Not an event usually known for quality fodder, the Superloop Adelaide 500 has brought in chef Paul Baker and some local wine producers to elevate its food and beverage offering in 2020.
Where to eat and drink at the Superloop Adelaide 500
In years gone by, the best you could hope for by way of dinner options at the Superloop Adelaide 500 (FKA Clipsal), was soggy chips paired with an ice cold can of pre-mix Bundy and Coke.
Superloop Adelaide 500
Eastern Parklands, Adelaide 5000
The city’s expectations of event food and beverage options have grown well beyond carnival-style fare, and Superloop Adelaide 500 general manager Alistair MacDonald (former tournaments and competitions manager with Tennis Australia) has worked to ensure this year’s event’s grub doesn’t disappoint, in both the corporate and general public offerings.
Head chef Paul Baker will provide exclusive corporate hospitality menus for three Superloop Adelaide 500 corporate suites: the Pit Pavilion Club, the Directors Club and the Lounge.
Superloop Adelaide 500 general manager Alistair says Baker’s exemplary reputation as head chef of multi-award-winning modern Australian kitchen, Botanic Gardens Restaurant, made him perfect for the job.
“Paul is one of the best chefs in Australia, so from an event point of view we want to add a point of difference and Paul brings a really unique set of skills,” Alistair says.
“He sources all of his produce locally, and he is very proud of that.
“We think it’s a step up in the corporate offering.”
For those not in a corporate hospitality suite, there will be seven other food and drink precincts, titled Tracks of the World, which offer culinary fares from areas aligned to iconic race tracks, such as Monaco, Silverstone and Adelaide.
“We have Pimm’s in the Silverstone area. We have The Vineyard with our two wineries, and the Coopers Roll Bar in Adelaide. And of course with the Indy (Indianapolis) track we have got the Jim Beam Bar,” Alistair says.
All-new dining area the Vineyard, situated in the Adelaide precinct, will feature a selection of wine from South Australian event partners Taylors Wines and Longview Vineyards in an outdoor setting.
Alistair says the Vineyard is perfect for those who want to get “a couple of hours of racing in and then stay for the music” as it’s next to the racecourse and close to the concert stage. The four-day event is billed to host 40 bands such as Hilltop Hoods, Pete Murray and Grinspoon and 250,000 patrons.
Adelaide street artists J2SKE and Vans the Omega will create large murals live on Saturday, 22 February to Sunday, 23 February at the Longview Vineyard bar, with the murals auctioned off online at a later date. All proceeds will go to the Superloop Adelaide 500 charity partner, Foodbank SA.
Coopers Roll Bar will be located next door to the Vineyard in the Adelaide precinct and will also offer rooftop viewing of the races. The newly fit out lounge will include deejays, an in-suite chef and Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial on pour.
The Superloop Adelaide 500 starts this Thursay, 20 February, and runs until Sunday, 23 February. Visit the website for more information.