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Published December 12th 2015
Local Produce with Excellent Coffee, Food and Entertainment
Previously located at the Gold Coast Turf Club in Bundall, this excellent Gold Coast farmers market has now permanently moved to the Arts Centre Gold Coast and is on every Sunday morning from 6am to 11:30am.
The old location of the Turf Club had proved popular with both stall owners and locals but in recent months it had very much outgrown the space. It is now thriving in its new home and flows perfectly around the cultural precinct and picturesque Evendale Lake.
There is a great range of stalls from fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, coffee and food stalls, jams and preserves, health and beauty products, flowers and plants, clothing and gifts, pet treats, baked goods and bread and fresh juice. You can even get a massage.
The prices are pretty reasonable but you need to shop around as some stalls are cheaper than others. You can pick up some real bargains and also I really like the idea of buying directly from the farmers and owners, and giving back to the local community.
The stalls begin at the front of the Arts Centre entrance and expand around the back by Evandale Lake. Its not just stalls, there is lots of entertainment too.
Located at the top of the Arts Centre steps are local musicians and singer offering some cool jazz and funky sounds to sit back and relax too. Around the back there is more entertainment with more singers or street entertainment. There is plenty of shaded seating with tables and chairs in a number of locations and also some bails of hay dotted around for those who want a quick rest.
The food stalls range from organic protein balls, falafel, breads, burgers, crepes, doughnuts, pancakes and sausages - pretty much most food groups covered from healthy to the certainly not healthy. Whatever you are in the mood for you are sure to find something that satisfies everyone in the family.
The entertainment is really good - I have been twice and the first time there was a balloon artist and I watched him make the most incredible jet pack for a little boy complete with flames which was very impressive. The second time I went it was a guy singing country and pop songs and he was amazing - lovely voice and talented with the guitar too. I loved sitting under the trees with a coffee and Christmas bun, listening to him sing.
It has a really chilled out atmosphere to it with loads of families and mates just wondering around and enjoying a lazy Sunday morning together. It has just enough people there to give it a buzzing vibe, but it's not so overcrowded that you struggle for space. It does get hot though, so make use of the shade and take a hat and sunscreen.
It is just a brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning - drinking coffee, eating some fresh food and sitting under the shade of the trees overlooking the stunning lake with the Surfers Paradise skyline in the background. Perfectly Gold Coast.
Located on Bundall Road, it is super easy to get too by public transport from Robina, Pacific Fair and Southport. If you are driving there is plenty of parking at the arts centre grounds, and as it's on a Sunday it is free. Definitely worth a visit.