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Watch this Chef cook up a Valentine's Day dinner
These Farmers' Markets are held every Sunday morning, and on the 11th February, 2018, the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce will be challenging local top chef, Gavin Chater, to cook a Valentine's Day meal for two.
He has been allocated a time of merely 10 minutes to do his shopping and a mere 30 minutes to cook his meal which, being for Valentine's Day, must have aphrodisiac qualities. He will be allowed to use a few staple ingredients to aid in cooking this meal.
Gavin will be cooking the meal in front of a live audience at the Sunday Markets from 9.30 am and it is hoped that this will encourage marketgoers to go home with a bag of local produce, also bought from these markets. They will perhaps also try to re-create his locally-inspired meal for a loved one on Valentine's Day!
Gavin is mostly known for his part as the head pastry chef of Neil Perry's award-winning Rockpool Restaurant at the Crown Complex in Burswood. Just 3 years ago Gavin decided on a "hill-change" and took over the eatery at the Roleystone Country Club. Since that time, he has opened his own restaurant in Kalamunda, known as "Chatford & Co" and this restaurant is well known for making the best breakfast in Perth.
The award-winning Sunday Kalamunda Farmers' Markets are owned and operated by the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce, and they have been a favourite for locals and food lovers for almost 10 years now. These markets enable shoppers to buy direct from the farmer, grower or producer in the Perth hills
Other products at these markets include honey bonsai, pot plants & fresh flowers; jams, preserves, pickles and relishes; meat, nuts, oils, pasta & prepared food ready to eat; soap, spices, wine, drinks, fish, eggs & dairy products; cakes, pastries, biscuits & bread - plus several other services.
At these Markets, they have a new market manager, Kate Chetwin, who is busy scheduling special events such as this one, to draw a wider audience to the market, and to showcase the wide range of stallholders who attend the market all year around.
Tabetha Beggs, Executive Officer of the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce says "It's special events like these that draw a new crowd and adds an extra layer to the experience of visiting the marketplace". Tabetha explains that it is an objective of the Chamber to entice visitors into the Kalamunda area in order to raise the local economy while at the same time, providing the customers with first-grade quality, homegrown products.
Kalamunda is a fascinating suburb which is full of boutique wineries, cideries, fruit and vegetable growers, as well as an outstanding place for all the family to wander around by foot, bicycle or car.
The Chamber's vision is for these visitors to stay on after the markets and have some lunch, or a snack at local cafes and restaurants, and also purchase goods at nearby retail stores which remain open on a Sunday, making them part of the marketplace.
The Kalamunda Farmers Market is open from 8 am to 12 noon, and you can follow events happening at their website, or check out their Facebook page.
Make a note of this date, as it will be a fascinating market to see what chef comes up with having all those limitations!