7 March 2024

Taste Local Week kicks off at Verity Lane Market

| Lucy Ridge
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Plate of delicious looking fritters with scoops of icecream.

The pineapple fritters from Rasa Rosa feature honey from The Cook Grocer. Photo: Ben Calvert.

The vendors at Verity Lane Market are celebrating the tastes of Canberra with the first Taste Local Week from 14 to 23 March. Each stall has put together a special dish that heroes a local Canberra ingredient.

Verity Land Market owner Phillip Keir explained that the event is designed to bring more Canberra food businesses together.

“Taste Local Week encourages us to explore and support Canberra local businesses by using the fresh produce and ingredients made and grown right here by our very own Canberrans”, he said.

Verity Lane Market celebrated its third birthday in October last year. Previous special event weeks at the food hall have focused on all things spice, with Chilli Week and a wintery Truffle Week. The six independent vendors at Verity Lane Market represent a variety of food cultures, including Italian, Singaporean, Indonesian, South American, Chinese and Korean.

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Kangaroo Proscuitto (or should that be roo-sciutto?) pairs beautifully with local figs. Photo: Ben Calvert.

New vendor La Cocina Pura is teaming up with Mitchell-based Nonna Maria’s Pasta to make a creamy chicken and spinach spaghetti dish with just a hint of chilli. Seoul Burger is using Three Mills Bakery Buns for its deluxe burger filled with delicious Korean fried crispy chicken.

Pizza Artigiana is the market’s longest-serving vendor, and they’ll be taking advantage of fig season and using kangaroo prosciutto from local smokehouse and winery, Poacher’s Pantry.

“The prosciutto pairs perfectly with the mozzarella, rocket, gorgonzola, fresh figs and fig balsamic, both sourced from Hundred Acres Produce,” according to the team from Pizza Artigiana.

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Indonesian stall Rasa Rosa, run by Rosa Djapa, will use honey from The Cook Grocer. This product is made in collaboration with Sustainable Bees Canberra and harvested from hives in Cook, Monash and Aranda. Rosa will be using the honey in a dish with pineapple fritters served with ice cream.

Two sesame balls on a plate, one has been split open to reveal a gooey pumpkin filling.

The Sweet Sesame Balls from Superbao feature pumpkin from Ingelara farm. Photo: Ben Calvert.

A second dessert is available from Superbao, which has sourced pumpkins from Michelago growers Ingelara Farm to make a gooey, sweet filling for sweet sesame balls with a salted caramel dressing.

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Sweet and savoury combine at Lim Peh’s Wonton Noodles with a Singaporean fruit and vegetable salad rojak. They’ll be using new season Green Cleo apples from Tanbella Orchard in Pialligo.

Man places cocktail on bar.

Try the signature cocktail, The Underground, during Taste Local Week. Photo: Ben Calvert.

And, of course, there must be a drink to wash it all down with! The Verity Lane bar is using Underground Spirit’s Gin to make ‘The Underground’ with mint, lime and a hint of spice.

Hopefully, Taste Local Week will inspire more Canberra businesses to take advantage of the brilliant local produce available in our region.

Taste Local Week will be held at Verity Lane Market, Sydney Building, 50 Northbourne Ave, Canberra City. The special event menus will run from 14 to 23 March. Verity Lane Market is open from 12 pm until late Tuesday to Saturday. Follow Verity Lane on Facebook or Instagram, and find out more about each vendor on the website.

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