Newly opened on the edge of the Wonnerup Vasse Wetlands, is a project that promises to be the sparkling city’s produce and product mecca. Commissioned by Allan Erceg of Mandoon Estate, the Origins Market has been carefully designed to celebrate and exhibit the rich food and wine culture in Western Australia, and concentrate it in one beautifully thoughtful space. Curator Louise Cashmore has been deliberate in her goal to reflect the abundant generosity of the wetlands ecosystem, a prime source of community and supermarket of sorts to traditional owners, the Wadandi people.
With the blessing of Wadandi elders, the market is built on the pillars of the six seasons, and vendors may stay seasonally as their produce permits. Punters wander through the indoor market’s ‘enjoy now’ or ‘take home’ precincts including food trucks, fruit and veg, speciality butchers, seafood, pop up cellar doors, condiments and coffee. The University of Western Australia have installed a live beehive in the venue and a commercial kitchen ensures the market’s inhabitants have space to trade and prepare their offerings.
Shelter Brewing Co has set up shop, and rumour has it there will be regular bike tours between the two venues. The market will bring together artisans, farmers, small producers and boutique WA products that wouldn’t otherwise reach a wide audience.
Origins Operations Manager Sam Moore says, “Busselton isn’t a place to bypass anymore. The market is a drawcard for visitors but also a place to gather for locals.”
Shelter’s head brewer, Jason Credaro, agrees. “The community aspect is vital. We grew up here and we want that feeling to come through what we’re offering.”
Whether you’re seeking a feast with a spectacular view, a plethora of craft beer, or a delectable hand-held breakfast en route to the wineries, Busselton is flourishing in its food renaissance and won’t disappoint.