Local Market Guide

Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:48

Margot Design captures Sydney

Margot Warre, owner of Margot Design, speaks with us about her love for Sydney, her textile design work, and how she makes the products that have won her a loyal following. Margot1

Margot Warre loves Sydney. Her textile designs reflect the natural beauty of its beaches and landscape, and her time overseas, including studying design in Paris, has taught her that Sydney is where she wants to be. Now we can buy a piece of her Sydney at the markets.

A designer through and through

The creator of Margot Designs is internationally recognised textile designer, Margot Warre. Margot always knew she wanted to be a textile designer. Her grandmother was a founding partner of the iconic lingerie store, White Ivy, in Double Bay, and even created some of the lace and underwear for Queen Elizabeth II for her Coronation. And Margot’s mother is a painter and illustrator. Margot inherited the creativity of these women and also their love for fabric.

Margot2Margot learned to print, weave and dye. She has worked for Mokum Textiles, Warwick Fabrics and Sheridan. She lived for a couple of years near Sacre Coeur in Paris, during which time she attended the Parsons School of Design and studied Fine Arts, majoring in textile printing. It was here that she appreciated how different her aesthetic was to her fellow students from Europe and the US. For Margot, her colours were so bright and clear, and her designs and patterns were fresh, modern and based in nature. She wanted to bring this aesthetic home to Sydney, the city she loves.

Sydney – a palette

For Margot, Sydney is her inspiration—the light that is unique to Sydney, and its flowers, smells, summer heat, freshness and “the sparkle that Sydney gets”. A self-confessed water baby, Margot regards the beach as medicine and goes to the beach every chance she can, often ending her day there. The colours and movement of the beach landscape give her daily inspiration, as do the intricate shells and seaweed.

By design

Margot’s designs tell a story.

Mélange (French for “mixture and medley”) – Margot’s first collection is a mixture of colour, pattern and textiles inspired by the flowers of Sydney in summer. This collection comprises six floral designs printed on 100 percent silk Georgette, a beautiful draping, lightweight fabric with a crepe-like texture.

*Popular design: Yesterday, today and tomorrow is a stunning blue, floral design, colourful and vibrant. The design is inspired by the plant of the same name which Margot’s mother used to point out to her as a child.

La Mer (French for “the sea”) – Margot’s second collection is inspired by watching storms roll in and change the colours of the sea in winter. This collection comprises four designs printed on a silk, wool twill base cloth.

*Popular design: Jardin de la mer (French for “garden of the sea”) features a Jacaranda blue that rains down upon Sydney. Margot3

Her upcoming collection will be released shortly and is inspired by the art deco buildings of Sydney.

Margot’s designs are available as cotton linen throws, which can double as beach towels or picnic rugs, scarves, cushions, and framed, limited edition prints. She also has available, at the markets only, small artworks priced at $15.

Making the art sustainable

Margot uses sustainable, natural fabrics in all of her designs—silk, wool, linen and cotton. There are no synthetic fabrics used, no mass production. All of her work is hand finished.

The work is produced in Sydney, because Margot wants her work to come from here. She oversees the production and works directly with the people who manufacture the work. They also care about the quality of the product and are proud of it too.


Margot Design products are available at markets, the first being The Market Tales, Precinct 75 at St Peters, with potentially some upcoming markets in Paddington and Avalon. You can also purchase direct from www.margotdesign.com.au or you can contact Margot to visit her in her studio.

For more information see her website or visit https://www.facebook.com/margotdesign.com.au/


Monday, 05 June 2017 21:02

Rose Bay Farmers Market

The Eastern Suburbs have welcomed Rose Bay Farmers Market with open arms. The new weekly market is perfectly located in a leafy park, mid-way between New South Head Road and Old South Head Road. The market offers a quality line-up of produce stalls and a range of gift items too. Whether you are after a quick stock-up, a leisurely morning or a lunchtime snack, you won’t be disappointed.

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Piles of fresh produce are ready for the taking including The Regional Store which is laden with fresh Macleay Valley grown fruit and vege. Once a month the market is also proud to be collaborating with the Rose Bay Community Garden who are harvesting their seasonal produce for purchase. Boasting a zero food mile footprint, it is showcasing sustainable practice at its best!

Locals can also stock up on fresh eggs and organic, grass fed meats thanks to The Ethical Farmers, there are delicious breads and baked treats from Organic Bread Bar, raw desserts from Cream Fork, nut butters from Yummee Gluten Free, hand cultured butter from Pepe Saya, fresh creamy milk from The Pines in Kiama (milked the day before!), fresh seafood and beautiful native flowers from Sweetpea and Honeybee to name a few..

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The organisers, Cambridge Markets have created a lovely local market with a range of core stalls and a handful of changing merchants to mix it up each week. From French market baskets to gourmet and organic goodies as well as an activity space for the kiddies, there is something for everyone.

Spread the word – this local market is here to stay!

Every Tuesday – 8am to 2pm

Pannerong Reserve
Corner Newcastle St and Wilberforce Ave,
Rose Bay


Blue Mountains Babies’ & Kids’ Market are seeking Stallholders for our Katoomba Market on the 2nd July 2017 & our Hawkesbury Market on the 6th August 2017. BMbabykidscollagev2

Stalls are 

* $50 each 

* 3m x 2m

* Fully indoors 

* And free for the public to come and check us out. 

Applications close soon for Katoomba. 

To apply head to our website 


Avoca Beachside Markets always impress. They offer a range of select, unique stalls, are visually stunning and even have a shuttle bus to and from the local pub. Come to Avoca Beachside Markets and see for yourself. Avocastage2

Just over one hour north of Sydney, Avoca feels like another world. Avoca Beachside Markets offer a special experience for market goers. So if you like your markets unique, relaxing and beautiful, this is the place to be.

Creative duo and owners of Fixx Events, Bianca and Brad Cardis, first started the Avoca Beachside Markets seven years ago. They wanted high quality, selective markets in their own community. With their extensive experience in the arts world, together with Brad’s background in organising big events, they have brought a new creative vision to the Central Coast.

What’s on offer?

Avoca3Avoca Beachside Markets are held on the fourth Sunday each month and are a feast.

*Stalls: These markets have had a waiting list of stallholders from day one and you can see why. There are over 120 stalls with local artisans selling exceptional fashion, homewares, jewellery, art, plants and foodie goods. These markets pride themselves on their Australian produce, with eighty percent of their produce locally made.

*Atmosphere and entertainment: Bianca and her team have made the markets visually attractive and distinct. The markets have a creative, bohemian vibe, with flags, backdrops and quirky, hula hoop signs. All add to an outdoor space that is welcoming and reflects the relaxed Central Coast. Performers take centre stage here as part of the Avoca Beachside Markets Music Momentum Programme, so be prepared to be entertained with live acts by excellent, local and emerging artists.

*Transport: A shuttle bus runs every fifteen minutes from the Avoca Beach Hotel to the markets and back again. This lets you have a beer at the end of a day of shopping and relaxing at the markets. It also cuts down on the traffic going to and from the markets. There is even an “after party” at the Avoca Beach Hotel which everyone is invited to come along to. This is great for live entertainment and some cheap, tasty food before heading home.

Neon Garage – Cretive Space & Workshops

In March last year, Bianca and Brad launched the creative space, Neon Garage, co-ordinating events and workshops and helping performers get their start.

Neon Garage’s workshops offer you the opportunity to learn directly from local artisans and producers. More of these workshops are coming up later this year. Here are some of the big hit workshops:

  • Farrah’s Stone – Alexandra Farrah is an illustrator working with a range of media. In this workshop, she teaches techniques and practical skills in watercolour painting. Participants get to complete their own A4 watercolour to take home.
  • Fermenting Australia – led by fermenting revivalist and nutritionist, Sammi Zajko, these fermenting vegetables workshops are a must. They were incredibly popular last year and are being run all over New South Wales as people seize on the fermenting food trend.

Keep an eye out for workshops coming up on the Neon Garage website. https://www.facebook.com/neongarage/NeonGarage1v2

Avoca Beachside Markets are held at Heazlett Park Foreshore every fourth Sunday, from 9am-2pm, with the next one being held on Sunday, 28 May 2017.

Put it in your diary and see you at Avoca Beachside Markets. See their Facebook page for more details: Avoca Beachside Markets


Randwick Artisan Markets, the only indoor artisan market in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, has a few spots available for their next market. Are you a maker of homewares, accessories, art or fashion? Apply now on www.royalrandwick.com.au/artisanmarkets. Randwickartisanlogov2

Stall fee is $70, $10 is donated to Sydney Children’s Hospital. Trestle table and all day parking included in the fee. 

With approximately 1500 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year in Australia alone, it’s time to take notice. The Rozelle Collectors Market Charity Auction is supporting the fight against the disease with a unique antiques roadshow and charity auction.

Rozelle Collectors Market will be hosting a roadshow and fundraising auction to help raise awareness of Ovarian Cancer on Saturday 20 May 2017. IMG 0693v2

From 10am you have the opportunity to have your vintage treasures professionally valued ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style for a paper note donation (from $5).

The charity auction will kick off at 12pm and will be hosted by Adam from Aussie Pickers and Lawson’s Auctioneers.

The eclectic auction items range from vintage leather bags to tribal art, a retro robot, an antique library chair, an old netted fisherman’s buoy, workshops, framing, food and shopping vouchers. You can even bid for a marketing internship or a tour of Atlassian.

A full list of auction items is on the charity Facebook or Instagram page.

About Rozelle Collectors Market:

With a history spanning over twenty years, Rozelle Collectors Market is widely regarded as one of the first in Sydney’s now bustling market scene. An essential component of Rozelle’s eclectic community, Rozelle Collectors Market is loved by locals and out-of-towners alike.

The open-air market is dedicated to pre-loved goods and takes place every Saturday and Sunday within the grounds of the historic Rozelle Public School. Packed full of stalls, from one-off pop ups through to longstanding stallholders that specialise in vintage, bric-a-brac and antique wares, Rozelle Collectors Market was taken over by a new operator in 2016, and has continued to evolve whilst retaining its original charm.

The market also prides itself on showcasing local entertainers and artisanal provedores alongside its range of stalls, making for a fun day out for all the family.

Supporting an important cause:

Organised by longtime stallholder John Moran and his family, the Rozelle Collectors Market Charity Auction is supporting the fight against ovarian cancer. Moran Family Feb 2016

John and his wife Megan decided to organise the event following their own experiences with the disease. Megan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December 2015 and after a 17 month battle, is now in remission. Nevertheless, with an average of four women in Australia diagnosed with ovarian cancer every day, the Morans are determined to continue raising awareness of the silent killer.

The five-year survival rate for ovarian cancer currently sits at just 43%, so it’s important women of all ages know what to look out for. As well as the auction, the Morans have organised an information stall where visitors can find out everything they need to know about the disease.

How you can get involved:

Head down to Rozelle Markets from 10am and enjoy a great day at one of Sydney’s most popular antiques, vintage, retro and collectibles markets. All donations will go towards ovarian cancer research and can be made on the day, or via the fundraising page below:


Rozelle Collectors Market

Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street, Rozelle.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

10am – 12pm

Further Information:






Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:06

Tips for delicious Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts are making a comeback. They are packed with vitamins and when cooked right are sweet and irresistible. Brussels sprouts* are good for you, rich in vitamin antioxidants, including Vitamin C and Vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, and Vitamin K. They are also high in fibre, providing 4 grams of fibre in every cup.

Here are tips for buying, cooking and storing your sprouts.

How are sprouts grown? Brussels2

Brussels sprouts are part of the cabbage family, Brassica, which includes broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Looking like miniature cabbages, they measure between 2.5 and 4 centimetres. They grow on a central stalk, measuring about 60 to 120cm, rather than on the ground like broccoli and cabbage. Each stalk contains 15 to 20 sprouts.

Brussels sprouts are thought to have been cultivated in Brussels, Belgium, in the 13th Century. Some have said that the town of Brussels looks like a Brussels sprout when viewed on a map.

Brussels sprouts are available all year round and are at their best from autumn through to early spring. Choose sprouts that are firm, compact and bright green. The smaller they are, the sweeter.

How to cook sprouts

Brussels sprouts, when cooked properly, are crisp and dense in texture, like a true miniature cabbage. Their flavour is sweet.

It is important not to overcook sprouts as they lose their nutritional value and emit an unpleasant sulphur smell.

They can be boiled, steamed, parboiled and then sautéed or they can be roasted. They can also be eaten raw and shredded in salads and stir fries.

To steam them, so they cook evenly and quickly, cut each sprout into quarters and steam them for five minutes. Alternatively, cut a deep cross into the base to enable the heat to enter the middle of the sprout and steam for seven to ten minutes, depending upon their size. Test regularly, using a knife, to avoid overcooking. Eat steamed or use one of the variations below.

If you are sautéing the Brussels sprouts, but not straight after steaming, cool them in an ice bath, this will help them stay bright green. Also, when sautéing, use a large pan so that they have space and to stop them from steaming further.

Brussels3v2Here are some of the best ways to serve and eat sprouts:

*Combine cooked Brussels sprouts with red onion, walnuts and a mild flavoured cheese such as goat cheese or feta.

*Toss cooked sprouts with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to make a cooked salad.

*Shred finely and add raw to a salad for crunch and vivid green colour, or add to your favourite stir fry.

*Sautee with bacon and onion.

*Delicious when roasted, let them become crisp and golden brown with some burned leaves for depth of flavour, and toss with balsamic vinegar and honey.

*Roast with olive oil and herbs, or roast together with sweet potato for a colourful side dish.

*Roast until crisp, add bacon, béchamel sauce and a crispy bread crumb topping for a gratin.

*The traditional UK Christmas dinner includes Brussels sprouts served with cooked chestnuts.

How best to store sprouts

Keep sprouts unwashed and untrimmed in the vegetable compartment of the fridge. They are best eaten within three to four days, but can be kept unwashed in a moist towel in a perforated plastic bag, or in a bowl lined with paper towelling for 10 days.

If you are able to purchase Brussels sprouts on the stalk, these will last for up to a month in the fridge if stored with a moist paper towel around the stub.Brussels1v2

They can also be snap frozen. To freeze, rinse and dry the sprouts and blanch for 4 to 5 minutes. After refreshing in cold water, drain and freeze in freezer bags or containers.

Your local fresh produce seller

Stop in and see your fresh produce seller at your local markets for your tastiest Brussels sprouts.

*Wait – we know what you’re thinking, we’re calling them Brussels sprouts (plural), when you’ve heard them called Brussel sprouts (singular), right? No it’s not a typo, there’s been big debate about that and you can read all about it here.


Research with thanks to:

“Brussels Sprouts” Brussels.info, http://brussels.info

“Flemish sautéed Brussels sprouts”, Global Table Adventure, http://globaltableadventure.com

“Brussels sprouts”, whfoods.org, The world’s healthiest foods, http://whfoods.com


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