If you are a regular follower of mine, you probably know that I am having some time off for the Christmas break. We are on the Sunshine Coast, Qld and have been having a lovely time.
Today, we headed out to Eumundi for the Markets there. Now, many would have suggested that this is a complete act of insanity due to the crowds expected on probably one of the busiest market days of the year. And it probably was, but I thought it worth the time and effort.
The traffic, both foot and road was horrendous.
The Eumundi markets began in 1979 and it would have only been a year or two after that I visited as a child. A lot has changed in that time, but a lot was as I remembered it. There is no doubt the size is different. When I was there last, probably in around 1985, the whole market was on the pavements of the Main Street. However the feel of the market and the general mix of stall holders felt the same today despite being enormously bigger than I last saw.
If you want to see the website for the “original” market, go here: http://www.eumundimarkets.com.au
There now is both the Original Market and about four other market areas, all maintaining the theme of hand made or grown. In some areas you can find mass produced goods, but these remain in the minority. There is also a lot of wholistic health products, loads of massage and reflexology, more palm or tarot readings than I have ever seen in one place and a simply huge array of food; fresh home produce and cooked food from around the globe.
I want that Paella pan!
The Tibetan Momos were delicious.
My favourite traders were in one of the newer areas, the Eumundi Square. Here are some photos of them.
All in all, a nice trip despite the crowds.