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with Justine Barsley,
founder of Perth Upmarket
How did you come to develop Perth Upmarket,
and how has it changed over the last seven years?
I had a children’s label, and when I moved to
Perth I was looking for markets to sell my designs,
but couldn’t find one with high-quality products.
The idea of starting the markets was a way for me
to have my own stall. We were at Town Hall for 18
months, and then it started getting too busy and
we couldn’t fit any more stalls, so we decided to
move to UWA, and we’ve been there for five years.
The market now is more than three times bigger
than it was originally, with 180 local designers. We
consistently attract up to 12,000 people at each
event. It really just started as a place to sell my own
designs, but it has turned into a business.
You get to witness Perth’s successful designers at
their humble beginnings – what specific qualities
do they all share?
We’re quite selective in who we choose, and
are always looking for products that are unique. They
have to be made and designed in WA, and they have
to be of high quality. We try to have at least 20 per
cent new retailers at each event, to keep the market
fresh. Existing retailers are encouraged to come up
with new designs each quarter. This is what Perth
Upmarket is about – it gives retailers a place to sell
their designs and grow their businesses. We’re all
about connecting creative people with shoppers, and
helping local designers sell their products.
What crafty must-have should be on our radar?
At the moment, there are a lot of candles, succulent
concrete pots, macramé hangers, and personalised
graphics where people create little sayings on
cards and prints. There’s something that will appeal
to everyone – even the husbands that get pulled
along. Perth Upmarket is for people who appreciate
handcrafted products with a story, as you get to
meet the designers. It’s for people who appreciate
UWA, Sep 13 and Nov 29, perthupmarket.com.au.
With a shared passion for delicious food, local produce
and Perth’s sunny coast, former top ten American
MasterChef contestant Tanya Noble and Frasers’ chef
Tim Corrick launched their Coastal Crunch granola
this year at Stirling Markets. “We’re approaching this
entire health movement with the eyes of chefs trying to
be healthy,” says Tanya. Noticing that other granolas
in the market included hidden nasties, Tanya and Tim
wanted to reinvent the toasted muesli, aligning it with
their style of cooking. The result is a wheat-free, dairy-
free, vegan product containing local ingredients while
avoiding chemicals. It contains seven types of seeds,
quinoa for added protein, coconut oil instead of butter,
and coconut sugar for a low GI sweetener. They also
consciously opted for environmentally friendly packaging,
and sourced local ingredients where possible to lower
their carbon footprint. Stay tuned for funky flavours
coming soon – green tea granola, anyone? Find Coastal
Crunch at Stirling Markets on Sundays.
UNWINED WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Why traipse to WA’s far-flung wine regions when you can
sample the best all in one place and within the city limits?
This annual festival offers wine tastings, cooking demos and
live music. Purple lips are guaranteed. Market Square Park,
Subiaco, Oct 31–Nov 1.
MULTICULTURAL FOOD FAIR
The 15th annual festival hosts stalls serving food from more
than two dozen cuisines, including South African, Samoan,
Lebanese, Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and Turkish.
Best of all, entry is free. Langford Oval, Langford, Nov 13.
BEAUFORT STREET FESTIVAL
Ok, so this one’s not strictly a food festival, but the annual
fete certainly knows how to keep its visitors well fed. Expect
to pig out on fare from the suburb’s most popular eateries,
including el Publico, The Beaufort Street Merchant and Mary
Street Bakery. Mt Lawley, Nov 14.
Now in its fourth year, this foodie festival attracts some of
the world’s best-loved chefs to the southwest, where they
can dazzle festival-goers with exclusive dinners, cooking
demonstrations and seminars. Margaret River, Nov 20-22 .
SPRING FOODIE FESTIVALS
Grab your gran
and head to the
kitschy cool York
Bzzaar – home
to more than 60
stalls spruiking all
so twee it hurts.
York Town Hall,
Sep 19-20 .
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