Imagine sitting under an enormous 250 year old Moreton Bay fig tree, hung with fairy lights listening to original local music, with the largest night market in Australia taking place around you. Right in the middle of Carrara.
The FareGround will deliver all of that, and more, when it opens in early 2018.
The new market is a collaboration between Carrara Markets owner (and Sirromet Wines founder), Terry Morris and NightQuarter entrepreneurs Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude. The initative will see an unused urban space, adjacent to Carrara Markets next to the Gooding Drive roundabout transformed into a buzzing night market, right before the Commonwealth Games hit town.
Michelle Christoe told Blank Gold Coast that they’re taking their inspiration from old world fairgrounds.
Think carousel rides, ferris wheels and sideshow alleys. And then they’re throwing into the mix 40 chef-driven street kitchens, eclectic bars, circus, live music and 30 creative local arts and craft vendors.
“With NightQuarter, we have seen that there is a demand for vibrant community spaces with high quality street food, drink and entertainment offerings. The street food trend has had a huge impact on the Australian market,” Michelle said.
To top it all off, FareGround will also create a new 750 person live music venue. The local music scene has long lamented the gap in the market for a venue this size. So as well as offering opportunities for street performers, buskers, circus acts and theatre performers, the venue is also expected to attract touring bands wishing to cater to that mid-size audience range.
Striking a balance between nostalgia and innovation, the architectural design of the site will draw from whimsical images of fairgrounds and carnivals of days past, while innovating with upcycled materials to create something completely new.
The space will have a magnificent Moreton Bay fig tree as its centrepoint. At 250 years old, the tree pre-dates white settlement of Australia.
“The branch span is 40 metres, and is believed to be the largest Moreton Bay fig in the world. With string lights and seating under the branches, people will be able to sit and experience the beauty of this tree from a bygone era, ” Michelle said.
The new space will have seating for 4000, with 2000 car parks and will provide employment for an estimated 650 people. It will open Friday and Saturday nights from 3.00 – 10.00pm and on Sundays from 1.00 – 8.00pm but it will also open Wednesday and Thursday nights on school holidays.
And if you’re worried about driving and public transport, they’ve got that covered too.
“We’re hoping to have a shuttle bus going from Broadbeach,” Michelle told Blank Gold Coast. “And probably from Nerang station as well.”
Is it 2018 yet?
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FareGround will open in early 2018. Stay tuned to Blank Gold Coast for future developments or apply to be a vendor at thefareground.com.au.