The main food hub of The Show is the IGA Pavilion, located on the western side of the showgrounds, but there are also eating and drinking options near the Goodwood Road entry around the Goyder Pavilion.
“The Royal Show is absolutely the place for food fanatics to be,” says Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia marketing administrator Kirrilee Hay.
“It’s a great environment to learn that food doesn’t just come from supermarkets.”
In the IGA Pavilion, visitors find a range of local food producers, such as Nippy’s, Spencer Gulf King Prawns, the South Australian Dairy Farmers’ Association, Riviera Bakery, Tucker’s Natural, Arnold Brothers Cider, Barossa Valley Cheese, Island Pure Cheese, Almondco, Lakes and Coorong Fishery and Barossa Pizza. They all have products for tasting and purchase, and staff available to answer questions about where and how the food is made.
Each day from 11am to 4.45pm, cooking demonstrations are being held at the IGA Pavilion, with guest chefs including Rosa Matto, Carmen Vining and Simon Bryant showing simple and tasty ways to incorporate local produce into everyday meals.
For those who want to sit down and enjoy country-style cooking and hospitality, the Country Women’s Association (CWA) Café in the IGA Pavilion offers a hot cup of tea or coffee, sandwiches, cakes and scones.
Chef Jock Zonfrillo’s Restaurant Blackwood has a pop-up restaurant in the pavilion, serving meals made with wild and native Australian ingredients.
There are also daily “Cellar Door Experiences” showcasing locally produced olive oil, wine, beer and cider. Free tutored olive oil tastings are held from 10.45am, followed by 20-minute wine tasting sessions at which participants can taste selected wines from many of South Australia’s wine regions, including the Adelaide Hills, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and the Coonawarra, along with food matches. Sampling of South Australian beers and ciders begins after the wine experience at 6.30pm daily. More information regarding the cellar door experiences can be found here.
The Kingsway Gourmet, on the northern side of the IGA Pavilion, this year offers snacks and meals from a range of vendors including Beyond India, Span Thai, Gourmet BBQ and The Cajun Kitchen, as well as new vendors Nonna Mallozzi, Sit Lo and Delicious Dessert.
“The Arena and Lounge bar located in the IGA Pavilion offers great traditional pub-style meals such as schnitzel, burgers and chips where families are able to sit down, relax and enjoy a meal together,” says Hay.
On the eastern side of the showgrounds in the Goyder Pavilion, the Duncan Gallery is the place to view the winning entries from this year’s Royal Adelaide Show cooking competitions, including cakes, preserves and pickles. More local producers are also showcasing their food and wine products in this pavilion.
More information about food and wine at The Show can be found here.
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