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We just can’t get enough of farmers markets and their fresh local produce, and with these
recently opened newbies, there’s bound to be one (or two) near you.
VICTORIA PARK FARMERS MARKET
Beginning in March with a bang, this market opened with more than 30 food stalls offering
a range of organic and gluten-free produce, grown around Perth and the Southwest
region. Relax and let the kids go crazy in the park’s playground. Don’t leave without...
having Jumplings’ tasty dumplings for breakfast!
Sundays, 8am-11am, John Macmillan Park, Kent Street, East Victoria Park.
LEEDERVILLE FARMERS MARKET
Sundays in Leederville just got even better, with the opening of its very own farmers market.
Buzzing with an electric community vibe, yet chilled enough for the mung beans, there’s
plenty to see, touch and eat. Produce hails from as far north as Broome, all the way south to
Denmark. Don’t leave without... snagging a jar or two of Harmony Brook pickled yabbies.
Sundays, 8am-12.30pm, 663 Newcastle Street, Leederville (opposite Leederville Hotel).
PERTH HOME GROWN
Forrest Chase comes alive with stalls laden with locally grown fruit and vegies, and an
assortment of arts, crafts and gifts. There’s always plenty to keep the kids entertained, such
as balloon twisting or street performers. Don’t leave without... picking up a few of the
sweet treats on offer for your very own high tea at home!
Sundays, 11am-4pm, Forrest Chase, Perth.
MANDURAH BOARDWALK FARMERS MARKET
These vibrant markets combine seaside air with local delights like organic fruit and
vegetables, artisan breads, handmade jams, and other gourmet delights. This market
draws locals and tourists, and exudes a lovely laid-back atmosphere. Don’t leave
without... grabbing your fix of fresh local Mandurah prawns from Fisho Singleton.
Sundays, 8am-12pm, Mandjar Square (between Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
and Reading Cinemas), Mandurah.
Think wedding expos are all overly made-up Bridezillas clamouring over tacky jewels and
roses? Nuh-uh. The clever folk from Studio Bomba have made an indie bridal market for
those whose tastes skew a little quirky. We chat to Angela Mitchell and Leah Dent from
First Comes Love about wedding tattoos, cocktails in teapots and volcano cakes...
Describe the sort of bride you imagine being attracted to First Comes Love...
The couples who frequent First Comes Love seek an aisle less travelled! They’re the kind
of folks who like their pledges and parties to be utterly personal and unique to them and
their story of love. They’re definitely not satin-chair-cover and stretch-Hummer people.
What makes First Comes Love different from other bridal fairs of its ilk?
Having found ourselves a little like fish out of water at a big, brash bridal expo a few
years back, we wondered if other independent retailers felt the same. The answer
was a resounding, “Yes!” so we created an alternative, and First Comes Love became
the carefully curated, designed and intimate little fair it is today. Our aim is to shine
a light on the cleverest of creative folks we have in this town, introducing them to the
often-frustrated couples who are already trying to uncover them.
What are some of your top picks to make up the ultimate wedding?
We would most likely recommend a bespoke frock fitted to your form perfectly
by a local designer; picnic-basket catering; ankle corsages as an alternative to the
bridesmaid’s bouquets; floral arrangements hung from the rafters; hand-lettered and
letter-pressed stationery; and a DJ spinning soul tracks on vinyl.
What are some of the quirkiest exhibitors?
Last year, no one could walk past the smoking cocktails poured from the prettiest of
teapots by the Cocktail Gastronomy girls, while close-up magic man Chew Eng Chye
kept guests giggling with his astonishing sleight of hand. Men’s Grooming Experience’s
cutthroat shaves, and Gentleman & Scholar’s tweed bowties were a big hit with
the boys, and Elvi Design’s custom tea-length lace gown with a peek-a-boo back that
perfectly framed the bride’s tattoo was beyond beautiful. And there were wedding
‘cakes’ made of cheeses!
Give us an example of a First Comes Love wedding.
Last year, a bride-to-be who won a pair of $1200 white gold and Australian South Sea
pearl earrings from jeweller Rohan Milne at the fair had her ears pierced specially
and wore the earrings on her big day. The wedding was amazing – from the custom-
designed destination teatowel invitations, to the remote hilltop ceremony where guests
viewed the ‘I dos’ sat atop hay bales and colourful crocheted blankets, to the town hall
reception and a volcano cake – guess whose new husband is a geologist?!
Oxford Hotel, Leederville, Sep 21. For more information, visit firstcomeslove.com.au.
In Season July–September
FRUIT apples, oranges, nashi pears, grapefruit, lemons
VEGETABLES pumpkins, sweet potato, kale, cauliflower and beetroot
SEAFOOD snapper, herring, blue swimmer crabs, sardines
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