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Adelaide has an eclectic range of free markets in the city and suburbs, ranging from the commercial to community based. Sunday Field Days is the latest addition to the collection, bringing with it a local street party flavour.
It's another Splash Adelaide initiative, with two more markets currently scheduled in addition the one I visited on Sunday December 8 - on January 12 and on February 9. On each day the free event runs from 12pm to 7pm.
Situated on Field Street just south of Moonta Street and the Central Market, it's not surprising that Sunday Field Days has a strong food and beverage presence, with lamb roasting on the spit, seafood and tapas on offer. A selection of authentic Latin food was available too, including nachos and empanadas with vegetarian options such as spinach pies, salad and vegetarian nachos.
A DJ was churning out the beats between taking selfies, while a collection of kids were taking advantage of face painting and a play area on the closed off street. The kids loved a parrot that a woman had brought along, and it got almost as many selfies as the DJ
I arrived early on my way to the Sport, Fitness & Leisure Festival and Vacant Space, and some traders were still setting up their stalls. But the markets had a strong community feel that you tend to find in the south west corner of Adelaide, and most of the people seemed to know one another. A couple of market stalls were selling bric a brac, and more stall holders are being sought to provide some variety.
Jam the Bistro plays a significant part in the Sunday Field Days, with a street side presence in addition to having customers indoors. They were serving a range of wines, beer and cider, with an interesting variety of food including a vegetarian burger.
If you're in the city on a Sunday, pop by to check out Sunday Field Days - parking is pretty easy in that part of Adelaide, and it's away from the madness of the Christmas rush. The food looks good and the people are a friendly bunch, so it's a good place to relax and have a bite to eat.