Who doesn’t love an Aussie meat pie or choccy doughnut?
Bakery feeds are a right of passage for any South Aussie, whether it’s a pit stop on a road trip or quick lunch on the job – we’ve all got our staple bakery order.
Like any South Aussie, here at Fritz, we’re all self-confessed connoisseurs of bakery treats, but we’ve decided to see what the professionals say – cue The Royal Adelaide Show’s Professional Baking Competition.
This competition sees a collection of South Aussie bakeries battling it out to be the best in show for their tasty treats, all in a room full of vanilla slices, sausage rolls and all things tasty.
We chatted to some of the award winners for this year’s competition, to see what all the fuss was about. This one’s for you, bakery connoisseurs… so get your pen and paper ready and let us introduce you to your next bakery hotspot.
Orange Spot Bakery – Best Meat Pie and Pasty
Orange Spot Bakery is a local favourite down by The Bay. This seaside staple took home gold in both the best meat pie and best pasty section.
In addition to their award-winning pies and pasties, Orange Spot also has a range of hot drinks and sweet bakery favourites, perfect to enjoy seaside or for a shopping break on your Jetty Road escapades. Their gourmet pies are also a must-try, including their Shiraz Beef and Caramelised Onion Pie (wine in a pie- we’re there).
“Our consistency is what makes the difference with our products, owner Jayme Davey says. “We make a point that what you pick up in our shop every day is what we enter into the competition. It’s a hugely important event for South Australian bakeries to come in and showcase their products and what they do well. It’s an honour to sit back and say our products are the best out of everyone in the state and we take a lot of pride in that.”
750 Anzac Highway, Glenelg
Skala Bakery – Best Sausage Roll
Port Adelaide’s Skala Bakery has taken out the title for best sausage roll, a seriously mean feat according to those in the sausage-roll-know. The Port Adelaide local is known for their traditional artisan baking and specialise in a range of gourmet bread and rolls as well as a selection of sweet treats.
Try Skala Bakery’s award-winning bakery favourites at their shop in Adelaide Central Markets, which has called the iconic location home for the past 30 years.
Shop – Adelaide Central Markets
CJ’s Bakery – Best Vanilla Slice
Calling all vanilla slice fanatics, it’s time to head down south to CJ’s Bakery at Christies Beach. This local hotspot is a traditional homestyle bakery with a range of all the usual go-to’s, including their local favourite vanilla slice. The seaside haunt comes alive during the festive season, so be sure to visit to try their speciality fruit mince pies and award-winning hot cross buns when the time rolls around.
“The vanilla slice section of the competition is something we have been chasing for a long time,” owner Andrew Sutton says. “The vanilla slice is one of those iconic bakery products we’ve made little tweaks to for years just to try and get up there with the best.”
39C Beach Road, Christies Beach
Yorketown Bakehouse – The Chocolate Lamington
When the locals say the Yorketown Bakehouse is “more than a bakery” they aren’t pulling your leg. This Yorke Peninsula gem features a classic bakery full of all the usual treats, plus a full clothing, accessories and fishing department. It’s a one-stop-shop for all your bakery cravings and shopping needs.
When you visit, you can’t go past their classic meat pie or pasty, but it’d be rude not to finish off with the award-winning chocolate lamington.
Traditional homestyle baking is what it’s all about at the Yorketown Bakehouse, according to owner Darren Pedler. “The cake recipe for the chocolate lamington is around 30 years old,” he says. “It has some secrets that make it unique. If we don’t make and bake it ourselves we don’t sell it.”
2 Stansbury Road, Yorketown
Pie Time Tea Tree Gully – Best Chocolate Doughnut
What says bakery more than a good ol’ choccy doughnut?
Pie Time at Tea Tree Gully is the place to head for your next chocolate doughnut fix, according to the recent Royal Adelaide Show. If you’re up for something a little bit out of the ordinary, Pie Time also sell sprinkle and caramel doughnuts, too.
Be sure to check out their weekly specials when you’re in town, too.
1305 North East Road, Tea Tree Gully
Have a favourite local South Aussie bakery that we haven’t mentioned? We’d love to hear from you, share with us your favourite bakery experiences and suggestions for where other South Aussies should visit next.