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Warrandyte Riverside Market

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published October 7th 2019
You can't miss this market, it's too big
The Warrandyte Riverside Market is just that, a market along the banks of the Yarra River which flows through Warrandyte.

Market logo
The market's logo.

There is a wide riverside walk and both sides of this walk are filled with 180 stalls, covering several hundred metres in length.

Market stalls
An alley of stalls.

It is certainly the largest market in the Eastern suburbs and the 180 stalls can provide you with almost everything you require of a market and then some.

Market stalls
More stalls.

It is a farmers market, a food market, a plant market, a flower market, a craft market and an entertainment market all in the one location.

plant stall
One of the stalls selling plants.

Several stalls were selling a large range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Market stalls
Veges and flowers here.

Flowers, plants, shrubs and native wildflowers were all available from several stalls as were cut flowers.

plant stall
More plants.

Colourful flowers.

I have never seen so many food stalls in one market. Whatever your tastes, you would be catered for. Many of the food stalls were cooking their goodies while you watched. Gnocchi, dim sims, spring rolls and samosas were all available.

An unusual one for me was the stall selling freshly made
Gozleme, which is a traditional Turkish flatbread with various fillings. It was very popular.

Get your Gozleme here.

Calamari and prawns was another speciality food outlet, all freshly cooked. Pies, pasties and quiches were available as were fresh meats and smallgoods.

seafood stall
See the seafood.

Produce wasn't overlooked with eggs, honey, preserves and even wine tasting.

jars of honey
How sweet it is.

A constant queue was at the egg & bacon rolls, burgers and hotdogs outlet.

food stall
Even the dogs were queuing for a hot dog.

Needless to say all the coffee vendors were kept very busy, especially during the morning coffee fix rush.

Market stalls
Follow the sign to the coffee.

There were many artisans displaying their handicrafts. Jewellery, cushions, flower pots, candles and many others were on offer. Keith from Toymakers of Eltham proudly displayed his handcrafted timber products for children.

Wooden toys
Keith and his creations.

An unusual product was Sarah's Ruler Growth Charts, which are two metre high rulers to chart children's growth. Much better than pencil marks on the walls.

Sarah standing tall.

Olga of Olways Pets is an artist specialising in pet portraits. Many of her works were on display and we could watch her working on her art. Apart from Olga's painted dogs, there were numerous real ones enjoying the morning out with their owners.

Artist at work
Olga at work.

Admission to the market is free and there is limited off-road parking adjacent to the market at $2-00, but you would need to be early to gain a spot. A better option is one of the many off-street parking bays, or along the main street. This will give you the added benefit of a beautiful walk along the Yarra River pathway to the market.

Riverside walk
The picturesque river walk to the market.

Entertainment was not forgotten. Five buskers, spread out along the market displayed their talents. There was a guitarist who slightly amplified sounds were very easy listening. Another sung, a violinist played and two teenage girls sang.

Andrew smiling and strumming.

Children were catered for with a puppet show, which delighted the little ones. Reminiscent of the old Punch and Judy puppet shows, which would probably be banned these days as being too violent.

The puppet show.

Always a children's favourite was face painting.

face painting
Always popular.

Most markets would have hundreds of people passing through on a good day. Warrandyte River Market has thousands. The market operates between 8.30am and 1.00 pm. on the first Saturday of the month. I arrived at 8.45 and it was crowded then.

plant stall
More plants to chose from.

Even if you don't buy anything it is a good morning out, for both you and your dog.
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When: 2 November 2019
Where: Yarra Road, Warrandyte
Cost: Free
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