So if you haven’t realised yet we’re only a week away from Easter, and that means if you haven’t already got all of your gifts and food shopping completed or planned you’re probably in need of some ideas. Luckily for you, the team at City Hub have been scouring the city to find some of the best locations to purchase all of your seafood, meat and fresh produce for the Good Friday or Easter feasts. Along the way, we found some unique gift ideas too and have compiled all of that into this handy guide.
Sydney Markets – Paddy’s Haymarket
For the ultimate one-stop shop head on down to Paddy’s Haymarket. The markets at Haymarket have been the home for growers and producers for over a century and once again this year they’re offering Sydneysiders an incredible range of fresh produce, at super affordable prices. While you’re there you can also pick up all of your Good Friday seafood fresh from the boats at the fresh seafood market.
During your feast shopping, you may also want to grab a few last minute chocolates or small Easter gifts and Paddy’s has that covered for you too, likely at the cheapest prices anywhere in the city.
The fun doesn’t stop at Paddy’s Haymarket once Easter rolls around though. During the school holidays, the markets will continue as always, but there will be added entertainment for the kids. Whether that is in the form of arts events in the library, face painting, the roaming Easter Bunny or the magician/balloon twister.
If you’re looking to up the flair on your Easter feasts then you should head down to the Cannery in Rosebery. At the heart of the local community, The Cannery offers a foodie experience like no other. The light and airy converted warehouse is home to some of Sydney’s best bakers, distillers, brewers, greengrocers, butcher and an artisan bottle shop.
Artisanal food, speciality ingredients and the freshest finds are bought in from farms across Australia and offer everything you need to stock a healthy and wholesome pantry.
Eggless Easter Brunch
Before you begin the shopping marathon get into the Easter spirit by attending the inaugural charity event Eggless Easter Brunch at Solander Dining & Bar. This fun Easter fundraiser will feature a cruelty-free, plant-based menu, a raffle with fantastic prizes and will be raising funds for three Australian safe havens for ex-battery hens and rabbits: A Poultry Place, NSW Hen Rescue and Porsche’s Rescue.
The event will also feature a speaker from one of the animal rescues, a selection of pop-up stands for last minute Easter gifts, an ‘awareness corner’ with information about the egg and dairy industry and a ‘meet the animals’ corner with information on the animals in care as well as adoptable animals.
“This is an inclusive pre-Easter event for vegans and non-vegans alike and a fantastic compassionate alternative for those that do not eat animal products such as milk chocolate or chicken eggs on Easter but still enjoy having a fun day out with friends and family,” said event organiser Aline Dürr.
Sydney Fish Market
Good Fry-day is the when the Sydney Fish Market goes into a fish frenzy with 12 straight hours of seafood shopping. The market will open at 5am for its busiest day of the year. Up to 650 tonnes of seafood varying across 100 species is expected to be sold, along with everything else needed for an Easter Feast. It’s a great family day too, with the Easter Bunny handing out chocolate eggs between 11am and 2pm and plenty of great meal options. You can take a break and enjoy lunch on the boardwalk or sip wine/beer/cocktails/mineral water/coffee while looking out over the bay. There’s parking on site and nearby, or you can catch the Light Rail or bus. When you get home, visit the Sydney Seafood School website for delicious recipe ideas.
This weekend Sydneysiders will also have the opportunity to pick up a quirky and creative gift for Easter at Hypmotive Hub’s upcoming Meet The Makers Marketplace. The Pickards miniature chocolate wrapper glass artworks are a clever, sugar-free gift alternative or you give the gift a whimsical Easter-inspired art illustration by local Inner West artist Emily Julia Naudi.