Carriageworks and Smeg today announced a major new multi-year partnership launching January 2018, creating new opportunities for audiences to engage directly with leading chefs and producers at Carriageworks Farmers Market.

The collaboration between Australia’s leading contemporary multi-arts precinct, Carriageworks and Smeg, one of the world’s leading premium appliance brands, will see them collaborate to deliver:

– Live and interactive monthly cooking demonstrations with renowned NSW and international chefs;
– Meet the Producer: Carriageworks Farmers Market stallholder demonstrations and talks, focused on seasonal and artisan ingredients;
– Chef Masterclass: 2 hour immersive event with Australia’s leading chefs; and
– From the farm: a series, highlighting the personal stories of our producers.

Lisa Havilah, Carriageworks Director, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Smeg, a global leader that is much loved in Australia, to deliver a program that provides our communities with the opportunity to hear first-hand from chefs and producers about where our great produce comes from and how to use it in new ways.”

Jimmy Kalotheos, Smeg Managing Director, said: “At its heart, the collaboration showcases passion for food. Carriageworks’ passion for food integrity and Smeg’s passion for creating appliances that produce better tasting food and are a joy to use.  We are thrilled to celebrate this passion with Carriageworks and bring authentic food experiences to life with our appliances to inspire anyone who loves to cook and eat to use fresh, seasonal produce.”

Mike McEearney, Chef and Carriageworks Farmers Market Creative Director, said: “For me, Carriageworks is the ultimate space in Sydney. This fantastic new collaboration with Smeg will propel the already excellent markets at Carriageworks upwards and outwards to be Australia’s best on equal standing to the Artistic Program. It is of paramount importance to me that local producers and the community are supported – this regular program of food programs will connect audiences to producers and the most fundamental and evocative part: the produce.

Central to Carriageworks Artistic Program is the Food Program and the weekly Carriageworks Farmers Market that is recognised as one of Australia’s leading farmers markets. The markets feature seasonal produce including organic and biodynamic foods from farmers and artisan producers from across New South Wales. Every Saturday between 8am -1pm, 5,000 people engage with over 70 producers that work within the core values of product authenticity, origin, knowledge, sustainability and excellence. Mike McEnearney is the Creative Director of the Carriageworks Farmers Market and Kylie Kwong is a Carriageworks Ambassador.

The program of chefs and producers will be announced early December.