Introducing the north shore’s ONLY Wednesday fresh produce and gourmet market, launching Wednesday 25th October 2017.
Located on leafy Karuah Park (on the corner of busy Eastern Road) Turramurra and set to become a community meeting place, we are now actively seeking quality stallholders of fruit & veg, meat, seafood, cheese, smallgoods, sweets, gourmet, breakfast and lunch options.
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We chat to Madelienne Anderson and Rebecca Fox, co-curators of the Cambridge Markets, about their love of delicious food, their passion for supporting new businesses, and their tips for what to look for at this year’s market in Watsons Bay.
This spring, Cambridge Markets co-curators Madelienne and Rebecca are bringing Sydney’s best boutique market to one of Sydney’s most iconic and beautiful locations – Watsons Bay.
Having started off as a small local market in 2015 at Vaucluse Public School, Cambridge Markets is now one of the biggest mixed markets in the whole of Australia. Its reputation has grown with it, becoming a firm favourite thanks to its unusually high-quality offering of local, environmentally-friendly, and uniquely hand-crafted goods.
And this September, as part of the Cambridge Spring Markets, we’ll be able to enjoy it in a wonderful new location – down by the waterfront. This exciting move is sure to make it one of the most enjoyable market experiences yet – as well as the most accessible. Situated right by the ferry terminal, it’s the perfect location for tourists as well as local day trippers.
We hear from Madelienne and Rebecca about how we can make the most out of our visit.
Why do you love markets?
We love them because they’re a hive of activity. They bring people together. They’re friendly places where stallholders are passionate about their products they sell, and where you a get a personal, one-on-one service. Our markets are located under the trees, so not only can you shop, but you’re also outside enjoying the fresh air.
What makes a great market?
We think a great market is one that’s well-curated, catering for what the community needs. For example, with Rose Bay Farmers Market we try to provide stalls with products, produce and food that aren’t readily available in Rose Bay, like organic and gluten-free options, or home-made hot food that isn’t in Rose Bay already, for instance dumplings, gözleme and pho.
At Cambridge Markets in Watsons Bay, we make sure that all 120 stalls are different to one another, providing a variety of quality stalls and delicious international hot food stalls. We love it too that many of our stallholders are the owners or creators; We love their passion behind it, and we love supporting small and new businesses.
Have you noticed any trends in the market stalls?
Yes, we think there are more and more small, online and new businesses finding that markets are a place to sell their wares, and to also promote themselves. Markets used to be thought of as either junkie or hippie or second-hand, but now they’ve evolved to professionally-run events with a range of different quality products. They’re a great point of sale opportunity, a way to connect to customers, and overall an amazing tool in helping to establish businesses.
They’re also happy places that cross over all ages and socio-economic groups. The quality of the stalls today are outstanding and the food you can get from these passionate stallholders is simply scrumptious. We love the food businesses that are started by the matriarch of the family and run as family businesses. A perfect example of this is Eat Fuh, started by Mama Fuh, a refugee from Vietnam. Now her whole family is involved, and it is a very successful market stall business – in fact, she has such a following that people go specifically to markets to find her beef pho soup.
What should we look out for at the Spring Markets?
We have 120 great stalls, with the most amazing array of products, produce and food. For instance there’s Coco Ribbon offering divine childrenswear; Kata Official selling their stunning crystals; For Artists Only offering cool labels; Feisty Little Mouse kids clothing, toys and accessories; Black Star Pastry, The Mill from Bowral’s glamping tent with Carousel clothing and Surface Store photography.
On top of that, you have all your favourite types of international hot food, like tacos and paella from Watsons Bay Hotel, dumplings and ramen from Rocco’s Ramen, Kingsmore Hamburgers, Hooked on Pokè, Sisters Gözleme, and many more.
Can’t wait to visit?
The first market will be held from 10am-3pm on Sunday 17th September. Simply head down to Robertson Park, right on the Watsons Bay waterfront.
On the day, you can enjoy gourmet food, fun rides, or simply browse the work of some of Sydney’s most talented local designers, artists and creators.
Dozens of new stallholders will be announced each week.
To find out more, or keep an eye on future market dates, visit www.cambridgemarkets.com.au.
Blacktown Markets are an institution, operating since 1994. Open every Sunday, they are located in the grounds of the historic Skyline Drive-In theatre, the last surviving drive-in in the Greater Sydney Area.
Just 30 minutes west of the Sydney CBD on a Sunday, Blacktown Markets offer fun for the whole family. For the last 30 years, they have been attracting people from all over Sydney. If you like your markets vibrant, friendly and unique, with delicious food on offer, this is the place to be.
What’s on offer?
Blacktown Markets are held every Sunday and are a feast.
*Stalls: Here you will find almost 240 stalls offering everything you could wish for, including, collectables, vintage and retro treasures and bric-a-brac, fashion, toys, plants, hardware, books, and handyman tools. Another reason people come here is for the food, both produce and hot food stalls. Taste for yourself the incredible range of different food on offer, there are Dutch delicacies, Cook Island dishes and donuts, Malaysian street food, Cambodian cooking, essential Italian coffee and plenty more.
*Atmosphere and entertainment: This is a place to bring the whole family, with different types of entertainment each week, maybe a jumping castle, or vintage pinball machines. They have even had comedy wrestling. Their promise is to always have something new on offer, to keep it interesting and fresh for everyone. You can even bring along your dog to enjoy the fun.
The most popular stalls, certainly when the markets first open and people rush in, are the “garage sales” also known as flea markets or car boot sales. These are casual stalls offering serious bargains. These stalls are so popular, that some people come to Blacktown Markets for the biggest and best garage sale in Sydney, rather than combing their local streets.
There are so many other popular and unique stalls here, such as The Beard Mantra, selling a wide range of beard oils. Te Kina Wahine sells delicious Maori honey. There are stalls dedicated to collectables, such as Matchbox cars, both new and vintage.
Your mouth will be watering when you smell the hot food on offer. Here are just a few:
*Nhem and Co. offer incredible Cambodian cuisine;
*Master Sticks for Malaysian street food that is authentic and delicious;
*Sir BBQ sell amazing pork sliders with a vast range of different sauces;
*Dog Daze for the perfect Sunday burger;
*Panino Espresso for your essential caffeine hit and tasty Italian food; and
*take home treats from Tee-Lish Brownies—the best brownies in a wide range of flavours. These take-home trays always sell out. So too do the boxes of donuts from QuinkyDink Fresh Cream Donuts.
What has changed over the years?
Over the last thirty years, Blacktown Markets have been getting a lot bigger and busier. An incredible 4,000 to 4,500 people come to these markets each Sunday. They now have almost 240 stallholders, half permanent and the other half casual. This mix of stalls makes for an ever changing market that is as popular as ever.
So you want to host a stall?
Blacktown Markets let you begin as a casual stallholder and you can work only the Sundays you choose. If you are after a permanent stall, there are many reasons to come here. Aside from the popularity of the markets, letting you have access to thousands of shoppers without a storefront, there are no waiting lists, no contracts, set up fees or leases, just apply.
See their website for more information on becoming a casual stall holder or permanent stall holder.
Where and when?
Breakfast Point Spring Fair is back! Join the local community in celebration at their annual fair to include market stalls, rides, music and fun.
A handful of stalls are still available. Get in contact now to secure your place.
Sunday 10th September – 10am to 4pm
Contact: Breakfast Point Realty
Eurofest is the Premium, Sydney Northern Beaches, Annual Multi-Cultural Festival held at Ararat Reserve Frenchs Forest.
The festival is held on the 2nd Weekend of September each year.
Saturday 9th & 10th September 2017
Ararat Reserve – Grattan Cres, Frenchs Forest NSW
General Merchandise stalls still available.
Contact: D & L Stephens Enterprises.
The festival is put together by Volunteers and all profits made are donated to local Charities.
We’re a nation of passionate tea drinkers, with half of Australians drinking at least one cup a week. To celebrate Sydney’s Tea Festival, we find out more about this much-loved beverage, from its history and growth to its potential health benefits, and why markets are the perfect place to find the best blends.
Where does tea come from?
Apart from water, tea is the most popular drink in the world. Tea drinking has been taking place for centuries, and remains a special, timeless routine for many.
All tea comes from the same plant, called Camellia sinensis, which is native to Burma and parts of China. Tea was first drunk by Chinese royalty as far back as the 2nd century BC, where it was primarily known for its medicinal properties. Some Chinese emperors liked it so much, they’re thought to have been buried with it!
European tea drinking was thought to have been started by tea aficionado Catherine of Braganza, wife of Charles II, who brought her favourite drink across from Portugal and gave it a fashionable, popular status in the UK. By 1750 it had become the UK’s national drink, and was traded as a valuable commodity (and, not unexpectedly, it also increased the demand for imported sugar).
By the time the UK introduced a tax reform, cutting the tax on tea from 119% to just 12.5%, tea consumption went up so much that the government actually saw an overall rise in revenue. New tea plantations started springing up around the globe, and with the invention of the teabag 1908, tea-drinking became accessible to people across the world, including Australia. The first Australian tea shop was thought to have been founded by Alfred Bushell in 1883 (Bushell’s still being a popular supermarket tea today).
The rise of tea
Where once you might have only had the choice between English Breakfast and Earl Grey, in recent years more diverse tea options have taken off, with seeming endless varieties of green, fruit and herbal teas being cultivated, bought and enjoyed. So whilst many people stick to their traditional ‘builder’s brew’, others have delved into a whole wealth of loose-leaf teas from around the world, particularly in Australia, where we’ve seen a boom in popular ‘wellness’ blends.
Many people still promote the health benefits of tea and its antioxidant properties. Some studies have shown it to help fight disease, boost immune energy and reduce stress.
What’s the difference between black tea and green tea?
Made from the same plant, the differences between green tea and black tea are simply a result of different processing methods.
Black tea leaves are oxidised, a process which turns them from their natural green colour to a dark brown/black. Black tea is one of the most popular teas, and it contains caffeine as well as a stimulant called theophylline, both of which help people feel more alert. It also contains substances called polyphenols and flavonoids which have antioxidant properties.
Green tea leaves are unoxidised, which means they keep their original green colour – the greener they are, the less oxygen they’ve been exposed to. Like black tea, green tea is thought to have a range of health benefits, and is the most popular tea choice in Japan, where it comes in a huge range of different varieties, from matcha to sencha.
Buy your tea at a market?
As well as offering fresher, higher quality teas, made in smaller batches, markets are a fantastic place for you to experience and discover more about tea. You can learn about different varieties, where the leaves are grown, how they are processed and blended, and how the different methods subtly impact the taste.
Many Australians are passionate about farming and getting their food directly from the source, and this is a great chance to find out from stallholders exactly where their teas are sourced from, and how buying them can support tea-growers and their local communities. You can also sample tea from a wide range of different countries, and taste some of the rarest teas in the world.
The Sydney Tea Festival
The vibrant, busy Sydney Tea Festival gives you the chance to visit lots of tea stallholders, offering a huge range of loose leaf blends from many different countries. And you can do more than just browse the stalls too – enjoy interactive tea tastings, workshops, and ceremonies, and listen to insightful talks by Australia’s leading tea experts.
Why not pop down to the Sydney Tea Festival on Sunday 20th August and take a look for yourself? Or if you want to find tea sellers at a local market near you, check out our Market Calendar or subscribe to our Local Market Guide Newsletter.
Alan Macfarlane; Iris Macfarlane (2004). The Empire of Tea. The Overlook Press. p. 32. ISBN 1-58567-493-1.
Timeline: A short history of Australian tea – Australian Geographic
Food Culture: Drink your Tea – Australian Museum
“Archaeologists discover world’s oldest tea buried with ancient Chinese emperor”. The Independent. Independent Print Limited.
Organic Food Markets are currently taking applications for The Entrance Spring Fair on Monday 2nd October 2017.
Set on a superb waterfront location, there will be market stalls, rides, music and entertainment including pelican feeding and a busking competition.
Email: [email protected]
Ph: 02 9999 2226
Do you want to work part time in a vibrant and socially progressive community in the inner west of Sydney and can create, innovate and grow the Addison Road Street Food Markets?
*Are you passionate and energetic by working with a project that provides a platform for refugees to become self-sufficient?
*Are you enthusiastic about working with community members and developing initiatives which meet community needs and raise revenue for the Addison Road Centre Not For Profit Organisation?
ARCCO is looking to recruit an events and Market Operator to grow our Street Food Markets, create events and activities at our Centre.
This is a great opportunity to work in a Community Centre with a strong history which is also evolving to meet the new challenges and opportunities presented by change.
The Business Development, Project Management will be responsible for:
*Developing and leading the Addison Road Street Food Markets.
*Developing and maintaining partnerships with other stakeholders
*Achieving economic growth
*Representing the Addison Road Street Food Markets
*Supporting the stall holders
*Organising activities and events
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following:
1. Commitment to the values of ARCCO
2. Program development and project co-ordination experience
3. Previous experience in growing social enterprises or events
4. Experience in working with refugees and newly established businesses
5. Experience in staging events, developing business models and growing initiatives
6. Skills in developing collaborative partnerships across all parts of the community
7. Relevant qualifications in business development, events management or communications or similar field or equivalent experience
About the Opportunity
*Permanent Part time – 16 hours per week,
*The opportunity to work with an amazing initiative that provides livelihoods to refugees and grow it.
How to apply for this opportunity
For specific enquiries, please contact Rosanna at [email protected].
Please provide the following information in your application:
*Summary Statement (1 page maximum)
1. Why you are the best person to grow and develop this initiative and what you can bring to this role?
2. Provide at least 2 referees who can attest to your skills and experience –
include their name, contact details and position/company, and your relationship to them.
Email your application to [email protected], using the subject line: Addison Road Street Food Markets.
Employer: Addison Road Community Centre
Work Type/s: Part Time
Classification/s: Business Development, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Applications are now open for the inaugural Cambridge Spring Market – Sunday 17th September, Watsons Bay
Application Form at: Cambridgemarkets.com.au