Summer market back in business

Rotarians Adrian Schmidt (market manager) and and BBQ champion Graeme Chamberlain are busy planning for the next summer market. (supplied)

Ocean Grove Rotary Club’s summer market is back.

Held on the first Sunday of each month from November through April, the market is popular with The average number of stalls on site at each market is 100 and approximately 50 Rotarians volunteer at each market busily engaged putting out signs, taking gold coin donations, directing stallholders to sites, running a raffle and barbequing a sausage sizzle.

The first summer market will be held on Sunday November 7.

Stall holders sell a large range of different items, hand made craft items from the local area are encouraged rather than imports from overseas.

Produce items include cakes, slices, biscuits, jam, pickles, honey, caffeine free chai tea, fresh fruit and vegetables.

Handmade crafts include jewellery, dolls, shopping bags, baby and children’s clothing, leather shoes, toys, ceramics, hair accessories, cards, candles etc.

Food vendors include BBQ, crepes, coffee, donuts, muesli, soft serve ice cream, slushies, fairy floss etc.

There are also art works, Christmas decorations, books, timber items and plants.

Last year the market raised around $31,000 through site fees, raffles and entry collections. Ocean Grove Rotary donated over $45,000 last year to a total of 26 charities: 13 local, six Australian and seven international Rotary charities.

Local organisations that benefitted include Bellarine Secondary College, Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees, Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club, Ocean Grove Community Association, Riding Develops Abilities, Bellarine for Refugees, Feed Me Bellarine, Barwon Heads Primary School and Barwon Heads Scouts Association. Go to for more information.