Did you know that it's Fathers Day next weekend? I had no idea until about two days ago! One of my work colleagues commented that it was coming up, but I had no idea just how close it was. My Dad isn't the easiest person to shop for, so I was on the verge of freaking out about how unorganised I was when I remembered that the Flemington Racecourse Market was on this weekend!
If you have never been to this market before, I highly recommend it. It's on roughly once a month (you can check out their website for full details) on a Sunday, and it's always busy! I have been there a few times now, and I love wondering around looking at all that the stallholders have to offer. I don't often get the chance to buy stuff (being a uni student and all haha), but I can dream!
There's plenty of homemade wares, ranging from crafty pieces of jewellery, furniture, soap, and every conceivable accessory for your dog (I swear I saw someone selling doggy popcorn today). There is certainly no shortage of food, with your usual homemade chutneys and jams, some fresh produce, and an abundance of hot food to devour as you stroll around. Tacos, dumplings, dutch pancakes (is it just me, or are these available at every market ever?), noodles, sausages, you name it.
Parking is available for around 4 dollars, but luckily for me it was only a short walk from home! The 57 West Maribrynong tram - which you can catch along Elizabeth Street in the CBD - stops right out the front, and a special train runs straight to the show grounds if there is another event on at the racecourse or neighbouring showgrounds. And of course, there is toilets, places to get cash out, and live music. And plenty of entertainment for the kids! They even had mini golf set up there today.
I did manage to pick up a couple of goodies for my Dad. You can't really go wrong with jam from the market, can you?
Now I should probably consider doing some study, instead of dreaming about all the things i wanted to buy at the market this morning!
Do you have a favourite weekend market?