February 15, 2019 / By Bridget Donovan
If you're craving an outing that includes exploring stalls filled with delicious food, fresh produce, delightful trinkets and handmade jewellery, head to one of the many markets on the Mornington Peninsula. Suitable for the entire family, including the pooch, these wonderful markets make for a perfect venture full of the famous Peninsula charm. Here are my tips on some of the best markets to visit!
If your idea of the perfect market includes lots of incredible local fresh produce, look no further than the Mount Eliza Farmers’ Market. Held on the fourth Sunday of every month regardless of the weather, this gorgeous not-for-profit initiative brings together local producers happy to provide visitors and locals alike with an exceptional choice of foods. At this market, you can track down the best regional and local products from honey to fresh juice. Accredited by the Victorian Farmers’ Market Association, this market promotes the best farming practices and celebrates high quality, not to mention delicious, food and produce. Choose from handmade local burrata cheese, Yarra Valley farm fresh berries, Crackle Caramel Popcorn, Grandma’s Traditional Plum Puddings and a plethora of fresh fruit and veggies! If you enjoy scrumptious wholesome food, Mt Eliza Farmers’ Market is definitely the place for you.
Next on the list is Red Hill Community Market. With over forty years of history, this market is the best place to be on the first Saturday of the month from September-May. Bring your friends, family or "better half" to experience the huge number and variety of stalls on offer. Enjoy not only mouthwatering food but stunning jewellery, darling handmade children’s toys and even fun Henna tattooing. There's something for everyone at this iconic location. Not only will it be a day to remember but once you’ve finished wandering around the market, you'll still have time for a peaceful drive through the spectacular hinterland region that surrounds the Red Hill Community Market.market.
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Mornington on a Wednesday, be sure to take a stroll through the Main Street Market. If there weren't already enough great shops and eateries in Mornington, Wednesdays present an extra treat. Experience the exciting and vibrant atmosphere at Victoria’s longest running street market, where stalls are carefully selected to present the highest quality products to the public. Taste local produce, try on handmade jewellery or search through orignal artwork. With regular music performances on the street, there’s no shortage of things to do, taste and try at the Main Street Market. And all this only minutes from the beach!
Mark your calendar's for this market, further down the Peninsula in Portsea. Running on 30 September and 25 November the Point Nepean Portsea Market is the perfect historic and shopping experience in one. Set on the Quarantine Station, this market has beautiful historical charm alongside seasonal choices of local fruits, homemade products and a wide variety of Manchester to suit any home. Find something to complement your garden with stunning iron and bronze sculptures alongside colourful plants and flowers of the highest quality. From delicately wrapped gifts to local wine and home brewed beer, the Point Nepean Portsea Market is perfect for those who enjoy quality products and a unique day out.
Market days on the Mornington Peninsula make for a day well spent surrounded by beautiful scenery, great food and products, and the best company!
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