Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston

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Kara and I visited the Old Bus Depot Markets in Kingston on Sunday.  It is a fabulous space and always a hive of activity.

The very first thing that caught our eye were these ladies!
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Each are artists with their own businesses, but because the markets was putting on Kids in the Shed that day, they joined forces.
Deidre, from Rose Promotions on the far left is a party planner specializing in children’s functions.  She does all the crowd control as well as running the games whilst dressed in costume.  Yes, Please!!!!
Jill, next to Deidre is from Magical Realm Children’s Entertainment  which offers a large variety of party pleasers.

Both Anne and Deborah create high-end artistic face art.  Anne creates living art on faces and she is in demand at corporate events!   and Deborah has been creating face art for 21 yrs.  Photos of their work blew me away.  I would not want to wash my face ever.

Next we made a bee-line for Jo’s Real Fresh Juice.  I get it every time I go.

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I always get his slightly tart lemonade in summer, but this cold day I ordered a hot spiced Apple Cider.  Kara had a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

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Jo also sells fragrant Hot Mulled Wine.
He has been making juice for over 25 years and started with a hand press.
Now he gratefully uses this uses this Machine.

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I didn’t get details of this stall, but seriously; dressing like this 24/7 would have been my childhood dream!!!

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These cards by Elizabeth Martin stopped us in our hunt for food.  Elizabeth and her team use the ancient art of paper cutting to create these 3-D cards that fold down.  They were so delicate, intricate and detailed.  I have to post images of some of our favourites:

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Folding down to nothing.  🙂

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The very next stall was Stacey and I think it may have been her first time at the markets!  What grabbed us were the insect soaps……

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What made us stay was the scrum-diddly-umptious scents of her soaps.
Summer Melon:

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Spiced Mahogony which features my very favourite Sandalwood:

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Dragon’s Blood!

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Fun bathtime accessories for kids:

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Stacey started making soap because of her children’s allergies. Her  soaps are:

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We were drawn back to the food areas.  So much amazing food here. Homemade with care from frag local produce.  I will go back to cover the crusty breads, the dips, the candy, the nuts in another post.
I am not big on hot sauce, but seriously; I defy you to walk straight past this grin.

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Clem Bennett is a newbie at the markets.
His Capital Punishment branded hot sauces come in three levels of heat.
I liked the Burnin’ Bird’s Eye because it made me feel tough.  I could handle that heat!

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Clem’s Hangman’s Habanero sauce is the most complex with 14 ingredients.  All those amazing flavones were not drowned out by the bite, but my mouth was a burnin!!!

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The Lethal Injection I only dipped the tip of my bread stick in and hit the roof like Coyote with a firecracker stuck to his tail. Yeeowwww!!!!!  I triple dare ya!!
Go check Clem out and buy up a hot sauce that becomes a talking point!

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We were running out of time, but the edible glitter on these cupcakes had us stop in our tracks for a couple of photos.  Heather’s House of Cupcakes can also be found at Gold Creek, Nicholls. http://www.heathershouseofcake.com.au/

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Last stop for us was at our favorite African food place, Fekerte’s Ethiopian.

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There are at least 4 vegetarian options as well as several meat dishes.  Fekerte can help you work out which are spicy and which ones are mild.  We love the fresh fragrant meat samosas and always have our stews ( wat) served on top of the tangy soft flat bread, injera with extra injera on the side.  That is how it is eaten traditionally.

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This is slow food and the bread takes days to make.  Go but some and really savour it.

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This was just a couple hours worth of exploring and I didn’t touch the surface of what is going at the Old Bus Depot Markets. http://obdm.com.au/ 10-4 pm on Sundays!

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