The day of love – Valentine’s Day – is about showing appreciation for a special someone usually by way of chocolates, flowers or love letters.
But just how South Australian is your gesture going to be on February 14? Well, we reckon it should be fully and passionately South Australian. Just like we encourage you at Christmas and Easter to shop local – we’re doing it for V-Day as well.
Why? Because shopping local keeps jobs here in our state, it supports small businesses, producers and craftspeople. So we’ve scoured the SA online marketplace – Shop South Australia – for a few gifts for him and her that are sure to be cherished this Valentine’s Day.
Swap the typical red roses for something a little wilder. East End Flower Market, based on Grenfell Street in Adelaide’s CBD, has a passion for wildflowers, which are sourced direct from growers in the Adelaide Hills. Vibrant and pastel-coloured flowers are also sourced from markets each day, resulting in bright and longlasting bouquets that can be complemented with a card and personalised message.
A card is the simplest of gestures. But depending on the message inside it can also mean the most! A good option for those wanting to express their love in the written form. Adelaide-based illustrator Doris Chang is behind Little Sister Co, designer of greeting cards, art prints and textiles. The ‘cheesy’ card, below, is illustrated by hand in watercolour and ink. Everything is better with cheese on it.
Alongside flowers, jewellery tends to be another Valentine’s classic. Glenelg jewellery maker Vanessa Stephens is behind Ocean Haze, a collection of delicate pieces inspired by the beach and the environment. Her earrings and necklaces are contemporary in style, featuring recycled sterling silver, fine silver, and freshwater pearls. They’re crafted with both traditional and contemporary techniques and packaging is made from recycled products! Ocean Haze donates 10% of its profits to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
“A sparkling opening of pink grapefruit and spiced pink peppercorn with a soft rose heart and a delicate skin-musk dry down”. The description of this Freedom Eau De Parfum is romance in itself! One Seed Perfume is made in Adelaide using all natural ingredients with at least 80% organic content – so better for the environment and those with sensitive skin. Natural fragrances tend to create more complex scent profiles that change slightly depending on the skin it sits on. So each perfume will be slightly different depending on its wearer!
A good gift for the gin connoisseur. 5Nines Distilling is a small-batch distillery in Uraidla in the Adelaide Hills. These guys are relatively new, establishing the distillery in 2016 and have since been trying to achieve perfection, more specifically 99.999% perfection (hence the name). At the moment they stock three spirits, a rare dry gin, a sticks and stone (navy strength) gin and a wild citrus gin. To create, the base liquor is blended with Adelaide Hills spring water and gently infused with indigenous botanicals sourced from bushland in the Flinders Ranges, and around the globe.
Suit-wearing gentlemen will appreciate these traditional leather cufflinks made with a personal touch. Craftswoman Pauline Van Houten is behind Vantler Leather, a leather accessories brand that was inspired by Pauline’s own love for gift giving. Read her story here. Vantler Leather pieces are handcrafted in Pauline’s home studio using full grain leather, with the cuff links available in five different hues. They can be engraved with the wearer’s initials, offering a personal touch and a gift to keep for the long haul!
The perfect timepiece for stylish gents, Blaax watches are minimalistic in design and range from the more casual tan genuine leather straps to sleek black leather bands. Watches are not only practical (obviously) but they can add life to every day outfits and allow the wearer to express a little something about their personality.
Chocolate is a no brainer for those with a sweet tooth or those looking for a small and simple gift. From boxes of assorted truffles to chocolate covered almonds, caramels and fruit and nut assortments, there is plenty of choice. Haigh’s also has a special Valentine’s Day collection featuring special packaging.
Shop South Australia is home to a unique collection of over 300 South Australian gifts and goods from more than 70 local makers and producers. Choose local and Shop South Australia.
‘Tis the season of giving, but instead of presents why not celebrate this Christmas with a gift that gives back to fellow South Aussies?
This festive season Brand South Australia is proud to show its support for some of the state’s leading charitable organisations by encouraging people to visit Shop South Australia and donate to its member charities and foundations.
Members of the public can visit Shop South Australia’s newly created ‘Donate to Charity’ category and choose from more than 40 of Brand South Australia’s charity members to gift a direct donation.
Shop South Australia is a free platform allowing users to link directly to the charity’s own website to complete their donation, enduring all funds go to the chosen foundation.
Donators can choose from charities across a range of sectors including animals, arts, children, community support, environment and health.
Brand South Australia’s general manager corporate partnerships, Nicola Martin, says the not-for-profit organisation is pleased to support its member charities this festive season.
“We have over 40 charities and foundations that are part of our membership program, and hope that people’s generous donations will help support the vital work that they do,” she says.
Reckon you’re a fair dinkum South Aussie? Well, prove it!
Saturday, October 27 is I Choose SA Day, an annual celebration of all things South Australian, from Balfours frog cakes to the Mall’s Balls and bung fritz.
But there’s way more to it than that. I Choose SA Day is the day to back your state by choosing local products, goods, services, destinations and activities.
And it won’t be hard to do. SA is home to some of the world’s finest produce and best holiday destinations you’ll find. Our state’s playground comprises some of the oldest vineyards in Australia, funky cellar doors and laneway bars, pristine beaches and coastal hideaways, and stunning natural environments that will take your breath away.
If every SA household put a modest $2.30 a week towards buying local food and beverages, it could support up to 600 new local jobs. So let’s do it on October 27. Look for the State Brand to ensure the company you’re buying from or dealing with employs locals and contributes to the growth of our state.
So no matter what sort of South Aussie you are – a foodie, a sports nut, a dog lover, a beer drinker, wine aficionado or traveller – we have you covered.
HOW TO CHOOSE SA IF YOU’RE…
Foodies need not be reminded how good SA has it when it comes to gastronomic delights. Our state’s capital is home to Orana, the best restaurant in Australia as crowned by the prestigious Good Food Guide Awards.
Then there’s the slick Japanese-inspired Shobosho on Leigh Street in the CBD, stunning South African cuisine at Africola, and the New York-inspired bar and grill Sean’s Kitchen in the Adelaide Casino, just to name a few.
But the big foodie event on October 27 and 28 is CheeseFest+FERMENT. Head along to Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka in Adelaide to get a taste of all things fermented (e.g. cheese and wine!) You’ll find the I Choose SA toasties, including the delicious classic toasted sanga made with Skara Smallgoods ham, La Casa Del Formaggio mozzarella, and Spring Gully pickles.
In other foodie news, I Choose SA events are also happening at the Adelaide Central Market with cooking demonstrations by Sprout Cooking School.
We’ll also celebrate the launch of the SA strawberry season, with a live auction hosted at the central market by real estate industry’s Anthony Toop on October 27 from 11.45am.
Place your bid on a tray of the season’s first strawberries and show your support for local growers, with all proceeds going to charity.
At Plant 4 Bowden a chef from Jessie Spiby’s restaurant My Grandma Ben will also put on cooking demonstrations.
Pop into your local Foodland to find delicious SA produce and if you’re at the Happy Valley and McLaren Vale stores, spot foodie Bree May cooking up a storm. A number of farmer’s markets are up and running across the state weekends, offering fresh produce from the farm.
I Choose SA toasties (including The Classic, pictured) can be found at CheeseFest+FERMENT on October 27 and 28.
There’s no better way to choose SA than at the checkout.
Hit Adelaide’s main shopping precinct, Rundle Mall, to drop by a number of local boutiques and gift shops stocking SA wares, clothing, jewellery and gifts. Adelaide Arcade and Regent Arcade towards the mall’s eastern end are excellent places to browse through small stores stocking local art, makeup, homewares, skincare and gifts.
Womens fashion hub BNKR in Rundle Mall is home to brands under Australian Fashion Labels, one of Adelaide’s greatest fashion success stories. Head to Ebenezer Place in the East End to find more small boutiques.
If you’re not in town for I Choose SA Day or shopping from home is more your style, then hit up Shop South Australia, Brand South Australia’s online marketplace listing only local brands.
A party animal
Head to the buzzing Peel Street in the city’s West End, enter into a battle of the whisky and rums bars on Vardon Avenue or check out Adelaide from a few storeys high at one of the city’s rooftop bars, such as the Mayfair Hotel’s Hennessy or 2KW Bar and Restaurant. Think you’ve seen it all? Here’s 11 bars you might have missed.
Twist the top off a Coopers, crack the can of a West End or knock the froth off one of our characteristic craft brews.
SA is home to a large gang of brewers – both large and small scale producers – who are pushing the boundaries with brewing and experimenting with new flavours.
If you’re a traditionalist, we recommend the classic Original Pale Ale by the biggest Australian owned brewery, Coopers. If you’re thirsty for something a little funky, here’s 10 SA beers you really need to try.
The Wilkadene Woolshed Brewery on the banks of the Murray River at Murtho is another must-visit. Photo: SATC/Adam Bruzzone.
A sports nut
You’re scoffing down a Balfours pie at Adelaide Oval every fortnight during footy season and sipping on a West End Draught in the peak of summer at the Big Bash League.
You dust off the deadly treadly at Tour Down Under time, you’ve watched the Adelaide Bite baseball team swing a few and you’ve been decked out in pink at Priceline Stadium in true Adelaide Thunderbirds style.
But aside from professional levels, SA also is home to a family of grassroots sporting clubs that often make up the fabric of our suburbs and regional towns.
So head to the local cricket and cheer on your team, have a swing at your local golf club, hit your local swimming centre or go for something a bit niché. Archery anyone?
A café crawler
Treat yourself on October 27 to a latte, cappuccino, flat white, espresso, long black – however you have it – at one of the dozens, probably even hundreds of cozy cafés throughout SA.
Many of our cafés use local milk from brands like Fleurieu Milk and Tweedvale, and coffee beans roasted locally too. Ask where the muffins, biscuits and slices are made and chances are they’re baked on site or locally. We did all the hard work for you when we hunted down the best coffee spots across the state. Check out our story here.
SA is also renowned for its mountain bike trails, some of them more suited to skilled downhill riders, others appropriate for young families. We also have the Murray River, an ideal spot for water sports, while the state’s coastlines provide some of the top surfing spots.
Want to really lift your heart rate? Go shark cage diving in Port Lincoln and swim with great whites.
Lincoln National Park on the Eyre Peninsula offers a 4WD experience. Photo: SATC.
Check out SA business Doggy Grub, who make ready-to-eat dog meals made with 100% natural and human-grade ingredients and deliver straight to your door.
Is your four-legged friend easy to please? Hit your local butcher shop and pick up some raw meat bones for them to chew.
Keep the tourism dollars in SA by choosing a local holiday destination for a weekend away.
Explore your own backyard by visiting quintessential country towns, camping under the stars, or even booking a night in a luxurious city hotel.
Jump aboard the SeaLink ferry and fall in love with Kangaroo Island, home to a gin distillery, honey farms, Australian sea lions, cellar doors and conservation parks.
Shuck fresh oysters while paddling your feet in the sea off the Eyre Peninsula’s Coffin Bay, throw a line off the jetty along the Yorke Peninsula, sleep under the stars in the Flinders Ranges, or head underground at opal town Coober Pedy.
You can experience the best of SA and book your next local getaway with RAA Travel.
A Pure Coffin Bay Oysters boat among the pristine waters of the Eyre Peninsula. Photo by Mark Fitzpatrick.
The first maker we’d like you to meet is Kyrie from Kindred Self.
A former graphic designer turned counsellor, Kyrie had the “strong inkling” that one day she would work in “some kind of healing modality”.
Kyrie was first introduced to essential oils 15 years ago when her specialist informed her that she had breast cancer – and handed her a tissue infused with lavender oil.
From there, the connection to essential oils became stronger and, fast forward 12 years, Kyrie set out to create her own range of essential oil products.
Kyrie, left, with her one of the handmade essential oil products.
How did the idea for Kindred Self come about?
After completing my formal counselling studies, I reflected on my personal experience of using essential oils for emotional support when I had cancer, and all of a sudden, the connection between counselling and aromatherapy seemed so obvious to me. And so, in a very organic way, the Kindred Self product range for self-care came to be.
What sets Kindred Self apart?
As a counsellor, my point of difference is how openly I connect with people by sharing my passion for oils, my life and personal insights. I often find myself at markets or in the shop having deep conversations and the essential oils are the gentle segue for this to happen. Feeling supported and heard is a big part of the Kindred Self experience.
What do you love most about being based in South Australia?
Adelaide is the perfect place for small start-ups, especially if you benefit from a bit of old-fashioned marketing such as ‘word of mouth’!
What have been some highlights for Kindred Self so far?
The biggest highlight is watching my little business grow – literally. When I first started, I leased a vestibule of an old church hall in Croydon. From there I moved into my shopfront in Grange. In October, I move into a much larger space in Port Adelaide, which feels extremely grown up!
Another highlight is witnessing my customers resonating with what my business is all about. My products are ‘heart crafted’ in small batches – a lot of time and love goes into what I do, and that energy is felt by many who come into contact with Kindred Self. I receive so much support and positive feedback from the community, which is so encouraging for me.
Kyrie outside her shopfront in Grange.
What’s next for Kindred Self?
Quite a lot actually! I’m about to setup a new workspace in Port Adelaide called Urban Wellness. This space will be HQ to Kindred Self, but also a shared space for likeminded wellness practitioners. The space will be a haven to connect, share, cultivate, heal and be well.
I’m also about to launch a spring/summer workshop series focusing on creative self-care, which will run at a few locations around Adelaide from October to February, and I’m developing some new products to launch in the new year.
Sonia Bavistock is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and also has her own social media management and copywriting business. Sonia is passionate about all things South Australia and can often be seen dining out with a glass of wine in hand.
Shop South Australia is home to a unique collection of over 300 South Australian gifts and goods from more than 70 local makers & producers. Choose local and Shop South Australia.
One online place where South Australian gin, chocolate, wine, jewellery, skincare, clothing and homewares can all be found? We know. Legendary idea.
Brand South Australia is proud to launch the new look of its online marketplace, Shop South Australia, in celebration of the abundance of talented makers and producers we have right here in SA.
The overhauled marketplace is home to a collection of more than 300 local goodies and gifts from over 65 brands.
You’ll recognise a few, from the legendary Fruchocs makers Robern Menz and chocolate heroes Haigh’s Chocolates, to the warm and snuggly woollen quilt and pillow makers, Mini Jumbuk.
Other brands include Ambleside Distillery from Hahndorf, McLaren Vale’s Fox Creek, fashionista Naomi Murrell, botanical beauty company Yard Skincare, and East End Flower Market.
There are goodies and services for her, him, the home, kids, babies and everyone in between.
Just a few of the goodies that can be found on Shop South Australia.
Shop South Australia is a product aggregation site, allowing users to browse for local products and services before being prompted to purchase directly from the vendor’s website, ensuring profits remain with the maker.
Brendan Carter, owner of Gumeracha’s Applewood Distillery and wine label Unico Zelo, says the marketplace will help grow awareness of the great products that hail from SA.
“To have our meticulously crafted products sitting alongside some of the best in the state is a brilliant opportunity,” he says.
The local shopping ethos of Shop South Australia aligns with Brand South Australia’s popular I Choose SA program, which encourages South Aussies to support local jobs by buying from local businesses, retailers and suppliers.
After something special? Visit Shop South Australia and don’t forget to use the #shopsouthaustralia hashtag on social media when snapping your purchases!
Shop South Australia is home to a unique collection of over 300 South Australian gifts and goods from more than 70 local makers & producers. Choose local and Shop South Australia.
Winter – it’s the coldest time of year when South Aussies turn into a glove wearing, red wine sipping and fierce footy barracking bunch.
The winter months bring no shortage of activity across the state with festivals, events and attractions lighting up the city and warming our regions.
From underground outback bakeries, to spotting southern right whales off the coast at Victor Harbor and cradling hot chocolates in cosy cafes, there are hundreds of ways to enjoy the chilly months in South Australia.
Fresh bread, hot pies, pasties and buns are sold to scores of visitors, who can also explore the town’s ruins, some of which are undergoing rehabilitation.
4. Sip a red in front of a fireplace
Adelaide is a member of the exclusive Great Wine Capital Global Network (alongside Bordeaux, France, among others) so the abundance of fine wine is being poured out of our cellar doors.
Sipping a smooth glass of red in a comfy armchair by a crackling fireplace? Saturday arvo sorted.
Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard is again hosting Pinot in the Dark as part of this year’s Winter Reds.
7. Hit a wine festival
There is a stack of wine festivals unfolding this winter, allowing wine lovers a chance to try not only the best drops, but local fare and music too.
The McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival is on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (June 9, 10 and 11) offering intimate degustation dinners with winemakers and chefs, winery tours and general lounging around cellar doors.
New wine festival on the block – Sip and Sounds – will take place at the National Wine Centre on July 22.
What you might be a little less sure about is what you’ll be buying your mum this Mother’s Day, which is just around the corner.
As the breakfast in bed and handmade cards day approaches on May 13, we’ve searched through the Shop South Australia marketplace to find the perfect gift for all types of mums.
Shop South Australia is a one-stop shop featuring only South Australian artists, designers and makers.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, Shop South Australia is running an Instagram competition giving you the chance to spoil mum with a gift valued at over $400! Head to the Shop South Australia Instagram page for details. Competition closes May 8.
So whether your mum is into fashion, likes a nice glass of red or is candle-obsessed – we’ve got Mother’s Day 2018 covered.
What to get for the mum who loves …
Naomi Murrell – this Adelaide fashion and accessories designer is behind a range of delicate yet quirky pieces.
Featuring dangling star rings and colourful frill earrings, the jewellery collection complements the fashion range of cherry reds, classic tees and polka dots.
Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics – Gemma’s beauty essentials are 100% certified vegan and cruelty free.
Her SA-made products are high quality without a compromise. Gemma, who is an I Choose SA ambassador, also has an interesting background, as her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2016 inspired the mineral-based product launch.
Will you be one of 90,000 festival goers who dance the world away in Botanic Park at this weekend’s WOMADelaide?
The four-day open air festival is back from March 9–12, but aside from the beats, street theatre and visual artists, be sure to check out WoMade, a South Australian-only design market featuring some of the state’s best creators.
The market will showcase fashion, homewares, accessories and goodies designed and handmade locally.
So do your bit in choosing SA by stopping by WoMade.
Stallholders include Bluebell Design, the Butcher Byrd, Colour This. Design and Print, Delilah Devine, Hello Cactus, Hey Reflect’o, Julie White, Naomi Murrell, One Thousand Lines, Renee Damiani Jewellery, Shanghai Lil & The Scarlet Fez, Squink, Wonder What You Were and Wrappa Reusable Food Wraps.
These one-of-a-kind eco-conscious accessories are festival gold.
Designed in SA, handcrafted using recycled textiles and made in Cindy Choua’s home studio, these earth-friendly clutches and zippered pouches are essential for carrying your coins, festival passes, lippy and other essentials.
Many of the fabrics are vintage inspired, mixed, and clashing – exactly how it should be at WOMAD.
Visual artist Emma Hack’s print comes from her Geometric Collection, while street artist Joel Moore, behind Vans The Omega, selected one of his graphic prints currently on show at the Published Art House.
Emma has become one of Adelaide’s most prominent creative minds over the past two decades, and is renowned for her works in skin illustration and body paint.