Media Release 16 Februrary 2011

The Canberra region’s favourite farmers markets, the Capital Region Farmers Market, will make some important changes to its upcoming markets as Exhibition Park (EPIC) gets set to host two of its biggest annual events.

On Saturday 26 February the market will be closed for the popular Royal Canberra Show 2011, hosted by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society. The market will also be closed again on Saturday 23 April for the annual National Folk Festival over the Easter long weekend.

“We really appreciate being able to run our market each week with closures only ever taking place for major events of such high calibre and importance to Canberrans and visitors,” said Farmers Market spokesperson, Tony Howard.

 “We are also very fortunate to be working in successful partnerships with groups like the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society and EPIC to make our market accessible for most weekends of the year,” he continued.

“2011 is going to be a big year for our markets. So far we’ve already had a visit from one of Australia’s leading celebrity chefs, Ben O’Donohue, and have been featured in Kylie Kwong’s new cook book It tastes better.

“As always, we’re offering the freshest of farm produce grown locally and throughout the Canberra region, and provide a great alternative to supermarket shopping for your weekly fresh produce. And to kick of the year we’ve got several new stallholders on board too.

“Make sure you note our upcoming closure dates and pop in and see us the week before to stock up for the fortnight,” Mr Howard concluded.

For more information on the markets go to www.farmersmarket.org.au

The Capital Region Farmers Market in Canberra is a genuine farmers market with over 100 stalls offering a diverse range of fresh food and agricultural produce straight from the producer to the customer. All funds generated from the Market are fed back into regional communities and other projects chosen by the Rotary Club of Hall which founded the Market in 2004.

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