• real lemonade is worth queuing for.....

    real lemonade is worth queuing for.....

  • the Dinner Rush menu....

    the Dinner Rush menu....

  • The cold-pressed juice- team

    The cold-pressed juice- team

  • Cold pressed juice is her choice....

    Cold pressed juice is her choice....

  • al fresco at Fairbairn......

    al fresco at Fairbairn......

  • Quinces.....now in season

    Quinces.....now in season

  • Chris Thorley, Dave Barber and Tim Thorley, the Stitch Apparel team.

    Chris Thorley, Dave Barber and Tim Thorley, the Stitch Apparel team.

  • you can never have enough handbags.....

    you can never have enough handbags.....

  • John Slye and Kristi Wennberg with Nicola Whitelaw.

    John Slye and Kristi Wennberg with Nicola Whitelaw.

  • Andrea Pitsilos and Taylor Pitsilos

    Andrea Pitsilos and Taylor Pitsilos

  • Jessica Millar among her jim-jams.

    Jessica Millar among her jim-jams.

  • Origami fawnesque faces for the meandering line of fabulous fashion.

    Origami fawnesque faces for the meandering line of fabulous fashion.

  • Ilona Fraser and the 'once were old and now are new' re-lensed sunnies

    Ilona Fraser and the 'once were old and now are new' re-lensed sunnies

  • A market master, Jane brown with her pearls and bling.

    A market master, Jane brown with her pearls and bling.

  • Sarah Samsara and Phil Gemmell

    Sarah Samsara and Phil Gemmell

  • Tegan McAuley, entrepreneur and innovative creator of Hustle and Scout and The Forage twilight markets

    Tegan McAuley, entrepreneur and innovative creator of Hustle and Scout and The Forage twilight markets

  • Dancing to her own beat...

    Dancing to her own beat...

  • Forage at The Forage....to your heart's content

    Forage at The Forage....to your heart's content

  • Fiona Chesworth and Rosemary Thompson

    Fiona Chesworth and Rosemary Thompson

  • Never let a cupcake go by.....

    Never let a cupcake go by.....

  • Whimsical danglings at the gate to the Fairbairn market space.

    Whimsical danglings at the gate to the Fairbairn market space.

Hustle and Scout and The Forage Twilight Markets at Fairbairn

11 April 2015

“To market, to market to buy a fat pig” is one of those ditties we sing with nary a thought of saddling up the horses and shopping for our weekly pig and produce. But the market tradition is an integral part of most economies and brings a particular kind of connection with the traders and the buyers, and in most the addition of an entertainment aspect to the meandering and munching we indulge in. And while Fairbairn is not high on anyone’s radar as a market space as most Canberrans know little or nothing of the area, it was the perfect place for a market style that has captured our imagination and is an entirely pleasurable experience.

So why did the thousands stream through the gate, ducking under the whimsical danglings of little apples and Montgolfier miniature balloons for the Hustle and Scout and The Forage collaboration of their quarterly twilight markets in hangar 47. Probably for the simplest of reasons; there’s the exceptionally good parking, green spaces, easy access and the right kind of space for food and fashion to spread around the quadrangle and into the inner sanctum of the hangar. It is a sound engineers’ nirvana and the musical accompaniment to the day’s trading was superb. The glorious Saturday weather too made a difference for this last event, and it is apparently the ‘last’ in the Fairbairn precinct, which is sad and puzzling when the use of the space is a money spinner for a hangar that is probably redundant most of the time while this event uses it well. And they’ve been ‘hustled’ enough from their tentative beginnings in NewActon. It works, and we need to support it just as we have over the years for the long running weekly Jamison Centre market, the monthly Hall Markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, the newer Farmer’s Markets.

My meanderings were a catch up with familiar traders; Jane Brown and her pearls and bling a favourite and from potter to jewellery for Sarah Hogwood with her new silver jewellery line ‘bopdotz’, and heaven in a bottle from The River Kitchen with the best ‘Salted Caramel’ sauce I’ve tasted since those good old days of the famous Cahills in Sydney. The River Kitchen sells online at the gourmet.com.au and its finger licking good. In the food department this market steps outside the square with cold pressed juices – whatever that means in a world of juicing extremes – old fashioned lemonade, delicious dinner menus from dinner rush and a pick and pack muesli stall where you choose just how much health you want in a cereal. We’ve become discerning - perhaps a little precious – in our relationship with food and fashion and the market scene is an ideal place to indulge.