May is the month of markets, so what better way to spend this month than to attend the mother of all markets?
Markets in May is an annual event that celebrates all the amazing local markets in New South Wales. It is a month-long campaign where local food producers get to show off their goods and share their achievements to promote the importance of local produce.
This year will be kicking off with a Taste and Talk Market at 12pm, Thursday, 30 April 2015, at the Martin Place Amphitheatre. There will be a showcase of 12 top local producers, live demonstrations, and lots of delicious food to sample on the day, so don’t miss out! Lola Berry, the Markets in May ambassador, nutritionist, and author of The Happy Cookbook, will be dishing up tasty treats on-stage.
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Markets are an essential part of the Australian community; this campaign aims to raise awareness and promote the benefits of shopping locally, and supporting the community. Local produce is a fresher, healthier option compared to most supermarkets, as they are handled less, and change with the seasons. You can trace your food to its source and know its story, which enhances the experience of your meal.
Not only are you contributing to your own experience, you are also giving back to the producers, the environment, and investing in the future. Local food systems use less energy and produce less emissions than imported items, and more of the money you’ve spent goes to the producer themselves. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
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Markets in May began in 2014, the first industry event of this nature, bringing together markets and local food producers to raise awareness of importance of the industry. City workers are given the chance to experience a real market vibe, and to learn more about where their food comes from at this month-long celebration.
This year’s markets are sponsored by AAMI, and Di Bella Coffee, who will also be holding a market workshop for coffee-lovers to learn more about the production of their favourite beverage. There will be demonstrations of roasting and brewing techniques, as well as equipment, and aspiring baristas have the opportunity to learn with the masters.
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Other activities on the day include workshops, demonstrations, talks, and performances, brought to you by stallholders from all over New South Wales. Check out the Local Market Guide Event Calendar for more upcoming events this May.
The full festivities will begin on Friday, 1 May 2015. Come along and support our locals, and do your bit for the future of the industry.