Thursday 12 August 2010

Introducing Canberra's Old Bus Depot Markets

Seen one market, seen them all. Think again...

Whether you’ve heard of them before or not, the Old Bus Depot Markets have definitely made an impression on the visitors who’ve passed through its doors over the past 16 years. Renowned for its diverse flavours, fun and a vibrant market atmosphere that’s popular with people of all ages, the markets’ success has also been recognised with its induction into the Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame and inclusion into the top ten Canberra ‘Places of the Heart’.

On most Sundays of the year, and on Saturdays in December in the lead up to Christmas, a visit to the Old Bus Depot Markets will see you spoilt for choice.

“Visitors can browse, taste and buy from over 200 stalls, all of exceptional quality and featuring unique items that are handcrafted by local and regional artists, craftspeople and food producers,” said Old Bus Depot Markets Director, Diane Hinds.

The markets unfolded from an initial idea that started to germinate in 1992. Morna Whiting was the ideas genius and mulled over her early concept for a high quality weekly market. She looked at buildings, chatted to people about what makes a good market and thought about style and products. Enter Diane Hinds, a friend who Morna invited to be involved, and who brought another range of skills and matched enthusiasm.

“We wanted a place full of wonderful characters and their products. Put that together with the Canberra community and good things have happened,” Ms Hinds said.

The Old Bus Depot Markets are located in the Old Bus Depot building on Wentworth Avenue in Kingston, Canberra. They are easy to access and have ample free parking. Open every Sunday 10am – 4pm.

“And with a wide range of food stalls to enjoy lunch, a coffee or a quick bite to eat, your first decision is just where to start,” Ms Hinds concluded.

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