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The summer sun is high, daylight savings has arrived and the nights are balmy and that can only mean one thing – it is time once again for Adelaide's favourite evening markets, the Campbelltown Moonlight Markets.
The Campbelltown Moonlight markets bring together over 80 stallholders at Thorndon Park for an evening of family fun interlaced with some great food and even better shopping opportunities. The markets officially run from 6pm to 10pm thus providing plenty of time for the whole family to get down there before tea, for tea or after tea.
The main rotunda in the centre of the park is the hub for the food and drink vendors with many options available to satisfy everyone's needs. Personally the large bowl of paella followed by a tub of classic ice cream has been difficult to pass but then again so has been the gourmet hot dogs, the sausage sizzle and some wine tasting from some of the local Campbelltown wine makers.
Arts, crafts and bric-a-brac stalls are aplenty with many of the traditional favourites around centred around making your life easier or more beautiful or more fulfilling. And with the timing of two of the markets to occur prior to Christmas, there is a great opportunity to stock up on sticking fillers for the family, or buy that special gift for the hard-to-buy-for relative.
Whilst all of this is happening, the Rotunda comes alive to a variety of tunes designed to suit the audience and the time. The Christmas carols in the December market are popular as is the roving Santa and other characters at each of the markets providing a special treat for the children.
The Moonlight Markets are held with the Thorndon Park Reservoir and the traditional Adelaide sun setting in the background. But it is the foreground that is often of most interest as the moon rises above the Adelaide Hills and casts its bright light across the markets.
For those interested in becoming a stallholder, please contact the Campbelltown Moonlight Markets via the website or their Facebook page. For visitors to the markets, make sure you stay up to date by liking their Facebook page where details of surprises occasional get leaked as well as any details of inclement weather and its impact on the markets.