We’re lucky to be blessed with the best in South Australia, sprinkled across our city amongst the laneways and busy main streets is an impressive list of independent businesses that call Adelaide home. From the restaurants, pubs and bars that proudly source local produce to serve their patrons to the retailers and creatives that create and find SA made products to fill their stores – there is so much pride in what this state produces and so many wonderful traders that see the benefit in sourcing local.
In the theme of I Choose SA Day, we’ve taken a look at a few East End businesses that put South Australia on show, every day of the year!
The Stag Inn (est. 1849), The Stag Hotel (1902) and now The Stag Public House is rich in history, holding one of Adelaide’s oldest pub licenses. Run by local lads, Oliver Brown & Josh Talbot the Stag Public House is a proudly South Australian venue that uses local businesses & suppliers where ever possible.
While the menu features Angus Beef from the Coorong, Venison from Birdwood and other locally grown produce the real gem on offer is the reinvented South Australian classic dish – the iconic Pie Floater.
A focus on local produce extends past the food. The Stag Public House hosts an all Aussie beer and wine list, because why drink a beer made on the other side of the world when you can sip on a schooie from Stepney.
The focus of Charlick’s is good fresh food. Named after the Adelaide Fruit and Produce Exchange Founder William Charlick, they share their vision of creating a space for everyone to enjoy local food and produce. They’ve even expanded this idea, to include local, independent winemakers and brewers.
Sydney born chef Blake Drinkwater who heads Charlick’s kitchen was given complete control over the menu in its inception, and has built it around local SA produce – he even forages for garnishes himself and has clearly taken to the South Australian way of life.
Sitting amongst the cafe’s and retailers on Ebenezer Place, Naomi Murrell has been designing and selling her fine jewellery line since 2009.
Her work now extends to clothing, art and stationery and while her store is home to the creations of other Adelaide artists like Julie White, Naomi Murrells’ own label is stocked nationally and internationally through a list of boutiques, stores and galleries.
Perhaps the most South Australian focused retailer to be mentioned on this list is Relove SA.
Find home wares, gifts and jewellery made with love by SA based creatives. Relove features over 50 different makers and was purpose designed to assist South Australian creatives to make a profit from what they love doing whilst maintaining full control of their brand. All makers stocking in Relove keep 100% of sales, set their own prices, and control what they stock and how they promote it.
While originally hailing from Scotland, chef Jock Zonfrillo is described as being “deeply South Australian” and opened Orana and its sister venue, Bistro Blackwood to honour Australia’s incredibly varied food history. Through exploration of this lands most native & ancient flavours Zonfrillo is forging the meaning of Australian cuisine. The Aboriginal philosophy to heal and be healed by the land and to always give back more than you take, strongly influences Zonfrillo’s culinary philosophy.
With produce sourced from Port Lincoln, the Spencer Gulf, the Murray River and Goolwa – Zonfrillo’s seasonal menus may be ever changing but his philosophy is deeply grounded in South Australia and it’s traditional custodians.
The independent jewellery maker has been sourcing, selling and using ethical & sustainable materials since 2005. The first business in the jewellery industry to do so in Australia and they did it all from their South Australian location. These industry leaders continue to educate and encourage other like minded jewellers to further the ethos while still maintain a rock-hard connection to SA.
While the name suggests a strong focus on New Orleans & Louisianan culture, visitors can expect to see Creole Cuisine menu staples like fried chicken reinvented using fresh and local ingredients from SA and while their impressive Whisky list and knowledge is unparalleled in the state – SA shines bright through NOLA’s rotating list of independent craft brewers that are available on tap each week.
I Choose SA Day is this Saturday – 27th October 2018 and all SA lovers are encouraged to get out and support local businesses.