The Olive Tree Market Returns Tomorrow / by Brooke Tunbridge

From the Wild Wonder Stall

From the Wild Wonder Stall

Markets are a perfect way to support local businesses, indulge in great food, company, live music and find creative folk making cool things.

The Olive Tree Market is back for 2018 with the first market of the new year being held tomorrow (February 3rd) at Civic Park 9-3pm. A strong theme for this month's market is the importance of reusing. Many stallholders have their own creative way of helping the planet, as you'll learn below.

Head to Civic Park tomorrow to celebrate Newcastle's creative community; discover talented makers, designers and producers of gourmet artisan food. There'll be live music to treat your ears too.

There are a bunch of new stallholders for tomorrow's market, including:

Henry & Tunks
Beautifully crafted ceramic vessels, and home wares, designed by Lyndel of Henry & Tunks.

Discarded Beauty
Artist Ellie Hawthorn’s- Discarded Beauty- sculptural ceramic art works carry a strong meaning. Ellie’s pieces are a comment on the importance of taking action in our society which throws away huge amounts of resources, that could be recycled, and which cause environment pollution and damage.

Mikmat Designs
Jewellery designer Trish has a passion for designing unique accessories in a thoughtful way and brings her accessories to life through inspirations found from travel, culture and vintage styles.

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Never Working Mondays
Working with factories to save their wetsuit off-cut waste, which is usually thrown away, Never Working Mondays brings you "Water Baby" Swimwear.

The Haloumi Hut
The creators Stel and Candice serve Vegetarian and Vegan Greek-inspired goodness. Think yummy pastries, dolmades, hommus and tzatziki, Greek donuts and halouminati fries.  

Hello Lemonade
Kerri Ann from Hello lemonade makes freshly squeezed lemonade, using lemons grown on the Central Coast, right in front of you to make sure every cup is super fresh and delicious! Keeping with the theme of sustainability, this stall looks after the environment, by using paper straws, and leaves a minimal environmental footprint by not requiring any electricity to run the stall.

Tomorrow is 'International Straw Free Day'- say no to plastic straws in your drink. Give regular stallholders Sprocket & Steel a visit to invest in a stainless steel reusable straw (one of the best purchases I have made).  

Live Music Acts: popular duo Brown Bear & Hooves, upbeat folk music from Huckleberry & The Traditional All Sorts, incredible vocals and guitar from Boots Porter, Don Leaton who featured on The Voice, upcoming performer Lachlan Edwards, and The Little Quirks, who have just released a new EP.

PARKING: If you're driving to Civic Park- park all day at the Civic West Car Park for $6:50 OR if you’re coming from the north of Newcastle then Harbour Park Car Park is the easiest access and has a flat rate of $5. If you're within walking or riding distance, perhaps opt for that option instead!

Market dates for 2018:

March 3rd, April 7th. May 5th. June 2nd. July 7th. August 4th. Sept 1st. October 6th. November 3rd. November 17th. December 1st. December 15th.