International flavour for new ECU farmers market


Peter Jenkins from Mt Lawley Farmers Market with fresh produce at ECU. Picture: Marie Nirme d469959
Peter Jenkins from Mt Lawley Farmers Market with fresh produce at ECU. Picture: Marie Nirme d469959

A NEW farmers market at Edith Cowan University (ECU) to begin in July will have an international flavour.

Organiser Peter Jenkins said he wanted international students and WA vendors to share their culture through their food.

“I have some contacts at ECU and we were talking about engaging international students residing here and get them out and get them interacting with each other, and also to expand it for the community,” he said.

“There’s a high Japanese population here, so we will be looking at Japanese vendors and international fruits and vegetables.”

Mr Jenkins said he was inundated with interest after one Facebook post announcing the market.

“There’s a limit of 80 vendors but we will probably look at having around 60,” he said.

“We had an inquiry from a dumpling maker in Margaret River and butchers from all rural areas.”

He said the Mt Lawley community was enthusiastic about food events.

“We had an event across the road for a number of food trucks and that’s how I got used to Mt Lawley and the residents here;, they are really engaged,” he said.

“The events have gone off; the residents here really get involved, particularly in family-oriented stuff.”

The first market will be held in the ECU Central Avenue carpark on Sunday, July 16 and will be held every three weeks.

Mr Jenkins said eventually he hoped it would be weekly.

“We want to encourage people to do their weekly shop here,” he said.

For more information, email peter@foodtruckpopup.com.au.

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