Red Hill Market
Just a bit over an hour’s drive south-east of Melbourne, the Red Hill Market attracts an epic crowd when it pops up each month. Held at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve on the first Saturday of the month, the sprawling event has more than 300 stalls selling handcrafted goods and homegrown produce.
It’s a mash-up of farmers and makers. A strict policy ensures stallholders must be the maker or grower, so you know you’re speaking to the person who grew those apples or made that cheese. Spring is prime season to visit here and pick up fresh-from-the-field fruit and veggies and seedlings to plant at home, along with preserves, cheese, honey, cider and wine to stock the pantry with in preparation for Christmas. There’s also handmade clothes, furniture, homewares, candles, art, sculpture and natural beauty products should you need to knock a few things off the gift list.
Don’t miss trying a camp-oven-cooked scone from the local scouts and a locally roasted espresso by Swig Coffee.