It’s wonderful to see the Yarra Glen Market back where it belongs – at the Racecourse. On this expansive space set in the greenery of the Yarra Valley, this is another one of the CMA’s signature markets popular with locals, tourists and Melbournites looking to explore beyond their urban surroundings.
There are around 300 stalls and with a criteria of hand-made / home-made, you’ll find exquisite food, clothing, homewares, plants, cards, artwork, muesli, veggies, fruit and so much more. The quality is exceptional – you won’t find imported rubbish here and its fabulous to see the ingenuity and creativity of people. Everything sold at the new market has to be fresh, home-made, good value and above all exceptional quality. Tick!
As with any market in Victoria, come prepared for ever-changing weather. Pop that brolly in your bag if you’re not sure it’ll rain because it most probably will. The mornings can be chilly but in the warmer months the sun can be scathing, so slip slop slap!
Wondering what to eat? Don’t worry, there are dozens of different places that sell the most delicious food. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or carnivore – you’ll find something that will tickle your taste buds. The photo above shows just some of the food on offer with chairs, tables or on this sunny day, lots of green lawn to spread out on.
I bought one of these bags from Urban Tree House (above) and have been using it daily. It’s a fabulous lightweight everyday bag that I can see will last me a long time. The simplicity of these bags are the secret to their success along with the sweet patterns and designs.
Keep your eye out for some different gift ideas such as these large rulers (above) as an alternative to measuring growing family members on the door frame. No market is complete without plants and shrubs and there are a number of stallholders that bring their greenery along to sell. Their knowledge and expertise is something you can draw upon in choosing items for your garden.
For parents there is a perfect grassy lawn area under large leafy trees where you can have a picnic while the kids are on the playground. Or make the most of the animal farm near the grandstand, face painting or stalls that are for kids. Take time to soak up the beautiful Yarra Valley views.
If you like to beat the crowds, come early or for the last hour that it’s open. Otherwise, expect lots of people, prams, wheelchairs, kids, families, singles, couples – you name it – they come to this great market.
You can also explore the small town of Yarra Glen with the Grand Hotel, the little cafes that are popping up, antique shop and homewares. The Chocolaterie is only a short drive from the market and you can find more information here. Yering Station Vineyard is five minutes away and you can find more information here and the Farmers Market here.
STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market, you can register your interest by clicking here.
OPENING HOURS: 9am to 2pm. Operates the first Sunday of every month. Closed January, July and August however, there is a second market date in December which is a Twilight Market.
LOCATION: Yarra Glen Racecourse, Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen. 54 kms from Melbourne.
PARKING: There is plenty of parking onsite with a cost of $4 and the money goes back into the community.
TRANSPORT: For information on buses please visit PTV here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access with all stalls accessible on pathways.
ATM: The nearest ATM is in Yarra Glen. Please bring small notes as it’s problematic if everyone brings $50’s. Many stallholders have EFTPOS and credit card facilities.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Not permitted. Please abide by these rules.
FOOD: There are plenty of food vans including pizza, donuts, calamari, souvlaki, paella, freshly squeezed juice, poffertjes and more.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets located at the Racecourse near the grandstand.
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