Every second 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 following my tips to get the most out of the market.
The market only runs from 9 am - 2 pm 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.
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.
The left-hand side of the markets has 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 gentleman who 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.
Besides 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.
The friendliness of this market is obvious from beginning to end so take its cue. The stallholders 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 second Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm.
Cost: As little or as much as you want to spend
Bring: Cloth bags or a basket, a hat/sunscreen