Underneath the twisting Stringy bark trees is where you’ll find some incredibly talented locals selling their wares at the Emu Plains craft market.
I recently visited the market for the first time despite living a mere 20 minutes drive away. I always assumed that it would be just the same as all the other big craft markets on the Peninsula but wow was I was wrong!
From the friendliness of the car park attendants to the freshly written welcome signs.The vibe is welcoming, friendly, community orientated and well, just an all round good place to be.
People here seemed relaxed, engaged in conversation and to be thoroughly enjoying themselves, especially those that were sitting on the old milk crates under the shade trees, eating dumplings and tapping their feet in rhythm with the band.The country atmosphere here is certainly unique and like no other market I’ve been to and the stalls all offered things that were individual and unique.
With a diverse array of over 200 stallholders we found fresh produce, vintage clothes and homewares, amazingly talented artisans, sustainably made furniture, a fantastic array of international cuisine,wine tastings, live music and plenty of kids entertainment with jumping castles, Monica the fairy, face painting and more.
What others are saying: Kate says “Love, LOVED the Emu Plains Market!” Kristina says “Best market on the peninsula!” Maureen says “True Meaning of a market” and Hazel says “Gorgeous, unique and totally wonderful". These are just a few of a long list of positive reviews.
The market is held typically on the third Saturday of every month from October to April 9am to 2pm. The January market takes advantage of the balmy summer evenings and runs from 3pm to 8pm.
Car parking is $4 per vehicle with the money going to local community groups.
The market is located at Emu Plains Reserve, Coolart Rd, Balnarring (Balnarring Racecourse) approximately 50 minutes from Melbourne's CBD.