I love fresh seafood and I love markets, so the whistle-clean Sydney Fish Market has my name all over it. Located at Black Wattle Bay in the city’s Pyrmont section , it is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the third-largest seafood market in terms of variety in the world. This working fish market sources product both nationally and internationally and trades more than 14,500 tons of seafood represent some 500 species (100 of them sustainable) annually.
We didn’t get in early enough to watch the auction (no photography allowed, even when there’s no auction going on), because we spent time wandering around the parking lot watching buyers load trucks with seafood they had purchased and seagulls perching hopefully. Inside, workers were neatly arranging seafood at retail shops. Upstairs is the Sydney Fish Market Cooking School. Behind-the-scenes tours are also available.
Popular summer event back to celebrate Super Bowl.
Yesterday, I wrote about a Bronco Burger created just for Super Bowl — with the crucial caveat that it is necessary to pass through Denver International Airport security to try it at any of the three Lefty’s at the . Marczyk Fine Foods has an easier (and cheaper) way to honor the Denver Broncos with its own burger offering. The market is setting up Burger Night — well Burger Afternoon. On Friday February 5, the crew is rolling out the grill to bring back a favorite summer burger for one winter day only. Cost is $8.99.
The original location on 17th and Clarkson will be grilling the market’s signature hand-pattied Niman Ranch burgers from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Like football itself, this is a snow or sun event.
While you’re there, stock up on Marczyk Fine Foods’ game day favorites — Pete’s famous Pork Green Chili, Disco Jim’s Pimento Cheese Dip (yes it’s orange) and beef-and chicken-fajitas made in-house by the meat crew.
Tomorrow, January 30 and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a Winter Farmers Market is taking place in the Opera Galleria in downtown Fort Collins. I’m chagrinned that I just learned about these winter markets that run weekly from November until April. I haven’t been to one — yet — so no personal experience here.
Organizers suggest: “Start your day with a cup of coffee and a breakfast burrito from Wild Boar Cafe (located in booth 57) next to the NoCo Food Cluster/Market Bucks table, and then get all your shopping done with our great market vendors. We have fresh produce, meat eggs, honey, bread & pastries, wine, sangria, kombucha, teas, and tons of other locally produced foods, crafts, body care and jewelry. Find your favorite vendor on our interactive map.” 123 North College Avenue, Fort Collins.
Wynkoop Plaza a natural location for local food market.
There is a happy cross-fertilization between the Denver and Boulder food scenes. Boulder-born Zoe Mama and The Kitchen have taken root in Denver (at Union Station, in fact). Now comes the announcement that the Boulder County Farmers Markets will manage the seasonal marketplace on Wynkoop Plaza on the north side of the station. It will take place every Saturday from June 4 through October 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is said to be city’s first growers-only farmers market.
With 29 years of experience in operating growers’ markets, BCFM coordinated a pilot market this past October 10 that attracted approximately 1,670 visitors to shop among 25 farm, bakery, restaurant and food-producer vendors. That tested the feasibility for the new Union Station Farmers Market, which is supported by the Union Station Alliance, RTD and the Downtown Denver Partnership. BCFM was awarded a USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant in October to assist with launching and promoting the new market.
LoDo, the Platte River Valley and LoHi are among the booming Denver neighborhoods whose residents can be expected to make the farmers’ market a Saturday morning tradition. In addition to the big seasonal markets in Boulder and Longmont, BCFM runs a small year-round stand as part at the Boulder Public Library’s Seeds Cafe and a two-day December market at the Boulder County Fairgrounds.
Boulder County Farmers Markets are growers-only markets in Boulder and Longmont that support local farmers, ranchers and food producers and earned recognition as the nation’s number one farmers market by USA Today readers in August 2015.
Cured has opened a second smaller shop just a few blocks from my house. Color me happy that exquisite charcuterie, excellent cheeses, unique imported and artisanal American grocery items and small assortment of mouth-watering sandwiches and salads are to be had less than a 10-minute walk from my door. Oh yes, and chocolate.
Will and Coral Frischkorn’s original Cured a few blocks east of the Pearl Street Mall has a greater selection, but proximity has its benefits. The shop is simple, pared-down and classy with quality finishes to its shelves, counters and islands as a suitable backdrop for the quality items.
Prestigious magazine cites RiNo landmark on world list.
When Travel & Leisure published its list of The World’s Best New Food Halls, I was thrilled to read that The Source in Denver made the hallowed list of just 12 around the globe — that is, the whole world. I’m a big admirer of renascent urban neighborhoods, and RiNo exemplifies urban creativity. T&L wrote:
The Source, Denver
The 15 vendors and restaurants at The Source, a repurposed 1880’s brick foundry building, range from sour beer specialists (Crooked Stave) to locally beloved coffee purveyors (Boxcar Coffee Roasters) and a taco truck-turned-modern taqueria (Comida). Don’t miss: wood-fired Colorado trout from Acorn, sister restaurant to Boulder’s renowned OAK at Fourteenth.
This recognition comes just as Zeppelin Development has announced that it is building an eponymous 100-room next door. If there was still a shred of doubt that RiNo is Denver’s most innovative and exciting areas, this should put all that to rest. The hotel, scheduled to open in early 2017, will feature an eighth-floor- rooftop deck with a beer garden and pool; a second 25,000-square- foot market hall with 20-foot ceilings; a ground-floor craft brewery;
a signature independent restaurant joining the great eats in the original; open market-style shopping areas with as many as 12 additional vendors; food and beverage counters, and more. The operators of Boulder’s Hotel St. Julien have been selected to run The Source Hotel.
The new Organic Sandwich Company lives up to its name.
I’ve ordered from the Organic Sandwich Company’s stand at the Boulder County Farmers’ Market, but until this evening, I’d never eaten in the store that opened in the challenging month of January. The invitation-only tasting of many of the sandwiches provided a sequential comparison of flavor combos.
There were caprese sandwiches — delicious, but hardly exotic. There were Beetniks, a cleverly named and unusual combo of roasted beets, almond feta and pea shoots. Then there’s the glory of any sandwich made with the house-made bacon jam, the preparation of which owner Marcy Miller demonstrated. What better way to cap an intro to a sandwich joint than with a dessert of gelato sandwiches?
Right now, Turkey and Bacon Jam, Turkey and Brie and Spicy Veggie are the top sellers on the menu that changes according to what’s fresh at the market This is Boulder, so of course, there are gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo and dairy-free options, as well as offerings for easy-to-please omnivores. But mercifully, nothing is taste-free at the Organic Sandwich Company. And because Marcy herself is the mother of two young children, there are kid-friendly items too.
The Organic Sandwich Company is on the southwest corner of 16th and Pearl, Boulder. Phone: 720-639-3986.
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