Sandy Bay in Hobart will soon be home to two markets.
There will be a monthly creative arts market on Sundays and also a Friday night market every two weeks over summer.
The markets will both be located on the reserve at Long Beach and should start before Christmas. Definitely worth checking out.
Markets get the all clear
The first Friday night market at Sandy Bay’s Long Beach Reserve could begin before Christmas after winning council approval.
The Hobart City Council has given the go-ahead for two new markets on the site — a monthly creative arts market on Sundays and the Friday night market which would focus on local art and design, good food and boutique Tasmanian beers and wines.
Night market co-ordinator Justin Davies said a few details had to be ironed out but “everything is looking positive” for a pre-Christmas start.
It would be known as the Hobart Lifestyle Market and people would be invited to bring a rug, sit on the lawns and make an evening of it, sampling gourmet food, wines and beers, and listening to music.
“We want to cater for everyone,” he said. “We would have a dog zone, where dog walkers could leave their pets.”
Through his business Apple Isle Wine Tours, Mr Davies had got to know many Tasmanian winemakers, brewers and food producers.
“They have shown a lot of interest in a night market,” he said.
He hoped to run the market for a three-month trial period, from 4-8pm every second Friday over the summer until February.
The other market proposal, a monthly event on Sundays between 10am and 3pm on the same site, would have a focus on eco-friendly art, craft, music and poetry. There would be no food or beverages so local cafes would not be disadvantaged.
Co-ordinator Rose Hansen, operator of an online business called Lazy May Designs, said she hoped to have the first trial Sunday market at Sandy Bay early next year.
Ms Hansen said approval for the Sandy Bay market had taken so long that she had set up a market at Taroona. The first Lazy May Market at the Taroona Community Hall on October 20 had been a great success and another was planned for December 1. She was keen to get the Taroona market well established before turning to the Sandy Bay site.
“We have had an amazing response. We had to turn down stallholders for the first one and we have twice as many applications as we can fit in the hall for the second one. I’m keeping it really affordable for stallholders.”
Lord Mayor Damon Thomas welcomed approval of both the Sandy Bay markets and said they would be a great experiment.
UPDATE: 10 December, from the Mercury.
The opening of Hobart’s first night market has been delayed until mid-January.
Market co-ordinator Justin Davies said he had hoped to get started before Christmas but that was not possible.
The Hobart City Council had given Mr Davies permission to operate the market near Long Beach, Sandy Bay, for a three-month trial between 4 and 8pm every second Friday in the summer but there had been delays trying to finalise the development application and fine tuning the lease arrangements.
“The good news is that the council have agreed on the cost to lease the space which fits into our budget,” Mr Davies said.
He said the Hobart Lifestyle Market would feature gourmet food, wines and beers, with good music and a dog zone area for walkers to leave their pets.
A group of enthusiastic stallholders was keen to take part, Mr Davies said.