It was the second Saturday in February and there was a buzz in the air as the Broadwater Parklands launched the Produce by the Pier Market – a new fortnightly event on the Gold Coast calendar.
Local farmers and food producers rubbed shoulders with artists, craftspeople and the odd fashion designer presenting a resourceful new vision of sustainable style.
Patrons loved the opportunity to buy fresh seafood directly from the trawler moored alongside the Pier – so much in fact that it completely sold out! By high noon not one prawn, bug or crab was left behind…leaving trawler owners Roxeen and Bill Vaughan hooked on Southport’s new market.
“As a 30 year old local Southport family business, we are delighted to be a part of Produce by the Pier alongside other local producers and designers.” Roxeen enthused “The fact that we can sell our seafood directly off the boat at the wharf really appealed to us. It’s something we haven’t been able to do at other markets,”
Live at Produce by the Pier featured a program of entertainment and workshops. Performances from local emerging artist Eliza Jane as well as Juzzie Smith with a blues mix. An array of acoustic talent from the Fretfest crew proves the promising talent to be experienced in upcoming market days. Displays from Tai Chi to Zumba demonstrated diverse forms of fitness. Supporting local organic farmers was the order of the day with local food advocacy discussions by Robert Pekin, founder of Food Connect.
The main focus of the event was importance of sustainable food systems and the impact locals can have through their shopping choices.
As a fortnightly event (taking place on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month), the next market will take place February 23 celebrating the health and vitality of coastal lifestyles, ‘green living’ and Australia’s sustainability movement.