Bright Markets has been on my “markets I must visit” list for quite some time. Several River & Wren stallholders come from the Bright area and have been encouraging me to visit Bright for years now.
Held in Howitt Park on the riverbank, I don’t think I’ve ever been to such a pretty market. The trees formed a majestic ceiling of green over the market stalls.
The riverbank was scattered with market goers picnicing on their market food, playing with children or just sitting reading a book.
The park was the perfect setting for a market, though I suspect the winter markets might be cold!
Arriving an hour after the market opened we drove into an over-flowing carpark. A sure sign of a popular market! Walking down to the park we were welcomed by the the buzz of friends and families enjoying the market busker.
Our first stop was food for my daughter who was “desperately hungry”. A bacon and egg roll from the community barbecue filled her up … for the moment. Though we very soon found our River & Wren market friend, Marobe Cakes & Truffles, and filled our bag with lots of baked delights. Maree’s chocolate brownie is a favourite in our house!
We spent several hours wandering through the market, catching up with our River & Wren friends and enjoying the happy atmosphere of the market.
I discovered that it’s so much more relaxing to shop at someone else’s market! I came home with a boot full of market goodies, but I did forget to go back to Rachel Moon Clothing to try on a dress. Fortunately Rachel will be at River & Wren on Sunday. Hopefully she will still have the red dress in my size!
Rachel with ‘Olive’ modelling the dress I forgot to try on!
I bought my fresh fruit and vegetables from Frank, another regular at River & Wren!
One of my favourite shops is Made in the Country. Steve upcycles and recycles and I’m so excited that he’ll bring this water feature to River & Wren this weekend. Last winter I bought a fire pit that Steve made from an old truck wheel rim. Very clever … and creative!
The Herb Store is another regular at River & Wren who come along with their Australian bush plants and herbs and herbal teas.
We found stalls selling all kinds of produce including nuts, pasta, condiments, honey and bread. Jewellery, candles, clothing, toys, homewares, art and outdoor sculptures were also on offer.
With the warm late summer mountain weather embracing us, we enjoyed a lovely day at Bright. I can now cross this market off my wish list, though I hope to go back again … sooner rather than later!
Just some of my market purchases!
Bright Market is a Make It, Bake It & Grow It market of local produce and artisan products. It’s run by the Bright Chamber of Commerce and is held every third Saturday of the month.
The market is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Or take a special trip to Bright to explore the market. You won’t regret it!
ps – And the bonus is that Beechworth is only a short drive from Bright! Afternoon tea at the Beechworth Bakery and ‘supplies’ from the Beechworth Sweet Company (i.e. the lolly shop!) were factored into our day!