The ‘Big Top’ markets of Maroochydore recently underwent a twenty million dollar ‘reno’, opening its doors this Easter. The market was first opened in 1973, as the coast’s first drive in super-market, but with the new influx of investment and interest, the markets have acquired a new look and a new vibe. Gourmet food and local produce, as well as all the basics are on offer with an atmosphere reminiscent of the food stalls and market bazaars you’ve probably only seen on the food channel.
As well as “Eat Street,” specialty stores and Woolworths, Big Top Market Fresh will house a farmers’ market with more than 100 stalls showcasing local produce.
Located within Big Top Market Fresh, these markets present an exciting opportunity for locals, as well as visitors, to enjoy the freshest local produce direct from some of the finest producers in the region. There are so many different types of market stalls including fruit and vegetables, freshly squeezed juices, sumptuous marinades and sauces, nuts and seeds, olives, tasty tapenades, herbs, fresh seafood, organic meat, freshly baked bread and creamy cheeses. It’s human nature to source the freshest, life giving ingredients and to indulge in a vibrant market place – a place to meet, a place to feast, a place to live life to the freshest. Feast on the best the Sunshine Coast has to offer and experience a return to true market shopping.
Where is the motivation for these big food cultural changes occurring at the Big Top coming from? Who is the driving force behind it? ‘Shane Stanley is passionate about farmers’ markets, supporting local growers and encouraging the community to be healthy, eat better and support their local farmers. Twelve years ago, Shane commenced the Noosa Farmers’ Market at the Noosa AFL oval.
Each week, local farmers would bring the fruits of their labour to sell and share with the community. Today, there are over one hundred stallholders every week – some of them have been there every week since the start of the market. With an estimated 10,000 locals and tourists visiting the market from 7am until 2pm every Sunday, it is no wonder that Noosa Farmers’ Market was awarded “Number One Market” in Australia as voted by the public via TripAdvisor.
Shane has gone on to assist many local councils and communities to establish their own farmers’ markets as well as managing markets in Kawana, Townsville and Brisbane. He is a constant champion for supporting local growers and is a regular adviser to government on matters relating to local producers as well as serving on the Rural Futures Taskforce for the Sunshine Coast. Armed with his trademark Akubra hat, his passionate team and vast experience, Shane Stanley will bring all the flavours, colours and freshness of local farm-fresh produce to the Big Top. Visit the Big Top Markets to find out more information and trading hours.
There is no better way to expand your culinary world than by venturing out into your local markets and interacting with the diverse multi-cultural influences on offer here at the Big Top. Try something new, try something fresh, try something local.