Brisbane’s newest lifestyle markets will combine local farmers produce with street foods and interactive workshops in Greenslopes.
Held every Sunday from 31 July at Greenslopes State School, the new lifestyle markets will not only allow locals to do their weekly shopping, but also allow them to have a bite to eat, participate in interactive workshops, check out some stalls and enjoy a bit of live music, too.
Organiser Jemanda Hannouf says the markets will provide everything locals need.
“We really want to have everything there for the locals, so they don’t need to go to the grocery store,” she says.
“From deli items, like olives and fetta to fresh artisan bread and fruit and vegetables, they can get everything fresh and local.
“We’ve even got the local florist here, with her beautiful fresh flowers.”
Jemanda says supporting small businesses and local farmers is a real passion of hers.
“You buy something fresh from them and the money goes straight back into their produce, whereas you buy something in the supermarket and it goes straight to the middle man,” she says.
“We have stallholders who get their produce fresh from the farm every day, they arrive at 3am in the morning and it’s all freshly picked for you. It’s important to support these guys, because they work so hard.
“We have a French baker who comes to our markets; he’s amazing and has been baking of 30 to 40 years. He and his wife bake all night for us. It’s amazing to see that.”
The markets are set to be held on the shady lawns of Greenslopes State School. Jemanda says the lawn idea stemmed from her love of the Greenslopes area.
“I went to school at Greenslopes State School, I grew up in the area and my office now is just around the corner at Stones Corner, so it’s an area I’m really passionate about,” she says.
“Going back to my school is really special; it’s a really old school so it’ll give the markets a real old trendy vibe. We’ll have picnic blankets under these big old trees there I remember from when I was a kid, which will be great to have a coffee under.”
Hungry market-goers will be able to satisfy their tastebuds at a range of food trucks and stalls, dishing up street eats and international cuisines; including Greek, Vietnamese and Hungarian options.
There will also be live entertainment by young and local artists, as well as performances by Greenslopes State School kids and a range of unique stalls.
Jemanda says the markets will also feature a range of interactive workshops and demonstrations to participate in.
“Once we get up and running we’ll have different workshops each week, there will be yoga starting in the summer, as well as Thai cooking classes coming soon and demonstrations,” she says.
“In the future we’re thinking of doing origami, knitting, painting and photography classes, and school holiday activities like cupcake decorating.”
Markets on the Lawn will kick off on Sunday 31 July at Greenslopes State School. For more information visit Markets on the Lawn’s Facebook page.
It’s just the latest in a series of new markets launched in recent months, including The Milton Markets, Beenleigh’s Early Bird & Breakfast Markets, the Hawthorne Twilight Markets, and the upcoming Brisbane Daylight Markets.