Whether it's electronic goods, mattresses or food, shoppers generally get the best deal when they buy direct from the supplier. Gourmet food lovers can do exactly this at the South Bank Growers Market.
The Growers Market is a treat for anyone who appreciates fresh, boutique fare. The markets showcase the produce from the Granite Belt, an area of the Great Dividing Range, centred around Stanthorpe, that has a thriving viticulture industry and is also a successful fruit growing region. With more than forty different stalls offering a wide selection of consumables, the markets bring together the shopper and the producer.
These markets will be held once a quarter (see the South Bank website for dates) and are regional and seasonal; much like a fashion show, the produce will represent trends for the next season. You can find the Growers Market on the lawns facing Little Stanley Street, between Stanley Street and Little Stanley Plaza, between 10.00am and 4.00pm. They operate in conjunction with the weekly South Bank Lifestyle Markets.
The selection from the Granite Belt comprises meats and poultry, wine, coffee, chocolate, produce, liqueurs and cheeses straight from the farm, while previous stall holders include Sirromet Wines, Kingaroy Cheese and Granite Belt Dairy. There are also food and wine presentations and cooking demonstrations. Some stalls are known to sell out so get in early to ensure you get what you want.