Adelaide Central Market's Hidden Secrets Revealed

4 May - By Jessie Spiby

Unused and almost derelict, the 115-year-old Adelaide Central Market Tower will play host to Sew Tasty, a vertically progressive dinner on Saturday May 6. Climbing the stairs of the tower and stopping at each level, 45 lucky guests will enjoy a five-course culinary experience matched with Sew & Sew wines and completed by live music.

Coming to the event with the same hands-on approach as her wine making, Sew & Sew’s Jodie Armstrong has thoughtfully styled each level of the tower dinner. An oyster shucking station on a market cart will pay homage to the original ground floor tenants, Cappo Seafood. One level up, a French laundry complete with vintage sewing machine gives a subtle nod to Sew & Sew and provides an ideal backdrop to enjoy charcuterie. 

Aiming to find unusual spaces for dinner events, Jodie formed the Secret Dinner Society in winter 2016 and came across the tower while inspecting the market’s cellars for one of these events. “Unfortunately the cellars needed too much work, but we could use the tower space instead,” said Jodie. “These events are about accessing the city’s unused buildings, and getting people into places they have never been before.”

The rustic interior the building has been given a minor facelift and some structural reinforcement in the lead up to the event, but Jodie’s decoration touches have given the event its own personality. “We literally had to de-scale the first floor; I mean actually remove fish scales left behind from Cappos staff,” Jodie said. “It’s been a bit of work, but we want to utilise these places, and hopefully the space will be used more in the future.”

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