From food to fashion – five must-do market events in August
Winter is slowly but surely drawing to a close, and what better way to awake from hibernation than to the sights, sounds and smells of Brisbane’s best market events? These five fab finds are at the top of our August to-do list, featuring everything from food trucks to new threads and even a cheeky bit of weird science.
Mt Gravatt Marketta – Every Saturday from August 13 at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds
Gold Coast peeps have been hogging the glory of the notorious Miami Marketta for a while now, but now it’s Brisbane’s turn to get in on the action. Making its home at the Mt Gravatt showgrounds, the Mt Gravatt Marketta is a sister venture of its wildly popular southern counterpart. The crew have focused on keeping the event strictly old-school, adopting the mentality that markets are a prime place to meet, mingle and spend quality time with those nearest and dearest. Street food, live music, tasty beverages and a community spirit are the winning ingredients in the Marketta’s recipe for success.
Living Science – Sunday August 14 at Eagle Farm Market
Science is golden, folks, and the best way to get amongst it is by making things fizz and go bang with your own two hands. Living Science is coming to the Eagle Farm Markets as a family-friendly way for people to explore the links between food, science, technology and the environment. Have a crack at making your own sherbet or even extracting DNA from a strawberry – you’ll be having too much of a swell time to even realise you’re gaining sweet knowledge. Kids are most welcome but that doesn’t mean they get to have all the fun, as there’s hands-on activities for the not-so-little Einsteins as well.
Sandstone Point Hotel Strawberry Festival – Saturday August 20 at Sandstone Point Hotel
All this talk of the Ekka has no doubt got many a mind wandering to strawberry sundaes, but what if we told you there was a whole dang day dedicated solely to the juicy little red morsels? The Sandstone Point Hotel is hosting its second annual Strawberry Festival, celebrating the fruit that keeps on giving. Picture if you will the scene from Forrest Gump where Bubba talks about how many ways you can enjoy shrimp – substitute for strawberries and that’s what this festival has going on. Fresh, raw, milkshake, chocolate coated or in a cocktail, you’ll be seeing red in a good way. Add live entertainment to the mix and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Love Me Again Market – Saturday August 27 at Paddington Community Hall
What goes around comes around in spectacular fashion at the Love Me Again market, where each stallholder has been handpicked to sell only the best in upcycled vintage and pre-loved wares. The market is aptly located in Brisbane’s antique heartland of Paddington, and applies the same no-trash all-treasure ethos as neighbouring businesses. As if it couldn’t get any better, the stellar team at In Bloom Flower Co. will be onsite selling their top quality stems and a coffee kombi will be dishing out liquid gold to fuel any lagging shoppers.
Street Food Depot – Various days at various locations
Loosen your belt buckle because this one’s a doozy – the Street Food Depot has taken over Brisbane as a kingpin of the food truck and market scene. Making regular appearances in King George Square, Ballymore and James Street, the gang are like good grub gypsies that roll into town to spruik their irresistibly tasty eats and then disappear into the night. They’ve covered everything from international cuisine to market-fresh fare and the surprises just keep on coming. Make sure to check in with their calendar regularly to see what they’ve got cooking up.