich flavour. Indulge yourself!
SA winners are grinners
Next time you pick up something delicious by Barossa Fine Foods, Beston Pure Dairies, Bracegirdles House of Fine Chocolate, MOO Premium Foods, Najobe Park, Singing Magpie Produce, Thornby Premium Foods or Tweedvale Milk, take a moment to be extra proudly South Australian. These great brands have just collected a swag of medals at the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s Australian Food Awards. Go, you good things!
And congratulations to chef Karena Armstrong and her team on The Salopian Inn making the Gourmet Traveller Top 10 Regional South Australian Restaurant List, being awarded three goblets by Gourmet Traveller Wine for their cellar, and on their inclusion in the international Truth Love and Clean Cutlery food guide celebrating local, organic and sustainable restaurants. Love your work!
What’s for dinner?
Beerenberg Farm are ready to solve your midweek meal dilemmas with their new range of meal bases, designed to put punchy flavour on the plate in just 30 minutes and all made here in South Australia. One Pot Mexican, Lamb Biryani, Chicken Chorizo Paella or Miso Maple Pork, anyone? Available at the Farm Shop, online and launching in independent grocers this month.
Cheesefest+FERMENT = bliss!
Eat Local SA is proud to support the cheesiest event around – Cheesfest+FERMENT in Rymill Park on 27-28 October. Roll up, say hello and feast with some great South Australian names including:
- 23rd Street Distillery: Australian vodka, new gins and brandy that’s very definitely not for Nanna!
- Alexandrina Cheese Company: cheeses chock-full of Fleurieu flavour
- La Casa Del Formaggio: fresh, Italian style cheeses made with heart
- Singing Magpie Produce: ask about their latest three gold medals for their quince and fig products
- Skara Smallgoods: ethically raised, traditionally smoked handmade smallgoods
- Popsicool: Vegan, gluten free and organic ice pops made with local ingredients
- Kangaroo Island Spirits: very spirited locals indeed!
- The King’s Head Hotel: the first public house in SA to go all out South Australian on their menu and still one of the best
- The Salopian Inn: ask about that Christmas gin they’ve got brewing with the help of KI Spirits
- Tucker’s Natural: Australia’s most awarded crackers are on hand to help out with all that cheese
- Udder Delights: cheese for cheese nerds, cheese for gourmets and cheese for fun
- Woodside Cheese Wrights: your hosts and international champions of cheese!
And be the first to pick up our brand new recipe cards featuring delicious, easy recipes from Kris Lloyd and Karena Armstrong available exclusively from the Cheesefest+FERMENT demo kitchen.