My dear mum came up to visit me here in chilly Canberra over the weekend and to stave off the possibility of driving each other batty, I took her to the Old Bus Depot Markets which are held in Kingston every Sunday. A hotch potch of artwork, bric-a-brac & gourmet specialties in a similar vein to the sunday markets held outside Southgate in Melbourne, there were quite a few things to see, eat and enjoy. The most important aspect of this market trawling exercise for us was to check out the nosh on offer and Mum and I were not disappointed. There was a panoply of food wares to sample including artisan breads, your stock standard fudges, organic produce, the yuppiesque dukkahs, smoked seafoods, yummo locally-produced cheeses, ooh even mulled wines & hot apple cider. Here's a sample of a few goodies we tried out:Focaccia topped with a mix of herbs, cheeses and grilled vegies: purchased from a bread stand that was doing a roaring trade selling variants of sour-doughs, pumpernickels and ryes.
Spiced chicken skewers: purchased from a Portugeuse bbq stand. Okay taste, though the flavours were more Indian-styled (cumin & coriander?) than what i expected Portugeuse style to be (oh okay, i'm basing my judgement only on my experiences at Nandos, so i might be wrong) and unfortunately found some bits of the chicken had gristle :P (not sure what that shadowy figure lurking at the bottom right corner is doing, it doesn't seem terribly professional).
Novelty cupcakes: cupcakes stalls at markets are now all the rage and i wasn't going to go past the one here without sampling some of their wares. After some umm and ahhing I finally decided on the chocolate with coffee beans and the crocodile taking it easy on a patch of green icing cupcakes. Result: two happy customers...the croc didn't live to see the rest of the afternoon though!
Okay, here's my money shot of a half-eaten chocolate-dipped churro. I can't believe I've found a place to get churros here in Canberra, woo hoo! This little baby was found at an argentinian stall nearby the "portuguese bbq" place and to my relief met all my expectations. Though, its kind of hard to go wrong when you're talking about deep fried dough dipped in chocolate, eh?
Other items we got on the day included grapes, eggs and some locally grown quinces, which I'm looking to use soon and, depending on how things work out, may be blogging about soon seeing as they had some timely ideas in this weeks Epicure.
Old Bus Depot Markets
Wentworth Av, Kingston
Sundays 10 am - 4 pm