Fresh food – fresh cookbook!

The Capital Region Farmers Market EPIC is launching its very own cookbook on 1 November! 

The Market is operated by the Rotary Club of Hall, and celebrated 10 years of operation this year. The very first Market was held in March 2004 and was established without any financial support or grants from governments or other sources, and had just 18 stalls and around 1,000 customers. Today the Market turns EPIC into a blaze of colour and a hive of activity with almost 200 registered stallholders hosting around 100 stalls, and welcomes over 5000 customers each week.

The freshest of fresh at the Market - photo courtesy

The freshest of fresh at the Market – photo courtesy

“This past year has been a big year of celebrations for us, and this cookbook really is the culmination of ten years of Farmers Market history,” said Vic Gibbons of the Rotary Club. “The book is about sharing the stories and recipes of the people, and produce, who have made our Market what it is today.”

Market 1

Veg and flowers stalls at the Market

Veg and flowers stalls at the Market – flower photo by LFW

The Capital Region Farmers Market cookbook has been a long time in the making. The book is packed with recipes and food ideas from many of the Canberra community’s most loved Farmers Market stallholders. “We really do have all the right ingredients to make our Capital Region Farmers Market fabulous each week,” said Vic. “The Canberra community, our enthusiastic shoppers, fresh local and regional produce and the passion and commitment of our farmers and producers each Saturday morning. The cookbook showcases our award-winning recipe in print.

Local vine ripened tomatoes

Local vine ripened tomatoes – photo by LFW

The Humble Spud

The Humble Spud – photo by LFW

“We’re sharing more of the Market’s history and our long association with the forchefs project. And of course you can salivate over and create a good selection of recipes from our stallholders, Rotarians and Forchefs.”

The Market has hosted some famous names over the years including most recently Italian masterchef Antonio Carluccio. Its stallholders are constantly winning awards for their produce, and the market regularly holds cooking demonstrations by Forchefs.

The cookbook includes recipes for starters, soups, salads, sides, mains, cakes, biscuits, desserts and more, and will be launched on Saturday 1 November by chef Andrew Hollands, one of the original chefs who kicked off the valued Forchefs program in conjunction with the Market.  ACT Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr, will also be there to present certificates to a number of stallholders who have been with the Market over the past ten years.

Award winning Homeleigh Grove olive oil - photo by LFW

Award winning Homeleigh Grove olive oil – photo by LFW

Vic continued, “We’ll be launching our cook book just in time for Christmas, and it’s going to be a real cracker, and we’ll have a cooking demonstration set up beside Bicentennial Park at the Market.”

The cookbook launch will take place at 10am on Saturday 1 November at the Capital Region Farmers Market, and will on sale for $20 from the Market’s Rotary Help Desk until Christmas. For more information visit

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