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Ballarat Car Boot & Farmers Market dates list 2018

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

http://www.visitballarat.com.au/events/markets

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.

http://eatlocalballarat.com/ballarat-regional-farmers-markets/

Dates of Saturday Farmer’s Markets Ballarat, 3350 Victoria

 1st Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm: Bridgemall Farmers Market

http://bridgemallmarket.com.au

https://www.instagram.com/bridgemallfarmersmarket/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_ipw3OzS-OsKEW2e_HRkDA

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

http://creswickmarket.com.au/

4th Saturday of the month 9 am – 1 pm:  Ballarat Farmers Market- Brown Hill Hall- 357 Humffray St Nth, Brown Hill (all weather market!)

https://ballaratmarkets.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/ballaratfarmersmarket/

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.

http://talbotfarmersmarket.org.au/

https://www.instagram.com/talbotfarmersmarket/

https://www.facebook.com/TalbotFarmersMarket#

EVERY Sunday! – Daylesford Sunday market

http://www.dscr.com.au/sunday-market.php

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/marketballarat/

http://www.ballaratmarket.com.au/

 

List of Occasional and special interest markets in Ballarat:

Design Exchange Market (At the mining Exchange, Lydiard Street)

Artisan clothing, crafts, sculpture, paintings & ceramics.

http://www.thedesignexchange.com.au/dates/

https://www.facebook.com/thedesignexchangemarket/

https://www.instagram.com/thedesignexchange/

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

http://www.ballaratswapmeet.com.au/

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!

The annual springfest is run by rotary Ballarat.

http://ballaratspringfest.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-of-Ballarat-248166368573606/

https://www.instagram.com/rotaryballarat/

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Turret Cafe Ballarat Revisited

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.

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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.

WP_20171004_14_02_40_ProThere isn’t much left on the menu we have not tried yet which isn’t a breakfast item.

Just the lamb back strap, and some of the more exotic salads. Till next time!

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I love burgers and Kebabs wendouree ballarat – Bird is the word chicken burger – amazing Ballarat fried chicken

WP_20170921_22_23_18_ProStarving 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!)

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!

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