Last weekend, Brisbane's 'Eat Street Markets' opened in their new location (just 800 metres down the road from where they were originally!) and in partnership with Channel 7, held a ticket only event to show off the new venue and layout.
I was hesitant to pay them a visit as I had been a few times in the past and it had always felt very crowded and small, which didn't fill me with much enthusiasm when taking my infant daughter along- there's nothing worse than pushing a pram through crowds of people, especially when there isn't much room to move in the first place!
That being said, I was interested to see what they had changed with this new opening so I went along on Sunday afternoon with my mum, my 18 year old brother and my 7 month old daughter. We arrived around 2pm hoping that we would miss the lunchtime rush and be gone before the dinnertime rush of people arrived.
When we walked in, I was surprised to find that the whole place felt very spacious and that I could manoeuvre my pram very easily to and from each vendor. I was also pleased to find that most of the food options from the previous location had been brought along, and because of the larger venue it was a lot easier to see exactly what was on offer.
The food has always been great whenever I have visited and this time was no different. My advice? Go with a group of people and that way you can sample more dishes!
We tried a variety of foods including oysters, gluten free fried chicken, gluten free éclairs, caramel popcorn, pork dumplings, cheese kransky, honey puffs, golden gaytime ice cream in a cronut cone, gelato and a kebab. All of the food was amazing and there is such a great variety of options available, which makes it the perfect solution if you're in a group of people with different tastes. Food prices also vary, so there really is something for everyone- even if you're on a tight budget. Drinks at the bar also weren’t too badly priced at $6 for a beer and $7 for a cider, no worse than going to a restaurant.
There was a large section set up with comfortable, round camping chairs and various other seating so we had no trouble finding a table or somewhere to sit whenever we needed to, and thankfully, it was very easy to move around.
There were two entertainment stages that seemed quite close together; perfect for those looking to enjoy the variety of local bands that play there but also making it easy to find a quiet place away from the area for those families wanting a more peaceful experience.
Overall, the new Eat Street markets are bright, colourful and the various fairy lights dotted around everywhere make it feel very welcoming. The layout is much more spacious and it's a lot easier to find exactly which dishes you want to try as vendors are evenly distanced with specific cuisine styles grouped together.
It was a great afternoon with great food and great company. I can’t wait to go back once the setup is completely finished and all of the food vendors are open.
The new Eat Street Markets are located at 221D Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton. The markets are open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm and every Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Entry is $2.50 for adults and kids under 12 are free.