By Jessica Anstice
Akoonah Park in Berwick hosted its weekly market on Sunday, with stunning weather, scrumptious produce and exiting entertainment for people of all ages.
More than 5000 marketgoers walked through the gates – which according to the event organisers Gary Maker and Catherine Waters, is a fantastic number for this time of year.
“Our market is a complete joy to run. Many of our stallholders have been with us for 10 plus years so we have a history and community spirit which would be difficult to match,” Ms Waters said.
“The market has evolved over the years from a farmers market with a handful of stalls in the 1986, to a thriving hub for food, plants, produce and handcrafted artworks.”
Foodies were treated to an array of fabulous food, including Dutch poffertjes, churros, donuts and scones, gluten free cakes, multicultural dishes, handcrafted sorbets, spectacular egg and bacon rolls, burgers and more.
Children were entertained with pony rides, and adults with live music performed by local artists.
“We love this market because we have regular customers coming to see us, but we also like the community spirit which exists amongst the stallholders and customers alike,” stallholder Gary Oliver said.
“We are often amazed by the distance people will come to visit our market. For example, this week we had customers from inner city Melbourne, Lang Lang, Drouin and Cranbourne.
“We have even had customers buying plants whilst on holiday which were heading to NSW.”
The next Akoonah Park Market is confirmed for Sunday 16 February.