May Market Madness

May Market Madness

May Market Madness

Here in the Blue Mountains, we are spoilt with a bounty of markets to explore. Covering almost every weekend of the month, “We” being the Blue Mountains Escapes team are regulars at the many growers and handicraft markets spread across these great mountains, which showcase a plethora of local cottage industry businesses. The markets with charming stalls provide the Artisan foodie gurus to the enchanting knickknacky handi-crafters, who are creating a niche for their beloved interests or hobbies, friendly community driven marketplaces to offer their wares while giving us the buyers endless choices and surprising, quirky finds to fill our pantries and bowerbird tendencies. So… We thought we’d put together a list of popular markets up and down the Blue Mtns that we like and for you to explore! On the 1st and 3rd  Saturday of the month, on your ascent up the mountains a short distance off the M4 out of Sydney, is the Glenbrook Rotary Craft & Fine Food Markets in the great little community Village of Glenbrook. These markets are held in the school yard of the old style public school in Ross Street and are open from 8am to 12pm – January thru to December. Why not make this your first stop with more info here to plan your visit? Glenbrook Rotary Markets Next up the Great Western Highway is the little township of Blaxland holding a market day on the 2nd Saturday of the month. This community market organised by the Blaxland Chamber of Commerce is held from 9am to 2pm in the Station Street Mall. With Arts & Craft  | Artisans | Baby & Kids/Children | Bric-a-Brac | General | Trash & Treasure | Farmers Produce | Food and is Wheel Chair Friendly. Blaxland Markets A little further on is Springwood Growers Markets, held on the 4th Sunday of the month and 3rd Sunday in December. The market has fresh and organic fruit and vegetables | meats | olives & antipasto | salamis & French pates | fresh breads | goat, sheep and cows cheeses | smoked nuts | free range eggs | teas | saffron and many more products to tempt your foodie taste buds.  Blue Mountains Community Hub, 104 – 108 Macquarie Road, Springwood, 4th Sunday of every month from 9am – 12 noon. A great market to stock up on local goodies for your getaway to the mountains or to replenish your home pantry on your trip back. Springwood Growers Market Grandview Hotel in Wentworth Falls host an eclectic market every 2nd Sunday and this year coincides with Mother’s Day 14th May. Held on the grounds of the hotel the market has a wide range of treasure-laden stalls along with a selection of options for breaky or lunch. Open February to December 2nd Sunday 9am to 2pm. Plan a trip here to find something a little different for your gifting. Grandview Markets Leura, around 40mins from Glenbrook is another village of the Blue Mountains which hosts a number of markets throughout the month and year with the Leura CWA Hall Market first up. Held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday these market days are the larger ones while every Friday (and on Thursdays during school holidays) there are smaller ones. Located in the CWA Hall in Megalong Street Leura from 9am to 4.30pm. A lover of anything handmade will enjoy these markets. Leura CWA Hall Markets  Leura Public School First Sunday Markets. These P&C run markets have been a popular stop for visitors and locals over the last 19 years. Having a wide variety of stall holders including | fresh produce | locally produced arts & crafts | plants | books | music | vintage & collectables | homewares | giftware | fashion & accessories | hot food | fresh coffee & baked goods, these markets should be one to add to your list for your stay here in the Blue Mountains. Just off the highway in Leura –  First Sunday of every month 9am – 2pm Leura First Sunday Markets  Two annual events held in Leura are known to draw fantastic crowds. The first being the Leura Harvest Festival and the second is the Leura Village Fair. These two events focus on local, handmade gorgeous goodies. Leura Harvest Festival is held in Autumn and is a wonderful celebration of fine food, innovations for sustainability, handcrafted products from local producers and artists, with a few good competitions for the local participants. For more info check out their facebook page Leura Harvest Festival  The long-running Leura Village Fair is a street market held over two days every year on the weekend following the October Labour Day holiday and also coincides with the last two days of the annual Leura Gardens Festival. Saturday 7th (9am-4.30pm) & Sunday 8th October (9am-3.30pm). With over 100 + stalls you can meander the towns mall bulging with fresh produce | vintage wares | candles | woodwork | jewellery | and much more including the talent of some of our local musicians for entertainment. Event details are on their website Leura Village Fair For 24 years Katoomba has hosted the Winter Magic Festival. This high-profile event is held around the Winter solstice, with this year’s solstice falling on the 21st June. The Winter Magic Festival date is set for Saturday 24th June when the main street of Katoomba will be closed to motor traffic and opened up to the pedestrian to wander up & down its stall lined length and allowing the space to come alive with performances and festivity. People come from all over and are enthusiastically encouraged to dress in costume. The festival is free to attend, however, some activities held may charge a fee and if you are planning a trip to the Blue Mountains to enjoy the Winter Magic Festival why not stay in one of our many homes in or close to Katoomba and take advantage of all this amazing festival of celebration offers. Most of our homes in Blackheath and Mt Victoria are within easy access of the trains which is the recommended arrival option as car parking is limited. For accommodation get in touch with us here. Blue Mountains Escapes Accommodation Visit Blackheath on the 2nd Sunday of the month from February to December and you can make your way to the very popular Blackheath Growers Market. A favourite with locals and visitors for all things foodie, from vegies to bread and everything in between, this market won’t disappoint! After picking up your supplies you can indulge in a delicious outdoor breakie, brunch or lunch from one of the fresh food stalls scattered around the park area of the Blackheath Community Centre. Make your selection from freshly made Egg & Bacon rolls | Tibetan momo’s | Turkish Gozleme | Fresh coffee | Empanadas or Burritos there are choices available to suit a multitude of tastes. Stalls are open from 8am thru until 12pm and as the locals know you don’t sleep in on market day as you might miss out on one of your favs. Check out more info here Blackheath Growers Market If craft markets are more your thing then the Blackheath Mountain Craft Markets are for you! With a diverse range of quality local arts & crafts | handmade jewellery | delicious chocolate fudge | olives direct from the grower | unique paintings | clocks from bush timbers & children’s wooden puzzles | honey | jams | pickles & chutney | cards | cakes | Blue Mountains photography | pyrography | scarves | knitwear and so much more. Oh, and they have refreshments too! Held over most weekends we suggest you have a look at their dates and times on the website Blackheath Mountain Craft Markets  Hartley Harvest Market is a new market to the Blue Mountains and celebrates local, fresh, organic, free range produce directly from their paddock to your plate. On every 1st and 3rd, Sunday of each month from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm. Take your pick from free range meats, jams, conserves, honey, local art and much more, you’ll be tempted to fill your car with the best and yummiest products from the growers and artists themselves. Make a day of it! Last but not the least of our favoured markets are the Tarana Community Farmers Markets in Tarana. Held every 4th Sunday of each month 10am – 2pm with the exception of December which will be on the 17thThese markets again focus on local product from seasonal fruit and vegetables | lamb | pork | beef | jams |wine | brewed beer | bread | chocolates and much more. Being located close by to the train station you could make a day of it by taking the train and soaking in the scenery on the way and indulge in some lunch before you leave. More info here Tarana Community Farmers Markets  We hope this list of our “favourite” Blue Mtns markets will inspire you to getaway to our beautiful Mountains where you can not only appreciate our wonderful communities but take home a little something from a local artisan or fresh food producer. Events and market times/days can change at any time and to avoid any disappoints we suggest getting in touch with the organisers who’s details are provided on this page.

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