Feasting on the New


The Handmade Directory was released last week – a list of all the designers and producers that will be at the Christmas market. The market is on Friday 6th December (5pm – 9pm) and Saturday & Sunday 7 & 8 December 10am – 4pm.

Not only are your established favourites attending, but we also have an exciting list of newcomers. Choose from new homewares, fashion brands, children’s products, food and drink. And if you buy from a newcomer, your gifts will not only be Australian made by artisans, but also fresh to Canberra. There are so many to choose from that we’ve divided the list into design and produce, so here’s our first focus, on the wonderful new food and drink.


Coolamon Cheese, based in the Riverina, will be bringing their their artisan award winning cheeses to the market. We are very excited that we will be able to taste their delicious products, a combination of traditional and native flavours. Coming from Berrima, Cordeaux Farm has drawn on the recipes of mothers and grandmothers. “More than just a jam shop,” the range includes chutneys, sauces, dressings, pickles and relishes. In short, everything you’ll need to flavour your festive menu.

Hands up lovers of Turkish Delight! Mouthwatering to most, the flavours of the Middle East will be at Handmade courtesy of Dlightful. Produced in small batches, this delicate and smooth treat comes in a variety of flavours. Also bringing Middle Eastern flavours is Hamsa Hummus Bar, a street food travelling hummus bar that caters to vegans and non vegans alike in the most delicious way.

While it isn’t truffle season at the moment, Trufflemen of Marulan will be at the market. They have been affected by drought, so they aim to produce zero waste, while making delicious truffle infused products that last through the off season.

Award winning chocolate orange crisps, ganache filled delights and choc dipped honeycomb. These are just some of the delicacies from Medita Chocolates, a boutique chocolatier from the Dandenong Ranges. These of course make a great gift – but can you resist taking some home for yourself? Gluten free cakes are the speciality of Wild & Pure. All of the cakes contain ground almonds along with Wild & Pure’s very own developed GF flour blend, resulting in a wholesome, moist and scrumptious cake.


If you relish a cup of tea with your cake, why not try the Tea Nomad? This newcomer is bringing, loose leaf teas, each blend a love letter to a travel memory. The sights, smells, tastes and sense of a place are combined to create unique blends in gorgeous packaging.

This Summer, you’ll be wanting a cool, refreshing cider from The Apple Thief. And the cider comes with a great story. Frustrated by the naughty birds that steal the fruit from the topmost branches, The Apple Thief’s logo is a little bird, representing the sweetest fruit the the cider is made from, with no artificial flavours or concentrates.

The locals from Lerida Estate will also be at Handmade for the first time in December. Lerida Estate produces some of the Canberra District’s most awarded wines. Dedicated to cutting edge vineyard management, meticulous winemaking, a magnificent cool climate site and a spectacular winery, this is another product we want to stay and taste.

And Lambrook Wines, coming from further afield in the Adelaide Hills, will also be on hand for tasting. The team from Lambrook celebrates the pristine environment of the locale and the vitality of its fruit in every bottle.