Markets connect farmers and foodies

Markets connect farmers and foodies

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Cook and food consultant Kate Flower, Kate Flower Food, demonstrated how to create a grazing platter to please everyone, with commentary by presenter Jordan Bruno.

Cook and food consultant Kate Flower, Kate Flower Food, demonstrated how to create a grazing platter to please everyone, with commentary by presenter Jordan Bruno.

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The market was part of WA's Great Graze festival of events across WA

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A FRESH take on a farmer's market at Perth City Farm, East Perth, saw foodies and farmers connecting over a passion for quality, local produce with an emphasis on grazing.

As part of WA's Great Graze festival, the market, held on April 18, featured farm, food and beverage businesses which could offer something different and special to a grazing platter.

Whether it be fruit, vegetables, freshly baked bread, tasty condiments, flavoursome cheese, premium olive and truffle and canola oil, crackers, or wine, soda and juice to complement, the grazing market showcased the diversity of WA's produce and the top quality that farmers and business owners take pride in.

Embracing the seasonality of produce was emphasised at the event which in-turn aids in supporting local growers.

There was even the option to purchase ready-to-assemble grazing boxes from the Genuinely Southern Forests and Dinner Twist.

Southern Forests Food Council chairman Kieran Kinsella (left) with WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey.

Southern Forests Food Council chairman Kieran Kinsella (left) with WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey.

Attendees said they heard about the market and having a passion for supporting local businesses, they wanted to see what was on offer and were "very impressed with the selection".

Kate Flower, of Kate Flower Food, entertained and educated visitors on the art of crafting a grazing platter.

Ms Fowler suggested using raw and cooked vegetables in addition to the more traditional choices of cheese, cold meats and condiments.

Fresh fruit also provides a refreshing aspect to the platter or a burst of flavour.

Southern Forest Food Council (SFFC) chairman Kieran Kinsella said the market was about the city meeting the country.

"After missing out on many opportunities to connect with WA farmers during the past few months, we hope you agree that the concept behind WA's Great Graze is an easy one to get behind and we have all worked very hard to make this happen," Mr Kinsella said to attendees.

Block 275 founder Fiona Mann with sons James and Callum both 11.

Block 275 founder Fiona Mann with sons James and Callum both 11.

WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan attended and said buying local produce was one of the easiest ways consumers could support WA growers.

"(This market) is about supporting (agricultural) industries in becoming better and stronger farmers and producers of value-add products," Ms MacTiernan said.

"So we celebrate the fact that you're all here today to participate and taste the fruit of the magnificent work that is done by our growers and by those creative people who take that beautiful product and turn it into a whole array of new things for us to eat."

 Keen to support local growers were Beth Bolt, Como and Katherine Sherrie, Como.

Keen to support local growers were Beth Bolt, Como and Katherine Sherrie, Como.

Talking all things apples and pears were Pomewest executive manager Nardia Stacy (left) and Fresh Finesse director Noelene Swain.

Talking all things apples and pears were Pomewest executive manager Nardia Stacy (left) and Fresh Finesse director Noelene Swain.

Representing Sweeter Banana Co-operative was Eden Dearlove (left) and from Homestead Hampers was Daisy Higham.

Representing Sweeter Banana Co-operative was Eden Dearlove (left) and from Homestead Hampers was Daisy Higham.

SFFC retail promotion officer James Anstey and general manager Laura Bolitho, with Fresh Creative Management director Georgia Thomas.

SFFC retail promotion officer James Anstey and general manager Laura Bolitho, with Fresh Creative Management director Georgia Thomas.

 East Perth locals Olivia Ashburton and Lawrence Porter.

East Perth locals Olivia Ashburton and Lawrence Porter.

Food writers Carly Rossbach-Smith (left), Perth Munchkin, Martin Eade, Morsels and Amanda Carlin, The Chef's Wife Perth.

Food writers Carly Rossbach-Smith (left), Perth Munchkin, Martin Eade, Morsels and Amanda Carlin, The Chef's Wife Perth.

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