Twilight Market

FOLLOWING the success of the Hobart Twilight Market, the Hobart City Council has given conditional approval for another summer season in 2015-16.

Beginning in October 2014, Hobart’s first beachside twilight market attracted more than 10,000 people during the six months it operated at the Sandy Bay foreshore.

Market manager Justin Davies said the market Facebook site played a pivotal role in spreading awareness, sporting a steadily increasing 8400 followers.

“The hype around the market has exceeded our expectations, and it was heartening to see a broad age group getting into the market,” Mr Davies said.

“Our focus will always be on Tasmanian products and services, which is why we invested a lot of time and energy into selecting the right mix of stallholders for the market.”

Families enjoying the first season of the Hobart Twilight Market

Families enjoying the first season of the Hobart Twilight Market

Co-manager of the market Matt Wise said the stallholders greatly contributed to the market’s success.

“There was such a great vibe between all our stallholders, and their enthusiasm and commitment has contributed to the market’s success,” Mr Wise said.

“There will be areas that we will aim to improve over time, such as more seating, tables and a specified area for entertainers to perform.

As well as supporting local producers, the market has also provided the opportunity for many local entertainers to share their talents to a broader audience.

“The mix of entertainment will continue next season to ensure all age groups are catered for,” Mr Davies said.

The 2015-16 season will see the market hours extended by an extra half an hour, and for the inclusion of a children’s activity area to enable the operator of Tazorb to operate.

The Hobart City Council gave conditional approval to the market providing the market management team promote public transport as a method of accessing the market, with the aim of easing traffic congestion and parking around the market area.

The second season of the market begins on Friday, October 2, between 3-7.30pm.