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Back by popular demand
After an unprecedented year of pandemic pandemonium, one event everyone was looking forward to was the Sunset Markets. Heralding the start of summer, the Markets generally open at South Beach in South Fremantle in early December and run through to the end of March. However, this year the future of these popular food markets hung in the balance, as Fremantle Council originally said they could not operate this season. Lots of disappointed punters posted on the Sunset Markets' Facebook page, urging the Council to reconsider Ö and at the eleventh hour, the decision was overturned. Power to the people! So lucky Western Australians can still go to one of the coolest events of the summer months.
Lucky Western Australians can still go to one of the coolest events of the summer months
One of the best ways to spend a balmy summer Saturday evening in Fremantle is browsing what's on offer at the Sunset Markets. Food vans set up on the grass to the north of the South Beach kiosk and serve tasty meals from all corners of the globe. The delicacies include dishes from Thailand, India, Mexico, Japan, Malaysia, Morocco, Spain, Greece, Vietnam, Italy, Argentina, France, Korea and many more countries. With such a cultural smorgasbord on offer, you feel as though you could be anywhere in the world.
Food vans serve tasty meals from all corners of the globe
Besides the great choice of street food, there are pop up bars serving ice cold beers and wine. Local musicians provide live music and there are children's entertainers and face painting to keep the kids occupied. Dogs are welcome too as long as they're on a lead.
The markets boast free parking, but spaces fill up quickly. Extra parking is available on the corner of Douro Road and Hampton Road, but you might be better to cycle or catch the free CAT bus, which runs along South Terrace every 20 minutes until 9pm.
South Beach Sunset Markets is trying to reduce the use of non-recyclable single-use plastic, which has proved to be such an environmental disaster. To this end, the sale of bottled water is banned and customers are encouraged to bring their own utensils. Customers can top up their water bottles at a water station and washing up facilities are provided.
Customers are encouraged to bring their own utensils to save on single use plastic
An inclusive event, the Sunset Markets' Facebook page describes itself as: 'A community-based market providing affordable food, arts and entertainment to young and old, fat and thin, families, lovers and friends.' So gather your friends and family, children and lovers and enjoy an alfresco dinner together. You can eat at tables near the food vans, or why not bring a rug and sit on the grass, or on the beach, and watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean? The perfect end to another day in paradise.
Enjoy an alfresco dinner friends and family, lovers and children