24 November 2023

Aussie Night Markets bring Christmas special to Dapto

| Zoe Cartwright
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Churros with chocolate dipping sauce and brightly coloured sprinkles are presented on a cardboard takeaway tray.

The Aussie Night Markets are bringing a serious selection of sweet (and savoury) treats to Dapto this Sunday. Photo: Aussie Night Markets.

Dapto foodies are in for a silly season treat this weekend when the Aussie Night Markets come to town.

Sam Adams, and his wife Kylie, started the markets in Sydney seven years ago, as a way to showcase the variety of incredible food the city has to offer.

“People loved it from the start,” Mr Adams said.

“When we really got going it turned out to be more hard work than we expected, but we survived COVID and then the La Nina rains which knocked us around quite a bit.

“We just thought it was a fantastic idea and kept pushing through.”

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The markets have since expanded to include crafts and handmade goods, as well as rides for the kids, and in the past few years have taken the markets on the road for regional pop-ups.

“It’s just a good family night out,” Mr Adams said.

“We have about 30 food vendors coming, everything from pizzas and burgers, paella, pastas, bao, dumplings, yum cha and teppanyaki noodles with all the toppings you want.

“We have about 10 dedicated dessert vendors as well, things like waffles, ice cream, candy floss, and then about 50 different handmade and craft vendors, as well as the rides for the kids.”

Mr Adams said vendors would come from as far afield as Coffs Harbour, Albury, Dubbo and Tamworth.

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It’s not the Adams’ first visit to Dapto, however.

They used to run a Thursday night market, which was less food-focused, but as the markets grew they weren’t able to keep up the weekly commitment.

Now they’re lucky to make it here twice a year, although the weekend slot makes the market more accessible for many.

“It really brings more people in, and it means we can get more vendors, where on the Thursday it was more difficult to get people to travel,” Mr Adams said.

He wouldn’t be drawn on his favourite tasty treat however, and said all the options on offer were delicious.

The Christmas-themed market will be held at the Groundz precinct, 89-99 Princes Hwy, Dapto, from 4 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, 26 November. Entry is $2 at the gate, and there will be free on-site parking available.

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