There’s a Seinfeld episode where Kramer decides people should make their own pizza at an Italian restaurant – and I can’t help thinking about that when I hear of the Farmers’ Market nights at Zeta Bar.
Running every Friday until June 8, the Farmers’ Market nights involve Zeta setting up stalls filled with veggies, fruit, herbs and spices. The idea is you grab a paper bag, fill it with two pieces of fruits or veggies, and then you pick the spices or herbs you want and go to the bar, where you choose both a base spirit and a modifier, which can be a liqueur or bitters.
It’s a tactile experience – you fondle the produce, sniff the herbs and spices, and there are even little bottles of spirits and liqueurs you can sniff.
Once you’ve selected everything a bartender will then make a concoction for you, and a photographer will take a Polaroid picture of you with the recipe of your cocktail written on the back.
If all that sounds confusing, however, then you can always select a Farmers’ Market Special cocktail, where all you have to do is ask the bartenders for their recommendation – I’ve tasted the grass-infused bourbon sour, which is fantastic (the grass aroma is actually infused into the eggs), as well as the beetroot mojito, which – well, which tastes far too healthy.
Those who need a hangover cure in the evening can also opt for the DIY Bloody Mary stall, complete with various kinds of tomatoes and mustards for you to choose from. There’ll also be waiters walking around offering little flowerpots filled with edible soil and jelly worms.
To complete the farm ambience there’ll also be hay on the floor, hay-scented air blowing through the vents and country music mixed with the sound of farm animals – once you hear Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire interspersed with mooing, you’ll never think of it in the same way again.
Farmers’ Markets at Zeta Bar – Hilton Sydney, Level 4, 488 George Street, Sydney, from 6pm, see the Zeta Bar website). Cocktails from $18.