Ipswich Mall the new home for popular stalls
IPSWICH Multicultural Projects' fortnightly market has moved from Roderick St and is now being held in the Ipswich Mall.
Organiser Hedy Keogh said the colourful markets featured a variety of friendly and diverse stallholders and entertainers and she hoped the move to the mall would bring more locals into the CBD.
"We have lots of stalls and a drumming workshop, dancing and a maypole, it's about interaction with the community," she said.
"We want to involve the local grassroots community to get people together, it's fun and all the stallholders all help each other out.
"We've added a new suitcase option, for just $5 people can bring a suitcase and set it up and sell whatever they like."
Stallholder Linda Perry sells plants and said she often bought from other stallholders at the markets.
"I love talking to people, meeting new friends and sharing experiences," she said.
"I have worked in a factory job, cleaning jobs and in office jobs but plants are my passion, my addiction.
"I love succulents, bromeliads and geraniums.
"Selling plants and flowers is my retirement hobby."
Mrs Keogh said they were trying to revitalise the Ipswich Mall and often had new stallholders calling up wanting to participate.
"We are trying to encourage more people to go to the mall," she said.
"There are so many beautiful different shops there that people just don't know about."
The markets will be held this Saturday at the Ipswich Mall from 8am to noon.
For those looking for further international experiences the International Cafe will once again host a three-course meal with an international-themed cuisine. This week, the cafe will host a three-course Italian feast with entertainment provided by performer Domenico, the "master of the accordion", for just $25 per person.
"Domenico is our Italian artist for this International Cafe," said Mrs Keogh.
"Join us and have fun dancing the night away dressed in your best Italian gear."
The menu includes antipasto of black and green olives, maasdam cheese and salami followed by a creamy lasagna for main course and, of course, a beautiful tiramisu for dessert. Vegetarian options will also be available.
Come in your best Italian-inspired costume and join in the fun at the Ipswich Masonic Hall on the corner of Roderick and Nicholas Sts, Ipswich at 6.45pm Saturday.
For more information visit the "International Cafe" Facebook page or call organiser Heddy Keogh on 0414703842.