Author: Kaz Selbie

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 🙂

Bellingen Community Markets returns Saturday 18 December

We have waited four long months for this day and its going to be a big beautiful celebration of our mighty community spirit , just in time for Christmas.

Well done to our stallholders, volunteers and crew on your resilience. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

We have a very full market, bursting at the seams with a few new artisans and crafters joining us, which is great to see.

If for whatever reason you cant attend as a stallholder when you have booked, please email or call us today to advise. We have over 30 casuals on our waiting list keen to attend, so let me know asap so another can take your place.

15 December marks the day when NSW opens up to everyone (vaxed and non vaxed). Be aware we will have many visitors from the big cities visiting our market. The Covid rules may have relaxed by Covid has not, so please continue to wear a mask when you can’t distance and use sanisizer. Hot food stalls still need to distance people 1.5m waiting in line so please bring your ground markers. Click here to read the new Government rules from 15.12.21. Your vigilance will help keep our community safe.

Because of the influx of Covid cases on the mid north coast and because we attract many, we will continue the QR code sign in. thanks

We are very proud and excited to finally present our inclusive event every month from here on in. With over 260 diverse stalls we have something for everyone, including a good mix of delicious food and coffee.

It’s definitely the place to be every 3rd Saturday of the month.

Read on to find out why.

Live music on the main stage with the Lonesome Boatmen

The Lonesome Boatmen are an original country blues, folk and celtic soul duo consisting of Phil Levy and Steve Gilbert who reinterpret traditional songs in a new light. They are both accomplished musicians and accompany their songs with fingerpicking guitar, harmonica and mandolin and banjo.

They were both members of long time Nth Coast World music band The Romaniacs. They have won best instrumental and best country song categories with two of Phil’s tunes at The North Coast Music Awards (The Dolphin Awards)

Both Phil and Steve have played many festivals and session recordings. Phil has been hosting “The Not Quite Folk Jam “ at the Eltham Hotel for 11 years. One of the most successful jams on the North Coast. Steve Gilbert has been noted as one of Australia’s finest harmonica players. He has played on Aria winning albums with TI legend Seaman Dan and toured with Shane Howard (Goanna Band)

For more info please contact:

Check out their music video –

See and hear them on the main stage from 10am – 2.30pm

Bellingen Youth Group

As our community group for the day they will be on the gates welcoming visitors and shaking the bucket for needed donations for their youth activities so please give where you can. thanks

Free hula hoop session

Join Jesse Jeanes at 8.30am on side of footy oval for a free hula hoop session. Session hoops supplied for free and also available for purchase.This is a great chance to move your hips and body in such a way that makes you feel great !

Santa is coming !

Catch Santa and his little helper on the side of the oval. They will be giving out treats and taking santa photos if your keen.

We’re expecting a big day this Saturday so do come prepared and that means for our radical weather too. The weatherman says sunny and cloudy for the 18th, but how quickly things can change. Click here to read BOM Gov weather report. The grounds are in great shape ready for us to converge, collaborate and celebrate Bello Markets and all within.

Have a fabulous week ahead and see you bright eyed and bushy tailed this Saturday.


Kaz Selbie

Bellingen Community Markets Manager

M: 0400 261 693


Bello Markets Cancelled Saturday 20 November


As from Monday 11th October 2021 everyone needs to be double vaccinated to enter non-essential retail, and the BCM is considered non essential retail.

We are sorry to advise that after considering current health requirements and recent meetings with regulatory authorities (Council,  Police & Dept of Health), the BSRA governing authority of the BCM have concluded that we will not be in a position to fulfil and regulate current health requirements and  have decided to cancel the 20 November 2021 market.  

This has not been an easy decision and many people have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the safety of our community.  

As of 1st December these rules will no longer apply and we look forward to returning to a full BCM.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you understand. 

Stay safe and be kind to each other as our community needs more kindness.

To read more on gov. regulations click here

This means the Bello Growers Market will go ahead at the Bellingen Showground from 7.30am-12pm this Saturday. Click here for more info.

16 October 2021 Market goes ahead

Hi there lovely BCM permanent stallholders.

You are receiving this because you are in our permanent stallholder database.

At this stage we are going ahead on Saturday 16 October 2021.

I would like to sincerely apologise for the last minute cancellation last month. Sadly it was out of our control with regulatory bodies placing a 500 visitor restriction on the market at the 11th hour, and saying it will be policed.

As we all know, we regularly get 1000’s of people, so this was absurd, unachieavable and impossible to manage, so the committee made the hard decision to cancel.

My heart went out to all you foodies, who worked hard all week, preparing and buying up big for our big market. You must have made a huge loss and I can only imagine you were not happy. I am so sorry. May you make a motza at our next three big upcoming markets.

We have a meeting with Council, Police and Health Dept on Monday 11 October (that’s the soonest we could get) to lay our cards on the table and discuss the best way to positively move forward for the good of all.

In the meantime I keep on keeping on and continue to organise the market ready to shake, shimmer and shine, hopefully with your wonderful presence on Saturday 16 October.

Will you be joining us?

If NOT, please send me an email or sms 0400 261 693 asap.

We remain positive about our meeting on the 11th October as in our past communications with Police and Health Dept, they were aok with our market going ahead under the 4 sqm rule, mask wearing and signing in (which we have been doing all the way along).

I will let you know on Monday 11th latest if anything changes.

Our Facebook and webpage is updated regularly with changes, so this is the place to go to find out what’s happening.

A few people have contacted me asking if they have to be double vaxed to come to our market (stallholders and patrons). Well this is the first I have heard of such a thing, and I cant imagine this would happen in our spacious outdoor event, maybe this is for hotspots?

Anyway….. I’m sure to know more after our meeting Monday 11th

It’s been a couple of crazy months without a market and I miss you all. It’s time to recoupe and celebrate what we love about Bello Markets.

Join me in crossin our fingers and toes, manifesting good and smiling with joyful optimism 🙂 See you soon.

Click here to see what cool music we have playing


Kaz Selbie


Bellingen Community Markets

M: 0400 261 693


Bellingen Market is cancelled tomorrow

The BSRA, the organising association of the BCM have been advised by Council and Police that we may be unable to maintain the restrictions placed on numbers for outdoor gatherings. In the interest of safety for the community the market is cancelled this month. In part this is due to unclear guidelines relating to outdoor events such as ours and interpretations of the regulations, even though we have a current Covid 19 Safety plan. (recently changed to Retail classification).

We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience this has caused many of you and we trust you understand and support this decision.

Please share with your friends and family.

Bellingen Community Markets is back Saturday 18 September 2021

Hello lovely stallholders, trust you are super well, keen and able to return to Bellingen Community Markets.

We only have a week to get organised, so lets pull up our socks and take immediate action. 🙂

All the normal Covid safety protocols remains in place, probably moreso. I suspect we will get a visit from local police. Sadly a couple of stallholders were booked at the Farmers Market. If you dont want to wear a mask, get that doctors exemption or take the consequences. Sorry.

Permanents please email or sms 0400 261693 to advise. The sooner the better. thanks. Please refrain from facebook messages as I may miss it.

Casuals, if you haven’t already this month, please click here to book now

Please be prepared as we may go into lock down at a moments notice

because as we know, things can change very quickly. 

All updates are placed on our webpage and Facebook

The above picture is the lovely Neil and Sharon from Sundown Creek Nursery. They have a good mix of healthy, colourful plants, including lots of bromeliads. I do hope they can join us, as I hope you can too 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you.


Kaz Selbie


Bellingen Community Markets

M: 0400 261693