The Forage is a foodie market that is held every few months in the carpark of the Little National Hotel in Barton. It is a collection of local restaurants, food trucks, cafes, wineries and breweries who all come together to celebrate Canberra's foodie scene. This rustic market - with pallet furniture, bales of hay and plastic crates to sit on - attracts thousands of Canberra locals and visitors to each event. Browse the stalls and listen to live music, be entertained by roving performers and simply inhale the variety of international cooking smells that waft your way.
Held between 2pm - 7pm, these markets are an ideal way to enjoy an afternoon of food and entertainment, before staying to sample the range of dinner and dessert options on offer. Perhaps try a beer from a local brewery or buy some handmade oils or baked treats to take home with you. Kids also enjoy watching their dinner getting cooked in front of them at the many wood fired oven trailers, BBQs and food truck kitchens located around the perimeter.
During the warmer months, enjoy the lighter evenings and linger over your meal with a local wine or two. In winter, stay warm with a hot cider and sit by the fire drums located around the markets, whilst watching fire swirling performers light up the sky. For the kids there is also a Lawn Games area with large scale Jenga, ring toss and blocks to play with - a popular area for all ages.
This family friendly, foodie market is simply an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. If you arrive with an empty stomach, prepare yourself for the wide variety of choices on offer. Our family walked around the markets at least a few times before we decided - there are so many wonderful international, spicy, healthy and delicious options to choose from. The Forage is a market that buzzes with a fun and festive atmosphere that you just can't manufacture. Every person at this market is passionate about the Canberra foodie scene and it is easy to see why. Why not support Canberra's local food producers and go for a forage at The Forage this weekend.