Adelaide icon celebrates 150th birthday

150 years ago today a group of Adelaide Market gardeners, unhappy with trading conditions in the East End Market, paraded through city streets to a site between Gouger and Grote Street to sell their produce.  History tells us over 500 customers attended and all stock was sold out by 6am. Whilst unknown in 1869, This was the beginning of what has become a South Australian institution – the Adelaide Central Market.

With over 80 stalls under one roof, the Adelaide Central Market is one of the largest undercover fresh produce markets in the Southern Hemisphere and the oldest fresh produce market in Australia. Not just loved by locals, it is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction. With over 9 million visitors every year, the Market is Adelaide’s premier food destination, conveniently located in the heart of the CBD.

The Market is still a traditional fresh produce Market, offering a wide variety of artisan products, fruit, vegetables and smallgoods. Growers from across the State gather to sell a mouth-watering array of ingredients, from oysters to olive oils to cheeses, while buzzing eateries are dotted throughout its colourful lanes.

To celebrate this 150-year milestone, a book has been released to tell the tales of this Adelaide treasures, capturing the memories of yesteryear and the familiar faces who make the Market such a lively place today. Featuring almost 500 pages of stories, images and seasonal recipes from some of the Markets most famous stallholders, the book also includes personal anecdotes and tips and tricks that will no doubt inspire regulars and visitors alike.

Adelaide Central Market Stories, People & Recipes, is available to order for AU$79.95.