The Beaches Market takes place every Friday in Warriewood on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
You won't get a view though as it is tuck away being the main road and screened from the Warrewood Beach by a ridge on top of which one can find a a few good cafés and watch the hand gliders and the young - and not so young surfers. The market is quite large and is split into 40% food/wine stalls and 60% fashion/jewellery and lifestyle products. I took advantage of a visit to a good client in the 'hinterland' to pay a short visit to these markets that a few loyals recommended.
Originally from South America and discovered and brought to Europe by Pizzaro, the potato was then cultivated mainly in Spain then Great Britain and also in Italy. In France, Olivier de Serres was the culprit and its great marketer was Antoine Parmentier who gave his name to the famous "Hachis Parmentier", the French version of the shepherd pie. I had the privilege to go to school with a direct descendant of Olivier de Serres who has the same name and has developed a passion not for the humble root but for the Citroen DS - read more here in French - go figure!. Meet Anthony Cremona, an Aussie whose mother-in law is Italian, with an English father-in-law. They started growing tomatoes as any good Italian would do, and then the English took over...BTW, Anthony also comes to the Orange Grove Market where I failed to spot him for almost a year...
Even happier when I spotted Silvia Colloca and Richard Roxburgh with their two boys in tow. They stopped to look at another stand across from Gourmandise and they were gracious enough to have a chat with Our French Impressions. This foodie couldn't have been happier! Time for a treat!
Australia, the land of milk and honey or is it Olive Oil?
No milk today, my love has gone away, but olive oil is here to stay
Never had a chance to meet these passionate ladies, as they come to the Overweigh Markets only once a month. We have talked about Alto Olives, Pukara Estate (weekly) and La Barre (monthly) before, so it was about time we talked about this Estate from the Hunter, in Broke, more famous for wine than olive oil. Marian and Michelle make only one olive oil, but it is extremely good, very oily and not grassy at all. They also make picled olives, beautiful balsamic vinegars and condiments
And on the other side of the bridge, up in North Sydney
It was first show for David Hanford who takes care of his olive grove in Tarago, NSW, one of the highest altitude grove in Australia. As a result his olives are last pressed every year at the Menangle press. He has won a bronze medal at the last EVOO Show competition and it is well deserved. It is not the cheapest around but David still got my hard earned cash for a 500ml bottle. I will be back...
This concludes my market update for this third Saturday of February Market update from Sydney!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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