Live it up in Eumundi in March
EVERYONE is invited to the 40th birthday of the iconic Eumundi Markets where the unusual is often found whether it's craftwork, fashion, jewellery, food, art or entertainment.
The official birth date of the unique markets is March 23, but the market managers are promising to keep the Saturday markets bursting with a lot of added experiences for the whole of March.
From 7am until 2pm each Saturday, no matter the weather, the markets offer an incredible selection of hand-made products.
It's been my go-to place for many years when I have wanted to find something special, something out of the ordinary or something made with care and love, to gift to a friend or family member.
While cruising the stalls, about 650 of them, it's easy to be distracted by the sounds of local entertainers or the aroma of freshly baked food calling you to sit under one of the glorious leafy trees and slow-eat whatever takes your fancy while watching the eclectic world go by.
It's an ageless experience with the grandkids enjoying the markets just as much as grandparents.
The market ethos is 'make it, bake it, sew it, grow it'. For 40 years, since it started with three stalls and eight visitors, the market offerings have been an embraced by locals and visitors. It now claims a visitor rate of 1.2 million people each year.
Market operations manager Jan Ammitzbol describes the markets as exciting and vibrant, ever-growing and ever-changing. "It's the place to be," she said. "The markets support so many local businesses.
"The stallholders are here rain, hail or shine. They always arrive with great new products and ideas. There are amazing things here you won't find elsewhere." There are even a handful of stallholders that are still selling at the markets even after close to 40 years.
Stepping out from the market area the relaxed town of Eumundi remains quaint and well worth exploring.
A smaller market offering is open every Wednesday from 8am until 1pm.
There is plenty of paid-parking close by to the markets and some coach companies do Saturday tours to Eumundi.
For more details, go to eumundimarkets.com.au.