I have followed Roleystone Markets from its inception just two years ago, to its present position as a major market destination. The saying 'it's the place to see and be seen' really does apply due to the hard earned reputation for variety, quality and their handmade/no imports philosophy.
Handpicked carefully positioned stalls offer a great range of excellent quality home grown and handmade products. Roleystone Markets keep up variety by only allowing a few of the same types of vendors to trade on the day.
Sunday, June 14 is the perfect time to escape the city and head for the Perth Hills. The little village of Roleystone invites you to enjoy a great winter market experience from 10am to 3.00pm.
Turning onto the Brookton Highway, off Albany Highway Kelmscott, takes you through rolling hills to the Roleystone Markets, situated in Cross Park. Turn off at Holden road and follow the signs to the market location situated along Jarrah Road between Wygonda and Heather Road, just 30 kilometres south east of Perth. Yet, the city feels far-off in the secluded wooded hills.
A good selection of food outlets will fuel you as you snap up quality hand crafted or home grown products from the varied collection of stalls. Come down and check out all the food vendors including, taste bud exciting middle-eastern street food by Meast, Turkish Gozleme by Turkish Saj and for those with a sweet tooth, Sweet Bagels.
The local volunteer fire fighters will be raising funds by operating the sausage sizzle, Want more than a sausage in a bun, then try their egg and bacon burger. What could be better on a cold winter morning than the smell of sizzling bacon?
Food vendors and Not For Profit groups providing activities ensure Roleystone Winter Market is a great family day out.
Search out your unique treasure
Among the unique stalls, you will discover stunning metal artwork by Galaxia, beautiful flower displays by House of Primrose and mouth-watering treats by the Little Raw Store.
There is a diverse range of hand crafted arts and crafts and local produce. From woodwork chopping boards to glass platters, bowls and light panels all made in local studios around Armadale, to local pottery, cards and handbags.
The huge area allows for a person friendly layout of the stalls, with space to move. The large grassed area is perfect for the kids to run around (even a skate park). Among other attractions will be face painting and the ever-popular bouncy castle.
The kids can enjoy a bonzer bounce while you browse
If you are a 'bloke', why not enquire about becoming a part of 'blokes helping blokes'. They are always looking for new members and welcome men of all ages (over 16 at present). To join, please see their "How to Join" website, call Phil: 0429 688 844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and be a part of something extremely fulfilling.
To become a member you do not need any experience or knowledge, just an enjoyment of gardening. Everyone learns from each other and a qualified Horticulturist is in the group. The gardening is not heavy work, friendly and all produce is shared. Check out their website for more information (and maybe rent a plot). All ages are welcome.
The Coordinators and Supporters
Formed as a sub- committee of the Roleystone Community Garden and with sponsorship and support of the local Community Bank – Bendigo Bank, the Roleystone Market Committee coordinate quarterly markets that are fast becoming a fixture in the Perth market scene and a "can't miss destination", for not only the local community but the Perth community as a whole.
I know it is a cliché but there are 'too many stalls to mention'. So, if you are a vendor attending the Roleystone Winter Market, pen a note in the comments section below.
"A distinctive mix of quality art, craft, provisions and produce"
Photographs and Logo courtesy of the Roleystone Markets Facebook page
Artwork by John F.
Image ("Escape Sign Represents Get Away And Arrow") courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image ("Playing Play Shows Free Time And Youngsters") courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net