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Mar­kets cre­at­ing com­mu­nity mecca

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - EMMA CLARKE emma.clarke@qt.com.au

A NIGHT foodie mecca is tak­ing over an in­ner-city carpark but there is more to this culi­nary pop-up than meets the eye.

Ur­bane Mar­kets is strate­gi­cally placed at Swifts Sports Club, which it is hoped will help re­vi­talise lo­cal sport­ing and RSL clubs and inject a new wave of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Ur­bane Mar­kets di­rec­tor Ja­son Van Hun­nik said he hoped the con­cept would even­tu­ally ri­val the likes of Eat Street in Bris­bane, Mel­bourne foodie des­ti­na­tions and Con­vent Gar­den in Lon­don.

“Ur­bane Mar­kets is a night mecca mar­ket con­cept that acts as an in­cu­ba­tor for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“It’s a bou­tique mar­ket that has a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing, food trucks, lo­cal artisan mar­kets and in­for­ma­tion stalls. It be­comes a lit­tle zone, a des­ti­na­tion.

“The idea was to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity where we could set up in a lo­cal place and bring num­bers to where it was quiet with the aim of keep­ing com­mu­nity clubs open and ac­tive.”

Mr Van Hun­nik said up to four com­mu­nity clubs, in­clud­ing RSLs and sports and bowls clubs, closed across the state ev­ery week.

What was once a net­work of up to 1800 clubs in Queens­land has di­min­ished to just 800.

The mar­kets are a new and ex­cit­ing food des­ti­na­tion for the com­mu­nity but also an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal sport­ing clubs to grow their pa­tron­age and for food truck op­er­a­tors to have a plat­form to im­prove busi­ness.

Ur­bane Mar­kets is held monthly at Swifts Sports Club, 95A Bris­bane Rd, Booval.

The next one is Halloween theme and will start at 4pm on Oc­to­ber 20.

Photo: Rob Wil­liams

GET READY: Ur­bane Mar­kets di­rec­tor Ja­son Van Hun­nik and Queen of Cup­cakes’ Jo and Joel Bruce are gear­ing up for Halloween-themed Ur­bane Mar­kets.

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