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Escape to the Country…in 10 minutes

Beatrice Smith

It’s been said time and time again that Pialligo Estate is transportive.

Though it’s only 10 minutes from the city, the Estate’s sweeping lawns and wide paddocks put any visitor in a rural frame of mind. It’s this unique atmosphere that the Estate will capitalise on when they hold their Farm Gate Markets on Sunday 5 November, giving Canberrans a taste of the countryside – without the travel time.

Despite a recent fire that saw the loss of their beloved Farmhouse restaurant, the Estate’s operations are still very much intact, and the Farm Gate Markets promises to be a joyful and celebratory day out for all ages with food stalls, musical acts, a petting zoo and, of course, plenty of opportunities to sample the award-winning produce of the Estate itself.

Here’s what not to miss.


Indulge in a gourmet long lunch from some of Canberra’s most delicious street food vendors including Le Petit Breton, BentSpoke Brewing, Hungry Brown Cow Cookies, Cannoli Brothers, Three Mills Bakery, Kurbside Kitchen, The Pop Inn, Cracking Corn, Krave Juice Bar, La Empanda, Capital Woodfire Pizza, Bumnut Eggs, Underground Spirits, Stockman Sticks, Krofne and more. Phew!

From the Pialligo Estate kitchen there will also be Bacon and Eggs Rolls, Pialligo Estate Sausages, Schnitzel Burgers, Pialligo Estate Cheeseburgers and the all time classic Chips with gravy. Delicious.


If the food on offer wasn’t enough, you’ll be able to sample the cured and smoked delights made in-house at the Estate, including smallgoods from the Smokehouse and Pialligo Estate’s delicious selection of wines, all of which will be available for purchase. There will also be other stalls there, including Base Soaps.

Planning ahead for the festive season? While you’re there, why not order some Christmas hampers as gifts? You’ll be able to see exactly what each hamper contains so you can choose your favourites!


Kids will be entertained all day with Noah’s Ark Farm Friends Petting Zoo featuring goats, lambs, piglets, alpacas, bunnies and more. There will also be face painting available for kids of all ages.


Always seeking an immersive experience to make you feel miles from home?

Aside from delicious food, the Markets will be serving up three musical acts from 12-7pm so you can stretch out on the grass with a cool drink in hand and just relax.

Want to take your weekend to the next level, literally? Canberra Helicopters will be alighting on the day to give patrons a bird’s eye view of the Estate, Canberra and beyond. It’s just $75 per person with a minimum of two people, maximum of three per flight. 

the essentials

What: The Pialligo Estate Farm Gate Markets
When: Sunday 5 November from 12 noon – 7pm
Where: The Pialligo Estate paddock, Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo
More information: via Facebook

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author