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Festive Food


Adelaide Central Market

44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide SA 5000

For fresh prawns and local fish, smoked hams and plump turkeys, heavenly cherries, artisan breads, delicious cheeses and every seasonal sweet you can imagine – the Adelaide Central Market is your go-to destination for stocking up for your festive feast!

A One-Stop-Shop For Festive Fare

The Adelaide Central Market will once again be overflowing with fresh local produce and artisan goodies this Christmas. With 76 traders under one roof, the Market is the destination for festive fare – with the largest range of local seafood, turkeys, ham, handmade puddings, mince pies and cherries.

Trader Tip: Plan in advance. Avoid a last-minute rush and contact your favourite traders early with pre-orders for hero food items like hams, puddings and fresh seafood.

After some ideas and inspiration for your Christmas menu? Check out the online program for Adelaide Central Market’s Community Kitchen. It’ll be a hive of activity through the festive season with free cooking demonstrations by local foodies and recipes you can take- home and try on your own. Learn how to glaze the perfect ham, cook the perfect Christmas turkey, or create edible gifts using market produce.

Preparing Christmas plattter

Father Christmas & Carols

Adelaide’s beloved giant Father Christmas is back on show on the iconic red-brick Market Tower, ready to greet visitors young and old to the Adelaide Central Market. The big man in red (he weighs three tonnes!) will grace the Market’s historic Grote Street frontage until Sunday 13 January 2019. 

You’ll be able to shop to the festive sounds of Christmas carollers, who’ll be performing live at various times between 27 November and 7 December. Pop in to hear the heavenly voices of the carollers, including young voices from local city schools.

Visit the website for all the latest on festive activities plus full trader details, seasonal specials and more.

Christmas Tree out the front of the Adelaide Central Markets

Festive Table Shopping List

Don’t get caught short. Refer to this checklist of popular festive items, all available at Adelaide Central Market.

  • Seafood (prawns, fish, oysters, crayfish)
  • Ham / turkey
  • Pudding / fruit mince pies
  • Fruit (cherries, strawberries)
  • Flowers
  • Fresh milk / cream
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Condiments (cranberry sauce, olive oil, balsamic dressing)
  • Sweets and other treats for ‘afters’

Red cherries from the Adelaide Central Markets

A Read to Feed Your Soul

Have foodie friends or family members? What better Christmas pressie than a stunning celebratory recipe book.

On Saturday 23 January 1869, about 500 locals attended the very first market day put on by a handful of market gardeners on the site between Gouger and Grote Streets. From those humble beginnings, the Adelaide Central Market has grown into a world-renowned cultural and culinary cornucopia – attracting over nine million visitors each year.

To mark its 150th birthday in 2019, the Adelaide Central Market has produced a stunning 500 page hard-copy book that tells the fascinating tale of this city treasure through a series of recipes, anecdotes and inspired imagery.

Capturing the memories of traders from yesteryear and sharing stories from some of the Market’s most familiar faces today, ‘Adelaide Central Market:  Stories, People & Recipes’ is as much a celebration of the city’s history and cultural evolution as it is of the food that makes the Market the city’s premier destination for multicultural cuisine and fresh produce.

Inside, you’ll find delicious seasonal-driven recipes from stallholders’ families as well as producers   and chefs from around South Australia – all wrapped around heart-warming tales and hundreds of historic and modern images.

RRP $79.95, limited books available – visit Adelaide Central Markets to secure yours now!

Adelaide Central Markets book

Roll Out the Recipes

While you’re online shopping for gift ideas, check out the huge selection of sweet and savoury festive recipes on the Adelaide Central Market website.

Filled with flavour, this sumptuous cranberry, smoked bacon and pistachio turkey roll is sure to be a winner at your Christmas table!

Visit the website to pre-order and purchase official Market merchandise and to download dozens of recipes!


Extended Trading Hours

Tuesday 18 December 7 am – 5:30 pm

Wednesday 19 December 9 am – 5:30 pm^

Thursday 20 December 9 am – 5:30 pm

Friday 21 December 7 am – 9 pm

Saturday 22 December 7 am – 3 pm

Sunday 23 December 7 am – 5 pm^

Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve) 6 am – 3 pm^*

Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) CLOSED (Public Holiday)

Wednesday 26 December (Boxing Day) CLOSED (Public Holiday)

Thursday 27 December 9 am – 5:30 pm

Friday 28 December 7 am – 9 pm

Saturday 29 December 7 am – 3 pm*

Sunday 30 December CLOSED

Monday 31 December (New Year’s Eve) 7 am – 3 pm^*

Tuesday 1 January (New Year’s Day) CLOSED (Public Holiday)

Wednesday 2 January 9 am – 5:30 pm^ (Standard trading hours resume)

^ Optional trading day

* Until sold out

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