Photos: Andrew Teoh.
Adelaide is known as a big country town, and yet the city’s cuisine can feel so far removed from its farm roots.
Banksia Tree’s upcoming farm-to-table degustation aims to change that, offering quality, sustainable ingredients from local producers.
The Port Adelaide dining experience, hosted on Friday, June 25, has a delicious-sounding menu with ingredients from Boston Bay Small Goods, Henley Beach’s Westside Mushies, and Hendon’s Rosie’s Rise.
The sustainability-focused café will serve Rosie’s Rise fire-roasted ciabatta with smoked butter; fire-grilled oyster mushroom with miso butter, fermented chilli, and smoked confit garlic; a pork chop with jus, crispy potatoes, coastal rosemary salt, and seasonal vegetables, and saltbush; and a winter citrus tart with fennel pollen, and native lemongrass meringue. The four-course dinner will also be accompanied by a South Australian wine list, craft beers, and boutique cocktails for purchase.
Banksia Tree is not new to a farm to table mentality. The popular Port Adelaide café focuses on designing its dishes around SA produce to benefit both the environment and the food’s taste.
“It’s simple: If food travels less miles, it’s fresher, and someone locally is benefitting from our purchase,” says Fabian Folghera, the Banksia Tree’s owner.
“Ingredients taste better when they’re grown in season and naturally with normal rain and irrigation; The flavour difference is as huge as the impact on the environment.”
The upcoming degustation will champion these environment-focused ideals amid a night of great food, drinks, and fun. Tickets for the four-course dinner are $67, and it has both 6pm and 8:15pm sittings.
Find the Banksia Tree at 147 St. Vincent Street, Port Adelaide.