The Original Eumundi Markets
The original Eumundi Markets is one of the biggest and the best art and craft markets in Australia. Renowned for its locally made artisan treasures, from an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. Make sure you get along as it’s open rain, hail or shine every Saturday and Wednesday in the beautiful country town of Eumundi which is only 20 minutes from Noosa on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
In 1979, two friends came up with the idea of holding a European style artisan and farmers market in Eumundi. They started with three marketeers setting up their stalls around the CWA Hall, with refreshments served inside. There was a grand total of eight visitors and a turnover of $30.
After only one year of operation, the Original Eumundi Market had gained a reputation as a source of energy, variety, freshness and friendliness, properties that still characterise it today. But it was the policy of its founders and the market’s guiding body, the Eumundi Historical Society (now the Eumundi Historical Association), that made it unique, and that was that all goods had to be locally made. The market embodies their motto which is Make It Bake It Sew It Grow It!
Eumundi Markets Today
The markets quickly gained momentum from those founding days. By 1990 the market boasted 203 stalls, with an estimated attendance of 260,000 people for the year.
You can meet the talented hands behind handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery, and chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights. If you would like to peruse what stall holders are currently trading you can see the list on their Directory
Simply Japanese Bonsai
One of the long standing stalls is ‘Simply Japanese Bonsai’ which has been at the market for the past 23 years. Original stall holder Michael believes the Bonsai Tree creates an illusion of age and is a visual focus of conversation enticing happiness and serenity for all to see. Michael’s passion for bonsai has not waned and he professionally studied the art taking his passion to a whole new level of proficiency. The ‘Bonsai’ literal meaning is ‘tree in a tray’. His aim was to become more competent in the skill of balance and style when planting and pruning his beloved trees.
Another stallholder, Matt and Geraldine of Bee Eco, believe in sustainability simplicity and staying humble. Matt and Geraldine want to lead by example by showing their children that the solutions are all there within nature once you embrace that basic awareness of seeking nature as a way to deliver the answers.Bee E co is one of the bustling businesses that can be found at the Markets, forged from a passion. The drive behind this couple was to produce handmade bee wraps with an array of exquisite, wholesome colourful designs offering a great alternative to plastic, to wrap and store food. Made with GOTS Certified organic cloth, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin, it is this unique brew of natural ingredients that creates a malleable food wrap that can be used over and again! Beeswax Wraps have been traditionally referred to as oilskins. The jojoba oil has powerful antibacterial properties that helps to keep food fresh. The wraps are perfect for storing cheeses, wrapping vegetables, bread, herbs or covering a bowl. The warmth of the hands engages the beeswax to become pliable. When placed back in the fridge the beeswax hardens retaining the shape and sealing in the goodness. They can be washed and reused time and time again. Bee Eco now has an extensive reach of customers with the aid of this Market community to where they are now shipping their product to 30 countries around the world.
Eumundi Market Details
For one of the longest standing stalls, look no further than the 43 years strong Eumundi Fresh Juice.
Market days often need hours of methodical preparation of fruit and vegetables, depending on the season, prior to opening the stall to their bevy of health inspired customers every Wednesday and Saturday. A local wholesaler and sourcing local produce with some from the Eumundi Market stallholders. Using the latest technology in commercial cold pressed juicers their most popular and best selling fruit juice is a ‘Pineapple Fusion’, whilst the humble beet is in the star vegetable juice, named ‘ Get the Beet’.
With most of the stall holders living in the creative hub of Eumundi and its surrounds, therein lies the supportive community of an incredible bunch of talented artisans – potters, painters, jewellers, foodies and the like. By visiting this Original Eumundi Market you will be helping keep their arts community alive and help the makers to keep making.
Not only can you get your shopping and gift giving completed, when you need a break, rejuvenate with a massage, have your palm read, or lose yourself in the stellar line-up of musicians and street performers…..An ideal morning out!
For a full list of who is performing you can check out their What’s On page. You can sit and enjoy a bite to eat while listening to these creative geniuses and even buy a recording if their music forms one of your favourites.
There are also school holiday fun programs like learning to play the ukulele that are sure to keep the kids entertained while you shop and relax in a little ‘you time’.
Market days are Saturdays 7am to 2pm and Wednesdays 8am to 2pm. Eumundi is just over an hour north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway or 20 minutes from Noosa. You can get directions HERE and car parking is available. Alternatively visitors can use a combination of rail and public bus by visiting Translink
We have been attending Eumundi Markets for over 20 years & never been disappointed. Always a great experience buying the homemade products. 💗
I love this market!!! You can find lots of pretty accessories here! Rings, necklaces, bracelets which there are all beautiful and amazing! You won’t got disappointed here. Open every Wednesday and Saturday.
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