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The friendliest markets on the Fleurieu
We're close to the sea, in one of South Australia's historic towns that is most famous for its shipwrecks and within walking distance to the most popular bakery on the Fleurieu Peninsula, but what's missing ? A weekend market of course.
Never fear, the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay have come to the rescue with their regular market held at Lakala Reserve at Port Elliot from 9am to 2pm, just a short detour for cyclists and walkers on the Encounter Bikeway. Held every first and third Saturday throughout the year with some extra days during Easter and January, this market is a must on the list of things to do when at Port Elliot.
The Port Elliot market has around 40 regular stalls (and with plenty of room for a few more) providing you with a great opportunity to stock up on produce, grab yourself a coffee, brighten up your garden, buy a gift or just search for that hard-to-find treasure.
For those looking to grab a bite to eat, the food options are well and truly covered. Dutch Pancakes are a regular favourite from The Pancake House van, while nearby the baker's stall has a mixture of hot or cold serves of gourmet pies, pasties and sausage rolls as well as the traditional morning kickstarters of bacon and egg sandwiches.
If food to take home is more of your need, then you are covered as well. Some seasonal fruit and vegetables looks to have just been picked in the last week, while the home made jams, pickles and relishes are served with a smile that comes from the family who have prepared the goods.
If rest and relaxation is your medicine, then drop in to one of the books stalls and pick up a new novel to read, or call by the massage tent for a quick rub down, or alternatively drop by the Florentine stall or the candle stall for some products to take home that are ensured to make you and the home smell nice.
Other stalls include various pieces of hand crafted goods, bric-a-brac, unique and custom made jewellery, tools, handbags, wheatbags, clothes, caps, hats, sculptures, thongs and chocolates. Meanwhile the visiting dogs don't take long to work out which of the stalls are selling the pet treats.
The dulcet tones of the busker add to the atmosphere, and provide pleasant background sounds while the kids scramble and scream with delight on the nearby playground. With ducks and other occasional birds in the lake at Larala Reserve, the opportunity to do more than browse the market grabs the attention of a few first time visitors.
If you can't get to Port Elliot on a Saturday, then why not try the Goolwa Wharf Markets which are held on every first and third Sunday of every month at the Goolwa Wharf Precinct from 9am to 3pm. The Goolwa markets are slightly bigger with some 80 stallholders, many of whom are regulars at both markets. For further details on both markets refer to the market's facebook page.