Bellingen Community Markets

Welcome to Bellingen Community Markets January 2022.

Trust you had a good start to 2022 and let’s look forward to a happy, healthy and harmonious year ahead with a market every month 🙂

It’s great you can join us again and want to continue being part of Bello Markets. It’s your quality product, good service and friendly way that encourages visitors to return every month. With diverse shopping, cool music, delicious food and good people, it’s the place to be.

A general google review states… “Bello Markets is one of the best markets on the mid north coast, its large, diverse and has a friendly vibe”. Gosh, we couldnt ask for anything better, so a big thanks to YOU !

Whats coming up…….

The Merchant Bankers

This young energetic group are a must to see.

As an emerging group of talented young musicians they have played in various venues over the Coffs Coast in last 4 years. Their diverse range of music is influenced by artists such as John Mayer, Paul Kelly, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Vulfpeck and The Beatles. The founding members of the band are Josh Merchant on electric/acoustic guitar and vocals as well as writing original songs, younger brother Lachlan is on drums and friend Ethan Barrett plays bass and guitar.

The Bankers take audiences back in time, to the days of classic rock songs with detailed lyrics and unforgettable guitar riffs…you’ll quickly be singing along! The band throws in some classic jazz covers and can go from funky to country in no time flat.

Of course the band loves performing their original material, with songs like Tightrope and City Lights becoming favorites with their fans.

See and hear them on the main stage from 10am

Bellingen Junior AFL Club

Bellingen Junior AFL Club is our community group for the month and will be on the gates welcoming patrons and raising needed funds for their youth. Please give generously where you can.

The local, inclusive football club is run by enthusiastic volunteers. They love seeing local kids get out, be active and participate in the great game of AFL . Catering for both boys and girls from 5 – 17 years old, they are housed at Burdett Park, with players from throughout the region including Bellingen, Dorrigo, Thora, Gleniffer, Fernmount, Raleigh, Repton, Myleston, Urunga and Nambucca.

Do you remember Robert Somosi? He use to sell turkish bowls in D section? Sadly Robert has since gone into a retirement/care facility and unable to do markets anymore. I’m sure your with me when I send our love to Robert through our wonderous universal web. Robert has quite a bit of stock left and would like to let it go at a wholesale price of 25% of the retail value.  If you are interested, please call Bruce Meder on 0426 876 316 

The Heart of the Valley Market is looking for keen stallholders who would like to be part of the fun day. See contact details on poster.

Our market has been filling quickly over the last couple of months. If you are a casual stallholder, you should have received our booking email with instruction and Covid Safely rules and regulations . Please ensure you read and know what’s expected of you and please come prepared. I’m really sorry if you didnt get in this market but please don’t let that put you off from trying again.

It certainly sounds like there are a lot of covid cases around, so stay safe, be smart and savvy. As a spacious outdoor event, our market is one of the safest places to be, and a few simple precautions go a long way.

Signing in is once again mandatory

Wear a mask if you cant distance and sanitize hands

Please dont attend if sick

Cover all food

Thank goodness for the sunshine ! We finally get a reprive from the rain. Our beautiful park full of trees, creeks and wildlife would have had a wonderful soaking, so this week it will be drying out, hopefully. The weatherman says Saturday will be sunny and possibly 50% 3mm of rain, which is not much, so don’t let a bit of rain put your off, as we will be going ahead. Please come prepared for anything as things change quickly. Don’t forget….heavy duty pegs are needed to hold tents down on windy days.

Help reduce rubbish

Please do not leave your rubbish and plastic food containers on the side of the skip bins at the end of market day. All stalls must take their rubbish home and dispose in your own bins. The skip bins are for the red and yellow bin rubbish at end of day. Please support this and help reduce our crazy rubbish intake.

Also don’t forget Bello Markets is a NO PLASTIC market so please ensure you are doing the right thing. Some suggestions below:

Product Alternatives

Plates, bowls and clamshells – Sugarcane based with no plastic lining

Cups – Paper with corn based lining or Compostable Plastic (corn based)

Utensils – Wooden or Compostable plastic (corn based) and labeled compostable

Plastic straws – Paper straws, offer re useable bamboo or stainless steel straws for sale

Single use packaging for condiments i.e. individual tomato/soy sauce packets

Sauce dispenser on counter for customers to self Serve

Polystyrene packaging – Paper, sugarcane, palm leaf

Nature is divine !

See you Saturday with a skip in your pace, a smile on your face and an attitude of grace, because we have much to be grateful for 🙂