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Update December 29th 2013
Special Note: The market to be held on 4th January 2014 is a NEW YEAR'S TWILIGHT MARKET and will run from 3pm - 8pm. Markets after this date will take place as usual on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9am until 2pm, January through April.
A country market with a home among the gum trees
Fresh country air and an unhurried amble amongst the stringybark gum trees is the kind of experience you can expect at the Emu Plains Market in Balnarring. It's a lovely rural setting in which to enjoy some unique and unusual shopping, stock up the fridge and pantry and perhaps munch on a few treats as you go along.
This is a friendly family and community oriented market with a focus on environmental sustainability and promoting the region and the products of "the Peninsula and Melbourne's best makers, growers, collectors and creators". Running from October to April on the third Saturday of the month, the next market will be held on October 19th from 9.00am until 2.00pm.
Gourmet food and wine are of course staple products of the Mornington Peninsula and there is a terrific array of both available (including wine tastings). Fresh produce is a highlight and along with fruit and vegetables, there are eggs, cheeses, cakes, biscuits, teas, preserves, jams, olives, pasta, cured meats and meats. For something to snack on while you're there the range is staggering. Think Mexican food, healthy food, seafood, pizza, dim sims, scones, cupcakes and macaroons to name just a few of the edible delights on offer.
It's not only about food though, delectable as it is. There's also plants, clothing, jewellery, retro, vintage and hand crafted items. With more than 140 stalls you're sure to find something irresistible to take home.
Saturday 4 January 2014 - Special Twilight Market 3pm - 8pm
Saturday 18 January 2014
Saturday 15 February 2014
Saturday 15 March 2014
Saturday 19 April 2014 - Easter Saturday
The Emu Plains Market is located in Emu Plains Reserve in Coolart Road, Balnarring. There's plenty of parking (at a $4 fee which goes towards supporting the Westernport Rotary Group and to help with maintenance of Emu Plains Reserve). Note that dogs are not allowed in the Reserve.
To keep up to date with what's happening and a peek at some of the goodies available, see the market's Facebook page.
Balnarring is less than an hour's drive from the city and easily accessible via the Monash Freeway/Westernport Highway, Eastlink, Peninsula Link and Nepean Highway.
Melways Reference: 163 J9.