Ellie Thirkell made a sumo-sized friend at the markets. There was sunshine and smiles in spades at the latest installment of Cowra Tourism’s Harvest in the Park on Saturday, August 30.
Hundreds of locals made the pilgrimage to Brougham Park to check out handicrafts, preserves and produce from over 70 stalls.
Cowra Tourism event manager Caddie Marshall said the event received an overwhelmingly positive response from visitors and stallholders.
She said stallholders are already chomping at the bit to secure a spot at the next Harvest in the Park event on November 29.
“Anecdotally, we heard of people coming all the way from Parkes, Forbes, Orange and Canowindra to enjoy the day. We saw people who had come at 8.30am to pick up bread from PeeWee’s Bakery who were still there at 2pm enjoying the park and the music,” Ms Marshall said.
“The stallholders did a great trade which is really important. We want to use the markets as a platform to build up the reputation of Cowra producers and retailers.”
Stallholders Doug and Elizabeth Dagg, of Janelli Nursery and Farmer Doug’s Gourmet Potatoes, were at the last Harvest in the Park event too and said they’d enjoyed a successful morning so far.
“We like to come along to support all our local community events,” Mrs Dagg said.
“We go to the farmer’s markets regularly as well and we have a lot of people come back on a regular basis for our produce. They wouldn’t be doing that if the produce wasn’t good!”
Getting a park was a challenge, with Denman Street clogged with parked cars on both sides, reducing the passage to a one-way street.
Local Jim Long said he saw one car reverse all the way back down the street after being blocked off by an oncoming car.
“It was the same last time too, I had to help a woman reverse out,” Mr Long said.
“I thought they would have done something about it this time, it should have been blocked off altogether.”
Ms Marshall said they’ve already raised concerns about Denman Street with Cowra Council and that Council were on hand monitoring the street throughout the day.
She asked that any concerned residents register their concerns directly with Council.
“As the markets get bigger, we will need to have plans in place to accommodate that [and Council will be a part of that],” she said.
It certainly didn’t stop droves of mums and dads, kids and grandparents heading down to sample some of the best the region had to offer.
Ms Marshall said they hope to expand the market’s offering next time to include more produce direct from local grower’s gardens.
She asked if locals have any ideas of what they’d like to see more of at November’s markets to get in touch with Cowra Tourism.
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