Born and raised in South Australia, a lover of food, wine and travel, I am exploring markets, wineries and festivals in Australia. I am discovering more and more exciting food and wine products grown in the regions that I like to refer to as my back yard.
I am very excited to be able to share my experiences with you as I discover a cornucopia of foods and produce grown and made in SA, within easy reach of travellers on any budget, whilst helping to promote my beautiful state.
All this as I strive to write my first cook book.
Australia’s fourth largest state, South Australia shares borders with all the other mainland states, and with the Northern Territory. Its origins are unique in Australian history as the only freely settled state, rather than a convict settlement. Today, it is known for its fine wine, food and numerous cultural festivals.
The first three months of the year are particularly hectic, culminating in Mad March, with events such as The Fringe Festival, Clipsal 500, WOMAD, the Tour Down Under, Barossa Food and Wine Festival, and Adelaide Hills Crush – Food and Wine Festival.
The Adelaide Hills are part of the Mount Lofty Ranges, east of Adelaide. This region is one of the cooler wine regions of mainland Australia, with the first vines being planted in 1839, leading to its world-famous reputation as a wine producing region. The numerous wineries and cellar doors are represented by a regional association known as the Adelaide Hills wine region.
This region is close enough to commute to and from the city (within 20 kilometers), and is the gateway to the country. For most Adelaide residents and tourists, a drive through the hills is a popular attraction, with its many wineries, restaurants, rural landscapes, and markets.
WILLUNGA FARMERS MARKET
I have chosen as my first destination the Willunga Farmers Market. I come here to source locally grown organic produce so that I can create mouth-watering, healthy dishes so that I can complete my cook book.
One of my favourite things is to sample the food and wines, and speak to the producers themselves. I can also sit down and enjoy a coffee and have a chat with the locals.
This is a very popular market with a lively and friendly atmosphere which makes it very busy. Make sure you get there early as most of the products sell out quickly.
This market was voted the best farmers market in Australia in 2008.
PENNY’S HILL WINERY
Leaving Willunga heading back to the city, you can stop off at any one of the many wineries in the region. One winery of choice is Penny’s Hill Winery, home of The Black Chook. The view from the restaurant over the sea of vines provides a soothing end to a hectic morning, and is a perfect back drop for a romantic lunch where even the most discerning palette can be tested.
You can also sample a range of the Penny’s Hill award winning wines while viewing art works from local artists, with the panoramic views continuing from the cellar door.
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