Bring­ing tra­di­tion back

Sun­day fun-day in works

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

BAR­BE­CUE cook-offs, meringue pie eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions, food stalls and art and crafts will soon be the way of Beer­wah’s Turner Park’s fu­ture.

Calls for tra­di­tional mar­kets “on the other side of the high­way” have prompted Glass House lo­cal Lyn­don Wit­tingslow to start plan­ning.

With all fin­gers and toes crossed, he’ll soon be full steam ahead, fol­low­ing the in­ter­est pro­posed at his gen­eral pub­lic meet­ing ear­lier this week.

The owner of newly opened Fat French­man Patis­serie and Cafe on Turner St has been around mar­kets his en­tire life. He said he’d no­ticed an un­flat­ter­ing change from what tra­di­tional mar­kets used to be, and wanted to reignite the flame.

“My great-uncle used to go to the lo­cal mar­kets and do shows where he’d pick peo­ple up and guess their weight and if he didn’t get it right they’d win a box of choco­lates. I want to bring some­thing like that back,” he said.

“What I hear from the locals in Maleny, Glass House and all around the area is that they want some­thing like this on this side of the high­way.”

The fu­ture not-for-profit mar­ket will show­case lo­cal ar­ti­sans and pro­duce farm­ers, with an el­e­ment of a side-show al­ley.

“We’re in an iconic area. Peo­ple want to go to a day out and have fun, try lo­cal pro­duce... com­pete in a pie eat­ing competitio­n or show their cake-mak­ing tal­ents.”

PHOTO: LACEE FROESCHL

TRA­DI­TION FOR BEER­WAH: Glass House lo­cal Lyn­don Wit­tingslow has a vi­sion of start­ing Sun­day mar­kets in Turner Park at Beer­wah.

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