FANTASTIC BATHERS BEACH SUNSET MARKETS
What a fantastic new event the Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets is for Fremantle! Hundreds and hundreds of people turned up in droves with big family groups, lots of people on bikes and of course the dog lovers. I have never seen a better variety of well priced international market food in Fremantle. It was amazing and the crowd just loved it all.
Mayor Brad Pettitt asked himself why it had taken so long for the beach market to happen, while councilors Bill Massie, Andrew Sullivan, Rachel Pemberton and Ingrid Waltham all had big smiles on their faces. I also noticed Labor candidate for Freo Simone McGurk in the crowd and there might have been other VIPs there I did not see.
It was disappointing to see the normally active Kidogo Arthouse closed and not even the outdoor lights on after dark, while Sweetlips embraced the event with a market special of fish, king prawns, squid and chips for only $ 9.95. Also absent were lights on the Old Port Project deck, so the City needs to remedy that before next Saturday.
Former councilor Georgie Adeane needs to be congratulated for the initiative and one has to wonder why council only tentatively allowed for a 4 months trial period instead of fully embracing this lovely family event.
It would be nice to have something for the kids to do, so parents will be enticed to stay longer. A bouncing castle or so on the ‘dustbowl’ part of Bathers Beach would be good. There also need to be more rubbish bins as they were overflowing, and the power problems could maybe be solved by having gaslights in the stalls and to only use electricity for the cooking appliances.
It was the busiest I have seen Bathers Beach since the highly successful Kelp bar at Kidogo, so I hope the markets will prove the skeptics wrong and become and ongoing attraction for visitors and residents and that it will also benefit the Fishing Boat Harbour traders. What a great way of seeing the sun set over the Indian Ocean!
P.S. For those who always criticise the Fremantle Society for being negative and against everything, the Society lobbied council strongly to get the approval for the market and I am happy for the organisation to take some credit for it to eventuate.