Want to let your hair down this weekend without ruining all your hard ‘healthy’ work during the week? Visit Carriageworks to sip, taste and peruse your way through Rootstock Sydney’s organic food and wine festival.
Launched in 2013, Rootstock has grown year-on-year and now boasts a wide array of sustainably-grown, biodynamic produce. So what will you find? Just about everything you can imagine…and some things you can’t – think orange wine, indigenous foods and 11 coffee roasters from Sydney, Melbourne and Byron Bay alone.
While the market exhibits artisans from all over the globe, some stalls you may be more familiar with include Bondi’s Iceberg’s Dining Room serving modern Italian; the team from Pinbone, which will put together a stall featuring entirely foraged produce; Marrickville’s Cornersmith; Brickfields; Movida, Sydney; and coffee roasters, Mecca Espresso.
At the heart of the festival is a back-to-basics attitude that champions farming and foraging. Restaurants and cafés have paired with farmers from all over Australia making it a collaborative, not-for-profit event that is less about selling goods as opposed to showcasing sustainable produce, experimenting with new flavours, and presenting the stallholders’ passion for their art form.
The market is open both Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th from 10am til late (this is a big event!). Visit during the day for a more educational experience with masterclasses, tutorials, tasting and more or hit it up at night for music, booze and a good time.