The HOTA Farmers & Artisan Markets are legendary amongst Gold Coast locals and visitors who appreciate fresh food made by local growers, gourmet producers and artisan creators — some even travelling in from the Hinterland, Northern New South Wales and wider South East Queensland regions. Located at the new “Home of the Arts” — or HOTA — these Gold Coast Sunday markets boast a vibrant morning energy that’s boosted due to their ideal location surrounded by an inspiring arts precinct, the Nerang River, Evendale Lake and spectacular view overlooking the iconic, Surfers Paradise skyline. These are sunny Sunday mornings done right on “The GC”.
If you’re staying in a self-contained apartment during your Gold Coast stay, heading into the HOTA Farmers & Artisan Markets is a great way to stock up on, and sample, some of the region’s best fare straight from the paddock and crafty, local kitchens. Scanning the stalls with a freshly ground coffee in hand, it’s akin to stumbling across a buzzing Mediterranean bazaar that intoxicatingly sets off all your senses — passionate purveyors spruiking the quality of their goods and the multigenerational know-how that goes into creating them. These are fair dinkum farmer and artisan markets offering bespoke products you’d be hard-pressed to find on the shelves of mega, suburban supermarkets.
Tastebuds at the ready, take your leisurely pick from a huge range of seasonal fruits and vegetables, premium meats and poultry, farm-fresh dairy products, seafood straight off the trawler, authentic pasta and sauces, baked goods and artisan breads, internationally inspired smallgoods and an assortment of holistic health foods. Many of the market stallholders are also certified organic, biodynamic and spray-free producers, with vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free foods available covering various dietary needs. There’s even a growing sprinkle of stalls offering boutique fashion and handcrafted wears that might grab your eye if you’re keen to take home a special souvenir purposefully made for good memories.
Popular with HOTA Farmers and Artisan Market goers is to casually settle into their Sunday by grabbing a coffee and bakery bite for brekky, pulling up some grass with a blanket lakeside and chilling-out listening to the live tunes that float through the fresh, riverside air. It’s also a great family experience with plenty of grassy parklands for the kids to run around and a cool lake dip always an option in the warmer months. While in this artsy hood, be sure to check out the awesome HOTA program of movies, shows and events with cool activities scheduled for young ones during major school holidays. Oh, and a walk through the brand-new HOTA Gallery is a must for budding culture vultures and art lovers!
You could say the HOTA Farmers and Artisan Markets — brought to you by Goodwill Projects — really are, easy like a Sunday morning. Operator, Mark Power, sums it up beautifully, “The HOTA Markets are an authentic farmers and artisan market. We’re a vibrant blend of country and coastal living offering farm-direct produce from genuine farming families across Queensland and Northern New South Wales, alongside local providores, designers, foodies and baristas. Part of the fabric of the Gold Coast, we're proud to support and foster local small businesses, artists, musicians, social causes and creating an amazing atmosphere every Sunday for locals and visitors alike"! Keep your eyes peeled for pop-up markets too like the HOTA Hawker Night Markets.
Where: HOTA (Home of the Arts), 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217.
When: Every Sunday, 6am-11:30am.
ART & CRAFT ON THE COAST SUNDAY MARKETS