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Published April 23rd 2016
Update January 10th 2018
This market is now called The Kingston Night Markets
Friday night foodie delights at the Kingston Foreshore
The Farmers and Foodies Market is a weekly Friday night market held at the Old Bus Depot in Kingston. This new market sells fresh food from the growers direct to the public, as well as foodie delights to devour on the night. Browse the stalls for crusty breads, fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, condiments, eggs, seafood and even fresh milk, straight from the dairy. Why not surprise a loved one and take home a bunch of freshly cut flowers and fresh oysters, direct from the NSW South Coast. Alternatively, stay and enjoy the live music and delicious food on offer from over 30 stalls. Held between 3pm - 7pm, this market is the ideal location to stop after work, on the way home, or as a destination in itself, on the ever popular Kingston Foreshore.
Farmers and Foodies Market, outside the Old Bus Depot
If you have some time, pull up a crate and stay for awhile. Enjoy a Canberra Wallaroo wine and perhaps try some of the hot food on offer, guaranteed to entice you to stay longer and enjoy the atmosphere into the night. A noticeable feature of this market is the strong and delicious cooking smell, which is hard to pinpoint. Our first thought was it was coming from the attractive Le Petit Breton French Crepes caravan, which was doing a roaring trade, however we followed our nose to the Tliba Real Dairy stand, with its strong aroma of comforting cheese toasties cooking on the griller.
Tilba Real Dairy also has full size refrigerators on trailers with fresh cheese products to choose from and a variety of farm fresh milk to take home. Why not order a dairy-fresh milkshake to enjoy while you wander the markets or an $8 Tilba Cheese toastie, using Berry organic sourdough bread. This toastie griller was the source of the delicious smell that we were enjoying, so it was a good place to stop and linger for a little longer.
Take some time to have a chat with the growers and producers behind the stalls to learn more about the food on offer. This is why most people visit a farmers market: to meet the grower and hear the story behind the produce, whilst supporting small business. One of the farmers stalls, Luke's Potatoes and Pumpkin, was selling a wide variety of potatoes which were only harvested the day before - something you would only ever find at a true farmers market.
Walking inside, the smells once again hit you with delicious-smelling pies and sausage rolls from Pie Day. If that isn't temptation enough, across the aisle is Sweet Sugar Creations by Hailz, tempting everyone who walked past to admire her cakes and then buy some for dessert. With flavours on offer such as Ferrero Rocher, Peppermint Chocolate and Salted Caramel Overload, it is only the strongest who can walk by.
The Farmers and Foodies Market is a welcome addition to Canberra's weekly markets. The Kingston Foreshore is a popular venue on a Friday evening for after work drinks, dinners with mates and romantic evenings for two. It is the ideal location to enjoy these markets, to buy simply great food and get into the weekend spirit early.
Stay and enjoy the tasty offerings or take some home for a quiet night in. Whichever you decide, one thing is for sure - you won't be leaving empty handed.
Definitely a good way to start the weekend. Peppermint Chocolate Cupcake from Sweet Sugar Creations by Hailz.