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Pedal to Produce

Dust off your pushy and explore Darwin’s suburbs while learning more about local produce.

After a successful trial last year, Pedal to Produce is back with local guides sharing their wisdom along different routes. 

Guide Emma Lupin says it’s all about connecting people with the produce and farmers in the Top End.

“It’s encouraging people to engage with local food and to use a bike to get around,” she says.

Lupin, from Taste of the Top End, will lead the Rapid Creek Markets tour, which visits both Rapid Creek and Nightcliff Markets and three community gardens in the northern suburbs.

‘When we get to each spot I’ll have a basket full of bits and pieces made from local plants,” she says.

“People will get the background about the garden we’re visiting, what’s grown there and how they can get involved.”

“It’s connecting how the plants are grown and how to use them.”

Pedallers will meet local farmers at the markets who will share their knowledge and stories. 

Lupin will have a dish for everyone to try at each stop, which uses the produce being looked at.

“It’s all about plants and people and that relationship,” Lupin says.

The Pedal to Produce tours are subsidised by City of Darwin’s Bike Plan to make them more affordable for locals and tourists.

There are several bike tours on offer, including one through the city to Parap Markets, as well as other sightseeing tours around Darwin.

You can bring your own bike or hire one from City of Darwin for the tours, which range from three to five hours and can cover up to 20kms.

Rapid Creek Markets Tour
Starting at Lucky Bat Cafe in Nightcliff, ride along the Nightcliff foreshore and stop by three different community gardens to sample local produce on the way to enjoying the colours and flavours of the Rapid Creek Markets.
Sun 3 Jun | 8-11.30am | Meet at Jingili Water Gardens | See the event listing
 
Parap Markets Tour
Meet at Parliament House and take a sightseeing route to Parap Village Markets for a stallholder presentation on tropical produce. Eat your way around the markets before heading back via another scenic route to Darwin city.
Sat 16 Jun | 8-11.30am | Meet at Parliament House | See the event listing
 
Images by Emma Lupin.
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