Imagine heading down to your local store and having the choice to select from a range of food and beverages sustainably produced, by local people, not corporations, with love and care. This is the vision of Kate Walsh, Real Food’s Founder, and Real Food Activist.
After working for a range of non-profit organisation, as the national communications and marketing manager for Slow Food USA in New York and on organic farms Kate wanted to return to her home town of Sydney with her vision and to have some fun along the way. Kate has just opened her second Sydney pop-up shop showcasing handcrafted produce by Sydney’s chefs, urban farmers and artisans. The current shop, located on Enmore Road, in Newtown, was much anticipated after her Darlinghurst shop was received so well in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Food Economies are Kate’s passion. She believes our food choices are a political act. While enjoying superb quality gourmet products from producers like Maya Sunny Honey, Black Star Pastry, Cornersmith, Urban Beehive, Hands Lane, Pasta Emilia, Katie Swift Cordials and The Vegan Teahouse (to name just a few) she invites us to push the boundaries, bend the rules and make choices that positively effect the future of our food systems.
The Newtown shop, open until April 14, can only be described as chic. The products are beautifully displayed and made available for sampling thanks to furniture by Re-Creation, and vintage homewares by Chris On King.
My weekend shopping trip to Real Food was a delight and a breath of fresh air. I am excited to experiment with my purchased wares, will keep my eye out for upcoming workshops and anticipate Kate’s Project no. 3.