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“Try the coconut tarts!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Island Markets

Island Markets
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Auckland
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Try the coconut tarts!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2010

We had loved the coconut pie dessert served at the evening fish fry on an earlier visit to the island, so we were keen to find a local source of it on this visit. It is ironic, as Norfolk, being subtropical, doesn't grow coconuts!!
We turned up early to the markets and hit the jackpot straightaway, with a lovely lady called Colleen. Her coconut tarts were so good we went back later in the morning to get some more - and they lasted right through to when we left the next Saturday. We bought a little fundraising cookbook from her that has quite a few good recipes in, and she also gave us her own recipe for the tarts.
Overall we enjoyed the markets - the fruit and vegetables were good quality, despite the long drought that has plagued the island, and we liked browsing through the stalls. The latest fad seems to be small laminated fridge magnets made out of photos of island scenes - cheap and cheerful.
It is a mustsee (and free) attraction on the island.

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melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“get there early!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2010

we thought the markets were great, it was a nice sunny day so we heard that it would be busy as many stall holders dont bother if it looks like rain. there was so much stuff to brouse and buy, food van, ice creams, fresh baked cakes and cookies, bloke selling sausage sangas, home made lemonade, fresh local coffee, plenty clothes and souveneers, we spent a couple of hours there and the wife even enjoyed a massage
get threr early if you want the fresh fruit and vegies though!

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5 Thank tripinround
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Melbourne, Australia
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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Quaint Markets”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2009

Arrived on Friday afternoon November 6. Saturday morning had a Farmers Market at the Bicentennial Centre (behind the Tourist Office) with just a handful of stalls. Yes it is small and the fruit/vegetables are not "A" grade but they are flavoursome, organic, seasonal and generally competitive in price with the supermarket. For example the tomatoes tasted like real tomatoes, the snow peas were cheap, fresh and tasty. But some products were not that appealing. It is however a great way to support local people rather than a business. Oh, around the island you will find a few roadside stalls (they are normally behind a gate rather than literally on the nature strip roadside)with the same produce with an honesty box system. And you may get to have a lovely chat with the owner/local is you are lucky.
On the Sunday morning there is the market. Again our visit had about 15 stalls so it is small and mainly crafts many local. Depends on your interest but we saw some people come and go and others buy quite a bit with the bonus chatting with locals, meeting others from your flight and possibly picking up some local tips.
Both markets are in keeping with the island culture-small, local, friendly- you appreciate this more after afew days on the island.

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5 Thank KirraMelbourne
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“Small country market”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2009

We went in August which is a fairly quiet time. Not very much in comparison to other markets but worthwhile visiting. Items not really cheap and I found some books selling more than in other stores on the Island.

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2 Thank ChrissieN
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Sydney Australia
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“Not much at the markets”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2009

The markets are held in the Bicentennial Centre in Burnt Pine. They held on a Sunday Morning.

The day we went the number of stalls were very small. There were stalls selling some quite good local souvenirs but that's about it. There was some live music and the general feel of the place was very friendly.

A pleasant enough way to spend half an hour, then amble on down the main street and grab breakfast at one of the many good cafes.

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4 Thank westernsydney
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