The annual Markets in May festival is set to happen at the Martin Place on Friday, 1 May 2015. Come along and check out all the live food demos and the free gourmet food sampling, while bopping along with lively market-style music.
This is a month-long celebration of local markets and their contribution to the community. It will kick off with a pop-up lunch market, where you can sample the produce of all the magnificent stallholders from all across New South Wales. Throughout the month, there will a wide range of events, including talks with local farmers, workshops, demonstrations of techniques, as well as performances to bring a bit of country spirit into the city.
The Local Market Guide is holding its Taste and Talk Market on Thursday, 30 April 2015, at the Martin Place Amphitheatre from 12pm. Start off this market month with a showcase of 12 top local producers, who will share stories of their experiences as representatives of food producers at local markets.
MIM campaign ambassador Lola Berry, Australian TV nutritionist and author of The Happy Cookbook will also be there to cook up a storm of healthy and tasty treats.
Check out this year's selection of the best local food providers:
Ferment It 100% Organic Gourmet Australian Fermented Food Range
This is the brainchild of James and Bel, who deliver delicious, fermented gourmet condiments that are raw, 100 per cent organic, pre and pro-biotic, and do wonders for the health.
Spice Vine is a multi-award winning, family-owned business that uses only local produce to create the freshest marinades, stir-fry pastes, and simmer sauces. Their products are made in small batches, to ensure minimal processing, no preservatives, colourings, flavourings, for the only the best and deepest flavours. Make sure to stock up while you're there!
For the best salts, spices, and teas in Australia, you cannot bypass this merchant. They apply their expert knowledge of cookery and tea science to bring you over 40 different types of unique artisan salts, as well as a premium range of pure spices, spice blends, and teas.
Experience traditional Eastern European smoked smallgoods, air-cured and fermented over a long period of time, using only high quality ingredients. You'll see a range of Italian salami, pepperoni, Hungarian salami, traditional chorizo, Italian cacciatore, sliced prosciutto, Kulin, Mettwurst, speck, and their famous beef jerky. All products are preservative and gluten-free, and smoked using real Australian hardwood.
This is a boutique wine label created by Wagga-born Alex Retief, specialising in the cool climate regions of southern New South Wales. The ingredients are all sourced from vineyards in Tumbarumba and the Hilltops, and the Retief family vineyard in the Gundagai wine region.
Handmade peanut butter, hailing from Sydney, made one jar at a time, using only peanuts grown in Kingaroy, Queensland. Each jar contains peanuts that are double roasted, salted, and ground, with no preservatives, animal products, or artificial colours, sweeteners, or emulsifiers. Try both the Original, and Chilli flavours.
For the best nourishing, vegan food, look no further than this small, family-run business. You'll find a range of meatless, savoury meals, that are affordable, and beneficial to both yourself and to the environment. They run market stalls, and also do catering for functions, as well as home delivery.
As a support partner of Markets in May, Di Bella Coffee is offering a unique coffee experience to all market lovers. Join them in a showcase of unique, specialty coffee blends, and demonstrations of hot top coffee roasting, alternative brewing techniques, and equipments to use at work or home. You'll get to smell, taste, and experience all the ethically sourced coffee and learn more about their Crop to Cup training program for aspiring baristas. Visit their website to receive a discount voucher online.