Remember those yesteryears nostalgia of countryside markets? Street Art, food trays, homemade candles and cookies and crowded streets where the playful children almost got lost! Whether it was the ice cream or foot tapping to music everyone had a good laugh and summer was a time to be outside and enjoy some market fun.
I was away from home. But happened to be in Sydney, just in time to visit the Spot Market festival at Randwick, a popular suburb in Sydney.
At the end of the summer in March (in the southern hemisphere) the event takes place annually. This very residential suburb with a few heritage buildings suddenly turns into a great cultural melting pot. ‘The Spot Festival’ proudly attracts not just the local Aussies( as they are called locally)but Greeks, French, Indian, Sri Lankan, Eastern Europeans and Lebanese that make up part of Sydney’s cultural melange. It was amazing and interesting to hear so many dialects on that one street on that day!
Crowds began arriving into Perouse street, a short walk down the main street of Randwick from 11 am. The dress sense was casual and summery: T shirts, shorts, flowing skirts, sun hat and eye shades and sandals or flip-flops. ‘The Spot’ building and adjoining restaurants and cafes became a convenient meeting place, to sit and enjoy a beer or pizza.
The market boasted a wide array of local craft. Home made scented candles, jars and bottles of fruit jam and tomato pickle, exotic fragrant soaps. Such markets offer a chance for women entrepreneurs and learning a new hobby. I met the lady at the candle stall, who is a nurse, and her new hobby is making scented candles.The packaging, hygiene and display were excellent, perfect for gifting. Other stalls had paintings, caricatures, French linen and Indian block print summer wear.
Exotic things don’t come cheap. And cheap things don’t smell or taste so good! Lessons learned.
At the other end of the street a stage was erected for music, kids dance and jamboree, Karaoke.
More fun and laughter at the ‘children’s zone’ with face painting, stick Art, rainbow soap bubbles lifting into the air, whistles and tinkling bells adding to the noise of laughter and baby cries. However, for a little quiet time (if baby or pregnant mummy wanted a rest on a hot day!) there was even a nappy changing room and a mobile ‘Library on Wheels’ filled with big bright children’s books.
Photo courtesy: easternsuburbsmums.com
‘Don’t miss out on the food! That’s half the reason to be here’ nudged our friends. Fancy a burger and chips or Mexican burrito and salsa? The Turkish Gozleme (spinach and cheese pancake), Lebanese bread, South Asian sugarcane juice and Indian /Sri Lankan chicken rice and Naan all stood up for the cultural competition. In addition there were usual stalls of pancakes, ham and cheese, fries and sweet treats.
Now isn’t that a fun filled day out in the sun? vibrant colours, music, food and the company of friends and family, if any. Next year, BE THERE! The Spot Festival, Sydney 2019.
Have you been to any summer street festival? Where? What attracted your attention the most? Let’s hear and share.