A GIRLS’ WEEK­END AL­WAYS IN­CLUDES A STOP AT EU­MUNDI

Great mar­ket­place where all your shop­ping wishes come true

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO - SHIRLEY SIN­CLAIR

AGIRLS’ week­end in Noosa has be­come a rit­ual for me and my friends as we head to­wards the fes­tive sea­son. And Eu­mundi Mar­kets on a Sat­ur­day morn­ing is al­ways the first stop on the itin­er­ary. Leav­ing home at the south­ern end of the Coast no later than 7am for the 30 to 45-minute drive, we have barely left the carpark when the cof­fee aro­mas hit us and draw us to the near­est barista. With our or­der in hand (and quite pos­si­bly an av­o­cado toast or pas­try, too), we sit down at one of the pic­nic-ta­ble set­tings pro­vided. The sound of mu­sic has al­ready started fill­ing the air as the girl­friends catch up on the gos­sip and con­tem­plate what our pur­chases might be for the morn­ing. Re­sortwear for the up­com­ing trip? A piece of jew­ellery for daugh­ters’ Christ­mas presents? Leather san­dals? Kitchen gad­get stock­ing fillers for hubby? A unique can­dle­holder for the hip­pie of the fam­ily? A panorama or art­work cap­tur­ing the Glass House Moun­tains for a newly painted wall at home? Some quirky coast­ers for the bar? The beauty of this long-es­tab­lished mar­ket­place is that all your shop­ping wishes can come true here. Creative di­ver­sity and tal­ent meets lo­cally grown and pro­duced goods, fruit and veg­eta­bles. As well as find­ing our­selves buy­ing one-off fash­ion de­signs, talk­ing points in decor, pet ac­ces­sories, funky fur­ni­ture and gifts for hard-to-buy-for rel­a­tives, we can fill our pantries and fridges for the next fort­night with ar­ti­san breads, or­ganic pro­duce, olives, take-home meals, rel­ishes and dips, gourmet snacks and lo­cally made sweets and treats. And we en­joy be­ing able to chat to the bak­ers, the artists, the crafts­peo­ple, the jewellers, the cake-mak­ers, the de­sign­ers, the pho­tog­ra­phers, the ther­a­pists and a host of other stall­hold­ers about what they do, how they do it and why they love it. But be­ware: like me and my girl­friends, you’re likely to walk back to the carpark sev­eral times to drop off arm­fuls of items you weren’t ex­pect­ing, hadn’t thought of but just had to have ... in a good way. Four or five hours later, our feet and legs hurt but our tum­mies are full with cui­sine from around the world. And at least one of us is likely to “just duck back to that lit­tle stall be­fore we go” to snap up the bar­gain they al­most walked away from. Yep, that was an­other morn­ing at the mar­kets well-spent.

PHO­TOS: WAR­REN LY­NAM

EN­TER­TAIN­ING MORN­ING: El­lis Min­ter en­ter­tains the crowds with his mu­sic at Eu­mundi Mar­kets.

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