Tamahere Market returns this Saturday, June 20, to the delight of organisers, stallholders and loyal customers.
“We have operated for 15 years without a break so it has been a bit traumatic going without the market for three months running,” said organiser Jane Manson of the suspension of the market during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.
“Site holders are very keen to get back into the swing of things and there has been plenty of feedback from the public who are also pleased to be able to come back.”
Some new stallholders will be making an appearance, standing in for regulars whose goods are not available in winter.
Local mandarins will brighten the day and some chilli sauce will debut to heat things up. Mulch and gardening goodies will also make an appearance and NZ children’s books will also feature.
“It should be an exciting morning,” said Manson. “We are all looking forward to it!”
The popular market offers everything from seasonal fruit and vegetables to imaginative art and craft, local wine, delicious cooked food, including Cornish pasties, Dutch biscuits and Kiwi mussel fritters, fresh and smoked fish, bacon, sausages and salami, cupcakes, cakes and biscuits, chocolate, olive oil, jam, chutney and relish, cheese, bread and pastries, fruit juice, great coffee, collectibles, woodwork, clothing, jewellery, toys, glass art, plants, garden art and much more.
Tamahere Market is on from 8.30am to 1pm in St Stephen’s church grounds on the corner of Tamahere Drive and Airport Rd. It is held the third Saturday of every month. More details here.
The antique and collectors fair, usually held nearby in the Tamahere Community Centre, to coincide with Tamahere Market, is no longer being held. Its organisers have given no explanation.