Whoa! Adelaide Central Markets Turned 148 Years Old

Adelaide Central Market will celebrate 148 years by hosting FREE family activities, Market specials, live music and a free cooking demonstration.

On Saturday, 23 January, 1869 at 3.15am, a group of Market gardeners, unhappy with trading conditions at the East End, paraded through city streets to the area between Gouger and Grote streets to sell their produce. More than 500 customers attended and all stock was sold out by 6am.

And the rest, as they say, is history…

The Adelaide Central Market will celebrate 148 years of people and produce on Saturday, 28 January, 2017 by hosting FREE family activities including giant games, face painting, kid’s zone, fruit tastings, Market specials, live music and a free cooking demonstration with local foodie Jessie Spiby. The event will celebrate the diversity, people, produce and colourful history that makes the Market an important part of the State’s cultural fabric.

Adelaide Central Market Authority General Manager Aaron Brumby said this annual celebration would provide Market shoppers with an opportunity to soak up the food hub’s bustling atmosphere with a great range of free activities and Market specials to suit everyone.

“South Australians have a special connection to the Market and we would love to celebrate this special milestone with the Market community. This celebration is a great opportunity for customers to bring their friends and family and be part of something really special,” Mr Brumby said.

From 9am, Market visitors of all ages will be able to take part in giant games and enjoy live music on the Market’s Grote Street frontage, where The Grind’s pop-up stall will also be serving specialty coffee.

Local foodie Jessie Spiby will showcase some of her favourite Market inspired recipes at the Community Kitchen with radio personality Michael Keelan.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without a cake – in this case a giant one created by Market trader, Dough. The cake will be cut by Deputy Lord Mayor Megan Hender and Market shoppers will be invited to enjoy a slice for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to OzHarvest to help rescue and deliver meals to South Australian men, women and children in need.

Shoppers will also have a chance to win Market and stall vouchers in a cash grabber located within the Market – with thousands in great prizes up for grabs.

More than 60,000 people are expected to visit the Adelaide Central Market on Saturday 28 January 2017 to help celebrate the birthday.

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