written by Rebecca Goulter

Easter is just next week and we’ve been keeping an eye out on the best bargains the Markets have to offer. The Saturday Fresh Market is your one-stop shop for all your Easter food, flowers and gifts. What’s on offer?

1. Easter Flowers
Flowers that bloom in the springtime are synonymous with Easter – I mean, the reason for the season is rebirth!
Flowers like tulips, daisies, and daffodils are all traditionally associated with Easter. You can shop for these gorgeous bouquets at Lynch Market Flowers on a Saturday, or at Flowerlovers on Saturday and Sunday.
We recommend a bright spray of fresh tulips – if you squint, they also look like Easter eggs!

 

Fun fact: Tulips can continue to grow up to an inch after being cut, and they are phototropic, which means they bend towards the light. Rotate your containers every day to make sure the flowers don’t develop a lean.

2. Chocolate treats
Incepted in 2016, Kokoa Bliss creates decadent treats with the finest Belgian chocolate and fresh ingredients. Sample a range of sweets including chocolate covered strawberries, ginger and dates, rocky road, chocolate tarts, and more!
Our top pick is the giant slab of dark chocolate Rocky Road (pictured right). Marshmallows, turkish delight, macadamia nuts and dark chocolate never looked so good.

3. Hot cross buns
Is it even Easter without a bunch of freshly baked hot cross buns?
Traditionally the fragrantly spiced, sweet buns are eaten on Good Friday, and mark the end of Lent. However, these bad boys are so tasty that we wish we could eat them all year round!
If you’re after hot cross buns at the Markets you can visit Sprout Artisan Bakery and Yummioh Organic Bakery in Aisle 3, or at Sol Wildbreads in Aisle 4.
They’re selling like hotcakes, so get in quick!

4. Easter gingerbread
Market-goers flock to The Little Gingerbread Cottage at Easter to sample their adorable range of gingerbread cookies. The Little Gingerbread Cottage uses an old family recipe that originated in Germany to create sweetly spiced cookies with a crisp outside and a soft, cakey inside.
With a range of Easter cookies that includes bunnies, chickens, eggs and more, these are treats for all ages guaranteed to amaze and delight.

5. Seafood
Whether its battered fish and chips, a nice piece of snapper charred on the barbecue, or a platter of oysters, many Australians dig into a seafood feast over the Easter long weekend.
The tradition of eating seafood on Good Friday originated from the Roman Catholic Church demanding the faithful abstain from eating red meat on any Friday. Nowadays this just applies to Good Friday.
You can get your catch of the day at Rocklea Fresh Seafood in Aisle 2, Seafoods Direct/Butcher Boy Meats in Aisle 3, or Davy Jones Seafoods in Aisle 5.

Happy Easter everyone, and enjoy your long weekend!

 

If you haven’t already, why not enter the draw to win $300 worth of groceries at the Saturday Fresh Market? Visit https://a.pgtb.me/kHnSgW and tell us in 25 words or less how you would spend the winnings at the Markets. Entries close on Sunday, 1 April 2018.