Since the Original Eumundi Markets began on Saturday 23 March 1979 it has grown to be one of the largest craft and artisan markets in Australia with a visitation of around 1.2million people per annum.
Originally called the Eumundi Village Market - the market started with three stalls, a total of 8 visitors - not including family - with a grand total of $30 taken.
When the market started Eumundi was a small quiet town of one main street, with farms spreading from Belli to Noosaville.
In the late 1970's the social calendar in Eumundi still included dances in the School of Arts hall and regular cattle and horse sales.
Eumundi town and the location of the markets under the glorious spreading Memorial Fig Trees still manages to maintain a wonderful relaxed village atmosphere that continues to attract a large number of visitors and people who for many reasons have chosen to live in and near the town.
Now a true Sunshine Coast icon and must see destination the market will be giving back and wants its visitors and followers to share in the celebrations too. In the lead up to the 40th Anniversary the Original Eumundi Markets will be having 40 days of giveaways starting on 12 February through its social media. There will be some amazing prizes up for grabs from some of our many talented stallholders along with market vouchers.
Visit the Original Eumundi Markets from 12 February to 23 March and if you spend over $30 in one transaction you will get an entry into a pool of great prizes including market vouchers. Just remember to ask the stallholder to give you an entry form.
The Original Eumundi Market continues to be run by the Eumundi & District Historical Association (EHA), a not-for-profit association which supports local community and historic projects and has always ensured that their market has an emphasis on handmade products, with the ethos of "make it, bake it, sew it, grow it".
Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre which is run by EHA will be having an exhibition of the history on the market from Saturday 23 March until Saturday 1 June in its Wan'din'in arts space complete with a mocked up retro stall circa 1980's. All are welcome to the opening on 23 March at 2pm. The 40th Anniversary celebrations are supported by the Sunshine Coast Council.
The Original Eumundi Markets … it's an experience like no other. Here's to another 40 years!
Who: The Original Eumundi Markets
What: Celebrating 40 Years
When: 23 March 2019
Eumundi Markets are held all year round – Rain, Hail or Shine - every Wednesday and Saturday!
Where: 80 Memorial Drive Eumundi