In our last post we looked at environmentally friendly Christmas presents and ways to wrap them. This week it’s all about that food, glorious food that makes spending time with family so enjoyable. Whether you plan a casual Chrissy barbecue, spend ages on the perfect seafood buffet, or your Christmas food shopping involves plenty of bubbles, these amazing local suppliers have everything you need.
There’s never another time of year when we’d buy a leg of ham but Christmas just isn’t Christmas without it in our family. Rayner’s on Brunswick Street smoke their own hams and are very happy to provide you with tips on how to cook and serve it. You know when you buy meat from here that it’s not been filled with water and additives to make it look plump and enticing but which leaves you something tough, dry, and tasteless because it’s cooked down to nothing. Rayner’s can tell you where their meat is sourced from and also have a good organic selection.
Cut out the middle man and buy your fish and prawns straight from The Fish Factory in Morningside. They open at 7am but there’s a cafe on site (which opens at 10am) so shopping that early isn’t as anti-social as it sounds. All the seafood comes from either Australia or New Zealand so you can trust you’re not getting anything that’s been frozen and shipped in from overseas. Prawns, oysters, snapper, lobster… our mouths are watering just thinking about it! The stall owners really know their stuff and care about making sure their customers get exactly what they need, so don’t be afraid to ask if you need inspiration or cooking advice.
Fruit & Veg
We love the Powerhouse Markets for fresh fruit and veg. It’s on every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the month from 6am-12pm which this year means Christmas Eve. There is also a market on Wednesday 21st December in Queen Street if you don’t like to leave things until the last minute. Northey Street City Farm is holding their organic farmer’s market Christmas Eve from 6am-12pm. The market normally runs on Sunday but they have brought it forward just for that week. There’s also All About Fruit & Juice in Merthyr Village Shopping Centre.
No question about it, New Farm Deli should always be your first port of call when you want cheese, cured meats, olives and all those gorgeous nibbles that go so well with drinks. Their coffee and cakes are also first class so if you are starting your shopping early in the day then stop by here first for an espresso to fuel your spending. New Farm Deli is a good place to buy gifts for the foodie in your life.
Vintage Cellars in Merthyr Village Shopping Centre has your everyday wine needs covered with a good range and staff who know their chabli from a chardonnay. Those searching for a really special Christmas tipple should try The Wine Emporium in Newstead. While you can go in and pick a bottle up of the shelf, it’s better to make the most of the staff’s seemingly endless knowledge about their stock. There are labels you’ll recognise but also quirky craft beers and wine from vineyards that will make your Christmas Day extra merry and bright.
If we’ve left off your favourite local food shop or Brisbane market then leave us a message on our Facebook page and we will check it out!