Monday 2 April 2012

Salamanca Market

One of our comments on the “Dear Mr. Doyle” post mentioned Salamanca Market as a “booming market, making lots of money” and offered it as a guide to what we should be doing at QVM, so we thought we’d take a look.
Salamanca Market operates harbourside in Hobart, Tasmania. It is an open-air market trading every Saturday. Over 300 stallholders sell fresh and gourmet produce, arts, crafts and handiwork crafts from all over Tasmania, interstate and overseas. Think of one of the original craft markets around Melbourne, say like Red Hill, and you’ll have an idea of what Salamanca is like. The craft is top notch with some of Tasmania’s best, and therefore Australia’s best, woodworkers, leatherworkers and glass blowers displaying their wares. Many of the traders appear to be the actual manufacturers.

Your editor has been to Salamanca many times. It is one of the best places to buy Australian made craft and the food is certainly enticing. Fresh strawberries and ice-cream in season would be my favourite but this is a market with a bustling ad hoc arrangement, set on a beautiful harbour and surrounded by heritage buildings. It is a combination of factors that make this market one of Australia's best but the standout is the variety of high quality craft.

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