Don’t buy food from strangers. It’s a motto that Kate Walsh, the force behind Real Food Projects, wants you to think about this Christmas. And what better time is there than December, when copious amounts of delicious food is given as gifts or consumed with loved ones, to make sure you know where it came from?

The success of the Real Food Projects’ pop-up Christmas shop last year encouraged Kate to think big, and she decided Sydney needed a pre-Christmas food market dedicated to showcasing Sydney’s best artisan producers, farmers and chefs who make sustainable food locally. Kate convinced Sydney Living Museums to give her the keys to Hyde Park Barracks for one night of festive cheer.

There are gifts to impress even the fussiest in-laws: Australian green tea from Perfect South to digest Christmas lunch, Farmer Jo muesli and granola and vegan treats from the Vegan Tea House for a healthy Christmas dessert. There is also Littler General olive oil, jerky from Griffin Jerky, ‘laymonada’ cordial from Coco’s Table and coffee from Little Marionette for Boxing Day hangovers.

To keep you energised to shop on the night, food trucks Agape, Eat Art Truck and Cantina Mobil will be on site with snacks. Newer on the scene is Sarazine La Creperie, who serve French crepes made from organic buckwheat flour they mill themselves from the sweetest red and white van you’ll ever see.

When asked what Kate will be taking home from the markets, there was a long pause. “I hand pick everything, so I love everything,” she said. “But it has to be Rocky Road from Sweetness the Patisserie. They make their own marshmallows using natural ingredients – they blow your mind.”

The Christmas Artisan Food Gift Markets is a collaboration between Real Food Projects and Sydney Living Museums as a part of their Eat Your History Exhibition.

The Christmas Artisan Food Gift Market will be held from 4pm-9pm December 18 at Hyde Park Barracks.