Be it farmers or makers offering their wares, regional Victoria is brimming with markets offering produce straight from the paddock, veggie patch and farmhouse kitchen.
Markets pop up on weekends at local ovals and parks, town halls and footpaths, weekly, fortnightly and monthly in towns big and small across Victoria.
Not only will visitors find the freshest, seasonal local produce, handmade preserves, they will also find artisan, handmade products and even bric-a-bracs from the yesteryear, all the while shooting the breeze with and getting further insider tips from the friendly locals.
Held on the fourth Saturday of the month, the Mansfield Farmers Market sits in the heart Mansfield, a quaint town in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. Visitors will find over 30 colourful marquees showcasing the best fresh and artisan produce from the region. In addition, visitors can interact with the people who have grown or made the food, promoting greater awareness of food provenance and food miles.
Held at the start of every season, the Milawa Gourmet Region Producers Marketshowcases the beautiful produce produced in Victoria’s High Country which a chance for visitors and shoppers to meet the producers.
Held in the historic barn at Yering Station on the third Sunday of each month, visitors will find the Yarra Valley Regional Food Group Farmers’ Market the perfect hub to taste the flavours of the Yarra Valley, lots of chatter, tantalising aromas and a visual feast of foods, flowers and flavours.
Those making a day at the Yarra Valley and venturing the region by train can hop on the Puffing Billy Railway and stop off at Emerald station to visit The Hills Art Market held from September to April on the second Saturday of each month. Visitors to this unique open-air Artists Market, can immerse themselves in a visual and musical feast, where over 50 artists showcase and sell their artwork.
Less than an hour from the fringe of Melbourne city, Warragul Farmers’ Market is a place for people to meet and support local farmers and producers offering a huge range of fresh and handmade food. Held monthly, visitors can shop, enjoy live music, dine on ready-to-eat food by some of the best in the Gippsland region.
The Meeniyan Square is a weekly summer market which offers visitors a wide range of high quality, fresh, local produce, a host of speciality foods from local producers together with wine, beers and other interesting stalls. The market starts early afternoons on Fridays but as evening comes, it will offer an enticing choice of cuisines, an outdoor area where market-goers can enjoy a drink, eat, sit and talk and be entertained by music or other performers.
hurchill Island Farmers Market is held on picturesque Churchill Island. Held every fourth Saturday of the month, the market showcases produce direct from local South Gippsland growers, makers and producers which will please visitors and shoppers alike.
Visitors wanting to take it easy over the weekend can meet locals and have a chat at the San Remo Cuppa and Chat Market. Held every second Friday and Saturday of each month, at the St Augustine’s Church hall and grounds, shoppers will find bric-a-bracs, cakes & jams (Friday), a sausage sizzle (Saturdays) and it nothing else, a cuppa and chat with the local community.
Held every second Sunday of the month, the Mornington Racecourse Market offers shoppers countless produce and wares flavoured by both modern and traditional influences, all handmade by over 300 talented stallholders. Visitors can also tantalise their tastebuds with a celebration of fine gourmet delights to tempt every palate, delicious take away and packaged foods along with fresh seasonal produce./span>
Along the eastern edge of the Grampians, visitors can spend their last Sunday of the month at the omonal Village Market. The market’s village setting is a great way for visitors to meet the community and buy native plants, second-hand goods, books, jewellery, antiques, fresh produce, a coffee van, and home-baked goods.
Take a short drive in the countryside and buy seasonal produce direct from the local producers, growers, bakers and makers in the Goldfields region. On the third Sunday of every month, the Talbot Farmers Market transforms the normally quiet historic streets of Talbot into a bustling, hive of activity. With music, wine tasting, food stalls and local producers, this market will tick off all the necessary shopping list items including bread, honey, fruit and vegetables, plants, natural soaps, teas, oils, preserves and more.
Dubbed a happy, small-town market, the Creswick Market is located in the picturesque township of Creswick and features free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique locally made goods including arts and crafts and freshly made delicacies. Held on the third Saturday of the month, visitors can meet producers and designers, and learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to life.
On the first Saturday of every month, The Bridge Mall Farmers Market brings together a range of elements: produce, food, music, entertainment, and shopping. Held in the heart of the city, the market features more than 40 stalls selling a huge range of produce – everything is reared, grown or processed by the stall holders themselves so shoppers can be sure they are buying direct from the farmers, bakers, growers and makers.
Geelong & the Bellarine
Golden Plains Farmers’ Market offers visitors an authentic farmers’ market experience, all year-round, in the heart of Bannockburn, 20 minutes from Geelong. Held on the first Saturday of the month, shoppers can find fresh vegetables, fine wine, vibrant blooms, artisan breads, local free range meats, cheese, gourmet tarts, sweet treats and more, the Golden Plains Farmers’ Market is a one-stop-shop for premium, fresh produce.
Situated in picturesque Princess Park which is only a stone’s throw from the water’s edge in Queenscliff, visitors and the community come to together at the Queenscliff Community Market boutique market. Held on the last Sunday of the month, from September through to May, the market offers a wonderful range of fresh produce, hand crafts, plants and much more.