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Gilles Street Market moves to Adelaide Showgrounds
Gilles at the Grounds Market Food Court in the Adelaide Showgrounds Dairy Hall
Gilles Street Markets are one of the most popular markets in Adelaide, trading for around ten years from the Gilles Street Primary School. Their dog friendly outdoors markets with free entry specialised in fashion & accessories mainly, pulling in many punters throughout the year despite the weather.
However after a long run in Adelaide CBD, the Gilles Street Markets have outgrown their original venue and taken the giant step of relocating to a new under cover location at the Adelaide Showgrounds. This is particularly handy because the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market teems with people doing shopping for fresh organic food every Sunday, and it's only a short distance to pop over to the new Gilles at the Grounds Market in the old Dairy Hall.
The Adelaide Showgrounds Dairy Hall is no stranger to markets, having hosted Pratty's Showgrounds Warehouse Market from 2014, then the Wayville Market in 2016. This wonderful old building (surprisingly not heritage listed) provides a spacious place out of the weather for markets, and has a pleasant lawn area outside for kids to play and for other outdoor entertainment.
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When I visited the Gilles at the Grounds Market it was quite late in the day. The markets have free entry and operate from 10am until 4pm, and I only arrived around 3pm. Despite that there were loads of people browsing the markets stalls, relaxing outside the Dairy Hall in the sunshine, and having a late lunch in the food court area. What surprised me the most was the huge variety of cheap eats from food stalls at Gilles at the Grounds. Often there is only a lonely food truck or two, or a sausage sizzle at other markets.
The food court was packed in the Dairy Hall, with the Coffee Pedlar to give you a boost start, Juice Excuse healthy refreshments, and a whole variety of street foods from around the world on offer. Savoury Turkish pastries from Ozzie Gozleme, Asian inspired comfort food from Gang Gang, South East Asian street food from Sookii La La, and probably others that I have missed.
With the wonderful aromas of coffee and sizzling street food in my nostrils it was hard to tear myself away from the food court. It's fortunate that I didn't realise that the Gilles at the Grounds Market is dog friendly, because even with choker collars I could never have dragged my canines away from the food. I had to remind myself that I was here for the market stalls, despite my normal lack of interest in fashion. The stalls had an eclectic range of fashion goods including clothes, jewellery and crafty things, pre loved clothing, great gift wares, prints, candles and indoor plants and flowers.
Live performers pumped out Sunday tunes that kept the rhythm coming, and appealed to the crowd of all ages - families with kids, young singles and older couples were all in evidence at Gilles at the Grounds Markets. These new markets in Wayville have a somewhat strange date cycle, partly driven by other events at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Obviously when major events such as the Royal Show are happening, there's no space available for the market.
Find out all you need to know at the Gilles at the Grounds Market on their Facebook page or website, or better still - just come along on market days. Organiser Jennifer Centenera assured me that you can get $4 flat rate all day parking on site, so why not visit Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers' Market first, then have a leisure lunchtime browse through the free markets in the old Dairy Hall. They bring a healthy dose of cool and kitsch to markets in Adelaide.
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