The New Foodies

Handmade’s Gourmet Food Hall is a Canberra must-do these days. Where else can you sample the best of the region’s produce, have a drink and dine on delicious street food, while listening to live music all under one roof, safe from whatever the weather is doing outside? At the September market on 16 & 17 September, the Food Hall will be buzzing with all of our favourites and a number of new producers who will be there with original offerings. Here’s a rundown of who’s new.

Breakfast first. Farmer Jo Muesli is an Australian family owned and operated breakfast company, specialising in handmade artisan mueslis and granolas. Try one of their 16 flavours of muesli or one of their seasonal specials. For your tea fix, award winners, Wild Yunnan Tea will have their blends, grown and hand-picked from ancient forest tea trees in the Yunnan Province of China.

Left: Wild Yunnan Tea. Right: Farmer Jo Muesli.

Onto street food. Our new sellers include Smokey G’s BBQ Joint, who will be bringing their love of sweet heat and all things barbecued, with tender meat cooked low and slow over wood. Or if South American flavour is your thing, try Coal Coast Tacos, who handmade their soft shell tacos and fill them with fish, pulled pork or beans. Still after your Latin fix? Try La Empanada‘s fried turnovers that are made with their secret dough recipe from Ecuador, seasoned with Latin American herbs and stuffed with combinations of cheese, vegetable and meat.

Once lunch is taken care of, you can browse the range of savouries on offer. To take inspiration for your home cooking, have a look at the cooking pastes and marinades from Ding the Recipe. Ingredients are sourced from farms around Australia and carefully put together to give you all the flavour you need. However, if you want to boost the flavour to another level, award winning growers and producers, Disaster Bay Chillies, will be on hand with insider knowledge on everything chilli. All of their chillies are organically grown and then made into chocolates, smoked sauces, tabasco and even a hot chilli wine.

To go with your chilli, pick up some black garlic from Garlicious® Grown. Hailing from Braidwood, the award winning team has developed a product that is not only delicious, but also even better for you than standard garlic.

Please don’t leave the Food Hall without trying ”the most authentic Saucisson in the country.” (The Gourmet Traveller) from La Bastide. Saucisson is as important to a French lunch as cheese and wine and the team from La Bastide is bringing a little corner of France to Canberra.

Saucisson from La Bastide (left), Black Garlic from Garlicious Grown (centre) and Sauces from Ding the Recipe (right).

If there’s still room for something sweet, the Dough Re Mi Cookie Co‘s cookie monsters, are coming to Handmade with fondant cookies, shortbread and marshmallow sandwiches. Not to be missed. Unless of course, you’ve filled up on a delicious brownie sandwich from The Hungry Brown Cow. Too much choice!

Fortune Cookies from Dough Re Mi Cookie Co (left) and brownie sandwiches from The Hungry Brown Cow (right).

Canberra’s distilleries are out in force at Handmade, so Underground Spirits will feel right at home (image at the top of this article). Using a submicron, subzero filtration technique, these are old spirits with new techniques. Try their smooth vodka or one of the flavoured versions with hints of caramel, vanilla or hazelnut.

So, people of Canberra, put the dates in your calendars. On 16 & 17 September, Handmade’s Gourmet Food Hall will be back with its unique atmosphere, old favourites and a whole range of new things to try. See you there!


Caroline Leevers is responsible for the Handmade brand, including the website, Handmade Style, the newsletter and the online magazine. When she's not hanging out with the lovely Handmade team, she runs Callie & Co Design, a Canberra graphic design studio that crafts brands for small businesses. Her favourite things about Canberra are the seasons (especially Autumn), the big sky, the coffee and the great events.


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