Clean, green, sustainable markets; and some that aren't

The extra-short month is coming to an end—so get ready to plunge right into the March market madness. On the agenda are a couple of new environmentally conscious marketplaces, some old vintage favourites, and buzzy food bazaars to keep you well-fed throughout the entire month. Shop away.

TGIF Free Tasting (Mar 1)

The Straits Wine Company gives us another reason to TGIF with its third and final TGIF Tasting session, happening at their Tai Seng Warehouse Outlet. Stimulate your senses from varieties of wines at the free tasting, or bag a couple of bottled bargains for your very own hoard at home.

Where: #01-07 Leong Huat Building, Harper Road

The Ethical Beauty Marketplace (Mar 2)

Establishments have been slowly shifting towards the concept of sustainability in terms of products and packaging in the recent years, and we’re all for it. Not sure how to begin with your selection of ethical cosmetics? Fret not. Organised by Beauty Uncovered, the revolutionary marketplace is your one-stop platform to connect with local ethical beauty brands and get tips on how to be as responsible for the environment as you would with your skin. Exchange swatched or lightly used products, explore the world of environmentally conscious local beauty names, and attend masterclasses with green brands like Luxe Botanics and Alcheme Skincare that highlight the salience of sustainability.

Where: Visual Arts Centre, #01-02, Dhoby Ghaut Green, 10 Penang Road

Mini Flea Market (Mar 3)

If you’re a lover of vintage toy collectibles, this should already be on your radar. Vintage boutique and cafe Old Habits is organising a mini flea market and swap meet for all kinds of vintage toys. Barter or buy vintage bootleg toys, tin toys, Cultural Revolution toys, and various other figurines and collectibles from avid vintage collectors and like-minded members of the public. You’re free to bring your own treasures to swap, or just have a poke around the big boys.

Where: Old Habits, 38 Telok Blangah Rise

Katong Square Lifestyle & Vintage Market March Edition (Mar 8-10)

Whether you're a vintage purveyor or a casual flea-goer, this market that runs every second weekend of the month is for you. You'll be sure to find a horde of booths lining Katong Square, hawking all things vintage—haute couture, home decor, keepsakes, jewellery, vinyl records and more. This month, look forward to street magic and live music from nine DJs helming the decks.

Where: Katong Square

GUI Farmers’ Market (Mar 16)

There truly isn’t anything like fresh, organic farm produce, and Ground-Up Initiative (GUI) is hosting its very first farmers’ market to prove just that. Emphasising on the re-invention of the Zero Waste in Foods concept, the market will be preparing a feast for the taste buds with a vege-based menu made almost entirely out of excess or ugly foods. For conscious shoppers, look forward to farm-fresh produce (from the likes of Zenxin Organic Food Singapore and Jurong Frog Farm), natural handmade products, engaging tours and games, and a Pretty Ugly Lunch that will require a ticket. Remember: It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Where: Kampung Kampus, 91 Lorong Chencharu

Food & Beverage Fair 2019 (Mar 21-24)

Up for a food coma? The straightforwardly named, largest food and beverage fair returns for its 16th edition, with over 200 exhibitors of delish eats. Choose wisely from the huge range of local, Asian and international offerings—including street snacks like baked truffle hotate from Japan, pineapple bakkwa, and the obligatory milk and fruit teas from Taiwan.

Where: Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sunday Social Market (Mar 24)

Sunday Social is returning to Camp Kilo Charcoal Club; and regulars, you know the drill—great nosh, delicious craft beers, local brands and some good ol' house. Kick back with a hearty Camp Kilo roast before you browse artisanal bakers, interior decor, fashion accessories and local crafted goods available.

Where: Camp Kilo Charcoal Club

Boutique Fairs Singapore (Mar 29-31)

Think 300 brands, two floors and over 6000 sq m of curated fashion-centric collections. Boutique Fairs Singapore brings Spring and Summer to the table with exquisite seasonal fashion, lifestyle and home decor finds. With clothing, shoes, accessories, books, food and beverage stands, and even communal social cafes for the eco-conscious consumers, Boutique Fair is the place to be to get some shopping done with the fam.

Where: The F1 Pit Building, 1 Republic Blvd

Feast Up! (Mar 30)

Attention, all Northsiders. It’s finally your time to shine, with this blessing of a pop-up culinary fair nestled in the heart of Woodlands. Put together by Buddhist organisation BW Monastery, Feast Up! will feature local creative makers, artisan vendors and curated performances by young artistes. Instagrammable food, enticing vegetarian cuisines and artisanal products await—particularly if you’re young, hipster, or a heartlander.

Where: BW Monastery Hall of Jewels (Level 4), 1 Woodlands Drive 16