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Published July 24th 2012
Tour your taste buds and the geographical location of Adelaide. Try these three ways to get your inner foodie singing.
Adelaide's Clare and Barossa Valley are undeniable icons of the Australian wine industry. In more recent times there has been a diversifying from their wine popularity to include culinary delights. We can thank shows such as Masterchef and My Kitchen Rules for teaching us the difference between quality and quantity, pancetta and bacon and dishing-up and plating-up. Inevitably people's tastes and interests have matured and Adelaide has embraced this with open hands.
Just over 45 kilometres drive to the south west of Adelaide you will find the Fleurieu Peninsula region. On Saturdays, an organic and GE free farmers' market is held in the Willunga Town Square and apparently even inclement weather can't keep the enthusiasts away. The market hosts over 55 stalls that showcase their locally grown and sourced produce keeping true to the region and season. The focus of the market is for buyers to be able to 'meet the grower and taste the region'. It operates every Saturday from 8am to 12.30pm.
Willunga Farmers' Market
A very short drive away from Willunga you will find the acclaimed Chapel Hill Winery, a sprawling 44 hectares of grape varieties and landscaped gardens. In 2003, they opened 'The Retreat' to showcase the very best of McLaren Vale regional food, wine and accommodation experiences. It offers visitors a place to relax, explore and indulge.
The purpose-built kitchen can house 35 interested observers or 14 budding-chefs. Classes can be tailor-made for individuals, parties or corporate groups depending on what you are interested in. Executive chef Rebecca Stubs prizes her cooking and the cooking school on engaging local produce to create innovative dishes. Put yourself to the challenge by mixing up a relaxing weekend with a self-prepared hint of culinary delight. What could be better?
Embark upon a beautiful country drive north-east to the pretty town of Hahndorf, an easy 40 kilometre drive. Hahndorf is a quaint town with strong historical German influences that is well worth a look around. If, once you are done testing your kitchen skills, you want something a little more straightforward, perhaps a trip to the best pun-inspired produce shop will help. Udder delights Cheese Cellar is a prestigious cheese factory awarded and sought after for its delectable cow and goats milk creations. The shop front is a plethora of tasty delights including wine, cakes and coffee, whilst most importantly, free cheese tastings are offered, with cheese and wine tasting presentations also available on-request. And if, like me, you have a small cheese addiction, perhaps their Easy Cheesey Home Cheesemaking Class is for you.