The ‘We Hate Gluten Festival’ is hitting Bowen Hills this weekend!

Has gluten become your foe? Or have you simply conformed to the dictation of Australian café culture preaching gluten is naughty?

Well! Whether you’re gluten intolerant, a gluten hater, or you just love food (hands up!), this festival is for you.

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This weekend, food truck park and bar ‘Welcome to Bowen Hills’ are hosting an entire foodie festival of gluten free food. Strictly no gluten allowed – they’re simply not invited. This is a free event, even your fur babies are welcome to come along.

Don’t miss out on gluten free donuts, tacos and even booze! We will definitely be there.

Food trucks and stalls attending the ‘We Hate Gluten Festival’

SATURDAY:                         SUNDAY:
Neshama                             Mr Burger Brisbane
Tibetan Momo                  Tibetan Momo
Rolls Pho Mi                       Spud The Food Truck
Wing Fix                               Curry in a Cone
London Spuds                    Paco’s Tacos
Gluten Free Donuts         Gluten Free Donuts
The Wurst Dogs

When: April 21-22

Where: Welcome to Bowen Hills (631 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills 4006)

A note from Welcome to Bowen Hills* Due to the nature of food trucks, we encourage any coeliac to speak directly with the trader about their food options to ensure their food preparation is in line with diet requirements.

For more information click here. 

Fremantle Markets Fluffy Lamb selected among leading overseas restaurants to boast Indonesian culinary

18486160_426095364418302_1668574677843359068_n Fremantle Markets Fluffy Lamb selected among leading overseas restaurants to boast Indonesian culinaryFremantle Market’s beloved food stall ‘Fluffy Lamb’ has been selected as one of 10 Indonesian overseas restaurants to be an official partner of Indonesia’s Tourism Ministry’s new campaign ‘Wonderful Indonesia’.

The criteria saw Fluffy Lamb befit the title of an overseas Indonesian restaurant whose cooking and service has been tested and trusted by the Indonesian Gastronomic team that promotes Indonesian culinary.

Fluffy Lamb’s food has made quite the mark in Perth – and rightly so.

Indonesian born foodie, Tony Darwinto, has taken the dishes he grew up with, and deliciously delivered them to Australian market goers.

“Indonesian food is very diverse from one location to another, in my early childhood I was blessed to be born and raised in Sumatra, where most dishes have strong, spicy and colourful flavours,” said Mr Darwinto.

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Having lived in both Jakarta and Sumatra during his childhood, Mr Darwinto was lucky enough to be exposed to many of the thousands of different recipes that Indonesia has to offer.

As a child, he begun memorising the different dishes he tasted while dining with his family.

By year one in primary school, Mr Darwinto was in the kitchen experimenting with his traditional cultural cuisine.

“For years, my parents have always been supportive of my effort no matter how many chickens and fish I burnt, or how much oil and spices I wasted,” said Mr Darwinto.

“I would sit and watch cooking shows with my mum, I would ask the waiters at restaurants or street stalls about the dishes that I ate.”

After coming to Australia, Mr Darwinto recognised that even though Indonesia is Australia’s closest neighbour, there is a lack of Indonesian culinary presence.

“Indonesia has many dishes that people still do not know, my wife and I wanted to be the culinary bridge for these two cultures to meet.”

Mr Darwinto and his wife began this foodie venture at pop up markets.

They noted that the process of choosing their business’s name was a long one.

While wanting to acknowledge the cuisine they were serving up, they also wanted to differ from those already in the market, which were familiar names like Jakarta and Bali.

They finally came up with the name ‘Fluffy Goat’, however resolved to changing it to ‘Fluffy Lamb’ to align with Australian culture.

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“During my initial investigation, I found that goat meat is not the most popular protein in Australia unlike Indonesia, so I switched to the best alternative, lamb,” said Mr Darwinto.

During Fluffy Lamb’s early days, a selection team member from the ‘Wonderful Indonesia’ campaign tried Mr Darwinto’s cooking.

Though at the time, they were unaware that this team member was searching for potential candidates.

“That was the beginning of our journey,” said Mr Darwinto.

If you would like to indulge in some of Fluffy Lamb’s fine cooking, you can visit their stall at Fremantle Market (The Yard) on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (on public holidays only).

The Darwinto’s value their customers and encourage all market goers to try their food, calling them ‘fluffy friends’.

From the source itself – don’t miss out on the BMW (Bone MarroW Rice) with grilled lamb, or the KamaSuTra Charcoal Grilled Fish. They’re a fave!

Check out Fluffy Lamb at
https://www.facebook.com/fluffylamb.perth1/
https://www.instagram.com/fluffylamb.perth

Rise and shine for the best breakfast at these South East Queensland markets

Eagle Farm Markets – Every Sunday 7am – 12:30pm

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Photo – Eagle Farm Markets

These guys play host to stalls that know how to take breakfast to a whole new level. Fruit salad in a pineapple? Mushroom eggs benny? Flaky golden pastries? They’ve got it all covered!

This market is located at the beautiful heritage listed Eagle Farm Racecourse in Ascot. The fresh food hub boasts over 100 stalls each week, serving up a foodie dream. Head on down and start your morning with a good brew, enjoy a plethora of breakfast options and be entertained by local artists.

Jan Power’s Farmers Market – See their website for full times and dates
http://www.janpowersfarmersmarkets.com.au/

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Jan Power’s Farmers Markets pride themselves as an icon of Brisbane’s food scene. The markets place an emphasis on quality local produce. Every week, over 300 growers are present, showcasing their flavours. For an open-air market that houses artisan goods, fresh farm produce, and French delicacies, Jan’s your girl! Did I mention there is vegan, gluten free cooking dough? That’s a breakfast food, right?

Hinterland Harvest Market – Every Saturday 7am – 12am Woombye

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The Hinterland Harvest Market are on a mission to showcase the array of chemical free and organic produce from both the local and the wider farming community. The market nurtures the connection between farmers, consumers and local food systems. This impressive community event has been running for over 15 years, providing a space for foodies to enjoy the best creations of the hinterland region.

Palm Beach Currumbin Farmers Market – Every Saturday 6am – 11:30am

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Photo – Palm Beach Currumbin Market

Rain, hail or shine, this market serves up one for all with gluten free, sugar free and vegan options galore. Head to Currumbin State High School every Saturday for a breakfast that may include but is not limited to ice cream – it’s healthy, we promise! If you’re not yet convinced, there is also smoothie and acai bowls that look too good to eat. Got you yet?

MiO’s Buckwheat Wraps – Follow their Instagram at @mio_wrap for times and locations

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You’re right, this is not a market, but it is one marketstall that has raised the bar for healthy market bites. We won’t be surprised if you have already found yourself lining up for a MiO wrap at your local market, because how good are they?! This team roll a Buckwheat wrap crisped to perfection, filled to the brim with your favourite salads, sauces and other fillings. Don’t miss out on breakfast with these guys at the weekend markets!

Ceramics Hobby Turns Into Dream Career For Aleisa Byfield

A day in the life of Aleisa Byfield is full of getting her hands into the clay, busying herself with other tasks of handcrafting ceramics, and answering the demands of a small business.

Aleisa fell in love with this creative scape in 2013 after learning and experimenting at her local craft centre where members shared their knowledge and experience with one another.

“I have been inspired by the fragile, seductive and receptive nature of clay, I have immersed myself in furthering my knowledge and relishing in the endless possibilities of ceramics, particularly for self-exploration and expression,” she said.

Aleisa has become deeply passionate about using clay as a voice to help creative change and for social justice issues.

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In 2016, her love for ceramics flourished into a business – Aleisa Byfield Artisan.

Though before Aleisa began ceramics, she originally saw herself outside of the creative industries.

After high school, she spent many years as a Legal Secretary/Assistant in both Australia and the UK.

While this work provided her with valuable skills and experience, she knew in her heart that she needed to spend her time doing something more meaningful that was in line with her purpose.

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“I started giving my time to volunteer organisations and working in a variety of not-for-profit organisations to see what was a good fit for me before finding my place as a Crisis Support Officer at Lifeline,” she said.

While Aleisa’s business venture has turned into a fulltime gig, she is still a passionate volunteer with Lifeline.

“My business provides a therapeutic outlet to help me deal with such challenging but rewarding experiences.”

Though her ventures don’t stop there. Her busy schedule also includes work as a beekeeper’s assistant.

She told AUZi that this involves assisting with whatever the master bee keeper requires.

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“Many things such as assisting with hive inspections, splitting hives, honey uncapping and extraction, comb honey cutting, wax filtering, honey bottling and labelling, honey sales, swarm capture and colony removals.”

Not to forget, Aleisa also does the ordering, research and marketing for the honey business as well!

Though Aleisa’s day is a busy one at that, she believes her ventures have brought her pretty close to living the dream!

“I am grateful that I get to work for myself and have the space and time to be creative and be flexible to be able to deal with life’s challenges,” she said.

Like every business journey, one doesn’t travel that road without their unique challenges.

“My biggest challenge is creating and enforcing good boundaries and also finding time for self-care which has been really difficult for me with juggling both businesses whilst being at home.

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“When I can get myself into a more balanced routine, then I would say I am living my dream!”

At AUZi Marketstall Insurance, we’ve watched many small businesses thrive in the marketstall scene over the years.

Whether the marketplace is to showcase your idea, or you seek to prosper into a large company, businesses gain creative, marketing, management, and customer service skills by operating this little doorway to their career dream – a marketstall.

Aleisa has loved engaging with the general community and fellow stallholders.

“As others interact with you, ask questions, and give feedback, it helps you learn and grow.

“I also feel it’s important to support other makers who put their energy, heart and soul into creating and sharing their products with the community,” she said.

Thus, she assures she has the time to chat with other creatives, appreciates them and encourages their special talents.

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Aleisa Byfield Artisan is on the road to becoming a market veteran and has some words of wisdom for those wanting to try their hand at the market scene.

“Preparation really is key – stalls are like mini pop up shops now and customers have come to expect beautifully decorated stalls which are a reflection of you and your brand.

She emphasises that while sales are of course important, it’s not all about making sales on the day.

“It’s also about interacting, showing what you create, and exposure for your business.

“Make people remember you and what you create so they think of you next time or sometime down the track.”

Aleisa Byfields creative talents and business mind have allowed her to utilise the marketplace as a platform to plant, water, and grow her business.

You can follow Aleisa Byfield Artisan on social media to find out what markets she will be attending –

Instagram: www.instagram.com/aleisabyfield.artisan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aleisa-Byfield-Artisan-813933628808749/

 

Bunya Festival brings Indigenous tradition back to the Southern Downs

A Southern Downs community gathered at the weekend to revive an Indigenous gathering that dates back to traditional times.

The Bunya Festival was traditionally a large gathering among many Aboriginal people who would travel hundreds of kilometers on foot. The event was held in the Bunya Mountains during the harvest of the Bunya Nut.

It was attended by the Githabal/Geynyan people from around Warwick, to exchange music, goods, stories, and to enjoy the Bunya Nut.

As Aboriginal stories like this are today generally neglected, the community were seeking a way to bring a positive and informative experience to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

This reconstruction of the Bunya Festival in 2018 sought to recognise and reconstruct the culture, history and ideas of Aboriginal people.

Dan Williams and Abbey Scanlan attended the festival with their children, while also contributing to the running of one of the market stalls.

“The Bunya Festival was a great turn out, to revive the traditional festival what a clever idea,” Dan said.

“There definitely should be more events showcasing our traditional Aboriginal culture throughout Australia,” he said.

Abbey believes the event was great for children.

“It gets them involved in learning our culture, it’s good to see them growing up while being familiar and proud of this very unique culture we have.”

“Having the Gecko and reptile man there was a fantastic idea, showing the kids our native animals in real life instead of only seeing them in books was a great experience for them,” she said.

Both Dan and his young family enjoyed the day – “I can’t wait to be more a part of it next year as the Waringh Waringh Bunya Festival is a very important event in our community.”

AUZi attended the festival at the weekend, and have returned to the screen to share the following gallery of a great community event.

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Photo – Mya Williams with Mum , Abbey Scanlan, having her face painted
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A Southern Downs Community are reconstructing an Ancient Aboriginal gathering this weekend!  

An event that once saw many Indigenous families travel hundreds of kilometres on foot is back on March 10 and 11, to recognise and re-construct the culture, history and ideas of Aboriginal people.

In traditional times, the Bunya Festival was a large gathering in the Bunya Mountains – West of Toowoomba. The gathering was held as an exchange of music, stories, goods, and to enjoy the harvest of the delicious Bunya Nut. It was attended by the Githabal/Geynyan people from around Warwick.

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As Aboriginal stories like the Bunya Festival are today generally neglected, the community were looking for a way to bring a positive and informative experience to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Bunya Festival Committee member, David Parsons, talks about how the idea for the revival of the tradition came about. “We thought well we’ll have a reconstruction of this gathering, let’s have a day where we do some of the things that they used to do in traditional times,” he said.

What better way to unite a community than by including all in the story telling of an ancient tradition – and you’re all invited!

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Source – Cicada Woman

David Parsons, highlights the importance of the event.

“It’s an opportunity for people to learn that Indigenous culture was much richer and more complex than what many are led to believe,” he said.

“So, we’re trying to change this way of thinking.”

The two-day program features some must see activities, entertainment and of course an extensive range of foods made with traditional ingredients like the Bunya Nut itself.

Mr Parsons said the committee have organised for many Indigenous rangers and other Indigenous leaders to teach about country and discuss the issues surrounding Indigenous peoples today.

It will be the third year that the Bunya Festival has returned to Queensland, though the first for the second day of the Festival.

Entry to the Festival is $10 for adults, $5 for high schoolers, and Free for primary and younger. The second day of the event is free and will see attendees going into the bush and learning about country. The gathering aims to promote reconciliation while bringing Indigenous knowledge back to the area.

The Bunya Festival will be held at a property in the mountains by a picturesque flowing creek. The address is Cicada Woman, Nyalar Mirungan-ah Nature Refuge, 49 Mailmans Rd., North Branch, Qld 4370.

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Source – Waringh Waringh Bunya Festival Facebook Group

The gathering is open to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with activities and entertainment catered to all ages.

AUZi encourage you to all check out the revival of this historical Aboriginal tradition.

For a full program of the Bunya Festivals artists, events and times, click here.

For any further information head to the Waringh Waringh Bunya Festival Facebook group.

The Christmas Markets You Need To Hit This December

Whether you celebrate Christmas tongs in hand by the BBQ, or going to visit family in your rusty Holden Ute, it’s no doubt that Christmas time is beaut! Christmas in Australia is unique, with much of the world celebrating a white Christmas during their Winter. But not us! We get to spend it by the pool, at the beach with a coldie, celebrating under the sun with Family.

The line-up for Australian markets this December will have you doing just that! It’s time for a market haul to kick off the Christmas season. So, here are our picks for Christmas Markets this December! Is your city on the list?

Queensland

Stones Corner Christmas Market
3 December – Free Entry – Logan Road at Stones Corner, Brisbane

Stones Corner are bringing Santa to town! You’ll be in Christmas gift haven with plenty to choose from at this market, there’s something for everyone. With over 100 stalls, even your family dog can enjoy the afternoon with specialty pet food treats on sale.

For more information head to
https://www.facebook.com/StonesCornerMarket/

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South Bank’s Christmas Village  
15-23 December – Free Entry – South Bank, Brisbane

Brace yourselves Brisbane, South Bank Parklands will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland for 9 days of festive celebrations. This event of the year will feature different sections including a gift market, village beats and carols by twilight, village train, holly jolly kids and even a beach cinema – featuring only the best Christmas movies of all time!

For more information head to
http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/south-bank/whats-on/free/south-banks-christmas-village?sc_lang=en-au

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New South Wales

Moonee Food Truck Christmas Festival  
9 December – Free Entry – Moonee Beach Tavern

Taste Coffs Coast are giving you the opportunity to indulge in some locals eats from food trucks and food stalls. Surrounded by market stalls, live music and Christmas carols, you’ll be sure to enjoy this one with your loved ones! The night will finish off with the Australian Eagles Show. So go on down, enjoy some craft beer, wine, and delicious local foods.

For more information head to
https://www.facebook.com/tastecoffscoast/

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Chatswood Mall Christmas Market
9-22 December (excluding Wednesday 13 December) – Free Entry – Chatswood Mall Sydney

Visited by more than 30,000 people daily, Chatswood is a bustling mall precinct that will become a Christmas hub full of delectable freshly prepared food from around the globe, high quality arts, crafts, fashion, and exciting musical entertainment. Let Chatswood Mall take you around the world with their touch of International culture!

For more information head to
https://www.facebook.com/ChatswoodMallMarket

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Victoria

Night at the Nicholas: Summer Edition
7 December – Free Entry (Pick up an event map and a cup of mulled wine on your way in for a small donation) – Nicholas Building, Melbourne

This is a unique one that you simply cannot miss! A pop-up night market across nine storeys of artists, boutique retail, milliners, jewellers, illustrators, galleries, architects, tech design innovators, fashion, tarot, and craft. The Nicholas Building will open the doors to its beautifully preserved art deco for you to explore their winding corridors, and discover the hidden gems not regularly open to the public.

For more information head to
http://nicholasbuilding.org.au/#event

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Piccadilly Christmas Market
3 December – Adults: $2 Kids: Free – Deakin University Waterfront campus, Geelong

You’re bound to finish your Christmas shopping here, with over 100 stallholders at the market. Shop handmade jewellery, crafts, homemade chutneys, teas, and many other perfect gift ideas!

For more information head to
http://www.piccadillymarket.com.au/

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Tasmania

Niche Christmas Market (‘Nichemas’)
2 December – Free Entry – Launceston

Launceston is being blessed with a European style artisan Christmas market! St. Giles have promised a once in a life time, gorgeous, shopping experience not to be missed. You’re sure to find presents for even those hard to buy for family and friends.

For more information head to
http://www.stgiles.org.au/events

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South Australia

Christkindlmarkt
15-17 December – Free Entry – Hahndorf

The German town of Hahndorf will be hosting a German style Christmas market. It will capture the essence of community, celebration, fun, laughter and family, just like in many cities in Europe over the Christmas period, but in a warm Aussie setting. Indulge in festive food, drinks, and shopping throughout over 50 stalls.

For more information head to
http://christkindlmarkt.com.au/

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Carclew Dusk Arts Market
7 December – Gold coin donation – Carclew, North Adelaide

Carclew’s beautiful house and grounds will play host to a bustling festive market. After devouring dinner from a selection of food trucks, shop for bespoke Christmas gifts from stalls featuring visual art, jewellery, and fashion by a variety of emerging and established South Australian artists. The main stage will feature many live music and entertainment acts!

For more information head to
http://carclew.com.au/

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Northern Territory

Christmas Carnival
1 December – Free Entry – Alice Springs

The red centre in the heart of Australia will be bustling with festive fun and Christmas cheer. The city will come alive with buskers and performers to entertain a night under the stars. Shop Christmas gifts galore throughout the plethora of market stalls at the carnival.

For more information head to
http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/events/christmas-carnival

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Territory Wildlife Park Christmas Market
3 December – Free Entry – Territory Wildlife Park

Not far from Darwin, The Territory Wildlife Park will be hosting their 5th annual Christmas Market! Don’t miss a chance to meet Santa, and peruse the variety of market stalls!

For more information head to
http://www.territorywildlifepark.com.au/

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Western Australia

Bazaar
1-3 December – Adults: $2 Kids: Free – Fremantle

Established in 1979, Bazaar is Western Australia’s best Christmas Market. Known for its three-day shopping extravaganza, you can shop from more than 50 local artisans showcasing their wares. This is where you will score unique WA-designed gifts for your loved ones!

For more information head to
https://www.facebook.com/fremantleartscentre

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Kent Street Stalls – Christmas Event
10 December – Free Entry – Rockingham

Kent Street Stalls are a local Rockingham indoor market. They will be holding their Christmas event for you to browse their unique stalls, and get that Christmas shopping down pat!

For more information head to
http://rockingham.wa.gov.au/Events/2017/December/Kent-Street-Stalls-Christmas-Event

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The Markets You Need To Hit This November

The line-up for Australian markets this November consists of some seriously alluring events! I’m sure you’re all bracing yourselves for the coming warmer months, and what better way to kick off Summer than cooling down with the latest icy desserts, or a market haul to prepare you for the Christmas season. So, here are our picks for November! Is your city on the list?

Queensland

Hand Made Under the Stars
30 November 2017 – Free Entry – Toowoomba

The Garden City is being blessed with a twilight artisan market. Get your mates together because it’s time for a glass of wine, listening to live music under the stars. Hand Made Under the Stars will feature unique stalls from more than 50 local artisans. Shop gourmet food, clothing, ceramics and more.

For more information head to http://www.cobbandco.qm.qld.gov.au/Events+and+Exhibitions/Events/2017/11/Hand+Made+Under+the+Stars+2017#.WfDM5GiCzIU

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Hot 91.1 Ignite Chilli Festival
25 November – Free Entry – Caloundra

Brace yourselves Sunshine Coast, for the inaugural Chilli Festival! This ‘spicy’ day out will be filled with live and street entertainment, cooking demonstrations and a plethora of unique chilli stalls.

For more information head to
https://www.ignitechillifestival.com.au/

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New South Wales

Eden Whale Festival
3 November – 5 November – Free Entry – Eden

The annual Eden Whale festival is back to highlight the southern migration of the Humpback and other whales. On this weekend you can get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures! Or enjoy the street parade and markets bustling with local artisans. This is one for all of the family to enjoy!

For more information head to

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Wollongong Twilight Markets
3 November – Free Entry – Wollongong

Overlook the Wollongong Harbour, and breathe in that fresh sea air while enjoying the best food and beverage from local stall holders. Buskers and artists at attendance are sure to make it one to remember. This Twilight Market operates on the first Friday evening of each month from October through to March.

For more information head to
http://corrimalrotary.org.au/

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Victoria

Mansfield Bush Market
4 November – Free Entry – Mansfield

This community event is only run on four long weekends throughout the year! It’s run privately and not-for-profit, with all proceeds going back to the Mansfield Community! It’s not hard supporting this worthy event when there are 175 stalls of goods from fresh local produce to clothes.

For more information head to
https://www.mansfieldbushmarket.com.au/

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Rod Run Rotary Market
12 November – Free Entry – Bright

Besides an entire field of only the coolest cars, Bright’s iconic Show and Shine offers something for everyone. Craft? Skincare? Clothing? Food? Yep! They’ve got you.

For more information head to
http://www.brightrotary.org.au/markets.html

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Tasmania

Street Eats @ Franko
3 November (weekly November-April) – Free Entry – Hobart

Street Eats @ Franko are here to make sure you’ve tasted all the scrumptious creations from strictly Tasmanian food connoisseurs. We must say, this is foodie heaven so lickity split it’s time to feast!

For more information head to
https://www.facebook.com/StreetEatsFranko/

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Niche Market
18 November – Free Entry – Burnie

Niche has returned after a successful 2016 inauguration, and with a good cause! The market supports Autism Specific Early Learning & Care Centre in Burnie. Enjoy a morning out with loved ones sifting through the beautiful goods of local artisans.

For more information head to
http://www.stgiles.org.au/events

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South Australia

BowerBird Design Market
24, 25, 26 November – Entry $5, Children 12 and under free – Wayville

A weekend for all to enjoy with the work of over 170 of the best Australian artists and designers on show. The prized design event is only run twice a year, with Novembers pre-Christmas event being the launch of Spring/Summer collections.

For more information head to
https://bowerbird.net.au/

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Raine and Horne Semaphore Street Fair
26 November – Free Entry – Semaphore

Semaphore goes into lockdown, closing Semaphore road from the Esplanade to Swan Terrace for their once a year street fair! You will not only find over 250 market stalls, but also kids amusements, belly dancing, and even a man cave!

For more information head to
http://semaphorestreetfair.com.au/

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Photo credit – Semaphore Street Fair

Northern Territory

“I AM” Twilight Arts Festival & Markets
9 November – Free Entry – Alice Springs

A night under the stars will have you enjoying live music and entertainments, amazing art works and much more. Don’t miss this one to remember at the heart of Australia!

For more information head to
http://www.alicesprings.nt.gov.au/events/2017-11-09/i-am-twilight-arts-festival-markets

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Wrapt in Christmas Market
18 November – Free Entry – Alice Springs

Dedicated to handmade local art, craft and design, you’re sure to find your loved ones Chrissy pressies at this event! If it’s not made local, you won’t find it at this market. Come along and support local businesses.

For more information head to
http://centralcraft.org.au/events/wrapt-in-christmas-2016

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Western Australia

Hawkers Markets
3 and 10 November – Free Entry – Armadale

Love great food, culture and live music? Then this market has you covered! Indulge in exotic cuisines from food trucks galore!

For more information head to
https://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/events/hawkers-markets

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Christmas Market – Perth Makers Market
17 November – Free Entry – Perth CBD

Celebrate the turning on of the Christmas lights with Perth Makers Market! Indulge in some yummy treats while wandering the endless crafts, homewares, jewellery and much more. You’re bound to be finished your Christmas shopping after a night here!

For more information head to
https://perthmakersmarket.com.au/

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Sell your service at the markets with these top tips!

Hot cinnamon donuts, steaming hot paella… fresh food, the smell of the weekend markets has hit me as I walk through those gates. Waft that under my nostrils and boom! You’ve got yourself a sale.

As I walk on down the market alley, a half-eaten cinnamon donut in one hand, wallet in the other, my peripheral vision catches the bright colours of a dream catcher – Oh I must have that! Relatable?

It’s quite clear that those selling tangible products are one step ahead of the game when it comes to appealing to customers. You could have me sold on an item in seconds after seeing it, but if you tell me you can braid my hair to perfection or pipe out the most beautiful henna design – how am I to believe you so quickly?

It seems there’s a plethora of advice that can be found online that provides tips on how to sell tangible products, though very little information on how to sell something you can’t simply show your customer.

Here are some tips our research tells us are your starting point when selling a service at the markets.

Display your service as you would a product
Get creative! Your customers need to see that you know your stuff. Put together some detailed fact sheets about your service to hand out to customers. Frame or provide some photos of the result of previous services you’ve sold. Everyone loves browsing through photo flip books, and why not throw in a before and after comparison! Plus – it’s the easiest way to provide tangible evidence of just how amazing your service is!

Make sure your customers know what they’re getting
Are the products you use organic? Are they handmade? Do you provide free consultations? Australian made? Write down a few points that you believe add value to the service you provide, and display them up front in your stall.

3, 2, 1…Action!
Show your service doing its thing! Whether it be by displaying videos on your iPad, conducting a live demonstration or free samples, there are many ways you can engage with your customers. Do you cater for weddings? Bring along some enticing taste testers, everyone loves cake!

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Everything’s better when it’s free!
Or so they say.. I know a competition is a sure-fire way to attract a customer’s attention. Not only is it a novelty to receive freebies, but the excitement that comes along with offering a prize is also a winner in the eyes of a customer.

Make friends with market goers
You may be a little disadvantaged when it comes to alluring customers into your stall, though at least you’re one up to those that purely sell online. Use this benefit to your best advantage by building a relationship with your customers. Put a smile on your face, be enthusiastic and excited about what you do – though not too over the top. Wow your customers into trusting that you offer a reputable service. Remember – just like friends, customers also like feeling important and appreciated.

Mates Rates!
Can your service be offered up in a package? Give your customers the opportunity to purchase more in a bundle, and save a bit of cash than they would buying them separately. They will appreciate getting more bang for their buck!

 

 

What they don’t tell you about running your own Business

I’ve come to realise that the only place more hectic than a business owner’s daily schedule is picking the kids up from school at 3pm!

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You’ve got emails shooting out your ears, meetings you must attend, taxes, invoices, orders to make, and not to mention the attempt to provide immaculate customer service. You could tackle all of the ‘How to run a business 101’ tutorials and blogs across every social platform, but there’s nothing to prepare you for the real deal.

The lifelong dream of ‘being your own boss’ certainly comes with its advantages, though many are unprepared for the truth that they actually won’t have more spare time than their regular job. I mean I’m definitely working on a ‘How to run the show without actually doing much’ guide, though I’ve just not accomplished that magic recipe as of yet… Oh wouldn’t it be lovely!

We want you to know that it is hard! And you’re handling it well! Of course, we don’t know every in and out of running a business… but we hope what we do know will deliver you some relief.

It will all get too much – There will be times where you feel as if you’ve just done a triathlon, you go numb and don’t even realise that you’re actually still running it! What we must tell you is – if you don’t want to lose your mind, listen to your body and honour its wishes. Half Time!

Morning will come and you will want to run in the opposite direction –  AKA, quitting. Everyone has moments where they doubt their ability to keep pushing. Because let’s be real, spontaneously scooting off to the Bahamas sounds like a to die for escape. Realistically…Not going to land you your dream career! Unless you’re a travel blogger or something of course. Take a moment ad remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.

You will wish that 30 hour days were a thing – Unfortunately, we can’t rub a magic lamp and wish for those extra few hours (apparently, Genie’s don’t exist). Try not to overwhelm yourself, adopt some time management skills, and be realistic about what you can achieve in a day’s work. This way you will be able to hit these goals instead of setting impractical tasks that will leave you feeling as if you’re getting further and further behind.

Email is the devil, we know – Your inbox will come across as a never ending black hole, and it probably is to be honest. I find myself spending far too much time answering emails than doing what I love. Make sure your spam folder is in working order, and if emails aren’t urgent they can wait a few days for a personal reply. Do more of what you signed up for, even if that means your inbox is creeping past 2000. Don’t let that electronic dinging noise rule your life!

Marketing appears to have become a very important skill you know nothing about – It’s hard to believe that your product won’t sell itself, you’re an innovative genius after all. We would love to spend our days knitting cute little baby mittens, baking some bomb brownies or writing romantic poems for your customers – but your audience need to know you exist! There are oodles of online marketing guides that are quite simple to follow, and are a great stepping stone for beginners.

Swearing at your computer is kind of expected – Especially when technology has the ability to drive you up the wall, AND don’t forget those days where the WIFI is playing on/off games with you! Your frustration just shows a love for your work, you want to be productive but inanimate objects keep rearing their ugly heads.

Coffee fails to produce the saving glory it did once upon a time – You will feel like you’re on a constant rollercoaster. You will have some of the happiest of times running your own show. You will also have some of your lowest, but that’s okay! Everyone experiences it, and that’s when wine works as a substitute for coffee.

You will hit times of failure – Not everything goes to plan, we all make decisions that will later occur to us as completely wrong. These learning curves are the most valuable lesson of this rollercoaster, as time creeps on you will have more lessons that will form as steps up the mountain of success. One step back, two steps forward.

Everyone is just winging it – At one point in time, even Mark Zuckerberg had no idea what he was doing! We all start somewhere, and I bet any other entrepreneur could laugh with you over your mutual mistakes.

You definitely won’t have as much money as everyone thinks – Along with running your own business comes the stereotype that you must be rich. In reality your bills have somehow replaced this notion of being your own boss, and your life is not at all what you pictured it to be before beginning this chapter of your life.

BUT, it’s worth it – You are the one that will let go of all those ‘What-ifs’ in your life, knowing that you’re chasing your ambitions. By accelerating through all the learning curves, you will enjoy being able to get paid for your hobby, and the self-doubt in your mind will become more and more distant.