Thursday, November 30, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The Seaforth Markets are a community-based event that occur every Sunday from 8am to 12:30pm, supplying organic and gourmet produce, fresh fruit and vegetables and an array of quality products from local artisans.
The Markets are run by the Seaforth Progress Association, with funds also recycling back into the community, by allowing stalls from organisations such as RACQ CQ Rescue, Country Women’s Association, local schools and sporting clubs to participate.
The Seaforth Progress Association have been in operation since 1956. President of the Seaforth Market Association Lyn Prince wakes up at 5am to prepare the markets every Sunday for business as usual, with a growing list of stalls operating each week.
Lyn stated, “On the actual day before the markets, I will go over and sit underneath the trees, making sure I've got some spaces because each market we're getting at least another ten stores.”
The market hosts a book stall for locals and tourists to enjoy updated reading materials, as well as a line of food trucks overlooking the esplanade to cater the event.
On 10th December, Christmas will come alive at the Seaforth Markets! A visit from Santa’s elves, a Ham Wheel and raffles will be on the agenda, with stallholders and storefronts dressed in their finest festive attire.
Travellers come from all over, including locals from Yeppoon, Townsville and Bowen to be a part of the Seaforth Markets, to experience a flourishing community event with a tight-knit camaraderie.
Lyn is passionate about the familial atmosphere that has been created for marketgoers and stallholders alike, as well as the growth of Seaforth itself, without seeing it become urbanised.
She stated, “There's nowhere I've travelled, where you can do what we can do here.
“I just love the fact that we've grown and that people, especially [during] Covid, found something that they were passionate about and continued on with it.
“We have a place where they can come and feel comfortable and sell what they make, and that is a therapy, you can't buy that.”
Interested volunteers, businesses and organisations who would like to be involved with the Seaforth Markets can contact Seaforth Progress Assoc. on Facebook, or call Lyn Prince directly on 0437 533 007 for more information.
WHAT: Seaforth Christmas Markets
WHERE: Seaforth Esplanade
WHEN: Sunday, 10 December
Inspire your green thumb every Sunday
Enjoy a selection of local spreads and baked goods
Organisations such as State Emergency Services (SES) often join the Seaforth Markets