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Handmade Market a place for feasting

Emma Macdonald

Stretchy pants are advised next weekend.

As the Handmade Markets celebrates all things beautiful, locally-made and handcrafted, it is also increasingly becoming a destination for a pig out.

Yes, a few hours of purposeful grazing in the Gourmet Food Hall can be part of your Handmade Market experience on September 16 and 17.

Start the morning off with a sample of the region’s finest produce – including some appropriate breakfast fare from new stallholder Farmer Jo Muesli. The family-owned and operated breakfast company specializes in artisan mueslis and granolas. There is sure to be something for everyone among their 16 varieties of muesli and seasonal specials.


Farmer Jo Museli

If coffee is your main requirement before a big day on the market floor, then you can have your pick of The Art of Espresso, Bellarophon Cold Brew, My Sweet Alice coffee and cake or supplement your caffeine with some vitamins via Krave’s pop-up juice bar.

Handmade promises to be bigger than ever next weekend with more than 60 new artisans and craftspeople joining the stable of favourites.

This includes new street food stalls – all housed in the food hall and accompanied by live music – which bodes for a pleasant experience come rain, hail or shine.

Smokey G’s BBQ Joint will supply the sweet heat and all things barbecued, with tender meat cooked low and slow over wood.


Smokey G’s BBQ Joint

Or if South American flavour is your thing, try Coal Coast Tacos, who handmade their soft shell tacos and fill them with fish, pulled pork or beans.

Still after a Latin fix? Try La Empanada‘s fried turnovers that are made with their secret dough recipe from Ecuador, seasoned with Latin American herbs and stuffed with combinations of cheese, vegetable and meat.

If you are full of food but inspired for the next meal, the food stalls also provide a vast array of ingredients to take home and cook yourself.

Disaster Bay Chillies are always popular, with all of their chillies organically grown and transformed into foodstuffs as diverse as chocolates, smoked sauces, tabasco and even a hot chilli wine.

Pick up some black garlic from Garlicious Grown. Grown in Braidwood, the award-winning garlic promises even greater health benefits that the stock-standard supermarket variety.

Described by Gourmet Traveller as ”the most authentic Saucisson in the country” La Bastide will take you straight to a French country fair.


La Bastide Saucisson

Should your taste buds run towards the sweeter side, there will be some iconic Canberra sweet treats on offer.

Krofne European yeast-style donuts, the Cannoli Brothers and Bombolini donuts will likely draw long queues so get in early.

Or snaffle some Do Re Mi Cookies, or Hungry Brown Cow brownie sandwiches (yes they taste every bit as good as they look and sound). You could also pick up some Enigma Fine Chocolates or Rosemarie’s Cakes homemade marshmallows to sustain you as you shop.


Hungry Brown Cow brownie sandwiches.

And there’s also something for later with local region wines and locally brewed spirits such as Underground Spirits joining the Baldwin Distillery in setting up a stall.

We would never recommend shopping while under the influence, but we do recommend you give yourself as much time as you need on the food hall side before you hit the main thoroughfare which will hold 260 stalls. Handmade Market shopping can sure be a hungry business.

the essentials

What: Handmade Market Spring 2017
When: 16 and 17 September. Doors open at 10am and close at 4pm
Where: EPIC Exhibition Park
Entry: Free but donations to charity collectors are encouraged

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author