The Milton Markets, formerly known as Red Hill Markets, had its grand re-opening on Cribb Street to much fanfare. I was armed with my Em10 and my walking shoes but was thoroughly unprepared for the crowds, especially around the coffee stands.
This is a place where local businesses sell to local people, and the fresh produce was overflowing. You can Truss the tomatoes in the grid below to be organic (insert cricket chirping soundbite). I stand by that pun. Organic didn’t only apply to fruit in this case; farmers were selling fresh cuts of meat from cooler trucks and seafood from eskies. Other foodstuffs available included honey, cheeses, chutneys and the like with samples being gobbled up as soon as they were put out in front of the stalls.
There were also homewares, from mini rock gardens to carved baby toys.
Okay, let’s get to the good stuff. I’ll let the buttercream do the talking.
The variety is nothing short of amazing but because of the crowds I was unable to take any decent photos. Food vendors included bratwurst, Turkish gozleme, dumplings, smoothies, yoghurts, bakeries and even Malaysian roti. Is there chocolate? Absolutely (cc: Kokopod). Is there coffee? I nearly died trying to push past those lineups.
The Markets provide a lot in terms of food, but there’s also live entertainment and artisan vendors where you can buy jewellery, flowers, homewares, paintings, clothes and candles. The area itself is small but Goodwill Projects made good use of the space. Located on Cribb Street off Coronation Drive, the Markets are open from 6am to 12pm on Sundays and if you’re worried about parking don’t be – it’s free! Come hungry with a game face on.
The crowds are real.