Hamilton will be treated to a new winter market at the Ferrybank from May 7, with two markets teaming up to put on a food and craft extravaganza.
The new Ferrybank Market will be housed at the Celebrating Age Centre and will take over the carparks and main hall every Saturday from 9-1pm.
Kelli Pike runs a monthly vintage market and Tania Simpson manages Gourmet in the Gardens. Both agree it is a match made in heaven.
"We booked right through until Labour Weekend to see how it develops," Tania said.
"I realised we had this massive carpark with the double-height ceiling in it, and for me it came about because a lot of the people I work with want a winter option."
Kelli will house her vintage and craft market in the Celebrating Age Centre hall, which is linked to the carpark and outdoor area of the market with an external staircase and elevator.
"A lot of markets close over winter. You have Rototuna and Gordonton closed, so those stallholders don't currently have any regular options over winter," Kelli said.
"As a destination on a Saturday if you come pick up your shopping there is so much more to look at around here, along the river and rotunda," Kelli said.
The outside carpark area will be filled with food trucks
"It's not going to be a farmers' market as such. We want to showcase Waikato arts and craft."
There will also be stalls available for free for Young Enterprise participants or young entrepreneurs.
"Cost is quite often what stops young people showing what their products and services are about," Tania said.
There will also be music supplied by the Volume Collective, a group of local artists, designers and musicians.
A number of the carpark walls and columns may also receive a spruce up, with hopes for local artists to paint murals incorporating the local history.
"We will probably do some up-lighting in the carpark," Tania said.
If you are interested in joining Ferrybank market please contact Kelli at firstname.lastname@example.org (craft vendors) or Tania at email@example.com or for more information head to www.ferrybankmarket.co.nz