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Our favourite part about Easter (other than the egg hunt of-course) is food shopping at the Adelaide Central Markets. The wafting smell of freshly baked hot cross buns; the hustle and bustle of busy shoppers; the fresh seafood display cabinets; the Haigh’s chocolate store…oh what a joy!

This year nearly half a million shoppers are expected to visit the Adelaide Central Market in the lead up to Easter hunting for the freshest produce, South Australian seafood and traditional Easter fare. Market traders will bake more than 75,000 house-made hot cross buns... woah!

Projected to be one of their biggest Easter trades yet, here are some fun food stats for this year: 

Market trader projections for Easter 2018 Dough Bakery: 20,000 house-made sourdough fruit hot cross buns
Samtass Seafood: 250kg of Spencer Gulf prawns, 500kg fresh local snapper, 100kg of SA flathead fillets
House of Health: 2,000 fruit and chocolate paleo hot cross buns
Wild Loaf: 5,500 house-made spelt fruit hot cross buns
Baker’s Delight: 30,000 hot cross buns (50,000 hot cross buns sold during March 2018)
Fruit and Veg: 1 million kilograms of fresh produce

But that’s not all there is to get excited about! The Adelaide Central Market has a great range of holiday activities for the little foodies…

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies

Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies is back at the Market these school holidays! All activities are free or low cost and activities include the ever popular Market Trail at just $8, Little Market Chefs at just $18, FREE kids workshops with Eco Crayons, baby animal nursery and the Big Balloon Giveaway!

Little Market Chefs – $18 (5 – 12 years)
Gouger Street Dining Area (near Zuma Caffe)

Tuesday 17 April – 9am, 11am, 1pm
Thursday 19 April – 9am, 11am, 1pm
Tuesday 24 April – 9am, 11am, 1pm
Thursday 26 April – 9am, 11am, 1pm

Little Market Chefs is back these school holidays! The Market is passionate about starting from ground level and teaching the next generation how to prepare healthy, easy and tasty meals together with nutritional advice. Why? Because good health starts in the kitchen! All of the produce will be fresh from surrounding stalls and the team from Sprout will ensure the classes are not only fun and interactive but have an educational focus too. Each class will include a small take away meal of the dish they prepare.

Market Trail – $8, or $10 on the day (4+ years)
Collect your map from the registration desk located in the Gouger Dining area (across from Providore and Lucia’s)
17 April, 19 April, 20 April, 24 April, 26 April, 27 April (self guided, between 9am and 1pm)

The Market Trail is back due to popular demand! The trail has been specially formulated for little foodies to learn about the local and imported produce that the market has on offer. With ten pit-stops, each little foodie will receive a market bag, map and will visit the selected stalls to receive a sample item. The sample items range from cheese, yoghurt, a piece of seasonal fruit and sweet treat. You can’t beat the Market trail for value and fun these school holidays at only $8 (or $10 on the day).

Eco Crayon Workshop – FREE (4+)
Grote Street Dining Area
Thursday 19 & Friday 20 April – 9.30am – 12pm
Help your little one discover their inner artist with our Eco Crayon workshop, with placemat making for older children and playdough for the younger ones. Eco Crayons are 100% plant based making them non-toxic, vegan and biodegradable. Handmade locally from 100% natural ingredients, waxes and butters, and colour pigments derived from plants, roots, seeds and flowers so your little one can colour the rainbow naturally.

Baby Animal Nursery – FREE (4+ years)
Grote Street Dining Area
Thursday 26 & Friday 27 April – 9.30am – 12pm
A baby animal nursery will provide a fresh, clean and safe environment for children to pet, hold and cuddle the baby animals. Hand washing facilities will be provided.

For more information or to book visit Adelaide Central Mark

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