Adelaide - Wine & Chocolate
For all that Melbourne & Sydney fight it out for food capital of Australia, Adelaide does have a serious claim as well; so much of our interesting produce comes from South Australia. Maggie Beer on Kangaroo Island raising the best chickens and fruits, fantastic crayfish from Robe, jams and oils from the Adelaide Hills, one of the only specialist chocolate retailers in the world whose chocolate making still begins with the raw cocoa bean, and the rather minor fact that something like 80% of Australia's wine is grown and produced within an hour of Adelaide: the Clare Valley, Barossa Valley, Maclaren Vale and Adelaide Hills are all within easy driving distance of the city (though I wouldn't recommend driving back!)
Although I don't have much time available, I've already decided on a visit to the National Wine Centre and yes, Aussie foodbloggers will be pleased to know that I've already booked my place on the tour of the Haigh's chocolate factory. The free! 30 minute tour shows us how chocolate is made from the cocoa bean crushing right up to the wrapping of the chocolates. We get a free chocolate tasting, and then are let loose in the factory shop, which includes their current line, plus factory seconds, broken bars and discontinued lines. I can foresee a very enjoyable afternoon that day!