Free coffee as Remarks market returns for summer

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Queenstown’s popular Remarkables Market returns this weekend, offering free coffee to the first 15 buyers.

It opens tomorrow from 8.30am to 1pm – and will continue every Saturday until March 30.

The market, in the big red barn about 100 metres from the main entrance to Remarkables Park Town Centre, is also open to schools, clubs and not-for-profits to fundraise.

Remarkables Market is still accepting applications from potential traders but recommends people register early to guarantee their place. Vendors can secure their stalls in advance for either an 11-week or 23-week period, or on a weekly casual basis.

An exciting new initiative is a Produce Exchange table. Any excess homegrown produce can be brought to the market from 8.15am to be purchased, then on-sold at the market by a local fundraising group. For the first two weeks to kick-start the exchange, people are asked to donate their produce, and the first 10 will get a Bacon Buttie in exchange for product.

Wakatipu High French students and teacher Guillaume Charton will be the market’s ‘friendly market helpers’ throughout the season to help with fundraising efforts for a class trip to Noumea.