Pyrmont Growers Market is returning to Pyrmont Bay Park

The Pyrmont Growers Market is back at Pyrmont Bay Park and, to celebrate, a launch party was held on Wednesday 16 February 2016 at PizzAperta at The Star.

Pyrmont Growers Market is back at Pyrmont Bay Park (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW) from 25 February 2016 and every fourth Saturday of every month from 7:30am to 12:00pm.

The Markets will once again offer unique gourmet produce and top quality fresh food straight from the field and farm.

Pyrmont Growers Market started as a single one-off event that was part of the 1998 Good Food Month but continued for 18 years and became one of the most popular and well-attended markets in the city. It closed in April 2016 when Fairfax decided to stop sponsoring it. The likes of Pepe Saya and Toby’s Estate have made names for themselves here, and some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs have demonstrated on the market stage (such as Rockpool’s Neil Perry, Marque’s Mark Best, Biota’s James Viles, and Victor Churchill’s Anthony Puharich).

It is now produced and operated by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and proudly supported by The Star. The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce engaged food consultant Tawnya Bahr from Straight to the Source to secure the finest local producers and farmers to be part of the markets. The markets will offer a green, sustainable and relaxed community focused event.

The food at the launch party was made from ingredients sourced from the new stallholders at Pyrmont Growers Market. Guests were served two types of pizzas: ham and mushroom pizza made with Pino Dolce Vita smoked ham, mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella; and vegetarian pizza made from eggplant, olives, pumpkin, zucchini, cherry tomato, basil and crescenza cheese. They were also served an Australian ocean trout roll with zucchini, leek, pumpkin puree and crescenza cheese. The roll is not a regular menu item at PizzaPerta but it was a standout dish that they should consider adding.

PizzaPerta is an open-air piazza style Italian Pizzeria and Bar operated by Stefano Manfredi (who was also present on the night). It serves pizzas, focaccias, salads, sides and desserts. His head chef, Gianluca Donzella, managed the kitchen and told me that they also make gluten free pizza that is popular with people with celiac disease.

For more information about the Pyrmont Growers Market, go to: http://pyrmontgrowersmarket.com.au/