It’s a quintessential Sydney yuletide tradition to stock up on the city’s best seasonal produce at the Carriageworks Christmas Market.
In 2021, the popular market – where you’ll find ceramics, sweets, seafood and everything in between – falls on December 22, from 4pm to 9pm. Broadsheet calls out five standout stallholders you should visit at the market.
Two Good Co.
Two Good Co is a “buy one, give one” social enterprise that started its life more than a decade ago as a Kings Cross cookout for those in need. Today, Two Good provides meals for refuges and crisis centres and offers employment opportunities for people who use these services. At the Two Good stall at Carriageworks, you’ll find muesli, granola, condiments (like their limited edition Green Tomato and Native Bush Basil Chutney), their new cookbook, Two Good Cookbook Two: Recipes for Resilience and pre-packaged meals. A percentage of sales is reinvested into the Two Good Foundation towards an employment pathways program.
Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher
Eating a plant-based diet doesn’t mean you should miss out on a traditional Christmas roast with all the trimmings. Visit the Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher stall to pick up a Festive Roast – a satisfying and delicious roulade of seitan, nuts, cranberries and traditional herbs (gluten and nut-free versions are also available). Create a plant-based grazing board with Suzy Spoon’s vegan cheeses, such as Dilectio camembert, Damona brie and Fine Cultures aged white cheddar. You’ll also find a range of sausages encased in a vegan-friendly red seaweed skin, including barbeque favourite Sunday herb and the spicy smoked chilli, as well as Cowgirl burgers, veggie balls, homestyle bolognese and smoky bacon-esque rashers.
Inner-west foodie empire Cornersmith has you sorted for festive ferments. Visit Cornersmith’s Christmas stall to pick up pickles (including fennel pickle and the classic Bread and Butter cucumber pickle), ferments and preserves by the jar (blood orange marmalade for the win) , You’ll also find their range of cookbooks including Use It All: Cornersmith’s Guide to a More Sustainable Kitchen.
Wildflower Brewing and Blending
Among the multitude of craft brewers that have sprung up in Sydney in recent years, Wildflower is a standout. Brewing wild ales using a house-mixed culture of foraged wild yeast, naturally occurring souring bacteria and brewer’s yeast, the Marrickville-based brewery pushes the boundaries of the craft beer movement. Stop by Wildflower’s Christmas stall to pick up a stash of festive ales, such as the malty Wildflower Amber, the smoky Foggy Morning or St Henry 2021, made with fresh apricots. A Wildflower gift pack – comprising four 750-millilitre bottles, a Wildflower glass and a jar of local honey – will knock the socks off any lovers of crafty brews.
Pepe Saya has a long association with the Carriageworks Farmers Market, launching its famous cultured butter there in 2010. To make Pepe Saya’s delicious, tangy butter – so good that we love to slather it on everything – requires an involved process. Cream is heated, inoculated with a lactobacillus culture, cultured and churned into butter, which is then kneaded and set in moulds at the Pepe Saya creamery in Caringbah. From there, it is wrapped, labelled and sent on its merry way – to you, with luck, while shopping at the Carriageworks Christmas Market. While you’re there, grab a jar of lemon curd, crème fraiche or brandy maple butter, too.
For the full list of stallholders visit Carriageworks.
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