Peninsula Visitors Guide, Summer 2015, Page 060 (transcription)

60 mornington peninsula visitors guide summer 2015 ARTS, GALLERIES, ANTIQUES MARKETS Emu Plains Market is anindependent market curated by some very passionate locals.
It s all about community and families but most of s about you Fall in love, explore, taste, rummage and be inspired by this beautiful market set under the branches of an ancient stringybark forest.
Proudly sponsored by GOOD LIFE MAGAZINECRAFT FARMERS VINTAGe gourmet 3rd Saturday of monthThe MOrnington PeninsulasFreshest MarketEmu Plains Reserve Balnarring Racecourse, Coolart Rd 4 parking to Westernport Rotary Emu Plains Reserve.
Sorry, no dogsYAYWe re back 9am - 2pm2014 Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20 santa visits 10-12pm 2015 NEW JAN TWILIGHT SERIES 3rd Jan 17th Jan 3pm - 8pm , Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18 The markets are a popular institution showcasing the work and wares of many talented local crafts people and the produce of its market and gardens and country kitchens.
THE EMU PLAINS MARKET BACK FOR SUMMER One of the region s coolest and most popular outdoor attractions, the Emu Plains Market bas returned from its winter hibernation.
The market is designed to be a celebration of the Peninsula s unique culture, creative artisans and diverse producers.
Beneath the sun dappled gumtree canopy, local traders once again transform this bush setting into a snaking trail of colourful market stalls welcoming people to the spring carnival atmosphere of Emu Plains with an offer of local wares, food and fresh produce.
Throughout the market are stalls laden with crafts from all over the Peninsula art, hand-made jewellery, bespoke furniture, quilts, designer fashion and hats alongside an eclectic mix of local wineries, distillers, bottled drink stalls and other brightly coloured carts.
People love to find special gifts or just simply graze their way through this vibrant seaside setting says market organiser, Vanessa Johnson.
The stallholders offer an abundance of farm-fresh produce you ll find so many amazing foods, organic coffee, fine oils, artesian bread, organic fruit vegies, olives, honey, jam, ice-cream and fabulous flowers There s also free entertainment from resident musicians The Whisky Gypsies and the best hot food carts offering tasty treats from all over the world including Germany, Turkey, Italy, Vietnam, and India just to name a few There is also plenty for the kids to discover including pony rides, face painting, free story telling with Faery Emma check website for details , craft workshops, jumping castles and a great park all situated beneath the sprawling glade of ancient stringy-barks.
The Emu Plains Market also proudly supports the community by offering free space support to local not-for-profit groups including Somers Primary School, The CFA, Balnarring CWA, Sea Shepard, Friends Of Refugees and many more.
They also donate car parking money to help support Westernport Rotary and the Emu Plains Reserve.
In the future, they hope to start up an emerging artist fund to support local emerging artists.
Whatever you love you ll enjoy the sights, sounds, flavours, action and colour of the Peninsula s best outdoor market.
The Emu Plains Market is on the third Saturday of every month until April with two very special twilight markets on January 3 and 17 from 3pm to 8pm.
You will find the market at the Emu Plains Reserve adjacent the Balnarring Racecourse, Balnarring.

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