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Bowerbirds are well known to collect brightly coloured objects for their nests and can spend hours arranging them. After spending some time at the Bowerbird Bazaar, you might be doing just the same for your home.

If you have been to the Bowerbird Bazaar before, you will know this is no ordinary market. A bi-annual event, it is Adelaide's design market. Think environmental conscious designs, reinvigorated recycled ware and handcrafted object d'art.

If this event is anything like the earlier one held in June this year, it will not disappoint with the myriad of goods on offer. With over 90 stallholders, there will be wall art, furnishings, jewellery, clothing, stationery, ceramics, accessories and more at your desire. None of these items will be run off the mill. They will have that little bit of a unique edge to them. An indication of what to expect are beautiful bags from Only Midge, handmade threads from Yogini Streetwear and cute, quirky ceramics by Dot and Eve. You may even have the chance to speak to some of the designers, artists and craftmakers themselves. Funky beats provided by Designer Muzik will provide a chill-laxing backdrop.

Even if you go home empty handed, it will be a fantastic opportunity to admire the boutique products crafted by our Aussie talents.

There will also be interactive workshops for anyone interested in participating or watching. At the previous Bowerbird Bazaar this year, some of the activities included lino-cutting, anodising titanium, Bagladeshi quilt embroidery and printing photopolymer plates. The latest program has not yet been finalised but I dare say it will be just as enlightening.

No market would be complete without food and it will be no less than gourmet at the Bowerbird Bazaar. Expect a line up of mouth-watering offerings from the likes of Red Door Bakery, Great Relish, Juice Junkies, D'Angelo Coffee and Let Them Eat.... Enjoy an artisan pie from Red Door Bakery. Or perhaps you would prefer salads and sandwiches from the likes of Great Relish or Let Them Eat.... If you were after a healthy boost, you will not be able to pass up a fresh juice from Juice Junkies. D'Angelo Coffee will be there for those of you needing a caffeine fix. With a line up of such gourmet offerings, it should make any foodie drool.

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Although the Bowerbird Bazaar gives consumers a great shopping experience, it is also an event for local and interstate stallholders to showcase and promote their work to the media, trade and retail sector. Before opening to the public, these small businesses have the chance to do some networking and achieve a wholesale deal. If you are keen on getting in before the public does, there are VIP Public Shopping Preview Tickets available for $5, which will allow entry at 2pm on the Friday.

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For any of you who are interested to hold a store at future a Bowerbird Bazaar (the next one is in May 2013), applications can be made online approximately three months before the event.

With Christmas around the corner, you may just find that special gift at Bowerbird Bazaar. While you are at it, you may even stock up on some future gifts and maybe some for yourself.

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The Bowerbird Bazaar will be held at The Stirling Angas Pavilion at The Adelaide Showgrounds. There is a $2 admission fee and for those of you with children, you will be happy to know they can enter you with no additional charge. If you would like to find out more about the Bowerbird Bazaar, head over to their blogsite. Information will be continually updated as the day draws closer toward the event.

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Why? Who can resist such design driven art and wares?
When: 9th November 2012 - 11th November 2012 (Fri: 4-9pm, Sun & Sun: 9am - 5pm)
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Where: Stirling Angas Pavilion at The Adelaide Showgrounds
Cost: $2 entry fee. Children free.
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A new interest in markets Yin-Yin?
I knew there must be a food angle though :)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2876 days ago
Yes, you do seem to wax lyrical on the food that will be there - and yes, this is also VERY important. I'd been wondering when this event would be happening next, as I'd heard about them from someone before, but not been aware where they were held or when. You've answered my questions, Yin Yin. Looks like it will be fun to go.
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2837 days ago
Yin Yin,

Great article and great photos. I have been to the BB market when it was at the old Queen Theatre- it's good to see a more 'designer' market highlighting designer's work. I also remember the food by "Let them Eat" was delicious. Has it gotten bigger now that it's at the Showgrounds?
by James Newcombe (score: 2|359) 2844 days ago
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