Red Hill Candle Co has been on the market scene now for 3 years offering our locally handmade candles, room sprays and diffusers. But long before this we were budding market aficionados, frequenting them to find amazing locally grown produce and handcrafted goods. This list is jam packed with helpful information to get you on your way to exploring the best Mornington Peninsula markets year round and to plan your visit here so it coincides with these great community events.
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TOP 5 MORNINGTON PENINSULA MARKETS
(Always check individual markets websites when planning your visit as from time to time dates change for various reasons. You can click the market names below which will take you there.)
1. Red Hill Market - First Saturday of each month (Sep-May)
**Note that March Red Hill Market is cancelled. Instead Point Nepean Portsea Market will be held Saturday 7th March - we'll be there!**
We like to think of Red Hill Market as our home away from home. It’s packed with amazing stalls, the freshest local produce and you’ll find lots of quality one off buys here. Our big tip for this one is to arrive early! The market runs from 8am-1pm and can get busy because it’s so incredibly awesome and therefore popular. Located in the heart of Red Hill this is the perfect morning adventure before moving on to lunch at a nearby winery or brewery.
2. Emu Plains Market - 3rd Saturday of each month
This market is held under the stringybark trees at Balnarring Racecourse which couldn’t be more pleasant. Not only are there numerous coffee carts dotted in amongst stalls but there are also fantastic local wines on offer to try as well as musicians creating the ultimate ambience. This market has upwards of 200 stalls which are carefully vetted for quality, craftsmanship and design so you’ll be sure to find some excellent items here. A bonus tidbit - I find that even when the weather forecast is looking grim on the peninsula the worst of it usually misses Emu Plains market through some lucky stroke (fingers crossed I haven’t just jinxed this!).
3. Point Nepean Portsea Market - Usually Jan, Apr Sep & Nov around long weekends
Good luck finding a Victorian market location with a richer history than Portsea’s Point Nepean Market held on the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula at the Quarantine Station. You essentially keep on driving through Sorrento, through Portsea and then right into the National Park. The stalls are flanked by amazing old buildings, beautiful views of the bay and grand old trees. Wear your walking shoes and explore the park while you are there. You can find tunnels and lookout points which will take your breath away. The market itself may seem a bit disjointed at first, but as you meander through the trees you will find your way to so many amazing handcrafted goods.
4. The Creators Market - Various dates through the year, Oct & Nov in 2020
This is one of a kind. Held at Dromana Estate Winery you will be spoiled tasting their fine wine and shopping the quality stalls in this market. If you are looking for a dog friendly market on the Mornington Peninsula then this is the one! Here you will enjoy seeing up and coming brands with beautiful designs. Pack your picnic rug and sit on the lush green lawn with your pooch and take it all in.
5. Mornington Racecourse Market - 2nd Sunday of the month (generally)
Look out for their twilight markets over the summer which are made for perfect evenings out with the family. This is held at Mornington Racecourse where you will find other iconic events held throughout the year like Peninsula Picnic, Red Hot Summer Tours, and of course racing.
OK I’ve included a 6th market, but you’ll thank me later! Sorrento Makers Market is held in the main street of Sorrento during winter months… In case it wasn’t already appealing enough to visit this gorgeous town! With top main street shopping vibes and fabulous restaurants perched pleasantly above the bay this is one to keep your eyes peeled for. Dates as at the time of writing these are yet to be released.
OUR GUIDE TO MORNINGTON PENINSULA MARKET DATES
Now that you are all up to speed on our favourite markets and where we like to hangout you can download our complete guide to 20+ markets across the Mornington Peninsula>>>
5 TIPS TO ENJOY YOUR MARKET VISIT
- Dress for the weather! No one likes getting caught out without a brolly or coat if weather takes a turn!
- Come with an empty stomach as there is bound to be delicious things to taste test and food trucks worth trying!
- Look for bargain offers but remember these talented folks are creating hand-crafted items. Be respectful of the time and effort it takes to make these specialities.
- Ask stall holders lots of questions! We love being there and you'll feel so much more love for your purchase when you get to know the person who made it.
- Bring the family. Our local markets are great for wandering with the kids who can learn a lot along the way and get their face painted or jump around on the playground. Also you’ll often find one of local animal farms set-up for petting.
Check out the "Upcoming Markets" page on our website to find us.