• St Kilda Festival 2017

    It’s that rare time of year when our marquees and tables don’t enrich the footpath of the Upper Esplanade. Fifty one weeks of the year our wonderful stallholders grace St Kilda, except for this one week when we shut our stalls due to the always anticipated St Kilda Festival.

    This Sunday Feb 12th the St Kilda Festival takes over with hundreds of thousands of smiling people descending on the streets of St Kilda. The cream of Australian music will be coming out to play over five music stages, while people of all ages are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops and events.

    To see the full range of activities during the festival head over to the St Kilda Festival Website.

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market will be back on the 19th of February.

    From all of us at the St Kilda Esplanade Market, good luck, be safe, have a wonderful time and don’t forget the sunscreen!

     

  • Dogs at the market

    Remember dogs are always welcome at the market as long as they have their leads.

    We get to see and meet some lovely pooches at the market so feel free to send us your pictures of our four legged friends at the market so we can put them up on our Facebook Page.

    If you see a picture of you and your dog on our Facebook page, please contact us for a copy.

     

  • We are open Christmas Day!

    Bring your bestie, family and friends to the St Kilda Esplanade Market!

    The countdown to Christmas has begun for many families, only 4 Sundays left. December seems to have crept up on us and is now on our door step. I know I will be heading down to the St Kilda Esplanade Market to buy my Christmas goodies. So come down to St Kilda and join me in some festive shopping.

    This year the market falls on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and we will be open for both days.

    What’s coming up:

    • On 18 December 11 am to 12 pm we have Santa and his elves at the Clock Tower for festive cheer and photos

    We are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. We’re sure you’ll find that perfect gift for that special someone.

  • Become a Stallholder

    Are you an artist, craft maker or artisan food producer?

    Or do you know an artist or craft maker or food producer who might like to hold a stall at the St Kilda Esplanade Market?

    We’d love for new stall holders to join us at the Market on Sundays.

    We’re always keen for new and exciting artists and products. We pride ourselves on being a “makers market”. That means that each and every stallholder has a hand in making the products being sold.

    If you, or someone you know fits this bill, come and join us! We offer casual books as well as longer term options.

    We’d love to see you. Find out more about the application and selection process.

     

  • Easter Sunday - We are open

    Yes the market will be open this Easter Sunday. We are open at 10am for coffee, art, atmosphere, music, crafts, food, treats, clothes, jewellery, plants, people, friends and more.

    Free Easter eggs for the kids, great music, food and handmade Australian products all with a view of the St Kilda beach

    The Market is open every Sunday of the year except for the St Kilda Festival Sunday

  • Expression Of Interest - St Kilda Esplanade Market Reference Committee

    Expression Of Interest - Join the St Kilda Esplanade Market Reference Committee

    Love the St Kilda Esplanade Market? Want to make a difference to its future?

    City of Port Phillip is seeking expressions of interest for the St Kilda Esplanade Market Reference Committee.

    The committee contributes to the effective guidance of the St Kilda Esplanade Market. The market has operated for over 40 years and is a great contributor to the economic development of St Kilda and the small businesses that make up the market.

    Meetings are held four times per year at the St Kilda Town Hall from 6pm.

    EOI are invited for the following positions:

    ·         1 St Kilda Esplanade Market stallholder

    ·         1 Port Phillip community member


    Please fill out the expression of interest application form, mark as confidential and return by midnight Friday 15 January 2016:

     

    SKEM_Reference_Commitee_Application_Form_Dec_2015.pdf

    email (preferred):

    esplanademarket@portphillip,vic.gov.au

    or mail to:                        

    St Kilda Esplanade Market Manager

    City of Port Phillip

    Private Bag 3

    PO St Kilda 

    3182 

  • Have your Say - Contribute to the market 2016-2020 Strategic Plan

    St Kilda Esplanade Market Strategic Plan 2016-2020 - Community Survey

    What do you think of the St Kilda Esplanade Market?

    We are updating the Esplanade Market Strategic Plan to ensure the almost 45th year old iconic Market continues to have a strong, vibrant and sustainable future.

    We are seeking community input from those who do and don’t currently visit the Market, to help us build and plan for the future and make sure this weekly event continues to bring value and be loved by its community.

    To have your say on the Esplanade Market, please complete our survey to tell us your views by 17 January 2016.

    About the Esplanade Market

    Celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016, the Esplanade Market has a long history as a Makers’ Market in the heart of St Kilda. Aiming to attract the local community and visitors alike, the Market is held on 51 Sundays of the year and features art, craft, artisan food and more, all sold by the craft makers themselves.

    Our Vision

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market is a world renowned art and craft makers’ market in an iconic beachside location - a place of choice for art and craft makers, and for customers seeking quality, authentic Australian made products.

    To complete the survey, please click on the link below.

    http://haveyoursayatportphillip.net.au/esplanade-market-consultation/survey_tools/community-survey14

    More information

    If you wish to discuss further, please contact the Esplanade Market on esplanademarket@portphillip.vic.gov.au

     

  • Australian Working Dog Rescue at the Market

    On Sunday Nov 22nd we had a range of volunteers from the Australian working Dog Int. join us at the market by bringing with them a group of their four legged friends that were up for adoption. Allowing community and charity groups into the market for events like this is a reasonably new iniative for the market so we were very happy with the day. AWRD Int has been doing some great work for years and so this was a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to play with some of the very friendly dogs and learn more about what the organisation does. Essentially the organisation pairs up ex working dogs (Kelpies, Blue Heelers) etc that have normally spent years working on farms or around livestock. This means they are very well trained but have huge amounts of energy, thus are not the typical dog for everyone.

    The AWRD also specialises in rescuing dogs from Death Row in pounds or worse, and then puts them into foster care whilst they are rehabilitated, micro-chipped, desexed (and sometimes nursed back to health). They are a not for profit organisation and all money raised goes back into rescuing more dogs.

    The day was great for everyone who was involved and best of all, at least one of the dogs potentially has met its new adopter parents.  The dogs are often exceptionally loyal once adopted and the range of success storys is from the organisation over the years has been huge.

    Follow the links below for more information.

    www.workingdogrescue.com.au

    https://www.facebook.com/awdri.com.au

    Charity and community groups coming into the market is a relatively new thing for the market and we couldn’t be happier. We are hoping to also have a range of sausage sizzles during Sumer to help raise money for several of the local charities and community groups. Don’t be shy to get involved and come down to join in.

     

    It’s just another reason to visit the St Kilda Esplanade Market.

     

  • Flavours of the world enters the market for Summer!

    Well it’s been a very busy few months at the market for August/September but we are very proud to announce that the Flavours of the World food section at the St Kilda Esplanade Market is now a permanent fixture. The new stallholders all bring their own incredible range of talents and tastes every Sunday to the new section which is located opposite the Espy Hotel, just past the footbridge.

    One of the main goals is to introduce as much high quality flavours as possible but also hopefully representing as many different parts of the world as possible. We have been exceptionally fortunate with the new traders who have joined us, many of whom are familiar with the area as the have helped work at the St Kilda Festival every year.

    This new section has been incredibly vibrant since it started in July and we invite everyone to come down to start their day with breakfast, followed by a walk through the market! We have a wide range of flavours from savoury to sweet, pies, calamari, paella and more with many of these delicsious options prepared right in front of you.

    The other very exciting thing to see return to the market is the Sunshine! The last several Sunday’s have all been fantastic with lots of sun and warm weather which signals the start of the Spring/Summer season at the market. Alongside the beach the area really picks up during the warmer weather as St Kilda comes alive.

    Treasures and memories are available every Sunday, from 10am -5pm, we invite you to grab the whole family, friends and your dogs and come for a walk through the market.

     

     

     

  • Hot Food & Victorian Tourism Awards Nomination

    The Hot Food Trial started in July and so far has been a big success.

    We have had a great range of talented Food Artists join us every Sunday and bringing their warm treats to our market mix.

    Make sure you start your market day with a stop by for a breakfast treat before wandering through the market!

     

     

     

    We are also very excited to announce that the market has been nominated for the 2015 RACV Tourism People’s Choice Awards. Please join us in voting for us via the links below and also help us by circulating the links throughout your networks.

     

    http://www.victoriantourismawards.com.au/

     

    http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/racv/Internet/Primary/travel/RACV+victorian+tourism+awards

     

    A nomination or award would be a great recognition of all the hard work that has been achieved by all of the artists, guests, visitors and Stallholders that have helped to shape and create this incredible local market.

  • Hot Food Trial at the Market - APPLY NOW

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market is very excited to announce that it will be running a Hot Food trial at the market during the months of July and August. We succesfully included food into the market over the last year and so far the feedback and new stallholders have been amazing. Therefore during these colder months we thought we would give you some deliscious and warming options whilst at the market.

    We will be setting up a special area for a group of specially selected high quality Hot Food traders to come in to serve us up a storm. We will want all Food Traders to have the same standards and qualities that our regular stall holders do to add to artisan mix of arts and crafts available. We will allow a Max of 8 Hot Food Stalls per week to rotate all applicants and to gather as much learning as possible.

    We are happy to take any applications for those wishing to host a stall and you would need to apply through this page here.

    http://www.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au/apply_food_stall.htm

    All registrations (ie Council, Streatrader etc) must be current and valid for approval.

    If you wish to know more about this process and project, please feel free to contact us via email or phone on the details below.

    Bon Apetit!

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market Team

    esplanademarket@portphillip.vic.gov.au

    9209 6634

     

  • Lea Waterman - Glass Fusing and Slumping Classes

    Interested in learning about Glass Fusing and Slumping?

    One of our very own stallholders Lea Waterman is offering you the chance to learn from her years of experience with glass.

    Conducted in her own personal studio, Lea will be running several sessions over a number of Saturdays and students will be allowed to take home their own work.

    For more information, please contact Lea on the details below or visit her on a Sunday at the market, located at Stall 41.

    You can also click on this link to see some of Lea's work.

    http://www.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au/stall_041_glassbyleawaterman.htm

     

     

  • Free Cuban Dance classes from the world renowned Eric & Chantal Martinez!

    Buena Vista Social Club member Eric Turro Martinez Dance Classes

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market is very excited to announce that for 4 Sundays in May, we have the legendary Eric Turro Martinez and his wife Chantal, from the Buena Vista Social Club joining the market.  We are inviting you to come down the St Kilda Esplanade Market so that you can join us in learning to dance true Cuban Style.

    Eric and his Wife Chantal have opened a dance studio here in Melbourne to celebrate Cuban Dance and Music.

    Mission Statement

    "Our purpose is to promote Cuban culture around the world, our goal is for Buena Vista Turro Martinez Inc Cuban Dance & Entertainment Company to show, promote and teach the true Cuban culture."

     

    12pm – Next to the Clock Tower, every Sunday in May, at the St Kilda Esplanade Market

    This is an incredible opportunity to meet and learn to dance from a world recognised teacher and performers, as Eric has been touring the world dancing for over 30 years and Chantal is the only Australian dancer to have ever been given the chance to join the Buena Vista Social Club.

    For more information about Eric and his wife Chantal, please visit the following.

    http://www.buenavistaturromartinez.com

     

     

  • Mother's Day Ideas at the market

  • St Kilda Festial 2015

    It’s that rare time of year when our marquees and tables don’t enrich the footpath of the Upper Esplanade. Fifty one weeks of the year our wonderful stallholders grace St Kilda, except for this one week when we shut our stalls due to the always anticipated St Kilda Festival.

    This Sunday Feb 8th the St Kilda Festival takes over with hundreds of thousands of smiling people descending on the streets of St Kilda. The cream of Australian music will be coming out to play over five music stages, while people of all ages are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops and events. Highlights this year include The Church, Thundamentals, Russell Morris, San Cisco, Banoffee….just to name a few.

    Though before you start planning your festival Sunday head to some of St Kilda's favourite venues for live performances, art exhibitions and more for the wonderful Live N’ Local occuring every night this week.

    To see the full range of activities during the festival head over to the St Kilda Festival Website

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market will be back on the 15th of February.

    Good luck, be safe, have a wonderful time and don’t forget the sunscreen!

    From all of us at the St Kilda Esplanade Market J

  • Piers Festival 2015 presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria

    The fourth annual Piers Festival commences this weekend in a celebration of Victoria’s rich cultural diversity and unique history of migration. This year we are very excited to announce the St Kilda Esplanade Market’s involvement in the Piers festival, with some of our wonderful stallholders joining the already impressive line-up of music, food and the arts.

    Hosted by Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Piers festival is one of the largest celebrations of Multicultural arts in Australia, bringing together diverse communities and groups to all celebrate in one shared space. Established in 2012, The Piers Festival celebrates Victoria’s incredible cultural diversity by reflecting on the rich histories of both Station and Princes Pier. From the gold rush to wartime, from post-war migration to cruise shipping, the piers have played a pivotal role in Victoria’s growth and offered a gateway to the diversity of cultures that enrich our community.

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market is excited to have several of its stall holders at the event to help represent our market and its diversity, including some of our favourite jewellery, fashion and indigenous arts stallholders.

    With 10,000+ visitors from diverse cultural backgrounds coming along to join the celebrations held at the Port Melbourne piers precinct, the Piers Festival has become an annual highlight and a significant occasion for reflecting on our collective migration stories.

    This year’s program will include the usual cream of multicultural performances from across the globe: choirs, dance, live music and all things multi-cultural arts.

    Sunday 25th January 12 pm-9:30 pm at Princess Pier Port Melbourne.

    Check out this great little video - http://vimeo.com/38464400

    To find out more about the festival click on this link - http://www.multiculturalarts.com.au/events2015/piers_brochure.pdf

     

  • And that was the year that was

    Another year comes to a close with the final days of December upon us. It’s been a great year for the market with lots of new friends and stallholders joining the mix. The new range of art, craft and design on display means that the market continues in its tradition of a being a premier experience for showcasing unique and locally handmade goods.

    We have really enjoyed the last two weeks at the market with all the Xmas cheer and new visitors. We wanted to say special thanks to the Papa Noel pair and their wonderful carols and music. This set the perfect stage for the next week where we had Mr and Mrs Claus turn up to greet the market. Considering how hot that weekend was we were particularly impressed with their smiles, especially in those North Pole Costumes!

    Summer is promising to be a wonderful time in St Kilda and at the market; we have plenty of new offerings that we can’t wait to display. We are welcoming new stallholders every week so don’t miss them and join us in welcoming 2015 St Kilda Esplanade Market.

  • Twas the weekend before Christmas…

    The Christmas festivities ramp up this week at the market with the last weekend to get all those truly unique and handmade gifts for your loved ones.

    We are particularly excited about a visit from Mrs and Mr Claus coming down this weekend. These two will be taking a moment out of their busy schedules to come and meet some new friends, discuss crafting ideas and swap techniques with the local artisans. They will also of course be taking some time to talk to everyone to confirm your Naughty/Nice status and to talk to the kids.

    This follows up last week were we had some musical inspiration and atmosphere from the Papa Noel pair playing traditional and modernised carols on Saxophone and Accordion for the crowds.

    Join us from 10am for a great day spent with friends and family.

  • Christmas at the Market

    Christmas time has raced upon us once more and as always it’s an exciting month ahead for the Esplanade Market. This time of year marks the start of the busy season, with lots of visitors coming in search of fun, treasures and gifts.

    We are so excited to see all the new stall holders joining the mix and helping to ensure that the market retains its reputation for high quality products and people. We have a great range of new stalls along with some old favourites, you’ll find over 160 of Melbourne’s finest arts, crafts and food stalls each Sunday in December.

    The market is your one stop shop for Christmas shopping; we have all your gift needs covered from the very young to the young at heart. Come and see for yourself, it’s the only place you’ll need to go for your Christmas shopping.

    You might even see a visit from Mr and Mrs Claus.

    Add to all of this the wonderful weather ahead, holidays, great music and atmosphere means that the next few weeks at the market should be amazingly fun.

    Summer Hours are 10am – 5pm Every Sunday.

  • Get Involved!

    We want you to get involved!

    Expression of interest (EOI) for the St Kilda Esplanade Market Reference Committee close this Sunday, 16 November.

    The committee contributes to the effective guidance of the St Kilda Esplanade Market. The market has operated for over 40 years and is a great contributor to the economic development of St Kilda and the small businesses that make up the market.

    For a full description of the positions available please follow this link.

    General information about the market is available online at www.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au

  • New stallholders - Join us for Summer

      

    Are you an artist, craft maker or artisan food producer?

    Do you want to join the St Kilda market family for the busiest period of the year?
     
    We’d love for new stall holders to join us at the Market for summer and the holiday season.

    We’re always looking for new and exciting artists and products to join us and this is your last chance to be a part of the market for all of December.

    If you or someone you know wants to join us for summer, get your applications in by the 15th of November.

    Find out more about the application and selection process.
     

  • St Kilda Esplanade Market Reference Committee

                         

    Love the St Kilda Esplanade Market? Want to make a difference to its future?

    Have your say about the market and get involved.

    City of Port Phillip is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for the St Kilda Esplanade Market Reference Committee.

    The committee contributes to the effective guidance of the St Kilda Esplanade Market. The market has operated for over 40 years and is a great contributor to the economic development of St Kilda and the small businesses that make up the market.

    Meetings are held three to four times per year at the St Kilda Town Hall from 6pm. Committee members are appointed for a period of two years.

    All positions on the committee are vacant following the expiry of the previous committee.

    EOI are invited for the following positions:

    ·         St Kilda Esplanade Market stallholder representatives who have not been appointed to the previous Advisory Committee and who are not on the St Kilda Arts and Crafts Association Inc management committee (3 positions);

    ·         Port Phillip community members (who are not St Kilda Esplanade Market stallholders) (2 positions);

    ·         People with expertise in markets, arts and craft, marketing or another relevant field  (2 positions);

    ·         Representative recommended by the St Kilda Arts and Crafts Association Inc (a stallholder association for the St Kilda Esplanade Market) (1 position).

    The terms of reference of the committee are available here.

    Expressions of interest close at midnight Sunday 16 November 2014 and are to be made on this application form.

    General information about the market is available online at www.stkildaesplanademarket.com.au

    Please contact the Market Manager on 9209 6634 or esplanademarket@portphillip.vic.gov.au with further enquiries.

  • And the winner is...

    Congratulations to Mark Hayward for his winning logo design.

    You might know Mark from his stall at the market. His indie streetwear label, SiriusGrafik, sells unique graphic t-shirts and other hand printed pieces. What you might not know about Mark is that he also designed the current issue of the Australian Passport.

    Mark’s logo design won the comp with a grand total of 801 votes.

    We’d like to thank everyone who submitted logo designs as well as everyone who voted on facebook. It was great to see so much community involvement and interaction – there was a lot of passion in some of those comments and it got pretty heated at times.

    We’ll be rolling-out Mark’s logo across all things market related in the coming weeks.  

    And if you’d like to visit Mark’s stall at the market it’s really easy to find – right next to the clocktower.

    Congratulations again Mark!

  • The shortlisted 5…

                             

    It was a tough job but the logo designs have been shortlisted and are now available on the market’s facebook page for voting.

    We’re pleased to say that the community response to the logo design competition was outstanding. We received many more entries than we ever anticipated – 96 designs - and most of these were of a very high standard.

    We’re keeping it simple – “like” the design you prefer on facebook and the logo with the most likes wins. The tally of likes will be taken at 12pm (high noon) Monday 20 October.

    While we’re all for keeping it simple, voting activity will be monitored. Any unusual or suspicious voting will be investigated and St Kilda Esplanade Market management reserves the right to discount votes.

    So it’s over to you to decide the new logo for our market - take a look and vote for your preferred design!

    (and while you’re voting for your favourite design on facebook, why don’t you “like” the market too while you’re there)

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    Voting terms and conditions

    The final winner of the St Kilda Esplanade Market logo design competition will be the design with the most “likes” on the market’s official facebook page at 12 noon eastern daylight saving time, Monday 20 October 2014.

    Facebook voting activity will be monitored. Any unusual voting will be investigated.

    St Kilda Esplanade Market management reserves the right to discount votes.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

  • Sweet sisters…

    We often refer to our St Kilda Market stallholders as a “family”, but four of our newest traders are exactly that – sisters! And what talented sisters they are…

    A few months ago Mel joined the market with her traditional handmade Turkish Delight. Exotic rosewater, vanilla and orange flavours have been enticing customers each week – while her samples are well loved, her little donkey statue also gets lots of attention (and laughs).

    A few weeks later, Rose arrived selling lovely homemade fruit jams; “Mango and Passionfruit”, Raspberry, “Orange Marmalade” and “Strawberry and Rose Petal”. Isn’t it gorgeous that “Rose” sells a jam that contains real rose petals? Rose’s jams don’t contain food colourings, preservatives or setting agents – just fruit and sugar and lots of flavour. You can sample Rose’s jams at her stall – they’re all so very good that you might find yourself taking home more than just one. 

    This weekend we welcome sisters number three and four, Violet and Dimple – bakers extraordinaire. Violet and Dimple will be joining us with a selection of muffins, cakes, slices and some fabulous meringues. Check out their selection of freshly baked of goodies on the day.

     

    Come visit these very talented sisters on Sunday and treat yourself to something delicious.

  • Design a logo for the market and win $5000

    We need a new logo and who better to design it than our local community and stallholders?

    We’re looking for a logo that represents the St Kilda Esplanade Market in all its glory. It must be consistent with a premier art, craft and design market, be vibrant, eye catching and work equally well in colour as black and white.

    More than that – we’re not going to say. It’s up to you.

    A shortlist of the best entries will be created and the final winner will be selected by voting on the market’s Facebook page.

    The winning entry will receive $5,000 prize money.

    Entries are accepted by email only and close at 5pm on Monday 6 October 2014.

    To be inspired, visit the market this Sunday, check out our website at and take a look at our Facebook page (you can “like us” while you’re there too).

    So put your creative hats on and get designing our new logo.


    Full Terms and Conditions

    1. Entry is limited to people living, working or studying in the City of Port Phillip (CoPP) or market stallholders of the St Kilda Esplanade Market who have traded at least once since September 2013
    2. All designs must be original artwork
    3. Entrants must be the originator of the artwork
    4. Entrants must submit their entry before 5pm Monday 6 October 2014
    5. No entries will be accepted after the closing date
    6. A shortlist of entries will be compiled by a panel and a final winner will be selected via social media voting
    7. The winner will receive a prize of $5,000
    8. Logos must be submitted as an AI vector file or vector EPS
    9. Entries can be submitted via email only. Applications must be sent to: esplanademarket@portphillip.vic.gov.au with 'LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION' in the subject line. Please include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email. Also indicate how you meet the requirement of living, working or studying in the City of Port Phillip, or of being a market stallholder (Term 1 above).
    10. Each competitor can submit a maximum of four designs/entries
    11. Each entry must be emailed separately
    12. Entries may not be withdrawn after 5pm Wednesday 8 October 2014
    13. As a condition of entry, the winner cedes all copyright in the design to the City of Port Phillip
    14. The CoPP, or a design agency acting on our behalf, may further develop or make modifications to the winning design
    15. The CoPP reserves the right, in relation to the St Kilda Esplanade Market, to use the image extensively and exclusively on various and all promotional materials, on additional products and make use of the image in perpetuity for promotional purposes at its discretion and without fees or expenses
    16. CoPP further reserves the right to authorise use of the logo to third parties at its discretion
    17. The winning entrant will be subsequently provided with an agreement noting the above terms and conditions and negotiating the licence
    18. City of Port Phillip reserves the right not to select a winning entry from this competition process
    19. The CoPP will assume no rights to the use of unsuccessful entries
    20. The entrant warrants to the City of Port Phillip that they have obtained all the necessary permissions to enter this design and that the design does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party
    21. By submitting your entry to this competition you certify that you agree with the terms and conditions listed above, and that you are the original and sole holder of the copyright to the entry that you submit, and that you have the authority to cede all copyright in the design to the City of Port Phillip

  • Whale of a time…

    Southern Right Whale and whale calf off coast of Warrnambool

    Our very own stallholder Chris Farrell (stall #126) has been featured on the ABC after capturing stunning photographs of a whale calf off Warrnambool.

    The whale calf was just a few days old when Chris photographed it with its mum Fang, from a light plane last week.

    And this is not just any whale calf. This little one (if you can call a whale “little”) has stunned experts as Southern Right Whales are not usually born this late in the year.

    Chris takes local whale tracker Peter Read in light planes at the regulation 1500 ft to find and photograph the whales. Capturing whale images from this height is pretty tricky but Chris has the equipment and skill required to take great photos while always ensuring that the whales are in no way disturbed.

    Chris is dedicated to the continued volunteer observation and documentation of the whales. He told us:

    “The Southern Right Whales have not recovered like the Hump backs and I decided to help with this great mammal”

    As well as Chris’ aerial whale photography, he has captured Victoria's entire coastline and has covered Melbourne's main sporting events such as the Australian Tennis Open, Grand Final and the Melbourne Cup.

    Chris is at the market every Sunday. Chat with him for a while and you’ll see his enthusiasm and knowledge of both photography and wildlife.

    And if you take home one of Chris’ fabulous photographs you’ll be very happy to hear that 10% is donated to the World Wide Fund for Nature.

    Click to see the ABC story "Latest recorded whale birth in Victorian history".

  • New stallholders - come and join us!

    Are you an artist, craft maker or artisan food producer?
     
    Or do you know an artist or craft maker or food producer who might like to hold a stall at the St Kilda Esplanade Market?
     
    We’d love for new stall holders to join us at the Market on Sundays.
     
    We’re always keen for new and exciting artists and products. We pride ourselves on being a “makers market”. That means that each and every stallholder has a hand in making the products being sold.
     
    If you, or someone you know fits this bill, come and join us! We offer casual books as well as longer term options.
     
    We’d love to see you.
     
    Find out more about the application and selection process.
     
    Or please contact the Market Manager on 03 9209 6634.
     
     
    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • St Kilda Festival Sunday

    Happy St Kilda Festival everyone!

    Don’t forget that this coming Sunday is the only weekend when the St Kilda Esplanade Market does not trade.

    That’s right – there is no market on Sunday 9 February.

    Instead St Kilda Festival Sunday will be in full swing.

    St Kilda Festival

    On Festival Sunday the traffic-free streets of St Kilda will come alive with live music over five stages, and a vast range of performances, workshops and events, from kids’ entertainment to extreme sports demonstrations, dance classes, community activities, buskers and a whole lot more.

    A Melbourne tradition and one of Australia’s oldest and biggest street festivals - how could you stay away?

    Find out more on the St Kilda Festival website.

    The following week it will be back to normal for the St Kilda Esplanade Market with business as usual on Sunday 16 February – the Valentine’s Day weekend. Pop down to the Market and pick up something unique for your special someone – and why not treat yourself while you’re at it.

    And speaking of love, share the St Kilda Market Esplanade love. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Featuring Mr Bucket!

    Stall Number: 084
    Website: www.mrbucket.com.au

    This stall contains unique t-shirts featuring the iconic imagery of Mr Bucket, a mysterious man who always wears a bucket on his head.

    Described as "a modern man with blinkers", we don’t know why he wears the bucket, perhaps we all have our own metaphorical bucket! This enigma gently satirises fame, suburbia and popular culture through t-shirts, comics and movies.

    Teaching himself screen printing on his kitchen table, David Marsh also completed a typography apprenticeship and has since kept his skills up to date with the latest technology.

    Using Mr Bucket as his muse, he loves creating a narrative and each shirt is another chapter in that narrative.

    The designs are inspired by actual events and suggestions from customers. As a result, they have a life of their own.

    The shirts are designed and printed by the artist on locally-made 100% cotton t-shirts, then packaged in recycled cardboard buckets. Please go and see this on Sunday and let him know that you have read this and seen his video below.

    Mr Bucket Loves St Kilda - Some of you may have seen this video, here it is again for your enjoyment!!

    St Kilda Esplanade Market- open 10am to 5pm every Sunday of the year except for the St Kilda Festival Sunday (9 Feb 2014).

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Happy Australia Day - only 3 days to go!!!!

    How lucky are we to be able to celebrate the day with all our friends here at the St Kilda Esplanade Market. We will be open from 10am to 5pm on the Upper Esplanade in St Kilda. The St Kilda Esplanade market is one of the oldest makers markets in Melbourne and has so many fantastic Australian artists making up the unique mix of stallholders. If you are after Australian gifts then we are the place to visit. See you there this Sunday!

    This weekend also marks the end of the school holidays with many children starting back at school next week. Take advantage of the long weekend and enjoy your own back yard here in St Kilda, there really is something for everyone. Located only 6km from the city center and easy tram ride to our gorgeous beaches, palm-lined streets, great restaurants and of course the colourful St Kilda Esplanade Market- open 10am to 5pm every Sunday of the year except for the St Kilda Festival Sunday.

    Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    For all our international visitors, Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, which marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales. In contemporary Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.

    Just a reminder, Monday 27 January is a public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, as Australia Day falls on a weekend this year.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Heat Wave - hot hot hot

    St Kilda Esplanade MarketWell I know we were all welcoming the summer weather but this week has just been way too hot. If you have been staying indoors like many Melbournians, you’ll be pleased to know that the weekend is cooling down to a more manageable 25°C. So if you want something different to do this Sunday, come on down to St Kilda and visit us on the Upper Esplanade. The St Kilda Esplanade Market is an inspiring weekly destination for Melbournians and tourists alike. Set against the iconic backdrop of St Kilda Beach, this vibrant makers’ market features over 120 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, accessories and more. Now offering artisan foods such as local honey, organic breads, nuts, jams and more.

    There are plenty of fun and things to do and see in St Kilda, located only 6km from the city center and easy tram ride to our gorgeous beaches, palm-lined streets, great restaurants and of course the colourful St Kilda Esplanade Market - open 10am to 5pm every Sunday of the year except for the St Kilda Festival Sunday.

    Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    We have some big weekends coming up in St Kilda: 26 January is Australia Day and 9 February is St Kilda Festival Sunday. First held in 1980, St Kilda Festival is one of Australia’s oldest and biggest street festivals. A Melbourne tradition, it is a celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talents against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore.

    St Kilda Festival Show You Give A Buck campaign

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • 2014 off to a sunny start

    What an incredible week we are having here in Melbourne with this lovely summer weather. This weekend looks to be a lovely 25°C, not too hot for a stroll on the Upper Esplanade and a spot of shopping at the market. Come and visit St Kilda this weekend, enjoy Luna Park with the kids, great food along Acland and Fitzroy Street, go for a swim at the beach and finish off with us on Sunday 10am to 5pm ‘St Kilda Esplanade Market’!

    This weekend we are lucky to have two busking groups ‘Fruto de La Manga’, South American artists at the Clock Tower from 12pm to 3pm. Elena b Williams from 10am, on the grass area opposite stall number 1 (Luna Park end of the market). Elena B Williams is a three time Music Oz finalist and was featured on Pete Murray's album ‘Summer at Eureka’. Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    Meet our makers:

    Woodooldoo imageThis week we are introducing one of our new market stallholders Imbi Mester of Woodooldoo. Imbi is located at stall number 5 and makes very cute hand crafted wooden ornaments, featuring bush and fairy garden scenes with cute characters, produced from natural products like gum nuts. Each one is made from an individual and unique piece of wood so no two are exactly alike. Imbi started with us in November last year as a casual and is now one of our permanent features on the St Kilda Esplanade Market.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Happy New Year!!

    Welcome New Year…
    We look forward with you to
    A year of wonderful happiness
    A year of good health
    A year of great success
    A year of incredibly good luck
    A year of continuous fun
    Happy New Year 2014

    I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year. If you are still in the Festive mood, we have a wonderful musical duo at the St Kilda Esplanade Market this weekend called ‘Fruto de La Manga’ playing and singing authentic South American songs. They will be at the Clock Tower in the afternoon, opposite Bill and his coffee van. So please stop, get yourselves a coffee and listen to some lovely Latin melodies to help start the New Year. While you’re there you may want to visit a few of our regular stalls next to the Clock Tower: Stall 114 for some leadlight decals for the kids, Stall 116 has funky jewellery fashioned from recycled culinary items, Stall 117 for the best terrariums in town and Stall 119 - SIRIUS GRAFIK for fantastic hand screened t-shirt designs.

    If you are down in St Kilda for the weekend and looking for interesting things to do please visit www.stkildamelbourne.com.au for everything you need to know, places to see, eat, stay and things to do.

    Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Get ready for a great New Year

    We hope you were able to visit us last Sunday to pick up some great Christmas gifts. On behalf of the City of Port Phillip and the St Kilda Esplanade Market, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year. It’s been a very busy year for everyone including the stallholders. The market has had a big change this year by introducing artisan foods, so far it has been a success and received positive feedback from our customers. Keep an eye out for more variety coming to the market next year with fresh flowers, plants, boutique wines and beers.

    If you haven’t bought yourself a calendar for 2014 or still have time to purchase a late gift, come and see Rita from Blueherring Studio this Sunday at stall # 11 & 12. All images are from the current and new series of Rita Analise's amazing photography. Get yours before stocks run out!! Visit www.blueherring.com.au for more information.

    Blueherring Calendars:

    • Melbourne Street Art 2014
    • Melbourne Centric 2014
    • St Kilda Centric 2014

     
    All Calendars feature:

    • All work designed in Blueherring Studio in St Kilda and printed locally
    • Clear date layout, space to record important events
    • Printed on quality paper for strength and durability
    • Australian public holidays  

    Blueherring calendar 1Blueherring calendar 2Blueherring calendar 3

    Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • One Sunday to go before Christmas!

    One Sunday left before Christmas…. If you need any last minute Christmas gift ideas, come and see us at the St Kilda Esplanade Market this Sunday, open 10am to 5pm.

    Below are a few stalls new to the market this weekend. You can find them at stall numbers:

    • #104 Sculpted wire bonsai ornaments in ceramic pots.
    • #144 Krowera Hills Olive Grove - Olive Oil products
    • #148 Hidden Secret- Baked goods- Savoury & Sweet Vegetarian Tarts. Gluten free vegetarian tartlets. Vegetarian & vegan ready meals. Boxes of chocolate brownies including gluten free brownies. Boxes of lemon tarts. Tomato and Beetroot Relish, Lemon Curd.
    • #150 Australian Tea House - Herbal, Specialty and Functional Teas

    Sunday is expected to be 22 degrees, don’t let the sound of a few light showers stop you from grabbing a bargain from our new stalls:

    List of casual stallholders at the market for the next 2 Sundays

    Stall

    22 Dec

    29 Dec

    Products 
     5  1  1

    Hand crafted wooden ornaments

     6  1  1

    Designed 100% organic cotton T-shirt/ designed fabric pocket

     34  1  1

    Hand carved bone art and jewellery New Zealand design

     35  1  

    Hand Made By Me handbags, purses, clutches and sling bags

     47  1  1

    Hand made feather hair extensions (permanent and clip in), clip in hair accessories, earrings, necklaces, feather headdresses and feather hat bands

     89  1  

    Quilts, ladies bags from recycled men’s suits

     101    1

    Natural feather extensions for hair

     101  1  

    Rag Quilts, Fabric Flowers, Boutique Clothing for Boys & Girls, Soft Shoes, Soft Toys, Hats (Children & adults), Ties, Nappy Bags. Timber Products:- Ladies Bangles & Earrings, Bowls, Dishes, Vases

     103  1  

    Slumped glass home wares

     104  1  

    Sculpted wire bonsai ornaments in ceramic pots.

     111  1  

    Natural feather extensions for hair

     111  1  

    Hand made timber products ranging from solid timber chopping boards to knife blocks to hand carved mirror frames and individually designed modern or traditional furniture.

     141  1  

    Macramé plant hangers, potted plants, dream catchers

     142  1  

    Dog beds, mattresses, accessories

     143  1  

    Ceramics and face painting

     154  1  1

    Handmade and painted by hand gift items and jewellery. Miniature paintings.

     Food
    83   1  1

    Handmade fudge , coconut ice and pralines.

    144  1  

    Olive Oil products

    148   1  

    Savoury & Sweet Vegetarian Tarts. Gluten free vegetarian tartlets. Vegetarian & vegan ready meals. Boxes of chocolate brownies including gluten free brownies. Boxes of lemon tarts. Tomato and Beetroot Relish, Lemon Curd.

    149     1

    Baked goods- Organic, Sourdough, grain breads & apricot loaf

    150   1  1

    Honey caramelized nuts, Honey berry granola, Munchy crunchy corn, Pesto almonds, Peppered cashews, Mexican spiced nuts, Mediterranean Line and Chilli Nuts 

    151   1  

    Herbal, Specialty and Functional Teas

    152    1

    Jams, Jellies, sweet & savoury sauces, chutney, pickles relishes, vinegars, quince paste, preserved lemons 

    155  1  

    Raw Honey products 

    159   1   Organic chocolate butter, Tomato Wraps, Mushroom Jerky, Raw Chia Seed bread, Raw Sunflower bread

    Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Two Sundays to go before Christmas!

    What’s on this Sunday at the St Kilda Esplanade Market?

    We have a jam packed market full of new and exciting products and stallholders.

    Making their debut with us this weekend only are Grandma's Puddings - Plum Puddings, Brandy Custard and hamper packs. Grandma’s traditional plum puddings are 100% handmade in our country kitchen. Their Traditional Christmas puddings are lovingly made using only the very finest Australian fruit and ingredients. These Australian ingredients are sourced from all over the country as well as locally on the Mornington Peninsula. Every pudding contains nearly 70% whole fruit and with their strict attention to detail you can be assured of that traditional Christmas pudding taste! Go and see them at stall 104 before they sell out!

    Sunday is expected to be a fine 23 degree day and perfect for you to visit a few of the following new stalls:

    Stall number Stall type
    5

    Sew Darn Ezy Handmade Craft Store- Rag Quilts, Fabric Flowers, Boutique Clothing for Boys & Girls, Soft Shoes, Soft Toys, Hats (Children & adults), Ties, Nappy Bags. Timber Products:- Ladies Bangles & Earings, Bowls, Dishes, Vases

    6

    Nooks and Krannies - Designed 100% organic cotton T-shirt/ designed fabric pocket

    34

    Children’s play tents & teepees handmade from varied materials including vintage fabrics, granny square rugs & vintage curtains.

    35

    Versailles Fine Furniture- Hand made timber products ranging from solid timber chopping boards to knife blocks to hand carved mirror frames and individually designed modern or traditional furniture.

    47

    Feather Designs- hand made feather hair extensions, clip in hair accessories, earrings, necklaces, feather headdresses and feather hat bands.

    83

    Deelish- Handmade Fudge , coconut ice and parlines.

    89

    Quilts, ladies bags from recycled mens' suits.

    101

    Fine Feathered Hair Extensions- Natural feather extensions for hair.

    103

    THE GLASS CHAMELEON- Slumped glass homewares

    104

    Grandma's Puddings- Plum Puddings, Brandy Custard and hamper packs

    141

    Macrame plant hangers, potted plants, dream catchers.

    142

    Snoozeez Pet Bedz & Accessories- Dog beds, mattresses, accessories.

    143

    Ceramics and facepainting

    148

    Beyond compare furniture- Indoor and outdoor dining chairs , daybeds ,bean chairs, ottomans

    150

    Twins Pantry / Crazy Nuts- Honey caramelized nuts, Honey berry granola, Munchy crunchy corn, Pesto almonds, Peppered cashews, Mexican spiced nuts, Mediterranean Line and Chilli Nuts.

    152

    Serendipity Superfoods- Chagalaga ding dong: Organic chocolate butter,Tomato Wraps, Mushroom Jerky, Raw Chia Seed bread, Raw Sunflower bread.

    155

    Raw Honey products

    Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Carols at the Market!

    Our first week of December and what a week it’s been here in Melbourne, from hot summer days where our St Kilda beach was alive again with happy bathers to cold - wet days, umbrellas in hand. Let’s hope the weather evens out over the next few weeks so we can all enjoy the festive season. If you’ve had enough of the rain then come and see us this Sunday 8 December, and enjoy the sun with 29 degrees expected.

    Visit us this weekend at the St Kilda Esplanade Market and help us kick off December with our local choir, St Kilda Sings. What a fantastic reason for you to stop by this Sunday, just another added bonus apart from the seaside location and shopping experience. If you are like me and love Christmas and this time of year, be at the Clock Tower opposite the coffee van at 1pm for the choir’s first set of Christmas carols. Their second set also at the Clock Tower will commence at 1:40pm, please stop and enjoy their lovely melodies.

    St Kilda Sings is part of Creativity Australia’s “With One Voice” choir program. The choir rehearses every Monday under the musical direction of the fabulous and well-loved conductor Jolene Moran from 6.15 to 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Chapel (12B Chapel Street, St Kilda).

    Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Season's Greetings

    Congratulations everyone, we have made it through the challenges of winter and are finally in the busy summer season. I’m sure you are looking forward to the sunshine and this Sunday 1 December promises to be a gorgeous 30 degrees. Bring your friends and family along and enjoy the sun, sea and shopping.

    I have some sad news for the Market family – the end of December will see us farewell Matt Irwin photography at stall #1. I’d like to thank him for being part of the Market for so long and for bringing his expertise every week. I remember my first Matt Irwin photos purchased in 1998! Please make sure you visit Matt before he finishes up at the end of Dec.

    Returning this weekend are Joys of Redhill at stall #152 please pay them a visit and take home some of their Jams, jellies, sweet & savoury sauces, chutney, pickles relishes, vinegars, quince paste, and preserved lemons. 

    Festive cheer at the Market – on the 8 December we will have the St Kilda community choir, St Kilda Sings, join us to sign carols at the Clock Tower.  St Kilda Sings is part of Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choir program. The choir rehearses every Monday under the musical direction of the fabulous and well-loved conductor Jolene Moran from 6.15 to 7.30pm at the Salvation Army Chapel (12B Chapel Street, St Kilda), followed by a shared supper. There are no auditions and no singing experience is necessary! Their first set will be at 1pm and second set at 1:40pm, please stop and enjoy their lovely melodies.   

    Don’t forget we are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. We’re sure you’ll find that perfect gift for that special someone.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Only 4 Sundays to go before Christmas – bring your bestie, family and friends to the St Kilda Esplanade Market!

    The countdown to Christmas has begun for many families, only 4 Sundays left, not counting this Sunday. December seems to have crept up on us and is now on our door step. I know I will be heading down to the St Kilda Esplanade Market to buy my Christmas goodies. So come down to St Kilda and join me in some festive shopping. We are open every Sunday of the year from 10am to 5pm. We’re sure you’ll find that perfect gift for that special someone.

    This weekend you can expect to find beautifully handcrafted gold and silver jewellery some with Australian pearls other with Australian opals, fantastic paintings, sculptures and even face painting. Also debuting this weekend is Moonbeam Kitchen selling yummy cakes, tarts and biscuits. You will find them at stall # 152.
    We have some exciting news from a few of our permanent traders:

    • The lovely and talented Tony Fitton, at stall # 27 hand makes ancient Celtic style gold & silver jewellery, he and his wife live in St Andrews part of Nillumbik Council. They are part of the Council’s Artists Open Studios and his studio will be open to the public this weekend. For more information go to www.artistsopenstudios.com.au
    • Jeff Wilmott at stall # 67 is a potter, making ocarinas (small clay flutes) and vases. He is also a musician and music teacher. His pottery work can be seen at the ‘Out of the Blue’ exhibition in the Yarra ranges till Wed 27 November. For more information go to www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/ach/Whats_On/Out_Of_The_Blue
    • Last but not least is Chris Farrell from Fazshot stall # 126. We introduced Chris in our blog on the 1 Nov. He is now involved in an auctioned off to raise money for the Typhoon Haiyan fund raiser at "The Bend Cafe" in Glenaire. His donated image is an aerial of the Aire River mouth. For more information go to http://blogs.msf.org/philippines/author/carolines/

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Only 5 Sundays to go before Christmas – come on down for some Chrissie shopping!

    How quickly has this year passed! Did you know we have only five Sundays left before Christmas which means only five more markets to get those original handmade gifts for your loved ones?

    If you’re not sure what to buy your mum or brother or that one person in every family that has everything, maybe it’s time to visit the St Kilda Esplanade Market. We are open every Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

    So come on down this Sunday and visit some of our new stallholders. We have a range of new and exciting products joining the market this weekend from outdoor bean bags, jams and chutneys to natural feather hair extensions and much more. We’re sure you’ll find that perfect gift for someone special. Let me just say the weather forecast for Sunday is a lovely 24.C, so there really is no excuse not to come down to St Kilda.

    Just a reminder we are putting a call out to all potential artisan food stallholders to apply now! We’re all very excited that for the first time ever the St Kilda Esplanade Market has opened its doors to artisan food stalls. We have only just started, with our first food trader last Sunday and think it’s going to be a great addition to the market.

    If you would like to apply for a food stall or know someone who would be interested let them know that all of the information about the process and the criteria is online.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too, you can contact us via our website.

  • Stall Holder profile – Twins Pantry

    It is with great pleasure and excitement to finally welcome our very first food stall, starting this Sunday at the St Kilda Esplanade Market.

    Let me introduce them to you….

    Twins Pantry is owned and operated by twins Dekel and Tomer Kagan. They have worked in restaurants and hotels worldwide and operated their own bakery for 12 years. Now the twins bring their European experience and sense of fun to Australia, offering a unique mix of moreish treats.

    For two years, Twins Pantry, traded under the name ‘Crazy Nuts’, offering honey caramelised nuts, naturally flavoured savoury nuts and other delicious baked goods in 50 different markets and festivals across Victoria.

    You can expect to buy yummy honey caramelized nuts, honey berry granola, munchy crunchy corn, pesto almonds, peppered cashews, Mexican spiced nuts, Mediterranean lime and chilli nuts this Sunday. The aroma of nuts being caramelised is irresistible! So just follow the delicious sweet roasted aroma to stall number 130 to pick up a few after dinner treats to take home.

    Twins Pantry:

    • source raw materials through quality suppliers
    • use natural, Australian-grown ingredients
    • do not use genetically modified foods.

    Twins Pantry will be a fantastic asset to the St Kilda Esplanade Market. Offering our patrons moreish, top quality treats priced from $6 - $20 that will ensure an unforgettable market experience.

    Come on down this weekend and meet them yourselves.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too you can contact us via our website.

  • Chris Farrell of Fazshot

    In our latest stallholder profile we talked to Chris Farrell of Fazshot.

    Chris is a pretty busy man it seems, combining a hectic job as a building inspector with his passion of photography.

    He says he enjoys balancing the two quite different occupations though. As a building inspector Chris works on some of the largest projects in Victoria like the Melbourne Zoo and the Eureka Tower. As a photographer Chris has focused on taking aerial photographs across Victoria – it’s quite a combo.

    Chris has to get up in a plane to take his unique aerial photos which means he gets a really unique perspective. So far Chris has taken photos of the entire Victorian coastline and this year captured some great images of the Southern Right Whales and their calves. (You can see one of these images below.)

    Chris’s photography business goes hand in hand with his other passion – wildlife and nature. He is a member of the WWF and puts his money where his mouth is by donating 10% of all his sales to them.

    The St Kilda Esplanade Market suits Chris and his business perfectly with many of his images capturing St Kilda and Port Phillip Bay. He also appreciates that the St Kilda Esplanade Market is one of the last solely craft markets.

    Chris is a local resident so setting up a stall at number 126 on the Esplanade was a logical step for his business. Make sure you drop by any Sunday to see Chris and have a look at his photographs.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too you can contact us via our website.

  • Spring has sprung

    Ok, we know that spring hasn’t really just sprung but this weekend it seems like the weather has really turned the corner.

    Saturday is going to be a cracking 28 degrees and then Sunday, market day is forecast to be 26. What a great excuse to get out and about and St Kilda’s the place to do it. You can have a stroll along St Kilda Beach, grab something to eat or drink along Acland or Fitzroy Streets and then check out what’s on offer at the St Kilda Esplanade Market.

    It’s a great time of the year in Melbourne. The Spring Carnival is on which creates a buzz around the place and means there are lots of interstate and international visitors. And of course St Kilda is one of the must visit places for tourists. If you bring them down to the Market on a Sunday they’re sure to find a unique handmade souvenir to take home.

    So we hope to see you this weekend – we’re looking forward to a beautiful weekend – hopefully just the first of many with Summer not far away now.

    We’re always happy to help out with any questions about the market by the way. There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going on. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too you can contact us via our website. .

  • Stallholder profile – Luz Restrepo from SisterWorks

    In the second of our stallholder profiles the St Kilda Esplanade Market has interviewed Luz Restrepo of SisterWorks. They’re at stall number 92 of the market and you’ll find the team there every Sunday.

    Luz, a political refugee from Columbia, founded SisterWorks to assist women just like her. There are women from Tibet, Burundi, Afghanistan, Iraq…all over the world really.

    Through SisterWorks the women get practical support to help them be financially independent as the makers and importers of handcrafts. They build on the traditional skills of the women, so they can make and sell handicrafts in Melbourne markets and pop up shops. This also helps women to improve their English and interact with the broader community.

    SisterWorks fits into the makers’ market concept behind the St Kilda Esplanade Market perfectly. All products sold by SisterWorks are original concepts and designs which use traditional handcraft skills and techniques: beading, sewing, weaving and knitting.

    For their amazing work SisterWorks has just been nominated in a Bank of Melbourne The Local Project initiative and are in with a chance of winning $100,000. Vote for SisterWorks on to the Bank of Melbourne’s facebook page. You’ll find SisterWorks Design Lab under the Community tab.

    Good luck to the fabulous SisterWorks crew and as always if there’s anyone in particular you’d like to hear about in our stallholder profiles let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too you can contact us via our website.

    Your vote. Everybody's win. Poster of Bank of Melbourne's Facebook promotion. 

  • Calling all potential food stallholders – apply now!

    We’re all very excited that for the first time ever the St Kilda Esplanade Market will be taking applications for food stalls. We think it’s going to be a great addition to the market.

    If you would like to apply for a food stall or know someone who would be interested let them know that applications are open now online.

    You can apply for either a casual or a permanent stall so there’s plenty of flexibility.

    We pride ourselves on being a ‘makers’ market’ and we’ll be looking for food stall applicants who fit the bill on this as well. This means that the food product must be produced by the primary stallholder - either grown, processed or baked and it needs to be packaged or suitable to take home rather than eaten at the market.

    The sorts of food that we’re thinking would work well are honey and honey products, jams and preserves, marinades and chutneys, specialty teas and coffees, nuts, dried fruit, olives, oils and vinegars, confectionary including nougat, fudge and the like, specialty baked goods including cakes, breads, and biscuits, muesli, hand-made dried pasta and sauces, health goods, home-made dog treats and specialty goods. If you think this is you we’d love to hear from you.

    All of the information about the process and the criteria is online.

    Applications are due by 15th of every month. Download the application form to apply to become a food stallholder.

    If you’d like any more information please call the St Kilda Market Management on (03) 9209 6634 or email esplanademarket@portphillip.vic.gov.au.

  • Grand Final week & the Espy Market

    Well in case you missed it it’s Grand Final Week in Melbourne. The city is football crazy. And what does this have to do with the Espy Market I can hear you say. Well not a lot really but a lot of us have got out of towners here for the weekend or you might be a tourist wondering what to do on a Sunday on Melbourne.

    When the footy’s all done and dusted the Espy Market will be set up and ready to go as always at 10am on Sunday. It’s a great place to bring tourists because you know they’ll be able to get something completely unique and handmade to take home from Melbourne.

    Apart from that though the weather forecast for this Sunday is looking to be a lovely sunny 21 degrees. The perfect day out in St Kilda.

    So whether your team wins or loses on Saturday head on down to St Kilda to the market on Sunday and have a look at what’s on offer.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too you can contact us via our website.

  • Stallholder profile - Richard Mitchinson and Abby Beaumont

    This week we’re starting a series of regular stallholder profiles on the blog. If there are any in particular you’d like to hear about let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

    First cab off the rank though is the couple behind stall number 49, Richard Mitchinson and Abby Beaumont. The Espy Market Blog interviewed Abby this week and here’s what she had to say…

    Richard and Abby’s stall has been going for 20 years now. Richard is a master woodturner, working with Australian timber and Abby is an artist who makes hand painted silk scarves and tiny unique wearable art pieces.

    Richard changed his life completely 20 years ago when he swapped ‘a proper job’ and a hobby of working with pewter for the life of a full time artisan. He built a workshop, bought a lathe and searched out some mentors. He has a lifelong quest to find the perfect bowl. Richard makes bowls, salt and pepper grinder and pens all to his own designs.

    Abby has always been an artist, working mostly with oils and has constantly sought the balance between finding the income to paint and the time to do so. Her scarves are an interpretation of some early abstracts with silk and dye.

    According to Abby the thing that makes the Espy Market stand out as unique is that it is “a makers’ market, where the work is sold by the maker. The one place were a customer can be confident that they are actually buying Australian made and one of the very few places that enable an artist or artisan the possibility of making a living from their work.”

    Drop by any Sunday and visit stall 49. Abby and Richard would love to talk to you and show you their handmade wares.

        

  • Location location location

    One of the best things about the Espy Market has to be its location. Being set against the backdrop of the iconic St Kilda Beach is really quite something and we’re the only market that operates along the iconic palm-lined Esplanade. There are some great photos on our website if you’d like to check them out.

    It’s really a pretty unique location we’ve got here at the market. At one end there’s Luna Park and the Palais Theatre and the other St Kilda Sea Baths and Fitzroy Street. Look out to the beach and you can watch people sailing or kitesurfing.

    Any Sunday you know you can wander down to St Kilda and browse the market, perhaps stroll down to the beach or along Acland and Fitzroy Streets. It’s a perfectly lovely way to spend a Sunday. You can’t go past it – just try.

    St Kilda is one of Melbourne’s treasures. Out of towners usually make a beeline to St Kilda because let’s face it there are a few drawcards – as the locals are well aware. We’ve got sandy beaches close to the city, easy access to public transport, some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, bars and live venues. And of course a market every Sunday – what more could you want!

    As always our stallholders will be ready to go at 10am on Sunday – see you there. Need directions?

    Remember you can always keep in touch via Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. We'd love to hear from you.

  • Looking for something handmade and unique?

    Did you know that all of the products at the Espy Market are completely handmade and unique? Yes, really, it’s true – it’s something the market is really proud of.

    If you’re after authentic, Australian made products there’s lots on offer. It’s a great place for tourists to pick up a Melbourne souvenir. You know you’ll be able to find one of a kind pieces that have been made with passion and creativity. There’s a real range of products, something for everyone – we have over 120 unique stalls of hand crafted artwork, wood products, jewellery, accessories and more.

    The market has always been a brilliant starting place for new artists to begin their careers. We’ve even had an Academy Award Winner amongst us. Yes, that’s right, Melbourne’s very own Adam Elliot, animator and director of Harvey Krumpet, sold his hand painted t-shirts at the market for five years.

    All the stallholders are passionate about what they do and they’d love to talk to you about their products. In fact some of our stallholders have been with us for over forty years so we must be doing something right.

    There are lots of ways to stay in touch with us and keep up to date with what’s going. Don’t be shy – like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, hashtag #espymarket. If you’re not on social media that’s fine too you can contact us via our website.

    Come and visit us on Sunday. We’ll have set up shop by 10am as always – rain, hail or shine on the St Kilda Esplanade of course.

  • A Wonderful Winter

    As we shiver through these winter months, we thought it would be a great opportunity to give a little insight into a few of our favourite winter time stallholder picks.

    Timeless Creations

    Maurice Massey’s hand felted merino, alpaca and possum fur products are beautiful and high quality. Each product is one of a kind – so you know that when you buy one, you’re taking away a unique piece of the Market. Maurice is a new member of the Market, opening his stall in the last few months, and already he has gained the admiration of many Market goers. We think his possum gloves are a perfect winter accessory (so do our Mums)!

    Mr Bucket

    A long time Market favourite, Mr Bucket’s infamous t-shirts can be worn rain, hail or shine. David Marsh (Mr Bucket creator) has recently made and released a new video that we love, which can be seen on his stallholder page (if you look hard enough you can see his “Where’s Wally” appearance at his stall!).

    Sunrise Woodcrafts

    On a recent visit to Jeff’s workshop we were treated with a remarkable display where he made a chopping board before our very eyes - we were impressed. The perfect winter time present perhaps? One of Sunrise Woodcraft’s chopping boards on the kitchen bench, a bunch of vegies fresh from the farmer’s market, ready to create the perfect winter soup! (Here at Market HQ we’re in love with Jamie’s recipe)

    So, what else has been happening in the world of the St Kilda Esplanade Market?

    When you’re having a browse we encourage you to have a good look around at the different features of the new St Kilda Esplanade Market site. Stallholder profiles allow you to browse and find your favourite stall, with contact details in case you want to check if they’ll have a particular product in stock – or you want to let a stallholder know just how much you’re enjoying your purchase!

    And for prospective stallholders, the website is the place for you too. There is a whole bunch of information on how to become a St Kilda Esplanade Market stallholder, including a rundown of all the selection criteria, the terms and conditions, and an online application form.

    If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch via the contact form.

    We’ve also ventured out into the world of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow us to see all the exciting happenings at the market, along with great product pictures and some general notes of Market goodness.

    See you on Sunday!

  • Welcome and a word from week one

    This is my first official week as Market Manager for the St Kilda Esplanade Market. I arrived just in time for the launch of this snazzy new website (for which I can take none of the credit) and have been tasked with writing the opening blog. A daunting prospect in my fourth solo hour of the job.

    So, I thought I’d share with you some of my initial thoughts about our iconic market.

    Firstly, stallholders are a pretty impressive bunch. They work from home, making their craft week in week out, then each weekend at some ungodly hour, often before the sun has peeked out over the horizon, they have gotten out of bed, packed their wares into their vehicles and hit the road, headed for market. I had a stallholder at a market I used to run in Tasmania who gets up at 3.30am to make the trip to town to set up for two markets (I thought my 6.00am start was impressive, turns out not so much). So while you and I are still reading the paper in our dressing gowns, or considering we are in Melbourne, ordering lattes from aesthetically pleasing cafes from a cross section of the worlds best dressed wait staff, the stallholders have already done half a days work. Also, it’s probably raining, or 35 degrees, or the wind is blowing at 40 knots an hour (another thing you learn about when you do markets: knots. I’ve formed a much closer relationship with the guy on the help desk at the Bureau of Meteorology than I’d ever envisaged).

    I’ve had a fascinating time meeting the one hundred and thirty stallholders at the St Kilda Esplanade Market and learning all about their rich and extensive history. Did you know that some of the stallholders here have been here since the very beginning in 1970? That’s forty-two years of trading, every Sunday. Many others have been there for at least a few decades. I was walking through the (rain drenched, grand prix disrupted) market last weekend and saw a sign up from one the stallholders announcing her retirement from the Market:

    Photograph showing sign of stallholder announcing her retirement

    I walked away from my first market wondering what she’s seen in her time at the Market, how many boxes she’s made and sold, how many customers she’s seen come and go, what stories and secrets she holds of the Esplanade, of its visitors, of her handmade boxes?

    There’s Bill who has been teaching me about the difference between crafting and assembling, Leo who sits week in week out at the top of the market with his paints out, patiently waiting for the people to wander up as far as him, Vince who empathises with all of my daily ins and outs having been the president of the Stallholders Association in a previous life.

    Maybe you’ve been coming here since you were small. Or you visited with your relatives who were in town over Easter (ticking off two items on the tourist must do list – visit St Kilda and attend a makers’ market, two birds with one stone, nicely done), or perhaps you’ve never been to visit us and you’re reading about us for the first time. Either way, we’re worth a visit, even if just to meet Bill, Vince or Leo.

    When the St Kilda Esplanade Market started in Melbourne there was no Sunday trading and there were no other makers’ markets of its kind. In its prime the market hosted up to 250 stallholders, running down both sides of the Esplanade. Today we find ourselves in quite a different landscape. Makers’ markets are increasingly on the rise, craft is cool again (can we call my generation of women neocrafties?), we read Frankie and learn to pickle things from our Grandmas. And still, forty years on, every Sunday before the sun rises the stallholders are packing their wares and heading for market.

    The Market welcomes new stallholders to the Esplanade, it continually grows and redefines what is craft (terrarium – craft or plant I ask you? Cactus – plant right? But what if it’s planted in a plastic dinosaur? Then craft?), it witnesses the cycles of popularity – a long time stallholder remarked in a meeting the other day that he remembers when every other stall was a pottery stall, now it seems jewellery is seeing its hey day.

    So it is an exciting time to joining the St Kilda Esplanade Market, navigating this new landscape we find ourselves in. As such it makes sense that I start by doing what all Gen Y Market Managers are surely good for - launching new (remember, not taking any credit) websites, along with Facebook and Twitter (feel free to like and tweet away). I’ll launch websites and talk of social media, but I’ll listen extra closely as I tread the footpath of The Esplanade, listen to the stories and knowledge of many Sundays past, stories about craft, about longevity but mostly about that indefinable magic that is an authentic makers’ market. .

    And would you look at that, I’ve made it to solo hour seven in my new job.

     

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