Last Sunday while recuperating in Adelaide from rather painful wisdom teeth removal, Mama and I ventured out of the house (it was a beautiful winter’s day) and headed into the city to investigate a cool new market concept that opened up only around 6 months ago.
The Marketshed on Holland, is, simply put, just that. An incredible market space housed in a giant undercover shed where local producers and providores of fine South Australian products and foods come together every Sunday from 9-3pm and serve up the most delicious goods to hoards of hungry city goers. Owned by the same family who run the neighbouring IGA it’s a perfect Sunday afternoon destination – complete with live band, plenty of communal seating and vibrant atmosphere. With a constant buzz of people, samples galore and genuine, passionate locals sharing their creations with the crowds it was a pleasure to be a part of.
Mama and I arrived probably a shade after 11am on Sunday and already the place was brimming. After becoming a ‘friend of the Marketshed’ (purchasing a gorgeous calico shopper and stunning chopping board with the Marketshed logo emblazoned onto it, all for only $20!) we began our lap of the stalls and marketeers.
Starting with samples of the Nurish Delish and Nutrish Paleo granola with B.-d. Farm Paris Creek Bush Honey and Vanilla yoghurt as well as their delectable ‘raw brownie‘ (vegan, gluten and sugar free!) we then moseyed our way around to try Jamface – a stall run by Poh Ling Yeow (Masterchef Runner-up 2009) and her business partners. We had a taste of their incredible Vegetarian Pizza Fritta (a Neapolitan street style pizza) which was topped with a rich homemade organic Sugo sauce (slow cooked for 4 hours!), fresh basil and a sprinkling of pecorino cheese. The dough was heavenly – it’s pan fried in olive oil giving it a crispy outer shell but staying light and fluffy in the middle. I was lucky to snare two slices from the sample plate so generously offered by the man handing them out…SO GOOD.
Making our way over to the far corner of the Marketshed, we saw there were more wood oven pizzas being freshly rolled, made and assembled before firing to perfection in the giant brick oven at the Little Orange Arancini and Pizza Bar. I sampled a slice of their Organic Vegetarian Pizza, which was laden with pumpkin, eggplant, mushroom and zucchini and it was just superb, bursting with freshness and flavour. You could see the love go into every one as they made them to order in front of your very eyes!
Next we sidled over to the Fritoles by Ma & Me stall – this was my absolute favourite in the whole of the market. A “Fritole” is like an Italian fried dough and comes in both savoury and sweet. However, the one we opted for last Sunday was the traditional homemade dessert style version of ricotta, lemon and sultanas. As a ‘dessert dough’ it’s similar to a fritter or a fresh donut (or, more accurately speaking, like a golden brown fried ball of foodie bliss). Crunching into the crispy outer layer rolled in sugar the fluffiness of the still-warm ricotta dough-filling was immediately apparent and made it so much lighter and tastier than a donut. With wonderful notes of citrus and sweet bursts of sultanas it was totally worth every calorie.
Moving around to the Walnut Bar we sampled the most incredible Lemon Myrtle Bliss balls and were intrigued by the likes of Wattleseed Almond Milk and Salted Caramel Chia Puddings.
Bona Food next door also had mouthwatering raw and vegan treats on display – every single one of which was utterly salvia inducing. Peanut Butter and Jelly Tart, pumpkin tarts, slices of Coconut Curry Pie (which tasted exactly like a curry style pasty but was completely vegan!) and slices of raw, vegan sweet chocolate bliss in all shapes and sizes beckoned passers-by.
However, in the end we opted for the last serve (lucky us!) of the “Cinnamon Apple Hot Pot”. Coconut maple granola with gojis, toasted coconut shavings and pepitas came topped with local stewed apples and a blob of almond chia and was finished with Walnut Bar‘s fresh and delicious almond milk. All I can saw is WOW. The stewed apples were so warming against the fresh cooling almond milk and it was that perfect balance of sweet and tart. Savoured in a mouthful with the crunchy granola it was a wonderful fusion of earthy flavours and textures. Of course we couldn’t leave without a dessert for later and settled on the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough slice – made from chickpeas! It tasted exactly what you would expect to spoon out of a tube of American cookie dough only it was completely raw, clean and healthy. Amazing.
With so much sweet sampling we needed a bit of savoury to balance ourselves out and came across Tom TwoPenny of Townlife. A designer by trade, Tom started to dabble in making terrines and relishes and only just started serving up mini pork, lamb and beef sliders to compliment his other offerings. Making the brioche himself using the recipe another stallholder gave him we simply couldn’t say no and decided on a Pork and Coleslaw Slider on Brioche with the pork sourced locally from two brothers in the Adelaide Hills. Tom prepares the pork via sous vide method – cooking it at 60 degrees for 24 hours to ensure it’s cooked to succulent perfection and then finishes it off with a blowtorch to bring out all the smokey flavours.
One bite of this all-fresh-locally-sourced-and-completely-handmade-by-the-man-serving-us slider and you could have easily put away another three. The brioche was the BEST I have ever tasted – light, slightly sweet and the right density (crumbly but holding it’s body perfectly) and it just enhanced the sweet smokiness of the pork and crunchy creamy coleslaw. 10/10 Tom!
One final lap of the stalls saw us pass the likes of Messy Jessy (MKR 2014 winner), fresh juices by Olive & Edith, healthy bliss balls at Raw Karma, “Grown-ups” at Mother & Sons Bakery (their version of the cronut…a donut for grown-ups of course!) and pies of epic pastry proportions at Bull Creek Bakery (Mama and I can definitely recommend the Fallow Venison), as well as raspberry tarts that looked so lusciously vibrant it was almost as though they themselves had just been plucked off the bush.
While we digested, Mama and I also took in the gorgeous fresh produce stalls, stunning blooms and herbs being sold as fresh as they come.
Finally, feeling very satisfied and satiated Mama and I chose to finish with a fresh “Mean Green” juice from Nurish Delish and Nutrish. Made from kale, cucumber, mint, ginger, lemon and apple and served in a super cute, super indie jar it was refreshing, soothing and the perfect send off for our Marketshed experience.
All I can say is if you’re looking for a Sunday activity when in Adelaide and have the morning and afternoon to sit back, enjoy fantastic food in a buzzy, vibrant atmosphere and chill out with some live tunes then The Marketshed on Holland is a must destination.
Have you been? I’d love to hear about your experience!