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Around 45 minutes from the centre of Adelaide is the small Fleurieu township of Meadows. With a population of around 750, and being slightly away from the major Fleurieu roads, Meadows is a quiet town that has avoided rowdy crowds, but has attracted a cult following amongst cyclists, bikers, sporting car clubs and picnickers looking to enjoy Battunga Park and the surrounds.
But not all things are quiet at Meadows. Each Easter the town dresses up for the annual 4 day Easter Fair, while October sees the annual Meadows Country Fair / Show on the beautiful Meadows Oval. And it is on the second Sunday of every month that the Meadows Memorial Hall and surrounds, formerly the home of the Meadows Butter Factory, comes alive with the Meadows Country Market. I took a drive recently to see what it was all about, and to engage in some country hospitality at one of my favourite towns on the Fleurieu.
The Meadows Country Market is held from 9am to 3pm, rail, hail or shine. The indoor facilities ensure that adverse weather functions won't impact too much, while outdoors the growing stall numbers spread throughout the car park and seek shelter amongst the trees as they trade their wares.
Stallholders contain a variety of goods ranging from local fruit and vegetables, jams, chutneys, sauces and chocolates to some special handmade products such as cushions, various textiles, patchworks, alpaca yarn products, felts, cards, scrapbooks, candles, soaps, jewellery and glassware.
Outside under the trees, there are numerous stalls plants, flowers and garden materials, tools, toys, books, bric a brac, and other antiques and collectables that play host to a constant traffic of browsers and the occasional bargain hunter.
And if you are looking for something to eat, there are many choices varying from the man selling fresh donuts, the country baked pies and breads, and the Market Café inside the Hall that is run by the market volunteers. But for me it is the charity barbeque that talks the loudest, perfectly positioned at the entrance / exit of Memorial Hall. I am not normally tempted by a Sausage Sizzle but there is something about country meat that has much more taste than the city based sausages.
I have passed through this town many times,sometimes stopping at the bakery for a some kind of beverage and food,but have never been to the Easter Fair.Now that I have read your article and with Easter just around the corner,I will out it in my diary.The Meadows,Echunga,Macclesfield triangle is a delightful area to drive around.Possibly start at Echunga,then to Meadows and onto Macclesfield...then back to the city via Mt.Barker/Hahndorf.