This article is written by Eat My Street, but first appeared in the newspaper The Local.
The very first Cockatoo Country Market was held on Saturday 7th of March. Launched by locals, Tanya Burmeister and Owen Doppler, the artisan market is proudly “local” with all goods being grown, produced or made by the stall holders.
Owen and Tanya launched the market in a bid to drive more tourist traffic through their beloved town of Cockatoo and to build an increased sense of community identity. The market is run by a committee of volunteers and they hope to eventually be able to return profits made back to local community groups.
I wound my way through the scenic hills early on the Saturday morning to find myself there for the “official opening” of the market by Mayor Leticia Wilmott and Councillor Brett Owen. The local fire brigade were also there provide a happy backdrop to the official cutting of the ribbon.
This is a market that is embedded firmly in its locale and the presence of the fire brigade only served to cement that feeling. Stall holders and dignitaries all gathered together at 8.45 to officially launch the market and there was a fantastic energy in the crowd.
Stall holders included Cockatoo Creek Farm Produce, Embellished Cakes, Leanne’s Custom Pots, Olivetto Estate, Emmabrooke Images, Grantelle Creative Scrap Metal Sculptures, Dog gone Healthy Dog treats and many more.
As I made my way around the market I got chatting to the lovely Marina from Blackwood and Leverett. Marina has recently found herself finishing up work and has decided to pursue her hobby of making beautifully coloured jewellery and ceramics. Marina lives in Cockatoo and so the launch of Cockatoo Country Market came at exactly the right time to assist her pursue her hobby. Stop by her stall for a visit at the next market and I am sure you will have trouble leaving without buying a little something for your home.
Overall this was a fantastic market with a good mix of stalls. It is ably assisted by the stunning backdrop of Cockatoo Creek, the surrounding pristine mountain range and even the ever popular Puffing Billy on occasion.
When Tanya and Owen first came up with the idea of the Market 9 months ago, they hope that it would help bring their local community together to network and socialise and show off what their naturally beautiful town had to offer. With more than 900 people coming through the gates on market day, I think they can confidently say they have achieved that.
The market is held at; 74-75 Pakenham Rd, Cockatoo.
The line up just seems to get better every month so I recommend you pay them a visit.
The next market will be tomorrow, Saturday 1st August. Wear your winter woollies and enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
This weeks line up looks great and includes.
-Organic, beef, pork & lamb and natural yoghurt, cuts, sausages, roasts
-Organic free range eggs and produce, fresh fruit & veg
-Olive Oil & Olives, salad dressings, dukkah
-Homemade pies and quiche
-Fresh breads, savoury bread and yummy pastry treats from our local baker
-Home grown herbs, natives, bulbs, (Its daffodil season!), ferns and potted colour
-Delicious baked goods, frosted cupcakes and frosted decorative biscuits, protein and gluten free and vegan baked goods, home baked muffins, cake pops
-Goats milk soaps and body products
-Fresh flavoured popcorn made on site (with tastings!)
– Recycled wall art made locally
– Soy Candles & melts
-Personally designed badges & key rings, fridge magnets
– Hand made children’s goods, pocket pillows, textile based items for children & babies
– Face painter
– Leadlight jewellery and handmade bowls, plates and hand poured pewter aussie animals
– Homemade, wholesome doggy treats and products
– Hot Coffee, hot chocolate.
– Preserves, jams, pickles and other mouth watering bottles yummys
– Devonshire Teas, shortbreads, delectable sweet treats
– Handcrafted personalised cards in every design you can imagine
– Local Community Groups, Cockatoo Primary school selling those yummy lamingtons, Cockatoo Childcare selling hot soup, SES on the BBQ with bacon and egg rolls and sausages in bread, The Hills Men’s Shed, Scouts with children’s activities, Anglicare, Gembrook Craft Group, The Cockatoo Community Gardens Swap.
Don’t forget on the same day for your enjoyment is other free activities in town such as the National Tree Planting Day.