The 5 Best Markets in the Hunter Valley

Shop ’til you drop at the fabulous array of food, fashion, and art markets hidden within the Hunter Valley!

Handmade in the Hunter Markets

The Hunter Valley is famed for its extensive collection of wineries. However that doesn’t mean that the rest of the region should be missed! The Hunter Valley is the perfect way to explore the country, meeting local producers and tasting artisan products. Here, you can get stuck into the cultural highlights of the region by tasting some of the local tipple, tucking into the seasonal cuisine, and visiting the many markets that scatter the Valley.

Here are some of the best markets to visit.

  • 1. Maitland Markets

    On the first Sunday of every month, the Maitland Markets come to town. Having been a part of the Valley for more than 25 years, this market is a firm favourite with locals and visitors. There are stalls both indoors and outdoors, where you can browse artisan goodies and seasonal treats. Located at the Maitland Showground, this steady attendance of this event shows that it has a strong sense of community and appeals to both locals and tourists. You can find a wide range of items at this market whether you’re looking for clothing, antiques or lifestyle products. The best part of this market is that it’s mission to give funds back to local community groups remains a core element of why this market began in the first place. Local charities are given a free stall at this market so that they can reach more people for donations.

  • 2. Handmade in the Hunter Markets

    For the arty minded, head to the Handmade in Hunter Markets which take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. While there, you can wander amongst stalls piled high with handmade goods, including paintings and plenty of arts and crafts. The best part is you can meet the makers who tend to their stalls, so you can find out the backstory of your souvenirs and learn more about the hand-making process. What you’ll love about this market is that everything you find in 100% handmade! This means you’ll leave the wine country with a unique souvenir reminiscent of the memorable time you had. The great thing about this market? It’s set in the award-winning Kevin Sobels Wines located in Pokolbin, so you can head on over to the winery and pick up one of a Hunter Valley favourite; Semillon.

  • 3. Laguna Markets

    Laguna Markets

    On the 3rd Sunday of every month, the Laguna Market takes place. This fresh food extravaganza brings you delicious veggies, eggs, and herbs from local farms, as well as wool, jewellery, vintage linen and other homeware goods. Every once in a while, you might stumble across a rare treasure or a uniquely crafted souvenir to take home with you. Laguna’s guiding philosophy is that what someone might want to throw away, you might want to keep! So, with that in mind, head down to the Laguna Markets at the Great Northern Trading Post for a beautifully rural market.

  • 4. Singleton Farmers & Craft Markets

    The Singleton Farmers & Craft Markets come to the Hunter Valley on the 4th Saturday of every month, an initiative founded by The Northern Agricultural Association. Located on the picturesque expanse of the Singleton showground, it serves up a selection of locally-made gifts and produce. Tuck into tasty treats, unearth vintage treasures, and soak up the local art while you’re there. Discover hidden talents of the local community as you try produce made from artisan providores. With over 80 stalls to explore, you’re bound to find a stall or two that catches your eye, as well as spend your time talking to the locals of Broke who are always happy to share their insider tips on the best locations in the region. The farmer portion of this market is great for those basing themselves in wine country and want to pick up some fresh fruit and veg if you plan on cooking while you’re there. This is a cheap alternative to the sometimes-pricey dishes that you’ll find at eateries in the Hunter Valley. Be sure to ask the stallholders for their top tips of how they like to cook their veggies as they will have some great ideas for how to cook a scrumptious meal if you’re on a budget.

    *Update 2021 – the Singleton Farmers & Craft Markets are no longer operating.

  • 5. Wollombi Village Markets

    Wollombi Village Markets

    If you find yourself in the Hunter Valley over a holiday weekend, make sure you venture to the Wollombi Village Market on the Monday. Boasting more than 100 stalls, you can pick up everything from local produce, handmade art and crafts, vintage clothes and more. This market contains the best of gourmet products such as cheese from Dos Juans Fine Foods, artisan sourdough bread and homemade jams. After you’ve visited this market, try going on one of the many bushwalking routes, or even follow the convict trail. It’s only 30 minutes from Cessnock so if you find yourself with a day to spare, Wollombi is a gorgeous historic town that you could easily spend the weekend at. Just like some of the other markets on this list, the Wollombi Village Market stalls are all run by volunteers so the benefits that it brings to the local community are endless!

Markets are an important part of Hunter Valley life. They let locals show off and sell their wares, ranging from handmade art to seasonal produce and everything in between. Besides that, they’re a great way to meet the locals who live in the wine country and a good break in between visiting all those wineries! If something catches your eye at the market, be sure to pick up the pamphlets and businesses cards at the stalls as a lot of them have online stores. They’re well worth a visit if you want to dig deeper into the cultural highlights that the Valley has to offer.

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