The circus is in town! (well sort of)

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I was lucky enough to win Cirque du Soleil- Saltimbanco tickets through an Optus promotion but because it’s not coming to Canberra, I’m going to the Wollongong show!

What it included: 2 x tickets to the Saltimbanco performance on 20th August, 2 x Tapis Rouge lounge passes, 2 x Behind the Scenes passes after the performance and Cirque du Soleil Merchandise pack to the value of $100!

What an awesome excuse to go through Bowral on the way there! I’ve been recommended to go here by several people, but it was such a great dining experience it get’s it’s own post.

Even after a 3 hour lunch we still managed to have room for a side of waffles before we went into Tapis Rouge. Sugar Cube- exactly what the name says! A cute small cube-like shop front which smells as sweet as it tastes. Boasting fresh waffles accompanied by Connoisseur ice-cream, the smell was too inviting to pass up!

How cute! Wafflepops!

MMMM Connoisseur ice-cream!

He wanted vanilla ice-cream and I wanted waffles with cinnamon sugar. This was the compromise!

After we had wiped our mouths of waffle crumbs it was time to go into the Tapis Rouge. The decor was fun, colourful and quirky which I guess is the theme of the ‘Saltimbanco’ show.

They were offering free beer, wine and juice as well as an assortment of food:

*Veal skewers                                      *Asparagus and smoked salmon

*Oyster in a chilli sauce with a parmesan crisp

*Mushroom tart                                   *Smoked trout omlette

*Roast beef with horseradish sauce

*Grilled halumi with pancetta and cranberry sauce

*Cream eclair                                       *Custard profiterole

*Strawberry mousse with sponge base

The food was ok, nothing to rave about, the highlight for me was definitely the show and the back stage tour. These athletes turned artists are nothing short of amazing! ‘Saltimbanco’ is Cirque du Soleil’s longest running show.

***Stay turned for my post about ‘Biota’ coming up soon!***

To market to market…

If you’re not in Sydney at the World Chef showcase and in the Canberra (or surrounding area) like I am, there is lots to do this weekend!

Between Floriade/nightfest, Handmade market, Hall markets, Kingston markets, Farmer’s market, Southside Farmer’s market and the 2011 Murrumbateman Moving Feast, there’ll be lots to keep you entertained and your palette happy.

Some ‘must see’ stalls:

Montrose Berry Farm’ This is the first I’ve seen this brand but I tasted their ‘vanilla bean and pear jam’ and it is divine! Will keep my eye out for them and maybe even try one of their raspberry tarts tomorrow? Currently here in Canberra for the Handmade markets.

Curious Chocolatier‘ where they have 11 fabulous flavours of macarons which are surperb (yes I bought all 11 flavours from the Handmade market). They also have an amazing range of chocolate bars with gorgeous artwork on them which are available @ the Kingston markets.

Laurel Brae Olive Estate‘ fabulous local olive oil that is great for cooking or even just dipping with fresh bread. Yes I would travel across Canberra just to get this olive oil! Available @ the Hall markets.

Black Horse‘ DEEEEEEEEEEEELICIOUS jam (my favourite- plum and cinnamon!) a must for scones! And even delicious on toast. Available @ Hall markets, 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month @ Kingston Old Bus Depot Markets, 3rd Sunday each month @ Southside Farmer’s Market.

Kurrajong Country Beef Wellington NSW‘ Ok, I’ve eaten a lot of steak in my time and this definitely rates high on my list. I’ve stopped eating steak @ restaurants now because this is so good. Scotch filllet + salt + pepper + cooked medium rare= orgasmic! Trying out their aged porterhouse steak, hope it’s just as good! Available @ Farmer’s Market and Southside Farmer’s Market.

Dream Cuisine‘ I love following this brand like a groupie, currently supplying to several cute cafes (inc. Farmer’s daughter), @ the Farmer’s Market and the Southside Farmer’s market. Love Love Love their salted caramel macaron and raspberry macaron!

Honey Donut Puffs‘ I only see these guys once a year and it’s only at Floriade/nightfest. Grab a cup of warm honey donuts with cinnamon sugar. YUM!

Lindsay & Edmunds‘ Handmade organic chocolate. Very delicious and also showcases some unusual flavours such as pineapple paw paw and pepita in belgian white chocolate. I their chocolate bears on a stick. Available almost everywhere, Handmade, Farmer’s Market, Delicatessens @ the Fyshwick market.

Handmade Market (quarterly)

October 1st & 2nd 10am – 4pm

National Convention Centre

also have a cute shop and @ Floriade, check out their website: http://www.handmademarket.com.au

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Farmer’s Market (every Sat)

 8am – 11am

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)

www.capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au

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Southside Farmer’s Market (every Sun)

 8am – 11:30am

CIT Southside campus cnr of Hindmarsh Dr and Ainsworth St

www.southsidefarmersmarket.com.au

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Kingston Old Bus Depot Markets (every Sun)

 10am – 4pm

Old Bus Depot Building on Wentworth Ave

www.obdm.com.au