Vegan Festival Market visits Bunjil Place

Narre Warren’s Bunjil Place was transformed into a vegan’s dream on Sunday, with the Vegan Festival Market taking place in the community centre’s courtyard.

A blue-skied Bunjil Place. Photo: Henry Ballard

The market was organised by the Mermaid Sorority, who are responsible for many “pop-up” boutique markets, anywhere from Ballarat to Phillip Island.

In a statement, Amber from the Mermaid Sorority said: “After months of curation, we were thrilled with the response from happy shoppers and those who came to dine on the food trucks who lingered longer and enjoyed the precinct, relaxing in the open space.”

The market was very family friendly in the morning sun, with many children and their parents inspecting the various vegan food, drinks, clothing, décor and art.

Angela Wyatt, 33, said she was proud to introduce her kids to such environmental values.

“I’m glad there’s a market like this around for me to bring the kids to and show them vegan stuff can be enjoyable.”

Vendors also confirmed the market was one of the more successful ones they had sold at.

Tamanna Kaul, who ran a hand-painted ukulele store called Coral Flamingo, said there are many elements which contribute to a successful day at an outdoor market such as this one.

“The weather is a big factor. If it’s raining, I won’t make any sales, which I was really scared about. But it’s turned out beautifully.”

Tamanna added she enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of this market.

“I love that pets are allowed here!” she said.

Coral Flamingo exemplified the market’s wide variety of products, selling hand-painted ukuleles, framed prints and “galaxy spoons”.

Tamanna Kaul and her store, Coral Flamingo. Photo: Henry Ballard
Hand-painted Ukuleles and “galaxy spoons”, by Coral Flamingo. Photo: Henry Ballard

Just next door to Coral Flamingo was a store selling chutneys and hot sauce, showing there was something for everyone at the market.  

Taking centre-stage at Bunjil Place was a musician playing acoustic guitar and a pan flute. His songs from the South American Andes generated a terrific sense of ease and relaxation across the market.

The Mermaid Sorority’s next market will be held in Cowes on September 29, while Bunjil Place will next hold a Christmas market on November 30.



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