Portarlington Mussel Festival
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Saturday 11th January 2020
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On this day in 1693 Mount Etna in Sicily erupted with devestating effect.
On 11th January 2005, Australian composer
Portarlington Mussel Festival
This community festival is one of the most popular bayside holiday festivals in
Victoria attracting around 30,000 people and is also a White Hat
favourite. As you might guess the chief focus is
on the locally produced mussels,
but other attractions grow year by year including:
- Live entertainment
- Kids activities
- Cooking demonstrations
- Art & Photo exhibitions
- Food & Wine producers
- Products to try and buy
needless to say, plenty of mussels.
Congratulations to the volunteers who
make this happen each year. Details at
Portarlington Mussel Festival >>
Drysdale Community Craft Shop Inc
The Drysdale Community Craft Shop has a range of unique uandcrafted uoods made by their members, Specialised baby bear, band bmbroidery, bnique jewellery, folk art, fand made cards, wedding charms, Australiana, paintings, patchwork & quilting. They also have a Lay-by and Order Service.
Geelong Greyhounds Saturday Community Market at Beckley Park.
A large indoor/outdoor market with variety stalls, produce and food.
Laverton Rubble & Riches Market
A large indoor/outdoor market with trash & trasure, produce, clothes, furniture, hardware and a range of other goods. White Hat guarantees that if you are looking for a drive shaft for a 1983 Monaro or a missing pice of that Royal Doulton tea set then it will be there. We're just not quite sure where.
Mill Markets Newcomb
A large indoor market with permenant and casual stallholders selling antiques,collectables, vintage clothing, homewares, memmorabilia and retro fashions. White Hat suggests that if you enjoy the Chapel Street Bazaar in Melbourne you will find a similar range of items at the Newcomb Mill Market but with more space to move.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Almost 200 hectares of grassy plains and sweeping river terraces are home to a collection of animals from the grasslands of Africa, Australia and Asia.
An impressive museum exploring the maritime history of Southern Port Phillip Bay. More information >>
A four storey sandstone steam mill built in 1856. This venue hosts various exhibitions throughout the year. More info >>
The Mansion at Werribee Park
Great Ocean Road
Apollo Bay Market
An outdoor market with 20 to 50 stalls selling home made produce and handcrafted goods as well as local produce. Stalls are only available to local residents or rate payers and hence this market truly reflects the craft and produce of the Otways region.
A very large building (originally a butter factory) with a large range of
antiques, collectables, old wares and plenty of surprises. White Hat recommends
that if you are travelling the Princes Highway between Geelong and Warrnambool
that you take a break at the Pombo Mart. There is a cafe and one of the
proprietors is Peter Brocklehurst "The singing cobbler" continues to ply his
trade repairing watches and shoes, cutting keys and engraving. More information
at Pombo Mart
Port Fairy Craft Market
Featuring craft and other goods
Torquay Central Farmers Market
Local & regional bread, cheese, organics, eggs, vegies, berries, jam and honey. White Hat has not yet attended this market but when we do we will let you know what we think.
New Fashion,Vintage and Cultural Art, become a stall holder in Lorne new indoor permanent market, we do all the hard work for you selling your products seven days a week, prime beachfront location in the heart of lorne's lively shopping hub, stalls and wall space available now.
Warrnambool Mill Markets
A market operated in the same style as the mills markets in Newtown and
Daylesford. Stalls are available on a monthly lease and you will find all manner
of clothing, jewellery, antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac. The market is
located in the factory and gardens created by
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Muesum
Grampians & the blunt end
Johnny Mullagh Cricket Centre
Wimmera, Mallee & Mildura
Nyah Lions Market
An outdoor farmers' market which also has secondhand goods and entertainment.
Uncle Bob's Country Market
A small outdoor market promoting tourism in the local region.
Goldfields & Macedon Ranges
Naturipe Fruits - Pick Your Own and Farm Gate Sales
Naturipe Fruits has both pick your own and farm gate sales. (please note -
Pick your own
*Entry is free except for cherry picking where there is a small entry charge
Apple seasons are Royal Gala (Feb); Golden Delicious (March);
Early Fuji (late-Feb); Late Fuji (April); Pink Lady (late-April to May);
Granny Smith (April)Farm Gate Sales
sale are fresh-picked daily and and are not waxed or stored or use any
chemicals. As well as the fruits listed above,
is also available.
For current details consult the
Naturipe Fruits website
Daylesford Mill Markets
A large indoor market with an emphasis on antiques, retro fashion and
collectables. New stallholders are welcome. White Hat recommends that the
serious browser for retro and memorabilia sets aside plenty of time because
there are a large amount of goods on display. More information at
Daylesford Mill Markets >>
Ballarat Antique Market
This large antique market with a wide range of items is located on two floors of an old school building and also contains a museum with a small entry charge.It is morein the nature of a very large antique store and does not appear to have the space to cater for casual stallholders. When White Hat last visited (in April 2008) there was also a specialist coins area.
Ballarat Computer Swap Meet
A large number of stalls selling new and second hand computer equipment and related goods. A small entry fee applies. (Note - the dates and venue of this event can
vary. Click here to
confirm the current information on this event.
Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market
A true Farmers Market. Situated on beautiful Lake Wendouree, the Ballarat Lakeside Market dishes up some of Victoria's freshest produce. While enjoying the live music you can sample & buy from up to 50 specialist boutique stalls featuring fresh fruit, herbs & vegetables, free range poultry and meat, deli style foods, regional wine, coffee, sausage sizzle and much much more. The Lake has never tasted so good.
Bendigo Community Farmers’ Market
farmers' market featuring seasonal produce. White Hat suggests you make a
morning of it and take in the cooking demonstrations and talks which take place
This market has been accredited by the
Computer Swap Meet
Featuring local and Victorian traders.
Kyneton Farmers' Market
A monthly farmers' market that showcases the wine and produce of the great central province - right in the heart of Piper Street Kyneton.
Skipton Indoor Craft Market
Held at the Mechanic Hall in the heart of Skipton (54kms west of Ballarat on the Glenelg Hwy). Hand crafted jewellery, concrete garden ornaments, natural soy candles, knitted clothing and quilts, crystals, hobby craft and wooden toys, plants and home baked goodies. New stall holders welcome.
Wesley Hill Market
Locally grown produce, plants, flowers, books, antiques & bric-a-brac, etc
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery
Australia's oldest regional gallery. and home of the
original Eureka Flag. More info >>
Bringalbit is a country property near Mt. Macedon retaining some of its
original remnant Peppermint Gums,
Yellow Box and Manna Gums fail to break the winds. These have been supplemented
confers, oaks, willow and poplar thickets, Monterey pines and Osage trees,
nearly all planted in the 19th century. The large trees, together with a small
creek feeding a couple of dams and the garden lake before cascading down it’s
rocky falls below the spillway forms a peaceful retreat in country Victoria.
There is a 60metre Quince Walk that delights in Spring and Autumn. Elsewhere in
the garden swathes of roses,
lavender, dianthus and gaura soak up the sun on the north facing terraces with
their silver foliage context of snow-in-summer edging. There is a small entry
charge per person
(children free). More info >>
Forest Glade Gardens
Forest Glade Gardens is one of Australia's finest private gardens. It is
short trip from Melbourne and is open to the public from September to May. It
features large exotic trees, a
bonsai house, a woodland section, a
fern gully a blue bell patch and
an impressive daffodil
lawn during spring; a topiary
garden, two aviaries, a laburnum arch, a
peony walk highlighted with
climbing roses, as well as
numerous pergolas, ponds, fountains and statues. Entry $8 per head, (children free);
More info >>
Bealiba Community Market
Home produce, manure, trash & treasure., art and craft. Please note: We be beieve this market may now be defunct but have not been able to contact the organisers as yet to confirm this.
Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market
Over 150 stalls featuring home baked goods, fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs (often direct from the farmer), toys, clothes, pottery, hand made gifts, plants,and books. White Hat recommends that anyone travelling along the Hume Highway on the second Saturday of the month makes the short diversion off the highway for a pleasant break.
Wallan Old Time Market
An indoor / outdoor variety market with over 150 stalla featuring bric-a-brac, second hand goods and a wide range of other products
"The Willows" Museum
"The Willows" Museum
Benalla Costume & Pioneer Museum
Rosebud Community Market
Featuring a wide range of goods. The market on the 5th Saturday of the month is a trash & trasure market.
Vintage Market (Rosebud West)
Vintage Market - held at Broadway Bazaar. This is a permanent market, full of vintage and retro bargains
held in the old Broadway Theatre in Rosebud Pde, Rosebud.
(beach side of the Rosebud Cinemas.) With over 60 permanent stalls of clothing, bric a brac, collectables, jewelry, curios.
Café attached. Ph (03) 5982 1212. Open 7 days. Mon - Sat : 9.30am - 5pm. Sun : 10am - 3pm
. More information at
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
The Museum of HMAS Cerberus
The Sorrento Museum and Heritage Gallery
South Gippsland, Latrobe Valley & Phillip Island
Coal Creek Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market is held in the main carpark and picnic area with ample parking just metres away.
The market is placcy bag free so BYO your trolley, baskets and reuse your own plastic shopping bags.
Farmers Market@The Old Cheese Factory
This market is on the second Saturday of the month and complements the long running Casey-Berwick Farmers Market also held at the Old Cheese Factory on the 4th Saturday of the month.
There is a wide range of farm fresh produce including organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and olive oils, specialty breads, free range chicken and eggs, varieties of meats including lamb, beef, veal, pork and venison, together with baked goods, preserves and herb and vegetable seedlings and much more.
The market has been accredited by the Victorian Farmers Market Association.
It is run by the Berwick Woodworkers Club who collect a $2 donation from shoppers and these funds are used to support local community groups. More information at
Old Cheese Factory Farmers Market
Rokeby Community Market
An indoor/outdoor market selling a range of goods including local produce.
Yarra Valley & Ranges
St Andrews Market
Craft and produce stalls in a delightful bush setting. Melbourne's favourite 'hippie market'. More information on
An outdoor market at the foot of Mount Dandenong comprises of a large Fruit and Veg stall, ferns, natives, rare bulbs, statues, jewelry, arts and crafts and many more. Water and some powered sites are available both Saturday and Sunday.
Healesville Organic Farmers Market
A small market offering produce direct from the grower and featuring organic breakfasts.
Mont De Lancey Farmers Market
The market is held in the grounds of Mont De Lancey Historical Home, Gardens & Museum situated in Wandin, where you will find Free range beef, Cakes and cookies, Artisan Bread, Wine tasting, Seasonal fruit & vegetables, Olives & Extra Virgin Olive Oil and much more.
National Rhododendron Garden
At The National Rhododendron Gardens you will find brilliantly coloured
blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal
changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you
can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage
shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds. More
National Rhododendron Garden
The Singing Gardens of C.J.Dennis
High Country and north-east Victoria
An outdoor market with a wide variety of home grown and hand crafted goods plus train rides.
Myrtleford Community Produce Market
An outdoor market with about 20 stalls where local producers sell vegetables, fruit, nuts, plants and other produce in season. Home cooked muffins are also available, Depending on the weather and other circumstances the market may continue for several Saturdays after the Easter Saturday cut-off each year.
East Gippsland & the pointy end
Metung Farmers Market
A true community Farmers Market held on the picturesque Village Green in the heart of Metung. White Hat can recommend a visit to Metung as one of the more relaxing venues for a farmers' market in Victoria.
Sale Swing Bridge
The bridge opens at 3pm and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 11am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. More information at The White Hat Guide to the
Sale Swing Bridge.
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