This weekend Adelaide dishes up foodie fun and school holiday happenings that’ll that’ll keep your belly full and your littlies busy. It’s the dream combination. The annual taste sensation Tasting Australia kicks off, plus there’s plenty of food truck feasts, markets galore and enough school holiday fun to keep the littles ones on their toes. Hop to it.
1. Tasting Australia
Anything food-focussed and we’re hooked. Tasting Australia boasts a staggering number of events. From one-off dinners by top chefs, long lunches, and regional day trips to Kangaroo Island and Coffin Bay, there’s something for everyone. Fresh Wine Disco returns again this year for all the boogie-lovers, while Glasshouse Kitchen lets you sit back, relax and let some of our top chefs cook for you. Wallet feeling a bit sore? It doesn’t have to make a dent in your bank balance, with free entry into Town Square (Victoria Square’s food hub).
Friday 13 April to Sunday 22 April. Victoria Square, City. Individual event venues and prices vary. Free festival entry, individual event tickets starting from $30
2. Gathered Market
South Australian businesses represent at this quirky market, held in the historic Queen’s Theatre. Mosey through market stalls showcasing homewares, candles, clothing, art, skincare, jewellery and more. Wet your whistle with wine, whisky or a gin and tickle your tastebuds with a burger, paella, Vietnamese street food or sweet treats. There’s also acoustic entertainment from Kat Raynor Music, Elli Belle and Poppi Official. Keen to get your hands dirty? Get involved in a flower masterclass, resin art or crochet workshop. Book in so you don’t miss out.
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April, 10am to 4pm. Queen’s Theatre, Playhouse Lane, City. Tickets $2, kids under 10/free, $4 all-day parking
3. Grug and The Rainbow
One for the tiniest theatre-goers, Grug and the Rainbow delights little (and big) kids with clever puppetry, music and storytelling. Suitable for ages 2 to 6, the show is based on the book created by Ted Prior, following grassy friend Grug on an epic journey to reach the rainbow.
Tuesday 10 April to Sunday 22 April, daily show times vary. The Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, City. Tickets $25, groups 6+ $20, family pass $80
4. Wellness & Beauty Blackwood Markets
From lotions and potions, to Pilates and personal training, and even crystals and kinesiology, this is one mighty holistic health shebang. The market focuses on physical, spiritual and mental wellness, with stalls, demonstrations, talks and workshops to get you feeling tip top. Bring the kids, too, with activities, live music and tasty treats to suit all ages.
Sunday 15 April, 10am to 3pm. 21 Coromandel Parade, Blackwood. Free
5. Explore Arts at Carclew
Nurture your little one’s creative flair at Carclew this school holidays. There’s professional artists on-site for hands-on workshops, including clay and ceramics, spoken word, 3D collage and more. For the mini digital gurus, the Attractor iPad short film course covers story-telling theory and teaches participants how to create their own short digital movie.
Monday 16 April to Friday 27 April, 9am to 5pm. Carclew, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide. Tickets to workshops start from $55
6. Fork Around the World
A special edition feast from the folks at Fork on the Road, this event brings together some of Adelaide’s favourite food trucks, vans, bikes and stalls. Try foods from around the globe at the cheeky Sunday street-food celebration on the banks of the Torrens. Don’t fret, they haven’t forgotten the bevvies, with local craft beer, cider, spirits and wines on offer. Bring a pal or the little ones to enjoy DJs, kid’s entertainment or catch the Commonwealth Games live on the big screen.
Sunday 15 April, 12pm to 10pm. Elder Park, City. Free
7. Gilles at The Grounds
Adelaide’s iconic Gilles Street Market is on the move. Taking on a new name and new digs, Gilles at the Grounds sets up at the Adelaide Showgrounds alongside the Adelaide Farmers Market. Munch on brunch from over 10 food and drink vendors on show, and shop at the new marketplace. It’s even designed with your man friend in mind, with an onsite barber, tools, comics, and specially tailored stalls. Fresh face, same cool Sunday vibes.
Sunday 15 April, 10am to 4pm. The Old Brick Dairy, Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville. Free
8. You, Me & The Velvet Sea at Jive
Folk-rockers Emily Davis and her band are celebrating the release of their third studio album at Jive this weekend. Sneak a listen to You, Me & the Velvet Sea, with Emily’s syrupy vocals and nostalgic lyrics. Tracks explore love in all its forms, inspired by the dynamic mood of the sea. Featuring three vignettes by singer-songwriters Fleur Green (SA), Dearly Departed (NSW) and Aaron Thomas (SA), this stellar line up is not to be missed.
Saturday 14 April, 8pm. Jive, 181 Hindley Street, City. Tickets $30, concession/$25
Plan Ahead: Clubbercise
Grab your glow sticks and slip into your Lycra — it’s time to work out under the disco lights. Join the pop up event for an easy to follow dance workout to club anthems from the 90s to today’s tracks. Bring a bunch of friends and get ready to “glow hard or go home”.
Monday 16 April, 6:30pm to 7:30pm. HQ Complex, 149 Hindley Street, City. Tickets $18