I am not going to lie, one of my favourite things about travelling is going to supermarkets and pharmacies in other countries. I find it fascinating and they usually have delicious options for dine in / take away food Australia just doesn't seem to do. I have spent probably a decent percentage of my time abroad in Wholefoods, just stroking the packaging and staring at the hot foods. Drakes Supermarkets have just performed a miracle and brought this experience to my backyard, where I can stroke packaging and stare at food just a hop skip and a jump from my front door.
As part of their new concept Wayville supermarket, Drakes are changing things up. John-Paul Drake says it's the first time his father, founder Roger Drake himself, has let the kids be in charge of designing a supermarket, and boy has it made a difference. Very similar to other gourmet supermarkets, Drakes has rebranded.
The Wayville store has 45% fresh produce, as opposed to the traditional supermarket ratio of 30:70 fresh to packaged. They offer freshly popped popcorn, kombucha on tap, handmade pasta, hot take away meals, vegan Fruchocs, grind your own nutbutter, oh god I could keep going, but you get it. They've gone fully millennial and I am 100% here for it.
As part of this concept store, Drakes are launching their new Slow BBQ Smoking Range. In the meat aisle in any Drakes supermarket you are now able to find their specially packaged Smoking Range. I went along to the tasting night where I ate non-stop, pork belly tacos and Korean pulled pork and beef brisket and the most amazing Tennessee style dry ribs. The meat was tender, it was tasty, it was amongst the best BBQ I have had.
The Smoking Range is affordable, as Drakes believe good quality meat should be, and it is versatile, you can put it in the oven, a slow cooker, your brand new Weber, whatever. Drakes have made it easy. Whether you're a BBQ connoisseur or you've just moved out for the first time and you don't know how to cook meat, Drakes have got you covered.
Drakes pride themselves on being South Australian. They know the importance of fresh, local, and sustainable produce and they are moving increasingly in that direction. Their new Wayville concept store and the Slow BBQ Smoking Range is just the beginning.
All photos via Natalie Carfora