Vic Park Farmers Market

On Sunday, we dropped by the first Vic Park Farmers Market, held at John McMillan Park in East Victoria Park. The market is a fundraising initiative by the Parents and Citizens Association of Victoria Park Primary School and will be on every Sunday from 8am to 11am.

There was an excellent turnout, with more people rocking up than expected. Clearly, I wasn’t alone in looking forward to a farmers market in Vic Park. By 9am, the crowd left little wiggle room around stalls, especially near the bagels and coffee, which proved very popular, and some food stalls sold out well before 11am. The market organisers plan to spread the stalls out a bit more for next week, and no doubt stallholders will come with more stock. It’s always hard to know how many will turn up when you’re starting up a new event. I’m sure they’ll keep tweaking and improving – it was a great effort for the first one.

There were over 30 stalls at the market, with an emphasis on fresh and ready-to-eat Western Australian-grown and produced food. My pictures capture only some of what was available at the market – other stalls not pictured include Bon Pussy Jamaican recipe chilli sauces; Mr Tapas, cooking up gluten-free sweet spiced rice pudding with poached local fruit and roasted almonds; fresh flowers; a couple more fresh and organic fruit and vegetable stalls; Rawgy, selling vegan-friendly organic raw superfoods; Sunnydale Dairy’s milk and yoghurt; Tammy’s Bakery, specialising in sourdough breads; and more.

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Lots of colouring-in going on at this stall run by the Carlisle/Victoria Park toy libraryKids really got into button badge-making at the stall run by the Carlisle/Victoria Park toy library

DSCF0033Macabee Dorper Lamb from the Avon Valley, selling free range lamb and capretto (goat)

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DSCF0038The Bread Expert is a German bakery from Joondalup

DSCF0039Market-goers enjoyed food and drink at the covered seating. It was also easy to find a shady spot on the grass to sit and eat your food, picnic-style

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DSCF0041Live entertainment

DSCF0051The Holy Bagel Company make traditional boiled sweet and savoury bagels

DSCF0058Miam Miam – a bite of France sold macarons, waffles, and crepes cooked to order

DSCF0067There were several coffee options at the market – this was Jacqui Mac coffee cart

DSCF0140Top Dup served hot, iced and cold drip locally roasted Darkstar coffee

DSCF0087Antz Cold Brew coffee is roasted, brewed and bottled locally by Antz inya Pantz Coffee Company from East Victoria Park. It’s served ice cold and less bitter than you’d imagine – I don’t like drinking hot black coffee, but I really like this. They had free samples for tasting

DSCF0069I love eating paella at food markets and I love rice for breakfast, so I waited for Soul Cocina’s paella to be ready

DSCF0110Seafood paella with prawns, cuttlefish, chicken and chorizo (AU$13) – delicious! There was also vegetarian paella (AU$12) with artichokes, eggplant, zucchini and preserved lemon

DSCF0100Baguette Me Not serve Franco-Vietnamese fusion street food. They made bahn mi to order with options including lemongrass chicken, pulled pork, mushroom (vegetarian) and a bacon and egg ‘breakfast bahn mi’

DSCF0075Jac’s grilled field mushroom bahn mi (AU$10), with mayonnaise, sauteed onions, pickled carrots and daikon, cucumber, coriander and spring onion. The bread roll was fantastic – lightly toasted, crusty and chewy. I loved this – will try pulled pork next time, I think

DSCF0096We shared a fresh juice from Juicy Chai Wallahs – the Green Uplifter (AU$6.50) made with pear, apple and lime

DSCF0115The Parents and Citizens Association of Victoria Park Primary School run the market and have their food stall cooking bacon and egg rolls

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DSCF0126Turkish Tucker sold gozleme, dips including hommus and baba ghanoush, and fresh baklava

DSCF0077There were several stalls selling fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables

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DSCF0080Fresh herbs and seedlings for sale by Organic Botanic

DSCF0152There was free water available – in the coolers pictured here, on the left

DSCF0093It’s a dog-friendly market, with a dog wash stand and Go Fetch Bakery, with wheat free doggie treats for sale

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DSCF0155Positioned slightly away from the main market stalls, Barks in the Park provided a wash, towel, dry and perfume service (AU$20 for small/medium dogs, $30 for large dogs). This spaniel was a most dignified customer

DSCF0157The park provided ample room for kids to work off excess energy. Funky Monkey Sports ran 45-minute activity sessions at AU$10 per child – they’ll be at the Vic Park Farmers Market once a month, next time is 13 April

We like to go to the Farmers Market at Manning when we get the chance, but Saturdays can be a bit busy/tricky for us. It’s awesome to have a Sunday option now with the Vic Park Farmers Market.

Vic Park Farmers Market
John McMillan Park, Kent Street
East Victoria Park
Sundays 8am to 11am
Car parking is available on three sides of the park
Toilets and wheelchair access are available
The market is a fundraising initiative by the Parents and Citizens Association of the Victoria Park Primary School
Get latest updates at their Facebook page

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  • Great review Cynthia! Lovely to see these pics too as we were just too busy down in the ‘doggy zone’ to have a look around the other stalls. We did enjoy a delicious coffee and perhaps one of the best blueberry bagels I’ve ever tasted though. Winning! Nina from GoFetch Bakery :)

    • Cheers, Nina. We don’t have a dog but love to see them out and about at markets, all happy, tails wagging, some just bursting with excitement just to see other dogs. Absolutely gorgeous! We had my niece’s birthday party to go to straight from the market so didn’t eat as much as we would’ve otherwise. Look forward to next time. There’s a bagel with my name on it.

  • flower

    I love market. My fav is Manning Farmer’s Market for my organic fruits and veggies. My kiddies love to buy the crepe, the organic hot choc, and I also get my eggs and flowers there. Might try this one too.

    • Flower,
      The crepes and waffles from Miam Miam looked pretty good. I think this market is worth checking out. I am sure it will only get better, too. I like Manning too – we went a few weeks ago.

  • Dea

    That spaniel! :)