Frankton’s European-style food, art and crafts market returns next weekend – and earlybirds can nab a free coffee.
The Remarkables Market is back for a second summer, kicking off on Saturday, October 22. It runs from 8am to 1pm and will last almost six months through to Easter next year.
The first 15 punters to make a purchase between 8am and 8.30am on the first Saturday will get a free coffee.
Other freebies on offer include face painting and balloon toys, 50 herbs for keen gardeners from 8.30am to 9.30am and 50 reusable Envirosac bags from 9.30am to 10.30am.
Separately this weekend, the downtown Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market will run all Saturday and Sunday as part of the Taste Queenstown festival which coincides with the build-up to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals. The market will also run for two days the following weekend.
Taste Queenstown features rolling live entertainment from noon.
Out at Frankton, the Remarkables Market hosts independent artisans, foodies, growers, and farmers, selling fresh seasonal produce and locally-produced, high-quality crafts.
Among returnees are Aspiring Organics, Traditional Heritage Preserves, 3 Little Rascals, Bonjour Café from Arrowtown, Melt Candles, Jackson Cupid Coffee Cart, Gourmet Kitchen, Peonies2U, Gourmet Kitchen, Fresh Fish Brothers, Waitiri Creek, Pretty Kiwi and Mayo Homewares. Also returning are Deep Creek Deli, Kapuka Pork, Church Hill Salmon, Southern Jewels and Gibbston Valley Cheese.
Opening day stallholders will also include Wanaka’s Aspiring Organics fresh fruit and vegetables and Cromwell’s Freeway Orchard with $10 fruit and vegetable specials.
Strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries will be available from the end of November and into early December. Cherries, blueberries and stonefruit sellers will come on board in December and the New Year.
Remarkables Park special projects co-ordinator Olivia Porter, who initiated the market last year but is focusing on other exciting new projects, is handing the reins to market manager Sherryn Smith.
Smith adds new stallholders this season include Stir Tea, Parioli Ltd, Fancypant Designs, Nutlands South, FSB Jewellery and Halo Dog Goodies.
A group of Wakatipu High students and their teacher Megan Ide will act as market helpers during the season to help fundraise for an exchange trip to Queenstown sister city Aspen.
The students will also sell strawberry cuttings and compost.
Clubs, schools and not-for-profit groups looking to fundraise – or local musicians and buskers keen on providing entertainment – are encouraged to contact the market team.
There are still opportunities for clubs, schools and not-for-profit organisations to fundraise, and any local musicians and buskers looking to provide entertainment should contact the market team.
The market is located about 100m from the Remarkables Park Town Centre entrance.