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Melissa Hemsley’s cooking classes will be taking place at Mercato Metropolitano this Saturday 25th January with tickets £40pp + booking fee. All proceeds from Melissa’s classes will be going to the Australian Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW and The Salvation Army’s Bushfire Appeal.

During the session, Hemsley will be showcasing recipes from her latest book, Eat Green, including Spiced Carrot and Lentil Stew with Whipped Feta and Fried Garlic Lemon Broccoli as well as Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Melissa’s classes are just part of a weekend of activities organised by The Cause founder Elise Gibbons and London’s first sustainable community food market, Mercato Metropolitano. The weekend’s line-up includes cooking classes from Circuloop founder Ranald Schulz, a pop-up Australian-inspired food stall, Australian themed cocktails by the Jim & Tonic distillery, plus an exclusive on-site prize draw featuring some outstanding prizes at The Grocery within Mercato Metropolitano.

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Prizes donated to the on-site prize draw, which takes place from 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday, includes a host of prizes donated in kind Bauer Media, Birchbox, Camp Bestival, Charlotte Simone, The Walt Disney Company, Mandarin Oriental, Cineworld, Miller Harris, Pat McGrath Labs, Odeon Cinemas, KLR Photography, Empire Cinemas, Tasty and Shisedo.

Gin lovers, Jim & Tonic, who distil their own small batch handcrafted gin at their permanent bar and distillery at Mercato Metropolitano, will be selling their specially created Australian cocktails, The Sheila and The Bruce, during the weekend.

The Cause founder and event organiser Elise Gibbons says “Being an Australian and this far from home I wanted to organise something that not only helped raise money for the ongoing relief efforts but let the Australian people know we were thinking of them during this time. I thank Mercato Metropolitano for letting us host The Cause over Australia Day weekend at their incredible market. The response from the individuals and organisations we have reached out to for support has been incredible and I want to thank all the below for their time, commitment and generosity. BBPR, Jim & Tonic, Melissa Hemsley, Once Upon a Time, Ranald Schulz, TEA Entertain and The Walt Disney Company.

“We are delighted to be hosting The Cause over Australia Day at Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant in Castle” says Andrea Rasca, Chief Executive Dreamer and Founder, Mercato Metropolitano. “At MM, we believe in creating a community of people that share a passion — here, we are bringing people together who are passionate about food to support a very important cause.”

“In MM we love and care about our planet, and we can’t downplay the role of global heating in the devastating Australian bushfires. We hope that this nationwide disaster will prompt the Australian government and other nations to take action urgently and fight the Climate Crisis. It has been awful to see the devastation that the bushfires have caused, and we hope that the money raised through The Cause this weekend will be able to make a difference.”