Ballarat’s top markets
The wintertime will play host to several markets held in Ballarat and surrounds, showcasing the best produce, crafts, food and wine of the region for your retail pleasure. Here are the markets to check out this season.
Take a short drive in the countryside and buy seasonal produce direct from the local producers, growers, bakers and makers as the normally quiet historic streets of Talbot are transformed into a bustling, hive of activity. With music, wine tasting, food stalls and local producers, this market will tick off all the necessary shopping list items including bread, honey, fruit and vegetables, plants, natural soaps, teas, oils, preserves and more! The market is held on the third Sunday of every month, and opens from 9am – 1pm. Afterwards, explore all the rest of this township’s charming offerings and experience a quaint village getaway.
YMCA Winterfest (July 20)
Held as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival, the YMCA Winterfest is an indoor market boasting a range of activities and stalls for the whole family. With over 40 stalls, you’ll find arts, crafts, candles, accessories, jewellery, homewares, chocolates, teas, baked goods, plants, produce, pre-loved books, baby items, toys, clothes and more! Proceeds go towards the YMCA, so you know you’re shopping for a good cause.
The Buninyong Village Mid-Winter Market will be held at the Buninyong Town Hall precinct on July 28. This arts and crafts event features 50 stalls of gorgeous handmade jewellery and clothing, homemade goods, plants, soy candles, succulents, kids toys, artworks, bush foods, and baby goods to name a few!
Dubbed a happy, small-town market, the Creswick Market is located in the picturesque township of Creswick and features free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique locally made goods including arts and crafts and freshly made delicacies. Held on the third Saturday of the month, you can talk directly to producers and designers, and learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to you.
The Bridge Mall Farmers Market brings together a range of elements: produce, food, music, entertainment, and shopping. Held in the heart of the city on the first Saturday of each month, the market features more than 40 stalls selling a huge range of produce. A real farmers market, everything is reared, grown or processed by the stall holders themselves so you can be sure you’re buying direct from the farmers, bakers, growers and makers.
Listen to local musicians as they perform live in the mall, savour some coffee or tea, check out the suite of boutique stores and retailers at the mall, or enjoy the children’s activities and playground. This is a market for everyone.
Held in Memorial Park on the first Saturday of every month, the Beaufort Market offers a range of goods for sale from produce and plants to second-hand goods and jewellery. The market also includes a sausage sizzle raising money for local charities. Afterwards, make sure to check out the township of Beaufort itself and see what treasures you can unearth.
The Clunes Farmers’ Market is a fresh produce market situated in the historic village of Clunes – Victoria’s first gold town known for its intact 19th-century streetscape. You’ll be immersed in a true goldrush experience as you shop for goodies including locally-grown fruit and vegetables, free range meats, eggs, olives, wines, bread and pastries, as well as a whole lot of homemade sweet treats and coffee.
Held on the fourth Sunday of every month, the Avoca Riverside Market provides visitors with the tranquillity and natural surrounds of the Avoca River. Meander around the market, browse the wide variety of stalls, and explore a relatively unearthed part of town.