Sunday, 7thÂ February, ushers in the third year for Toowoombaâ€™s much-loved Margaret Street Markets.
The Markets are held on the first Sunday of each month in addition to a handful of special markets which are convened for specific purposes, ie Carnival of Flowers, Motherâ€™s Day etc.
Markets Committee member Greg Johnson reckons the Toowoomba region is in for some big surprises with this yearâ€™s program.
He said, â€œMarkets tend to come and go and it is clear to us that these markets are here to stay thanks to the wonderful support of the Toowoomba regional community and an army of very loyal stallholders.
â€œThe markets were always intended to showcase the very best of local handicrafts and locally produced food and beverage and we reckon 2016 will see that dream come true.
â€œAlong the way weâ€™ve been blessed to have an ongoing program of entertainment coupled with tremendous support from Toowoombaâ€™s busking community. We are overwhelmed by their unfailing generosity.
â€œThis year we will be working vigorously to improve the local handicraft/produce mix as well the various contrasts that busking brings. Weâ€™ll also be looking at the timing of the markets to ensure that we adequately cater for the needs of the many thousands of visitors who support us.
â€œWe never forget that the sole aim of the markets is to bring people into the CBD at a time when otherwise they wouldnâ€™t be there. That is our charter, to dramatically improve pedestrian traffic for the benefit of our hardworking shop, restaurant and cafÃ© owners,â€ Johnson concluded.
An important addition to the Committee team this year is Drew Vallejos who did an amazing job as Easterfest City Coordinator. Drew brings a wealth of experience to the Markets as well as an inventory of contacts.
The Markets are held between Ruthven and Neil Streets from 8.00am to 2.00pm on the first Sunday of the month.Â Interested stallholders/patrons should contact Greg on 0414 783 343.