Begonia 2023 rocked!

Big thanks to everyone who was involved in the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2023!
Stallholders, shoppers, visitors who discovered the markets, City of Ballarat Events team, parking crew, gardeners… it was a massive weekend and a great success for all.

For the first time, Ballarat Farmers Market ran extended hours (until 5 pm) and on a Sunday (March 12, 10 am – 5pm). It was a bit of an experiment but what a beauty! Saturday was probably our biggest sales day for stalls EVER… we had over 90 stalls and many reported selling about twice what they expected. Some Melbourne stallholders came up with enough stock for two full market days at a festival… and sold it all on Saturday!

Multiple market stalls and shoppers

The parkland express!

On Monday morning (Aug 20) I’m meeting with Council officers to look at how we set up stalls in the parkland. Renovations have started so there will be a new layout… with stalls in the park as well as main hall – and the car park returned to the people!

I’ve already submitted an Event application with the City and the site meeting is to finalise conditions, stall layout, etc.  Expanding into the park will enable us to cater for the increased stall numbers as seasonal produce suppliers return in Spring and Summer.

Stalls in the park will ease parking congestion in the street but also create a lovely atmosphere for shoppers & stallholders alike.  There was a great buzz having everyone squeezed into the car park, but the more relaxed layout either side of the pathways will be much more pleasant on the sunny mornings that the coming months will bring.