The Red Dove

The Red Dove has Flown – but not very far!
When you make your annual visit to the Royal Adelaide Show and decide to head for the Red Dove Cafe for lunch or for a cuppa and some of those great home-made scones, you won't find the Cafe in its familiar location. As part of the progressive redevelopment of the showgrounds, the area adjacent to the carnival area has been cleared, with the demolition of the Red Dove among other buildings there. But don't despair. You will find a great new Red Dove Cafe at the southern end of the main arena on South Boulevard, next to RM Williams Shop.

The church has operated a cafe at the Show since 1951. It began in a small way as the "Methodist Cafe" as a fund raiser for the Home Mission Department. Over the years the cafe grew, with opening hours expanding from 6 hours a day to more than 12 hours, beginning the day at 7.30am to serve breakfast to workers from the side shows, exhibitors and others whose day at the show begins early. These many regulars have appreciated not only the good meals but the caring staff and friendly atmosphere. Practical Christianity!

Because it is staffed by volunteers and supported by church people and groups, the cafe makes a profit. In recent years they have been able to make an annual donation of around $45,000 to support Uniting Church welfare and mission activities. After church union it was still called the Home Mission Cafe, but the Uniting Church logo was prominently displayed and people started to refer to it as the cafe with the red dove on it, so the committee took up the name and formally renamed it as the Red Dove Cafe.

In a new building, with new equipment and a revised menu, the cafe expects to open its doors on Wednesday 30th August to cater for Show workers before the Show officially begins. Volunteers are still being enrolled to staff the three shifts a day throughout the Show. So make sure that you call in to the new-look Red Dove Cafe at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Show.

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