Thursday, May 1

Adventures in Suburbia

Food is about people and hospitality. Sometimes the greatest food experiences take place in the most unlikely of circumstances. Earlier this week I found myself on a gourmet bus tour of  Campbelltown South Australia. Somewhere between the city and the Adelaide Hills is a treasure trove of small producers, back street restaurants, wine merchants and even South American pastry chefs. Never heard of it? Neither had I. Standouts were the amazing Mercato continental deli, the Kumars at No 20 (more of them later), Elbio patisserie, Salta in Bocca and Java Lifestyle Coffee and Tea for authentic Italian coffee – owner Mario Gabrielli's father brought the first espresso machine to South Australia in the 1960s. I even discovered a new Italian beer called Dolomiti Pils. Hats off to the local council which has grasped the importance of food and tourism to the local economy and funded an award-winning food trail. You can tackle this solo or join an organised small group tour. Either way, when you are visiting Adelaide next put it at the top of your must-do list. Deliciously delicious. To find out more please visit

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