A Little bit of History
The Benalla Lakeside Craft and Farmers Market was an initiative of the Tourism Committee of Action Benalla Inc.
In late 1994 the market was set up to be up and running in 1995, and the small committee and dedicated group of volunteers worked hard to bring the market into being.
The Market operation and administration was transferred to Rotary Club of Benalla and the Lions Club of Benalla in October 2016. Market Coordinators are Doug Smith (Rotary) and Bruce Walker (Lions).The past committee of Mary Lou Terry and her faithful volunteers are sincerely thanked for their dedication to running the market, together with the stall holders and customers over 19 years.
The Market does not charge an entry fee.
The “make it, bake it, grow it, sew it.” theme initially created in 1995 is still current today.
Operating every 4th Saturday of the month , the market is visited by visitors from all over Australia and is promoted through multi media. Since commencement well over $100,000 has been donated to the various community organisations of Benalla and to the Benalla Festival.
Benalla Lakeside Craft & Farmers’ Market was awarded the Rural City of Benalla Australia Day Community Group award in 2011 & 2012
The market has been running for 22 years, and once a month the community comes together for a chat, a coffee and to find that special item.
Professional entertainment is provided and paid for by the Market organisers to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere on market days.
There is a wide and varied selection of stalls including fresh fruit and vegetables, hand made jewellery, sun catchers, Alpaca wear, various wood creations and metal work to socks and flowers and plants and an amazing array of hand made items.
We would like to publicly acknowledge our thanks to the Benalla community for their past and present support over the past 22 years and thank the endless efforts of the volunteers past and present who make the market happen every month, together with our loyal stall holders who provide goods, services and products to market visitors.