Food hub offers sporting chance
Markets creating community mecca
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.
GET READY: Urbane Markets director Jason Van Hunnik and Queen of Cupcakes’ Jo and Joel Bruce are gearing up for Halloween-themed Urbane Markets.