It’s a big weekend ahead… It’s Marlborough Wine & Food Festival!
We look forward to a busy weekend ahead with the annual Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, we expect big numbers of visitors and locals to visit the market on the Sunday. It will also be Valentine’s Day, so why not spoil your loved ones at the market with a yummy breakfast or brunch whether it be hot or cold, fresh or cooked – there will be lots to choose from to satisfy your tastebuds. We also have lots of tasty treats & gifts to purchase and fresh flowers for sale. Plus we also have Katrina the Storyteller here this week, so bring the kids along too and make it a fun family day out.
See you this Sunday from 9am – 12pm at the Marlborough Farmers’ Market!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to join us on FaceBook!
Katrina the Storyteller
Katrina is a dramatic storyteller in the lovely province of Marlborough, New Zealand. Her specialty is Children’s Interactive Entertainment for parties, schools, pre-schools, libraries and festivals. She has a storytellers’ kit, which includes puppets, drums, a rain stick, and other props. She’s gathered some tales to tell and has fun tweaking them to her own style! Over many years and many adventures, she has built up an extensive repertoire of tales to tell to children of all ages.
Feeling hungry? Breakfast/Brunch options to choose from:
Spiced Chorizo pork sausage wrapped in bacon, poached eggs on bubble and squeak with home made sauce. $12
Blueberry and strawberry pancake with cream and maple syrup $8
Rhubarb and apple shortcake. $5.00
Smoked Moki fish pie $6
Braised pork belly pie with5 spice and star anise $5
Nectarine and chocolate bread and butter pudding $5.00
A special just for the Wine & Food Festival weekend our delicious Whitebait Sandwich served with a lemon wedge .
Of course we will still have our Bacon & Egg Burgers and Bacon, Egg & Pattie Burgers.
Each empanada is handmade with a variety of fillings – Chicken and spinach in a sweet basil and white wine sauce; Spicy beef flavoured with cumin and Jalapeno peppers; Roasted pumpkin & caramelised onions; Re-fried beans with corn & salsa; Venison in a port wine sauce; Garlic Prawns & Cheese, Scallop Mornay & Hot Smoked Salmon. Some of the flavours are vegan with no dairy products and no eggs. They also come Gluten Free (except venison).
Straw hats for sale!
At the Information Stall we have a range of straw hats available for purchase. Not only are they a great fashion accessory, but also more importantly they provide great protection from the sun while you are strolling around the market. We have all sizes available: Small, Medium, Large, XL and XXL, suitable for both children and adults at $18.00 each.
Valentine’s Day gift ideas?
- NuggetyCreek – will be at the Market on Sunday, with a “Melvyn’s Birthday Special” 15% off all cuts of Meat. Give your loved one, a lovely Valentines Day Dinner of Roast Pork.
- This week Traditional Country Preserves will have some small gifts and baskets suitable for Valentine’s Day. We will also have some specials for you, for example ends of lines, damaged labels etc. See you on Valentine’s day!
RECIPE for Valentine’s Day
Pork Roast with Crispy Crackling
Try this easy pork roast recipe with ‘best ever’ crackling – your family will be asking for it every weekend not just special occasions!
- 2kg (1.8-2.2kg) loin of pork
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 4 tbs sea salt
- 1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 onions, peeled and thickly sliced
- 2 apples, sliced thickly in rounds
- 2 tbs plain flour
- 50ml white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
- Remove the pork from the fridge and use a sharp knife to score the skin of the pork at 1cm intervals. This does require assertive use of the knife, or get your butcher to do it. Rub the oil into the skin and then the sea salt and black pepper. Make sure you push some salt into the slits. It is a lot of salt, but does ensure fab crackling.
- Preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced). Place the onion rounds in the middle of a large baking dish and place the pork on top. Roast for 30 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200°C (180°C fan-forced) and roast for another 30 minutes.
- Remove roast from oven, baste pork and arrange apple slices around pork. Roast for another 20 minutes until apples are tender. At this point, if the crackling has not crackled, increase the oven temperature or turn on the grill and crisp for 5 minutes.
- Remove pork and apples from oven and rest on a plate for 10 minutes before carving. Use an oven mitt to tilt the baking dish so all the fat runs to one corner, spoon off most of the fat, leaving only 2 tbs. Heat the dish over a hot plate, stir in plain flour and use a wooden spoon to dislodge all the yummy roasted bits.
- Pour in white balsamic vinegar, chicken stock and any juices that have collected under the pork. Stir until thickened.
- Serve the carved pork with the roasted onion rings, apples and gravy. Roasted potatoes and steamed green beans make a perfect accompaniment.
Fresh garden produce
- Spudz n Greens will have carrots and corn will be coming soon.
- Harwoods currently have both beans and tomatoes, next month expect to have cucumbers.
- Springfed have bags of fresh salad greens and herbs available, ready to take home.
- Everyday Gardens offer an assortment of vegetables and herb plants plus salad greens.