Food for thought: Niche Markets

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The latest in foodie news, events and products.

Niche Markets official opening

The Niche Markets will be officially opened this Saturday 20 October 12.30pm by ACT Senators Zed Seselja and David Smith. Expanding on the Fyshwick Markets, Canberra’s oldest markets and a Canberra institution, the Niche Markets is now home to 40 new specialist traders, with many small local retailers and artisan food providores opening in the new warehouse inspired space.

For more information, find the markets at 36 Mildura Street, Fyshwick or visit fyshwickmarkets.com


Love your guts

Nexba has launched a range of probiotic waters to deliver the very best in gut health but with no hidden nasties. These include no added sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavours, colours or preservatives.

The good-for-your-guts drink uses a unique strain of smart and robust probiotic specifically designed to survive the treacherous pH conditions of your stomach and actually reach the gut, so you can enjoy all its nourishing benefits and maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria. Did we mention it’s absolutely delicious, too?

Available at selected Coles, Woolworths, IGA, 7 Eleven and Caltex stores.


Yes!Fest

To celebrate the first anniversary of the marriage equality postal survey on Saturday 17 November, Yes!Fest will turn Lonsdale Street into a spread of street performers, live music, food trucks and places to grab a drink.

The street festival will be supported by a cross section of the LGBTIQ+ community, with board members including Mr White, Victoria Firth-Smith, Danny Corvini, Yen Eriksen and Paul Eldon. Yes!Fest will be seeking support from government and the private sector, however if members of the public would like to support the festival directly, Yes!Fest has started a Pozible crowdfunding campaign to get the celebrations started.

See more at pozible.com/project/bring-yes-fest-to-canberra-1


Fine wine & friends

Established in 2014, MyHome is a committed charity providing safe and secure housing for people with enduring mental illness, particularly those who are at risk of homelessness. Since its inception, MyHome has been running events to raise much-needed funds to support its work.

Sample exquisite wines and food with friends at their next fundraising event on Friday 26 October 6-9pm at St James Uniting Church Hall in Curtin. Tickets $25 per person including pizza and wine glass to keep.

To register, visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/myhome-in-canberras-fine-wine-friends-fundraiser-event-tickets-51278249625


Canines and cocktails

Canberra’s first ever Canines, Cocktails & Catch-Ups event will be hitting Treehouse Bar on Thursday 25 October 6.30-8pm.

Hosted by The Social Dog Company, who promote social dog-orientated fundraising events and activities, the organisation will bring along rescue and ambassador dogs to run around freely for you to fuss over while you enjoy a complimentary doggie-themed cocktail such as the Moscow mutt or espresso paw-tini. Unfortunately, this is not a BYOD (bring your own dog) event as The Social Dog Company will be providing the pooches to pat.

Tickets $25 and include a complimentary cocktail and canapés, with a portion of profits from ticket sales going to Greyhound Connections.


Are you storing wine wrong?

A recent survey by wine retailer, Cellarmasters, has found Aussies are storing their red wine all wrong. According to the survey, the kitchen and living room are the two most common places to store wine. However, Cellarmasters cellar director, Christine Ricketts, says the kitchen and living room are by far the worst places to store red wine.

“It should be stored somewhere with a cool, even temperature, so the kitchen is the worst place because it’s one of the hottest and most well-lit rooms in the house with a constantly fluctuating temperature. Even if you’re not planning on ageing the wine for years, storing wine well means you’ll get the most out of it when you want to drink it.”

Cellarmasters suggest storing your rich reds somewhere dark with an even temperature and even keep it in its cardboard box which helps minimise temperature fluctuations.

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