The arrival of the Finders Keepers markets is always a great permission slip to browse like hell and fill your shopping bags with excellent independent design. With the relocation and expansion of this ultra-popular event to Australian Technology Park, it means the crafted approach you see applied to homewares, fashion and stationery is now extended to food – Farmer’s Lane will be debuting at this fair.
As someone whose snooze button often wins out over early morning market-visiting intentions, Farmer’s Lane offers some hope to us sleepyheads, but it’s also a plus for anyone with a functioning appetite. Curated by Kate Walsh of Real Food Projects, the line-up of stallholders is excellent: it includes local green-tea-maker Perfect South (responsible for many much-enjoyed genmaicha brews in this household); the queue-justifying baked goods of Black Star Pastry*; pickles, jams, relishes and house-made cheese from the excellent and also queue-worthy Cornersmith; Petty Cash cafe will be presenting its pantry-courting condiments for the first time, including harrissa, relishes and garlic paste, friands, cakes, muesli and even “honey from our own beehives!”; plus, there’s the marshmallow haul of Sweetness The Patisserie, Simon Said fine foods; hand-crafted gelato by sixth-generation dairy farmers The Pines Kiama and more. Several food trucks will make a cameo, too.
So jot down Friday May 31 and June 1 in your diaries, and enjoy the overload of great food stallholders at the next Finders Keepers markets.
*sadly, Black Star Pastry has recently pulled out of the event, but there are still many excellent reasons to attend
Farmer’s Lane, Friday May 31, 6pm-10pm; Saturday June 1, 10am-5pm; The Finders Keepers markets, Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall, Locomotive St, Eveleigh NSW (enter via Henderson street), www.thefinderskeepers.com/sydney_markets.php