A new gourmet produce market will bring farm-fresh food to the Sydney CBD when Quay Quarter Lanes Markets launches on Wednesday November 9, 2022.
The 40-stall market will connect Sydney’s best producers, farmers, bakers, makers, cooks, picklers, roasters, growers and gourmet retailers with city workers and urban dwellers once a month in an activation that will bring the laneways of Quay Quarter, on Loftus Lane, to life.
The market is a new event from Cambridge Markets Sydney in collaboration with Quay Quarter Lanes and City of Sydney.
It will feature local retailers including Zini Gelato, Adora Chocolates and Bubble Nini Teas, who are supporting the activation of the precinct. The market will also showcase the very best of Cambridge Markets’ retinue of food stallholders, from Prickle Hill Farms, Brickfields, Berliner Bakery, Stephen Hodges Fish, Savannah Estate Winery, Brother Mountain Macadamias, Rita’s Organic Farms, Le Saucier pasta sauces and Bacca cured meats. There will also be coffee and pastry from the bakery of CBD restaurant, Grana, which neighbours Quay Quarter Lanes. Adding to the mix will be extreme tacos from Jeerys and sweet treats from Thicc Cookies.
Quay Quarter Lanes Markets will take place on the second Wednesday of the month, from 8am-2pm.
In addition to the fabulous array of producers and farmers, the market will also bring live music and entertainment to the space.
Shoppers should expect a diverse array of produce, from fresh fruit and vegetables, organics, gourmet breads, olives, olive oil, fresh pasta and pasta sauce, fish, meat, cheese, pastry, cakes, gelato, honey, small goods, cured products, spices and coffee. There will also be fresh flowers.
Cambridge Markets director and organiser Rebecca Fox said the launch of the market would be an important step in connecting people who live and work in the city centre with fresh local food and quality producers.
“One of the great things about markets is the connections they cultivate,” Fox said. “When we take a produce market to a community, it’s an opportunity for people to get out and actually talk to a farmer, or a grower, or the man who baked the bread, people they might not meet regularly.
“We have producers and markers at our markets who do everything from cure fish to pickle olives to make small-batch gin and they have such great stories about how and why they do what they do. Part of the vibrant experience that markets provided is the coming together of people and the knowledge that is shared between retailer and customer, and the conversations that ensue.”
The market will occupy a choice position in front of Customs House and will activate part of Quay Quarter Lanes, the beautiful street-level mixed-use space for the spectacular Quay Quarter complex on Loftus Lane.
The space is filled with lovely lanes interwoven with heritage buildings that coexist with Quay Quarter’s stunning, recently opened high-rise building.
Restaurateur Scott Brown, from House Made Hospitality, which operates Grana in heritage Hinchliff House — which adjoins Quay Quarter Lanes — said he was looking forward to taking Grana’s treats to the streets as a part of the activation.
“It’s great to see things happening in the Sydney CBD,” he said. “We want to see as much life as we can coming back to the city and a market is a great way to get people together over food.”
The market has been made possible due to a Precinct Activation Grant from City of Sydney. The grant is being overseen by The Freelance Consultancy Group (TFCG).
“We are delighted to bring a new event back to the area after a few challenging years,” said Genevieve Deslandes of TFCG. “You can expect many surprises, live music and plenty of community initiatives on a monthly basis.”
When: The second Wednesday every month 8am – 2pm (Closed in January 2023)
Where: Quay Quarter Lanes Loftus Lane Sydney, NSW 2000
More information www.cambridgemarkets.com.au