Operating since 1860's - The original home of our famous and now South Australian's icon, the Pie Floater
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updated 24th October 2014
The Pie Carts:
pie carts have been around since 1860s, but there is some conflicting
information out there. The pie cart is still tempting not-so-fussy
eaters into the wee small hours of the morning. The cart is most
famous for it's Pie Floater - a meat pie turned upside down in a bowl of
green pea soup and topped with a lavish dollop of tomato sauce.
Pie-carts are typically a form of caravan / trailer / cart, (originally horse-drawn or food vending trolleys), with an elongated "window" along one or both sides where customers stand to eat their purchases.
The pie-cart was typically moved into position at lunch time (unsure of this) and in the evening. As traffic became busier and on-street car-parking in demand, the carts evolved to have one window on "the footpath side", and were moved into position after afternoon peak-hour traffic had ebbed. They do business until late-evening or early-morning, after which they were returned to their daytime storage locations. South Australia has had pie carts in the Adelaide metropolitan area since the 1860s. In the evenings, the Norwood pie-cart was located on The Parade adjacent to the Norwood Town Hall. It was also the only place where members of the public could buy draft Hall's "Stonie" Ginger Beer directly from the keg.
In the Adelaide city centre in the 1880s, there were 13 pie-carts operating in King William Street and North Terrace. By 1915 there were only nine pie carts in Adelaide, but by 1958 only two remained. They were Cowley's Pie Cart outside the GPO on Franklin Street, once claimed as the oldest still existing in Australia, and the Balfour's Pie Cart, outside the historic Adelaide Railway Station. When, in 2007, the Glenelg Tramline was extended from Victoria Square along King William Street and North Terrace past the Adelaide Railway Station, the Balfour's pie-cart was forced to close (unsure about this as the Adelaide Casino owned the Pie Cart at this stage.) Adelaide Casino kindly donate the now famous Pie Cart to an historical group for preservation.
business component is managed and owned by Rina, who has been
trying to get the pie cart back to Adelaide's streets for the last 7
premises (cart and truck) is still owned by Gumleaf Bakery, who will
continue to supply their pies, pasties, cakes etc to the
Most of the pie carts in our beautiful city (past and present) have had changed hands many times over and over. I do not have full details of each pie cart or who owned them and when they owned them. I might have missed a few owners here and there but I do not have access to records as there seems to be very limited in the many places I have looked. I will continue to try and find out more information in the future.
anyone has any information on the pie floater or even on the Adelaide Pie
Carts, please contact me. Click
updated 24th October 2014