Calling all Sydney food lovers: it’s time to get your hands dirty! Pick up a few extra skills in the kitchen or garden, or find the freshest food on offer at these foodie hotspots.
The secret to a top-notch home-cooked meal? The freshest ingredients possible. Fill a basket with your choice of locally grown, organic or gourmet produce at one of Sydney’s farmers markets.
Carriageworks is a favourite for fruit and vegetables, local butter, cheese and some of the tastiest sourdough you’ll ever sink your teeth into.
Sydney Sustainable Markets at Taylor Square have a focus on seasonal produce that supports sustainable food production in New South Wales. There are so many excellent farmers markets right across our city – see our guide to Sydney’s markets.
Sydney City Farm
Food tastes better when you grow it yourself. Go right back to basics at Sydney City Farm. We’re bringing the farm to the city with a range of workshops and events to help Sydneysiders learn about urban agriculture and sustainable food production. You can learn everything from beekeeping to worm farming to tending to your own veggie patch when Sydney City Farm officially launches at Sydney Park.
Learn about Aboriginal Bush Food
Get a taste for Aboriginal Bush Food and expand your cooking repertoire.
Royal Botanic Garden runs a regular foodie tour where you gather seasonal fruits, seeds, berries, native vegetables and plants from around the garden. Learn about traditional food preparation methods and taste your very own bush food-infused recipes.
You can also join a free bush food walking tour through the Orphan School Creek area in Forest Lodge.
Pocket City Farms
Pocket City Farms is on a mission to bring Sydney’s unused spaces to life, literally. They want to turn rooftops and any spare patches of land into functional fresh food havens. The pilot program is being run from Camperdown Commons and offers crop swaps and craft events, like woodworking and fabric dyeing alongside growing workshops.
Looking to get your hands dirty but lacking space at home? Community gardens to the rescue! There are more than 30 community-run gardens across Sydney, so there’s bound to be somewhere for you to get to know your neighbours while sharing in locally grown bounty.
Too much of a good thing? There’s no such thing when you can preserve your leftovers for another day. Learn the art of pickling (and way more) at Cornersmith’s workshops.