Vegetarian, Greek-inspired food
Halouminati Fries, pita bread, feta, hommus. What more do you need!See our handpicked guides to Newcastle
We chatted with Candice from The Haloumi Hut about her and her husband's Greek-inspired market stall.
This one had us at haloumi...can not wait to check it out this weekend, yum!!!
How long have you had The Haloumi Hut for?
Our first market was in September 2017 at a little café on the Central Coast. Since then we've been blown away by the amount of support we have received from our community and our business is growing at such an awesome rate!
What are your career backgrounds? Have you had a market stall before?
My partner Stel has had a range of careers from construction, mortgage management to most recently nursing. 20 years ago he ran a vintage clothes stall at Glebe Markets and since then has always loved the vibes that markets bring.
I have been in hospitality for 10 years, mostly as a waitress and am currently studying psychology full time. I ran a stall at Avoca Markets for a friend who runs a local sustainable business and also fell in love with the way in which markets operate and the manner in which we all relate to and bond with each other.
Where did the idea for The Haloumi Hut start?
Our business ideas all started 6 years ago when we first met. Stel had been eating Haloumi his whole life as he is of Greek-Egyptian decent, but I had never had it! He would cook it up for me at all hours of the night and day and we really bonded over our love of good quality, delicious food.
It wasn't until early last year when we saw a real need for good quality, handmade vegetarian market stalls that we decided to take the leap and dedicate
our lives to this new adventure. We love to eat mostly vegetarian food so it was something we were really passionate about carrying through to our
business. Our pastry, dolmades, hommus/tzatziki and greek donut recipes are all Stel's family recipes so we take great pride in what we cook, create
and how it appears visually.
We also choose to source as much produce from local farmers and fruit and vegie shops as possible. We are passionate about supporting local business and do so wherever we can. We have chosen to buy Australian made Haloumi as opposed to Cypriot Haloumi to reduce the carbon footprint and aim to be as free of single-use plastics as possible. All of our plates and cutlery are 100% biodegradable and made from either recycled materials or sugar cane fibre. Any food scraps that we have is either composted or fed to our chickens!
Basically, we only serve food that we enjoy eating ourselves and would be proud to serve up for our family and friends.
What can we expect to see on the menu? What is the most popular?
When we began our Graze Boxes were definitely the most popular. In the Graze Box you get; Pita Bread, Side Salad, Spanakopita (spinach and feta pastry), Tiropita ( Feta, cracked pepper and mint pastry), Dolmades ( Vine leaves wrapped in a vegan vegetable rice filling) Tzatziki, Hommus and a Haloumi Stick.
I would have to say however that our Halouminati Fries are probably the most popular now! We hand crumb each individual chip, meaning you can really taste how fresh they are and how much love goes into every chip!
We are about to launch a new Vegan Graze Box and Loukemades which are Greek Donuts ( and will also have a vegan version) . They are both seriously delicious and we cannot wait to share more family recipes with our awesome customers!
Are you guys from Newcastle? What do you like best about Newcastle? OR if not, what are looking forward to about The Olive Tree Markets?
We are from the Central Coast NSW. We absolutely love the Hunter Valley, it is actually where we went for our first mini vacation together and adore both the countryside and the people that are lucky enough to call that gorgeous area home!
We are soo excited to be at Olive Tree Markets this weekend. We know that OTM has an amazing reputation for its boutique, handcrafted and gourmet stalls, so for us it really is an honour to be able to be part of an amazing experience. The way that they promote their markets aligns with our values; passion and soul. We can't wait to meet the local and engage with the community that has loved and supported Olive Tree Markets for all these years.