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Market-ing the local coffee shop: Ricoh Pandemic Pivot


She opened her café amidst a global pandemic, and the community support has been so great for this 18-year-old Christchurch woman, she is now using her profile to promote other small local business.

 

Izzy Leighs opened Izzy’s Café and Coffee Bar on Bealey Avenue in June, after Covid-19 disrupted her plans to travel and work at a summer camp in the US.

Serving barista-made Switch Espresso, Fairlie Bakehouse Pies, Grizzly Baked Goods, Pure Wholefoods and other fare – Izzy’s has been a hot spot for locals.

Now, the teen – who finished secondary school at St Margaret’s College just last year, is opening a Saturday morning market at the site to help other small local businesses, too.

Izzy’s Artisan Market has around 20 local artisan stalls selling pre-loved vintage, thrift and high-end clothing, jewellery, handmade art and wax and soap products, herbal and eco goods and delicious loaves of fresh bread.

Izzy says she wants to create a fun weekend event for the local community.

“There are so many great people who live in our area, and so many talented local people who sell, re-work and make products that we think people will love to see and buy.”

A portion of profits will also be donated to Izzy and her team’s favourite local art producers, SCAPE Public Art.

Visit www.facebook.com/izzyscafe.nz for more information.

 


 

Unsurpassed medley of rotisserie delights


If you seek evidence that Christchurch has come of age as a cosmopolitan melting pot with its own unique buzz, look no further than Cluck Cluck Slurp.

 

Naturally at home in the Riverside Farmers’ Market, Cluck Cluck Slurp is the brainchild of Joe Ye (of Chinese descent), Madlen Shaw (German born) and Wayne Shaw (Kiwi boy), and it offers an unsurpassed medley of rotisserie delights from a state-of-the-art German Rotisserie, together with ramen dishes to die for.

The Cluck Cluck is created by rotisseried free-range organic chicken from New Zealand’s own Bostocks and is available whole, quarter and half, in meals, sandwiches and salads, and is joined by a rare breed of pork from the soon-to-be organic-rated Burnham Oak.

This winter Madlen is introducing German specialty rotisseried pork knuckles which when added to a cool pilsner, forms a match made in heaven.

Slurp enters the picture with the ramen bowls. With the aim of running as a zero-waste operation, the ramen broth is made from the bones of the chicken and pork.

Food arrives at speed so you don’t spend your precious lunch hour waiting.

Your Friday night takeaways go vibrant and chic with just chicken, chicken with roast potatoes, with salad or with fries, and you can book office lunches to go or inquire about on-site catering options. Cluck Cluck Slurp, yum!


 

Sensational street food


The Night Noodle Market is not just noodles – it’s music, fun and fabulous Asian flavours.

 

 

Hagley Park’s lakeside Entertainment Triangle will have 21 local and international hand-picked food stalls from February 6, Waitangi Day, until February 15.

That’s 10 mouth-watering nights for Christchurch’s celebrated pop-up event under neon lanterns.

Event Manager Vanessa Fleming says stallholders are working on exciting new menus, with more plant-based options.

Aussie Hoy Pinoy’s smokin’ BBQ skewers and Gelato Messina’s Thai full moon gelato dessert menu will wow.

New onboard are Japan’s The Flying Noodle and Melbourne’s Puffle Dessert.

Favourite local fare includes new restaurant Dish. Moa Beer, Crafters Union and the Coca-Cola Caravan have beverages to match the feasting.

Achieving NZ’s Best Sustainable Event at the 2018 NZEA Awards, compostable packaging partner Ecoware, recyclable cans, and 100 percent recycled plastic bottles help the event move towards zero waste.

Lion dancers, Takumi drummers, performers and live bands spice up the mood, with local funk/reggae band Horizon for opening night.

Sport Suzie will entertain the kids both Saturdays.

Eclectic new visuals include an immersive entranceway and an 9m-wide neon-look “selfie” wall.

Vote for the favourite ‘Top Chopsticks’ stallholder to be in to win $1000. Also Air New Zealand offers the chance to win economy flights for two to Asia.

Entry is free and all ages are welcome, including dogs on a leash.

There’s free Wi-Fi at the cashless event – all stallholders accepting major credit and debit cards (excluding AMEX) and have contactless payment facilities.

Noodle Night Market runs from 4pm to 10pm daily – with a 1pm start for Sparks in the Park, on the last day.


 

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Finding Spring Fare: All-new ‘market to table’ cooking demonstrations


At the beginning of this month, the Farmers Market Spring Festival launched all-new ‘market to table’ cooking demonstrations. Jax Hamilton introduced the first of these with her usual enthusiasm and flair from the kitchen verandah at Riccarton House.

 

market to table

 

The demonstrations will continue from 10-10:30am every Saturday during the warmer months, with chefs sharing culinary techniques and unique ways to utilise produce that can be purchased fresh right from the growers in the market. The recipes will then be available on the website.

“I love Christchurch Farmers Market, it’s my local and I’m there most Saturdays to support my community and the produce passionately displayed,” Jax says.
“Being able to inspire the crowds this spring to create something simple, seasonal and delicious is exactly what I’m about. Food is a gift and what we eat needs to be produced with love.”

 

market to table


Christchurch Farmers Market runs every Saturday from 9am-1pm on the grounds of the historic Riccarton House & Bush. For more details and the schedule of chefs, visit www.christchurchfarmersmarket.co.nz or email chchfarmersmarket@gmail.com.
Jax shares one of her favourite recipes.


 

LAMB SALAMI PIZZA W FRESH ROCKET & LABNEH DRESSING

 

Lamb Pizza
40g tomato puree
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup tomato sauce
2 x pizza bases
20 slices lamb salami
½ red onion, finely sliced
½ red capsicum, de-seeded, finely sliced
75g cherry bocconcini
100g feta
50g rocket
Handful mint/parsley chopped
Salt and pepper

 

Method
Mix together the puree, garlic, olive oil and tomato sauce. Add a little more oil if it’s a little thick. Set aside.
Preheat oven to suggested packet temperature. If you have one, pop your pizza stone in too. Dust your bench and take your bases, divide the tomato sauce and spoon/spread all over. Top with salami, onion and capsicum. Rip the bocconcini into bite sized pieces and sprinkle over the top.
Take half the feta, crumble in your fingers and sprinkle over the pizza, drizzle with a little more oil, season with plenty of black pepper and a little salt. When the oven is to temperature, pop in and bake until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden and gorgeous. Remove from the oven. Sprinkle over the rocket, remaining feta and garnish with labneh dressing and chopped herbs.

Labneh Dressing

2 balls labneh
Drizzle of lemon olive oil or regular
Pinch chilli
Salt and black pepper

Method
Whisk ingredients together, taste and season.

 

 



 

Riverside Market

Riverside Eats: Riverside Market


Bringing figurative and literal life to the heart of the city is the remit of the Riverside Market, currently in the works within the central city.

 

Riverside Market

 

The new Riverside Market will be the centre of attention, but for all the right reasons, attracting people from near and far to the former Re: Start Mall site bordered by Cashel and Lichfield streets.

The seven-day indoor market will house 30 independent food outlets and 40 fresh produce stalls. Connected to the five-building market will be the Riverside Lanes, where locals and tourists can have the boutique fashion shopping experience plus more options for eating out.

 

 Riverside Market

Construction on this mammoth project is expected to start in October and take a year. When it’s all said and done, the development should be the talk of the town as it’s filling up thousands of visitors’ stomachs and bags with local eats and fresh produce.

 


For more information:
visit riverside.nz/.


 

To market to market

To market to market: Markets around you


When the weekend hits and the sun is shining, there’s nothing more fun than taking a stroll and browsing the stalls at your nearest market.

 

To market to market

 

Luckily for you, North Canterbury is the home to a wide range of tasty and tempting options, from farmers’ markets to local arts and crafts so you can shop until you drop.
It’s a great way to fill up the pantry while supporting local farmers and artists and really, what’s not to love about that? Here’s a few to help you plan your weekend.

 

With more than 25 stalls, the Oxford Farmers’ Market has it all including fresh flowers, fish, vegetables, meat, fruit, coffee and baked goods. Need I say more?
Located on Main Street, Oxford and is open Sundays from 9am until noon.

 

Ohoka Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest in the area as it opened its doors in 2009. Support local growers and feast your eyes on at least 50 stalls during peak season. Not to mention, you can even grab a bite after you’re tired of shopping.
This market is located at Ohoka Domain, Ohoka, Waimakariri and open Fridays from 9am until 12:30pm.

 

Mosey down to the scenic Kaiapoi Farmers’ Market and snag yourself some fresh fruit, free-range eggs, vegetable plants, crafts and more. This is a community-based and not-for-profit market.
This market is located at Morgan Williams Reserve along Charles Street and is open Saturdays. Times vary, so check the website for more details. Visit kaiapoimarket.co.nz.

 

If you want to get to know a community, the best way to do so is to visit the area’s local market. The monthly Rangiora Community Market features a variety of stalls, so make sure to bring your wallet!
Located at 353 High Street (St John’s Anglican Church Hall) and open from 8:30am until 1pm. The next monthly market is 2 September.

 

While you’re in Rangiora, check out the Rangiora Sunday Market for knitted crafts, woodcraft, jewellery, local honey, plants, food and more. Kids won’t want to miss the opportunity to munch on some fairy floss.
Find this market at the Blake Street car park and shop from 10am until 3pm.