SA Stories - April 2014


Food Luddite Kitchen Studio

Food Luddite Mark McNamara, Food Luddite

UK-born chef Mark McNamara has been one of many Barossa identities driving the local food scene since he moved to the region 20 years ago. He started Pear Tree Cottage restaurant in Greenock in 1992, before becoming executive chef at Appellation restaurant in 2005 and was a founding member of the Barossa Farmers Market. Now he is passing on his culinary secrets through his new cooking school, the Food Luddite Kitchen Studio. The Greenock studio can accommodate up to eight people and teaches students traditional cooking techniques and age-old skills. It offers hands-on classes in a range of cuisines and traditions.

Flyboard SA

Flyboard SA Flyboard SA

Flyboarding has come to South Australia. If you have ever wanted to walk on water or get more air than Michael Jordan, this new water sport is for you. Best described as a wakeboard with a jetpack, a flyboard is connected by a long hose to a jet ski. Jet nozzles force water pressure to a pair of boots, thrusting the rider up to 10 metres in the air or through the water. Flyboard SA operates at Port Adelaide, Mannum and Blanchetown and offer joyride packages from 15 minutes to an hour. First-time fliers are given a briefing session and will learn how to fly, levitate, fall and land safely before taking to the water.  


Victor Chauffeured

Victor Chauffeured Victor Chauffeured

A new transport service on the Fleurieu Peninsula is offering luxury, land-based whale watching tours this upcoming whale season. Dozens of southern right whales visit the south coast in search of warmer waters to rear their young each May and stay throughout winter. Go whale watching in style this whale watching season with
Victor Chauffeured. The ninety-minute tour will operate every day of the school holidays, public holidays and weekends during whale season. The Chrysler 300C is fitted out with heated leather seats, DVD player and turbo power and can take between two and four passengers on a tour. Book through the South Australian Whale Centre.

Casavino Luxury Villas

Casavino Casavino Luxury Villas

Located in the heart of McLaren Vale, the self-contained Casavino Luxury Villas offer everything you need for a holiday with all the conveniences of home. Each villa features a large master bedroom with a plasma television, ensuite, spa and under-floor heating, a full-size kitchen with dishwasher, a theatre room with plasma television and surround sound, a second living area, a main bathroom with a spa and laundry, an outdoor entertaining area with barbecue, Foxtel and an iPod dock. The villas accommodate from two to eight people and are ideal for a romantic getaway, family holiday, business trip, winery tours and wedding parties. 


Alex Knoll

Alex Knoll Alex Knoll

Alex Knoll is a fourth generation smallgoods maker, but says he was never pressured into the family business – he grew up with it. Unable to see over the counter at his parents’ shop in the Adelaide Central Market as children, Alex and his three older brothers would sell salamis and mettwursts from card tables in front of the stall.

“That way we could earn a little pocket money and learn about customer service,” Alex says. “We grew up in the Central Market, where everyone who worked or shopped there was like family. A lot of the shoppers we were friendly with have photos of us as young boys, trying to look over the counter. We were never thrown in to the business, but we were always a part of it.”

Their father, Franz, bought Barossa Fine Foods 22 years ago. It has since expanded into five retail shops and a factory in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, where their European-style smallgoods are made. Franz was taught smallgoods making by his father, Hans, who migrated to South Australia from Germany in 1957 and was taught by his uncle, Andreas.

Alex, who has worked his way up from 4am starts at the markets and factory, is now the company’s sales manager and brand ambassador. Meanwhile, his eldest brother Dieter is production manager, third eldest Andreas is general manager and their mother Barbara managers the market shop. The Knoll brothers are now spawning a fifth generation of smallgoods makers, with Alex’s 19-month-old son, Otto, visiting the markets every Friday afternoon. “As soon as he arrives, he goes up to Oma for a chorizo sausage. He’s a real smallgoods lover, so it’s good to see he’s not going to be a vegetarian.”

But Alex and his brothers say there are no expectations their children will follow them into the business. “If they want to, they can,” Alex says. “But if they do, they will start at the bottom like we did. There will be no special treatment and they will have to work at the shop on weekends. That way they can see all facets and appreciate it like we do.”

Alex will be holding a Smallgoods Appreciation Class in the Adelaide Central Market this month, where he will reveal the finer points to smallgoods making and wine pouring. Tasting Australia will be held in Adelaide and regional South Australia from April 27 to May 4.


Kiwis urged to visit SA

New Zealanders are being encouraged to visit South Australia in a new marketing campaign. The South Australian Tourism Commission has released three new commercials showcasing key experiences that appeal to the New Zealand market and features SA band Lowrider. New Zealand is South Australia’s second biggest international market with 39,000 Kiwis visiting over the year ending September 2013.

New ad welcomes Kiwis to SA

SA videos hit million-view milestone

Films highlighting the quirks and beauty of South Australia through the eyes of locals have reached more than 1 million views on social media channel YouTube. Through Local Eyes, a digital marketing campaign run by the South Australian Tourism Commission, gives local film makers the licence to use their creativity to best showcase what they love about South Australia. Thirty short films have been commissioned so far, with more in the pipeline.

Blues comes to the Vale

More than 20 of Australia’s top blues, jazz and folk bands will come together for a two-day festival in McLaren Vale next month. The inaugural Black Chook Blues Festival will feature live music, gourmet food and premium wines at Penny’s Hill Winery. Enjoy a dose of jazz, take a master class, treat yourself to the food stalls and shop for treasures at the market stalls. On site camping is available. Black Chook Blues Festival will be held from May 10-11.


Visit the new home of football

Adelaide Oval Adelaide Oval

The newly redeveloped Adelaide Oval has opened its gates to AFL, giving football fans from around the country a new reason to come and explore the CBD. No matter which team colours you sport, there are endless options to make a day trip out of game day. Fill your picnic basket with produce from the Adelaide Central Market and enjoy a feast by the River Torrens before the game, celebrate or commiserate with a drink at a cosy North Adelaide pub, hit the city’s new small bar scene or sweeten a sour scoreboard at a city dessert café.

Feasting for green thumbs

More than eight events in this year’s Tasting Australia program are dedicated to green thumbs, which means you can organise a whole trip around eating, drinking and gardening between April 27 and May 4. Learn how to cook with weeds and native plants at the Town Square, go on a tasting tour of the Adelaide Botanic Garden, enjoy a paddock to plate feast on a Fleurieu Peninsula farm or have lunch with SA’s favourite gardener, Michael Keelan, in the Barossa.


Tasting Australia
Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend

Fleurieu Peninsula Golf Championship (April 7-11), Fleurieu Peninsula
Featuring four golf courses over five days and some of the region’s best attractions and restaurants to enjoy, this event is on every keen golfer’s calendar.

Tasting Australia (April 27 – May 4), Adelaide and Regions
Australia’s premier culinary festival returns to deliver the best in Australian produce, wine and beer. Held over eight days, it will feature a range of activities in the city and regions with a focus on youth activities and the arts.

2014 Australian National Masters Rowing Championships (May 1-4), Adelaide
Australia’s best masters rowers will compete on the AM Ramsay Regatta Course at West Lakes. There are plenty of great vantage points for supporters to enjoy the racing.

Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend (May 16-18), Clare Valley
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, this two-day event hails the end of vintage with award-winning wine, live entertainment and regional food. The program features more than 20 wineries, a Black Tie & Pearls Gala Dinner, a twilight market and the Gourmet Hub for wine tasting.

Bank SA Sea and Vines (June 7-9), Fleurieu Peninsula One of Australia’s longest-running and most-popular food and wine festivals, Sea and Vines is held in the picturesque McLaren Vale wine region each year. Explore the region and discover new wineries in the company of friends and family.

SA Truck and Ute Show (June 8), Riverland
See an outstanding collection of new and vintage trucks and utes in Mannum. Enjoy food, craft, a mini market and children’s entertainment.

For more events, visit the South Australian events calendar

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