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Cire Market, Chirnside Park

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published August 6th 2022
Almost a Genuine Bear Hug
Cire Services provide flexible learning opportunities, education and training and many community programs and services to help meet the needs of people of all ages, particularly in the Upper Yarra catchment.

market stalls
Very popular.

cire market tents.
Cire information tents.

One of their fund-raising activities is produce and craft markets at Kimberley Reserve in Kimberley Drive, Chirnside Park. This article features their winter market held on 24 July 2022.

market stalls
Parking and stalls along Kimberley Drive.

Many of the stalls are along the footpaths of Kimberley Drive and Village Green.

Rows of stalls.
The stalls along Kimberley Drive and Village Green.

Behind the stalls.
Views behind the roadside stalls.

The most popular food van was the Spud on a Stick, a spiral of fried potato. There was always a queue at this one as it's very popular with kids.

Spud on a stick.
The most popular food van.

Also popular with kids and the sweet tooths was the Pour Some Suga van. Selling fairy floss, sweet treats and popcorn.

Sugar treats.
Definitely for the sweet tooths.

Black Cherry was a children's rockabilly clothing and accessories stall for "little rockers with serious style."

kiddies clothing.
To make the littlies feel special.

The Italian Street Food & Coffee Food Truck, which is really a caravan, was doing a roaring trade. I can vouch for their coffee and doughnuts.

Coffee van
The coffee van and my donuts.

All markets attract many doggies, all accompanied by their human minders. Their needs are not forgotten by Doggy Treats with food, clothes and toys.

doggy treats.
Almost a doggy supermarket.

To help you feel good was Candles with Kindness. Candlemaker Kirsty told me her candles are made with coconut soy wax which is derived from coconuts and soybeans.

Be kind to yourself with these.

I have seen Uncle Mungo at many markets which is a sign of his products' success. He specialises in his homemade chilli products.

Uncle Mungo.
Uncle Mungo and his chilies.

It's not often that we see a genuine bear hug, but one was witnessed at the market. Admittedly it was only a pretend bear and the recipient of the hug was a little doggie, but it did look cute.

Bear & dog.
A gentle bear hug.

Cuggly friends have been making soft toys for many years but this was their last market as they are retiring. As such many bargains were available.

Soft toys.
Soft toys.

Perhaps the success of any event is the appearance of a soft-serve ice cream truck. It was winter but a brisk trade was noticed.

soft serve ice cream.
Very popular, even on a winter's day.

A local Men's Shed had a very interesting display of wooden items made in their shed. All items were for sale with the proceeds assisting their worthy cause.

Men's shed.
Some of the Mens Shed handiwork.

Lilibet original re-creations make bags and accessories, all made from recycled materials, so every item is different.

Lilibet hand bags.
Everyone is different.

Yarra Valley Cookies was another stall seen at many markets. Baked by Carla, her display cart displays only a fraction of her hand-baked cookies and other treats.

Yarra Valley Cookies.
Carla and her cookies.

Easy Peasy Garden Tools sell a large range of quality garden tools with their secateurs and pruners looking particularly robust.

tree tools.
Your garden will love these.

Being winter the stall selling socks was popular for cold feet.

Socks for every foot or taste.

There were also many inside stalls in the Community Hub buildings.

Indoor market stalls.
Many stalls were inside.

The nearby Chirnside Park CFA had a well-equipped fire engine on display which was very popular with the little ones who could clamber into the cabins. Occasionally the truck's siren would sound. I'm not sure if it was to attract attention to the truck or if some enterprising would-be fireman found the on the switch!

Fire engine.
Very attractive to the youngsters.

Cire markets are large and their next one at this location is their Christmas market on Friday 2 December 2022 starting at 4.00 pm. Be there.
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Why? It's a great market.
When: Four times per year.
Where: Kimberley Drive, Chirnside Park. Melway map: 38. F.3.
Cost: Entry free.
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