Car boot and farmers markets in Ballarat and surrounds are a great morning our with family and & friends.
You never know what you might find, from fresh fruits, nuts, vegies and home cooked goodies at farmers markets, to furniture, bikes, odds and ends at bargain prices at the car boot sales.
Most have been running for years, if not decades, and are a chance to support not just local producers,Artisans, home crafters & bakers, as well as larrkin wheeler dealer hobbyist second hand merchants, but also the charities and service clubs that run them in some cases.
The markets don't generally have set dates each month- they work off particular weeks of the month in most cases.
There are also the occasional specialist or occasional market event that is organised, such as the inaugural colossal swap meet at the Mitchell park airport each year, which will offer up a veritable treasure trove of rare and unusual goods, and tasty fare.
Visit Ballarat is a great resource for finding excellent markets in Ballarat and surrounds that might be updated more frequently than this site, so be sure to check out their website
The blog eat local Ballarat is also not a bad resource; it has not been updated since 2016, but most of the information is still fairly current.
Dates of Saturday Farmer's Markets Ballarat, 3350 Victoria
1st Saturday of the month 9 am - 1 pm: Bridgemall Farmers Market
2nd Saturday of the month 9 am - 1 pm: Ballarat Farmers Market- Lake Wendouree (Lakeside, opposite the botanical gardens)
3rd Saturday of the month 9am - 1pm Creswick farmers market
4th Saturday of the month 9 am - 1 pm: Ballarat Farmers Market- Brown Hill Hall- 357 Humffray St Nth, Brown Hill (all weather market!)
Dates of Regular Sunday Farmers Markets in Ballarat
3rd Sunday of every Month: Talbot Farmer's market (Talbot 3371)
This market is a popular and varied market which basically takes over the town of Talbot, with streets closed in the "CBD" for the market.
You can get everything from fruit & veggies, to plants, or even a chook, goat or farm equipment, or clothing.
EVERY Sunday! - Daylesford Sunday market
Dates of Regular Sunday Car boot Market in Ballarat
EVERY single Sunday, every month at the Ballarat showgrounds Run by the rotary club of Ballarat south.
There is the odd sunday where the market does not run due to a special event, the show or other reason such as extreme weather- check the facebook page to see if there's an exception or not.
List of Occasional and special interest markets in Ballarat:
Design Exchange Market (At the mining Exchange, Lydiard Street)
Artisan clothing, crafts, sculpture, paintings & ceramics.
Ballarat Swap Meet- Mitchell Park (airport) (19th Feb, 2019)
Possibly the biggest and most interesting market that you are ever likely to see.
Stall holders come from all around Victoria and the entire country to meet, sell wares and have a yarn.
Thousands of stalls + food and other oddments. $10/day entry fee
Ballarat Springfest- Lake (November) Wendouree parade, Ballarat.
Big, bright and bashful- this market festival is a mix between agricultural show, car show& shine, and a swap meet / farmers market.
Expect to see stalls ringing the entire lake!
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It was celebration time for us, and by now as you may have figured from the last few months of posts, our go-to place to treat ourselves to a sumptuous lunch after achieving a big win was the Turret Cafe Ballarat on Sturt Street.
Hopefully readers aren't getting bored of this! I assure you, they don't pay us for these- we just like going there! Why? probably the relaxed atmosphere.
It's a bustling, slightly noisy space, but it has a great look, feel and smell to it. That, and it's on the right part of strut street, where free parking can be found only half a block away, rather than have to worry about overstaying a ripoff voucher meter further into town.
Treat # was the grilled Saganaki cheese on turkish bread with onion, basil and tomato.
Yeah, it looks small, doesn't it? But good things come in satisfying sized packages, and this is no exception.
For a small price of $16.50... its pretty decent value for a deceptively simple, but very well prepared and balanced treat.
Treat #2 consisted of the Prawn, Chorizo & Chilli Linguine.
Don't be fooled by the picture- it's a LOT bigger than it looks and is a very generous serve that left more than enough for both myself, and the lass who stole quite a bit off my plate at every opportunity. I should also mention that the prawns in this are BIG and numerous too!
For a restaurant that is best described as modern Australian or fusion and not an Italian specialist.. they got the pasta just right! fresh cooked, and not soggy or sloppy.
Just the lamb back strap, and some of the more exotic salads. Till next time!Read more link text
I love burgers and Kebabs wendouree ballarat - Bird is the word chicken burger - amazing Ballarat fried chicken
Starving hungry after a long shift at work, I was driving down Howitt street Wendouree when I saw the familiar and tastebud friendly lights of the I love burgers and kebabs burger van, glowing in the distance.
Normally, I go the HSP with these guys, pretty much because it's the BEST HSP in Ballarat, but tonight, such glottony by myself seemd unjustfyable, even if it was incredibly tempting.
The idea of the chicken burger- "bird is the word" had been catching my attention a lot, the last couple of trips here mostly because of the mention of the fact that the recipe for the fried chicken inside was stolen from the proprietor's father... suggesting a long standing, tried and true crowd pleasing recipe...
But in this case, the sheer fact that it advertised "raw slaw" content was enough for me to make a weak justification for my guilty purchase to the lass when i came home smelling of delicious burgers later in the night. I could at least say I'd had some salad/greens/whatever a cabbage counts as.
I guess i'd conveniently NOT mention that I'd up sized to the drink and chippies option. (It's a mandatory, not optional thing, right? I mean, it's beer battered crisp, golden chips and kirks's pasito! not negotiable complementary goods to a satisfying burger meal!)
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MmmmMmmm! check out that thick, crispy, juicy DOUBLE HIT of fried chicken in that there burger, and a good squirt of tangy sauce!!
Undoubtedly ballarat's best chicken burger!
After our first trip to the turret, and watching all the mouth watering looking meals float effortlessly past our noses, propelled by the light footed and very suave staff at the turret cafe, we vowed to come back again next time we were in the area to try out the sumptuous and tempting lunchtime menu.
After agonizing over the menu for a while, and craning our necks to catch a glimpse of the day's popular meals, we finally ordered.
It can be a little difficult to catch the eye of the staff when it's busy, but that's perfectly understandable. Wrestling with the cash register, and what looked like cantankerous old ladies pushing for a split bill on their table can take some time and patience.
Staff are polite and efficient, and the meals came out pretty quickly.
The brioche buns are really, really good- probably made fresh on site, and the burgers as a set, make up a pretty substantial meal, as one would expect, for around $25! I certainly didn't feel hungry afterward.
What was saddening was that while the first slider burger bun was great.. the second and third seemed a bit bland and boring afterward- just a lack of variety I'm afraid. That, and I'd forgotten why I have not ordered a pulled pork bun for ages-
I've never been super-duper impressed by pulled pork. Bit of a gimmicky hipster Melbourne thing, and I was all porked out a few years ago as a result in the CBD. :(
That said, with 3 buns, 3 different sauces or variations would have been a nice touch.
Quite an ordering mistake on my behalf... what caught my eye immediately was the Moroccan lamb Tagine with almonds, but the lass wanted that, so I deferred to her and chose something else.
We actually fought over the dish a little bit- fork for fork it was that good!
Spicy, delicious, hearty! underneath was a very nice cous cous, with little raisins and suchlike mixed in.
Either way, it was a great dish both of us woudl order again anytime!
This time around, I went with the macadamia lemon pie!
The cake was that tempting, we demolished half of it before the photo was taken (sorry folks!)
Probably not as special as the croissant raspberry chocolate cake sampled last visit... but totally up there as a very special treat!
There were still cakes to try, and menu items to sample, so we made another decree we would return again the following month!Read more link text
I dropped into burger brothers & chookas charcoal chicken at Howitt street wendouree for a quick, and hopefully good value lunchtime feed. The food I ordered was competent, fresh, and tasty enough, but I wasn't blown away- for the price I expected a bit more- Sadly, the "big brother" burger turned out to be more like a bland accountant or conservative public servant type, not a bad boy that plays in a band, rides motorbikes, and hoons about in his terminally unregistered commodore, outrunning police on a regular basis.
The shop is a tidy looking place, but to be honest, the decor needs some creative flair- with a bit of effort, it could be made to look a bot more interesting than what appears to be a bog standard retail shop with a few counters, tables and a kitchen plonked in round the back- sadly, its got a a bit of a sterile, generic and impersonal feel.
The owners & staff appear to be Mediterranean, probably Greek, with what looks like multiple generations of the family working the counters and kitchens, and milling in and out of the shop at various points. A few more family photos of years gone by and other more personal touches would go a long way in brightening the place up and giving it some soul. - You see that sort of thing in ethnic foodshops almost universally around Australia, and it gives a homely air to the establishment.
The "big brother" burger I ordered came out quickly, was tasty, with a nice big bun, and decent salad, fresh tomato... perfect bacon & egg... overall a very competent burger, but it wasn't mindblowingly awesome, or unique in any real way.- for the price of $11, plus extra for the chips, I kind of expected a bit more than boring. Maybe some special sauce to zing it up a bit at least?
The big let down was the fact that the meat pattie was bland as cardboard- typical Aussie or maccas american style, when at other Greek shops, they usually do something interesting with it, adding spices, bacon, onions or other vegetables to make it juicier and more interesting, similar to my own burger recipe , which I unashamedly nicked the core of from Nshry in port melbourne.
Possibly my fault for choosing the menu item at the very top, but I did expect that it would be a flagship burger that would have some sort of wow factor.
Burger Brothers & chooks's charcoal chicken also stocks famous Triano's Gelato- I'm yet to give it a go, but it certainly looks pretty good! The charcoal chicken offering or other burgers on the menu may also be worth a raz.Read more link text