Malak Marketplace Celebrates its Season
10 November 2017
The Malak Marketplace family of volunteers and stallholders celebrated the end of their third and most successful market season with a special dinner on Saturday. Along with a delicious mostly plant based dinner, guests and stallholders enjoyed a presentation of all that the market achieved during the Season including its sustained focus on organic, healthy and clean foods, locally-grown produce, Territory-made products; and its consistent and improved approach to sustainability with regards to energy, water, waste and plastics.
The Malak Marketplace Stallholder of the Year Award, voted on by market-goers, was won by Petra’s Raw Cakes with 192 votes, with other market favourites the Buda Bar, 99 votes and Needle in a Haystack Street Bistro with 59 votes finishing their season in the other “podium” positions. Newbies on the block, Haensel and Gretel, who started at the market in August, were voted into fourth position much to their delight. Petra’s Raw Cakes is a four-frond rating business due to Petra’s very strong approach to clean living. Her beautiful raw cakes contain no gluten, no wheat, no dairy, no refined sugar, no eggs, no artificial colours/flavours, are non-GMO and Paleo approved.
“Malak Marketplace continues to evolve and we are definitely leading the way in the clean living space. We are learning all the time from our local experts and continue to encourage consumers and stallholders to talk about their approach to clean living through the new frond rating system used this year,” says Ms Paselli, “This year the market helped new businesses start up, celebrated our multiculturalism and an enormous amount of local talent, hosted community events including cookery and healthy eating workshops, film screenings, family-friendly entertainment, an arts and crafts program. At our last market, we even had a visit from the Dirt World Crew, which was pretty special. The support we receive from the community, from sponsors and the stallholders who are at the heart of all we do, makes everything we do worthwhile.”
Malak Marketplace re-opens again at the end of April 2018. An e-book guide is available to help people connect and continue their conversations with market stallholders throughout the Wet – available through market sponsor, Clean Living in the Tropics.