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Free Halloween Family Event at Jan Powers Farmers Markets

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Grab your broomstick and fly to Jan Power's Farmers Markets for Halloween!

All hungry ghouls, goblins, naughty witches and pumpkin-loving scare-mongers are invited to Jan Powers Farmers Markets at the Brisbane Powerhouse this Saturday to celebrate Halloween foods.

Kicking off at 6am, this delightfully ghoulish event will showcase a range of inspired ingredients to make your Halloween celebration a truly memorable occasion!

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Why not get frighteningly festive with apples. They are a big part of Halloween and Celtic folk used them in their Halloween divination games for centuries.

  • Just add water and you can recreate Apple Bobbing and Snap Apple games (tie the player's hands behind his back and have him try to bite this forbidden fruit suspended from a string).

  • Make toffee apples, apple pie and apple cakes (also known as Halloween Soul Cake) and apple chutney for the Halloween spread.
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    We all know the tale of the carved pumpkin and a bloke called Jack a perennial trickster who was denied entrance into both heaven and hell, the devil grudgingly tossed Jack a fiery coal and he caught it in a hollowed pumpkin, which would light his night-walk on earth until Judgement Day.

  • Good to know: carved pumpkin Jack-o'lanterns are seldom eaten, the smaller species of pumpkin are far tastier for a devilish pumpkin pie - think Queensland Blue, Butternut and Jap. There's large, ready-to-carve Jack-o'lanterns a-plenty at the markets!

  • Use what's left to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin chutney!

    Used for magic since Roman times, some Celts believed nuts were such powerful sorcerers that they called their October 31st celebration Nut Crack Night. Walnuts were popular in early divination games and the most well-known game of all went as follows: Two nuts were named, each for a potential lover, and put on a grate in the fire. She who wanted to know the future watched and waited. If a nut burned true and steady it indicated the lover would have a faithful nature; if it popped in the heat, it indicated the man was not to be trusted.

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    Finally here's kale - a food fortune teller. Every Halloween in Scotland, young people were blindfolded into the garden to pull kale stalks. Later by the crackling fireplace, the plants are 'read' for revealing signs of the future wife or husband short and stunted, tall and healthy, withered and old, and so on. The amount of earth clinging to the root of the kale was believed to indicate the amount of dowry the player could expect from a mate.

    Market-goers will also be treated to plenty of sweet makers offering up their wares, as well as artisan goods guaranteed to bring add some hocus pocus to the weekend!

    The event will continue till noon and entry is FREE.

    For more information on what's on, please 'like' the official Facebook profile.

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    When: Saturday 31 October, 2015, 6am to 12 noon
    Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, 119 Lamington St, New Farm
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