Changing with the times: The Banksia Tree Cafe is turning food crisis into creation

The Port Adelaide cult favourite is using the current climate as a chance to spice up its menu without compromising on quality.

Let’s be real. Times are tough right now and just as we began to emerge from the crisis that was 2020 and 2021, new challenges are being thrown our way.

Over the past few years, businesses have had to become flexible and creative in how they operate to accommodate the ever-changing state of the world but one particular café is doing so in the best way possible.

Port Adelaide’s Banksia Tree Café is a crowd favourite not only with the locals but also within the wider Adelaide community, making a name for itself as a sustainable, affordable eatery with darn good food and even better service.

Entering the café, you’re instantly awash with positivity, the energy from the staff and the general aura of the venue is one that can only leave you feeling one way – happy. And it’s not accidental. Customer satisfaction has always been at the forefront at The Banksia Tree and despite the current climate and the underlying doom and gloom in the news headlines, owner Fabian Folghera is ensuring that they will continue to provide an exceptional experience.

“There’s never been a better time to celebrate what we have now,” says Fabian.

“We’re committed to delivering the best possible experience for our customers at affordable prices despite the rising cost of food and trade.

“Food is getting more expensive but we’ve got an amazing team of experienced chefs who are regularly changing the menu, coming up with fresh and vibrant options to accommodate the changes.”

With a strong focus on being zero waste and being committed to sustainability, The Banksia Tree Café is no stranger to a rotational menu with the food items regularly changing along with the seasons. Priding themselves on always using the freshest, local produce, Fabian and his team are using this new challenge of food shortages and increased prices to come up with new exciting dishes for you to try.

“We know people are a bit nervous to spend their money at the moment so we will do everything we can to make sure our menu stays fresh and exciting, without going up in price, so our customers know their money will be well spent on a quality experience,” says Fabian.

“We’re not cheapening our dining experience. We won’t be replacing your avocado toast with smashed peas,” he laughs. “Instead, our chefs are creating funky, new dishes with what we’ve got rather than giving you a lesser version of one of our current ones.”

Apart from its incredible service, dedication to its sustainability practices and mouth-watering food, the Banksia Tree also knows how to host a darn good bottomless brunch.

As part of Umbrella Festival that is going throughout the month of July, The Banksia Tree is throwing one of its infamous boozy brunches featuring three courses, endless mimosas and live music by local artist Lizzie Coke, for 90-minutes of uninhibited fun. Happening on Saturday July 9, tickets are $65pp and can be purchased here.

If you can’t make it this time round, keep your eyes peeled for the next one that will inevitably pop up sooner or later or take part in one of the crafternoon activity days happening in July and August. Make your very own Kokedama or macrame plant hanger while tucking into a handcrafted grazing platter and full open bar. These events always sell out so be sure to secure your spot. You can do so here.

The Banksia Tree is no ordinary café and one visit to the quaint, 19th century building will have you seeing why. Its support for the local community, be it artists, farmers, producers or customers, is what takes it from humble coffee shop to vital resident of the Adelaide culinary scene.

The Banksia Tree Cafe is located at 147 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide SA 5015

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