Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Top fare corners the market in Adelaide - Travel - Lifestyle - Moonee Valley Leader

Top fare corners the market in Adelaide - Travel - Lifestyle - Moonee Valley Leader

CALLUM Hann has a dream for the perfect cup of coffee.

The MasterChef 2010 runner-up would make his sugar from fresh cane, grind his coffee from aromatic beans and squeeze his milk from a contented dairy cow for that ideal “flat white with one”.

That dream may be a long way off, but according to the boy from the Barossa everything else for foodies to casual cooks can be found at the Adelaide Central Market - the perfect day trip or short stay for Melburnians.

Hann buys his ingredients at the 142-year-old market and calls it “the epicentre for food in South Australia”. “It’s not as big as somewhere like the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne, but it’s got heart and soul, you could get lost in there,” Hann says.

The market, bordered by Gouger and Grote streets in Adelaide’s CBD, is an undercover smorgasbord with a “village-like atmosphere”, according to gourmet stall Providore owner Mark Gleeson.

Gleeson runs tours of the market, threading small groups through the fruit and vegetables, gourmet cheese, bakeries and coffee shops, showcasing the highlights and giving a peep into the history and successes of the market.

Start at the chocolate fountain at Providore, then drool at the menu at Lucia’s Pizza and Spaghetti Bar.

If you like what’s on offer but can’t stay for a meal, wander next door to buy the ingredients to make the dishes at home.

Learn of the history of the first Asian stall at the market on your way to sample the finest cheese at The Smelly Cheese Shop.

Then pick up your favourite cut of meat at Feast @ the Market, as recommended by Hann and also food writer Stephanie Alexander.

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