Finding Kosher Food in Adelaide, South Australia
When traveling, finding kosher food is the number one concern most people express to us. No matter where in the world we are traveling, people ask us how we can manage to keep kosher. Even in Australia this is true, but especially in a place like Adelaide, where the Jewish population is only 1,000 and the kosher population has lots of room to grow.
There is only one supermarket that boasts a whole kosher section, the Coles at Burnside Village, which is just a short distance away from the only Orthodox synagogue in town, the Adelaide Hebrew Congregation. Unfortunately, I found that most of the products on the shelf were junk food. (Akiva was excited to see that Bamba is indeed available in Adelaide!)
When I spoke to the store manager about it, he said that the store stocks every kosher item available through their Sydney supplier. It seems that there just isn’t even much available for the supermarket to purchase!
So you would expect it to be difficult to find kosher food in Adelaide, especially processed or packaged foods, or foods imported from America. But that’s not necessarily so! And this is true of any town or city in Australia. There are kosher products available if only you can find them.
Last week, Rabbi Ben and I went to The Reject Shop in Adelaide. I’m sure there are many, and we went to one in a small suburb just about 20 minutes outside of Adelaide city center. So it is not the kind of place that would stock kosher products for its kosher customers. Yet, we found many, many kosher products imported from the US and Canada for sale! They were mostly under OU or Montreal Kosher (MK) supervision, with the heckshers clearly marked. We found everything from cake mix to pizza flavored Pringles and everything in between. In the past, we have found this to be the case in the most unlikely sounding places across Australia, and even across the world.
So stop into your local supermarket (or even your local Reject Shop) and you just don’t know what kosher treasures you might find!