The Flavours of Campbelltown: A very different Adelaide Food Tour

“Welcome to the Kumar’s at Number 20.”

For a moment I thought I was in a British sitcom but no, this surprise stop was all about curry. We were not expecting to stop at a private home on our food tour but this shows how innovative Adelaide’s Campbelltown Council has been in starting their award winning Food Trail Tour.

 Campbelltown Food Trails

 

Campbelltown has attracted many migrant families to this part of Adelaide who have bought their culinary traditions with them and have started businesses. The Campbelltown Council has recognised this and in a very clever initiative has established the Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail that promotes these businesses and offers visitors to Adelaide a very different experience.

 

But back to the Kumars…..

The Kumar’s Indian Culinary Service

I must admit we weren’t sure what was happening when we pulled up to a suburban house in Rostrevor, a suburb in the Campbelltown area but after a warm welcome from Vinnie and Anish Kumar and their two children we were very glad we were there.

The Kumars at Number 20

Vinnie and Anish run a successful Indian catering service making some of the best curries I have tasted in a long while…and at very reasonable prices!

Along with delicious pakoras and mint sauce, we were treated to their signature dish, the butter chicken curry,  a beef korma and a fabulous spinach paneer made with ricotta.

Vinnie’s parents were visiting from India, taking a holiday from their confectionary shop, but she was able to convince her father to make us some of the wonderful Indian sweet, jalebi to finish the tasting.

fabulous food from The Kumar's at Number 20

 

We had started the day with coffee….

Java Lifestyle Coffee and Tea
Mario’s father bought the first expresso machine into Adelaide in 1956 igniting his love for coffee. The coffee machine still stands in the cafe but today Mario uses a modern machine to roast and ground the beans for the coffee that the shop is known for.Tea lovers aren’t forgotten either so whether it’s tea or coffee, Java Lifestyle is the place to go….and don’t forget to try the churros with your coffee…they are delicious!

Java Lifestyle Coffee and Tea

Java Lifestyle Tea and coffee

 

and cake….

Elbio
Elbio may be from Uruguay but the cakes and pastries made at his bakery embrace all cultures. Here you’ll find treats from Italy, France and Spain as well as his Latin American delicacies. Elbio has also established a separate gluten free bakery within his larger bakery. The gluten free products are mixed in their own large mixer, baked in their own ovens and packaged away from other products.

Delicious cakes from Elbio

 

Chaja is one of his famous cakes…light, fluffy and wickedly delicious, it is a mixture of meringue, cream, sponge cake, caramel and fruit.

Chaja Cake from Elbio

 

 

Mercato
I’d love to have Mercato down the street from where I live!

Mercato

 

As I walked into Mercato I was immediately transported back to Italy! It wasn’t just the scooter standing inside the entrance, or the shelves filled with wonderful Italian products. Nor was it the salami hanging from above the counters and the display cabinets filled with a huge selection of cheese and antipasti. The wonderful selection of italian wines may have helped but what really took me back was the sight of four lovely nonnas hand rolling pasta called cavaletti…a scene that is played out often in homes in Italy.

This is part of the original owners Mario and Immas’ son John’s vision to take the store from the small corner deli it once was to the large emporium it now is. They also offer a great range of cooking classes which booked out very quickly.

Mercato in Campbelltown

 

Salt in Bocca
Andreas Carstensen bought Salt In Bocca as a present for his wife.. While most women in our group said they would not be appreciative if their husbands did this, Therese is passionate about their small family business making a range of almond breads and biscotti. The fig and pistachio biscotti were to die for! Unfortunately they are not available outside South Australia at the moment which is probably quite good for me as I would be buying them constantly.

Fig and Pistachio biscotti at Salt in Bocca

 

Cheese platter from Salt in Bocca

 

Assagio Café
Just incase we were still hungry, Assagio Cafe, an offshoot of the well known restaurant in Central Adelaide, had arranged a delicious lunch for us of arancini, polpetti, prawns, mediterranean vegetables and proscuitto and pizza.

Assagio Cafe

 

What I love about this area is that the businesses all support each other. Assagio acknowledges where their produce comes from and many suppliers are other businesses in the area.

 

This tour has been so successful, not only for visitors to the area but for the businesses themselves. There are 25 businesses in the Food Trail guide book with many more on the waiting list. The council also holds Moonlight Markets attended by businesses in the food trail booklet.From a visitor’s perspective, the diversification of the places we visited and the food we tasted was a fabulous introduction to a part of Adelaide that we probably would never have found.

Congratulations Campbelltown Council for establishing the fabulous Food Trail Tours

 

 

I was a guest on the Food Trail Tour as a part of  Tasting Australia’s culinary bloggers forum Words to Go
You can read more about the Campbelltown Food Trail at  www.foodtrail.net

 

 

 

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17 Responses to The Flavours of Campbelltown: A very different Adelaide Food Tour

  1. jan June 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Thanks for the culinary surprise tour – I have never seen biscotti so perfect – and fig and pistachio – a match made in heaven. I hope they do start selling Australia wide :)

    • Jenny Freedman June 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm #

      They were delicious Jan! I hope they sell them here too!

  2. Krista June 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    What a fantastic event!! So many delicious and inspiring foods. :-)

    • Jenny Freedman June 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      It was a great tour Krista. Something a bit different!

  3. Muza-chan June 15, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    Looks delicious…

  4. Corinne June 17, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    Jenny! I have yet to get to Adelaide, but all these flavors make it look like a tasty destination. Hopefully next time I’m in Australia. Nice to see you!

    • Jenny Freedman June 18, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

      Adelaide has some fabulous food and wine Corinne. It’s another place for you to put on your itinerary when you come and visit!
      Great to be back thanks Corinne!

  5. FrandalF16 June 17, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    That’s a type event that every town and neighborhood should have … I’d love to see it in a couple of places here in Santiago

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    • Jenny Freedman June 18, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

      It’s a clever initiative isn’t it. I’m sure there’s a lot of suburbs that could do something similar to promote businesses in their area. Great to see you here again.

  6. Charu June 17, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

    Truly delicious! Love the bocca biscotti pictures

    • Jenny Freedman June 18, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

      I loved the biscotti too Charu! Fig and pistachio…my favourite.

  7. Calli June 18, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Wow, this all looks so delicious! What a wonderful experience and likely so many new places to add to your regular stops :) The only down side is that now I want curry for dinner tonight…

    • Jenny Freedman June 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

      It was a great experience Calli. I’d be visiting a lot of the places every week if I lived in Adelaide!

  8. Karen (Back Road Journal) June 18, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    What a fun food adventure…I love it!

    • Jenny Freedman June 18, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

      Thanks Karen, it was a lot of fun. A great idea that a lot of communities could adopt.

  9. Heather June 23, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    Wow, this looks like a scrumptious tour! We just had Indian take-out for dinner and I can only imagine how much better home-cooked versions of my favorite dishes would taste!

    • Jenny Freedman June 24, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

      It was a great tour Heather. I’d be ordering curries from them too if they were just around the corner!

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