Avoca Beachside Markets

28 Mar

We reckon we know a thing or two about what makes a good market. Right up at the top of the list of must haves is a great market atmosphere. Now this is not an easy thing to achieve, it helps if your location is appealing, but the best markets build the atmosphere with live music, areas to relax and play spaces for children. If we were handing out awards, the Avoca Beachside Markets would be waving their trophy around to get into all the hottest after parties. Avoca March 009 I’ve been watching the Avoca Beachside Markets Facebook page for quite some time and we finally got the opportunity to visit this monthly market on the weekend. Yay! Turns out it was a glorious day so we packed our beach bag and headed up the coast. If you can help it, don’t drive as parking is limited. We arrived just as the market was starting and the streets were already lined with cars. Upon entering the colourful market all my expectations were exceeded. Stalls meander along the foreshore of Heazlett Park, under the shade of huge old trees whose twisted branches provide shelter and hanging space for bunting and chandeliers. There are over 100 stalls selling mostly new or upcycled items with an emphasis on artisan products. I got a unique necklace by Diana Bower for only $10 of a couple of woodcut keys. I also loved her range of Alice in Wonderland wooden brooches and the beautiful attention to detail & packaging. We spied a couple of second-hand dealers and couldn’t resist a fossick, happily walking away with a few finds. A pair of almost new ballet slippers $2, two Hoya lens filters for $5, bags of kids stationary $2 and a furry Dr Seuss, Cat in the Hat puzzle, of course. I ran into my yoga instructor, Amy Quinn who had a stall selling Onzie yoga apparel which she imports from L.A. Now let me tell you a few things about Amy, 1. she is an awesome yogi. 2. she wears the coolest tights I’ve ever seen to class and yes they are all Onzie. So if you strive to maintain your fashionista status while exercising seek Amy out at the next market.

Amy Quinn selling Onzie yoga apparel

Amy Quinn selling Onzie yoga apparel

Young ones are well catered for at Avoca. There is a kids craft stall, face painting, a playground and lots of opportunity for kids to run around and enjoy themselves. As we were there the weekend before Easter, we were lucky enough to see the Easter Bunny (being mobbed by gangs of little people for the chocolate eggs he was giving away). Ours also found Golden Tickets which they redeemed for showbags consisting of a backpack, Easter egg, lollies, a blow up beach ball and samples of sunscreen etc. Kids were so excited to get these, which came in quite handy during the day. So a big thank you to the market organisers, Fixx Events. Happy kids = happy, relaxed parents able to spend more time browsing the market. Avoca March 017 The market organisers hail from the music industry so it comes as no surprise that the tunes are alive & kicking at Avoca Beachside Market. There are a number of local musicians scattered throughout the market to enjoy and all of  them were fantastic. Its one thing to stand around listening to a busker but it’s quite another thing to be able to kick back in deck chairs, shaded with chinese paper umbrellas in a space decorated with paper lanterns and Mexican garlands. Genius! It was an absolute joy to while away the midday sun soaking up the tunes while kids played together on the rugs & cushions spread over the grass at Lizottes stage. At the other end of the market was a similar set up – the ground covered with rugs, low tables & cushions under a marquee with random light shades swinging in the salty breeze. The kids playing with other kids taking turns to rock each other in a hammock whilst devouring their fruit ice blocks from Wicked Fruit. Avoca March 011 Delicious food options is another way to score big on points and again Avoca scoops the pool. You can buy artisan food products for your home pantry. I was so enamoured with the smoked bulbs of garlic at The Original Smoke & Spice Co. that I just had to have a couple as well as a pack of their smoked sea salt seasoning. The kids demanded Banana Bread and Gozleme (predictable). There is a mouth-watering array of good food on offer for lunch. I thoroughly enjoyed my “Porkwich” from Rustic Flair with succulent 7hr slow roasted pork shoulder and the Napalese dumplings from OMOMO were yum too. After a leisurely morning spent at the market it was time to hit the surf. Avoca beach is just across the road, with its long stretch of sand & crystal clear water. The afternoon was just as leisurely – splashing in the waves, surfing, spotting fish in the shallows and a nap in the warmth of the sun. What better way to spend a Sunday?

The Avoca Beachside Markets is held on the 4th Sunday of every month between 9am-2pm in Heazlett Park.

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3 Responses to “Avoca Beachside Markets”

  1. Fiona Lenord March 28, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Thanks Rebecca,
    I may just have to bring Front Porch to Avoca!
    Sounds like just the market I’m looking for !

  2. Amy April 5, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    Awesome Bec!!! And thanks 🙂 xxx Going to miss teaching you!

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