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5 Ways To Rock The Foragers Market

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Every Sunday the northern suburbs of the Illawarra wakes up to the Foragers Market at the Bulli Showground a wonderful coming together of food, family, friends, artisans, producers and of course good coffee.  Started in 2014 it has grown to become the hippest place to hang on a Sunday.  If you are only in town for short while follow my tips to get the most out of the market;

Get In Early

Breakfast At the Markets

The market only runs from 9am – 2pm so it gets rocking early.  Get yourself a great park and plan to have breakfast onsite there is a delicious array of food that is ready to eat and fresh, fragrant coffee. They sometimes collect a gold coin donation for local charities for parking so take your spare change.

Pack Cash, Camera and a Carry all

Baskets

There is an ATM on site but taking a bit of cash will get you started and avoid those pesky fees. The founder Kirrily has created a magical wonderland with lights strung up, music, baskets, flowers, retro furniture, sweet signs and play areas for the kids – you will want to Instagram everything so go prepared.  The lovely lady also provides an array of baskets for use at the markets so help yourself at the front or take your own to get into the vibe.

Cool Off and use the Cool Room

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The left hand side of the markets have all the fruit, vegetables and staples like bread and gourmet butter while the right has food that is ready to eat mixed in with sweets, honey and sauces.  There is a lady who sells locally made honey from hives she has all around the Illawarra, a gentlemen that sells Irish flat soda bread which is delicious and an Organic farm that has amazing mushrooms and fresh eggs to name just a few. Do your weekly shop and stock it in their cool room so you can wander with your hands free. I always save a punnet of strawberries, blueberries or even mulberries for Ariah Blue to devour at the markets.

Budget for Something Quirky

Quirky_FunBesides an enticing array of food the market also offers services that are a bit of fun. Get your hair trimmed, your tarot cards read, buy some retro Tupperware, or play with some gorgeous animals in the petting zoo.  With several areas to sit and relax, two play areas for kids complete with toys, tents and games, live music, food and drinks – the market is a full day of fun and finishes just in time for an afternoon siesta.

Talk to Strangers

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The friendliness of this market is obvious from beginning to end so take its cue.  The stall holders are lovely and just want to tell you all about their products, the area and their passion for the local community.  The grass areas with picnic rugs are a great place to strike up a conversion with fellow marketers – ask for food recommendations or if they a local and go from there.  Huddle with other parents in the kids play areas (kids provide an endless topic of conversation). Or just kick back and enjoy the sunshine and some tunes by local performers.

Where: Bulli Showground Grevillea Park Road, Bulli NSW
When: Farmers market every Sunday from 9am to 2pm.
Farmers and Artisans market every 2nd Sunday.
Farmers and Vintage markets 4th Sunday of the month.
Cost: As little or as much as you want to spend
Bring: Cloth bags or a basket, a hat/sunscreen
Website: http://www.foragersmarkets.com/

 

 

 

 

Be Inspired Do & See Kids Play Woonona

Woonona Beach Breakfast Picnic

 

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Woonona beach in the early morning light is the perfect place for a beach breakfast.  With hardly a soul around, a light breeze, the sun blazing and a thermos of hot coffee – who needs a café?

Below are your breakfast picnic essentials;

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The Location

On the beach is spectacular but consider the invasion of sand and pack wisely.  We got Ariah Blue to back her bottom up to the picnic blanket and plop down so that her feet stayed on the sand – this worked for a  few minutes.  But the view and the sound of the waves was worth it.  The Woonona pool does offer a sand free place to dine with a lovely outlook over the pool and out over the ocean.

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The Food

We went for the simplest option – what we would normally eat at home packed up and transported. Sultana Bran, fresh fruit and a thermos of coffee.  The Woonona bakery (the one on the right hand side of the chicken shop) has the most divine croissants and if you get there early enough warm bacon and cheese rolls.  They use a smoked bacon which makes the calories worth it.

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The Coffee

I know that most people haven’t used a thermos since 1969 – but we somehow we had two tucked away in the cupboard and filled one with milk and one with coffee.  But if you need something a bit more 2015 then you can pick up your brew at the North Break Café opposite the park and walk it to your picnic.

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The Extras

The waves will surely entice you in so pack/wear your swimmers and take some towels.  Wet wipes, plastic bags and a tea towel always come in handy.

 

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