Have a food affair at markets
PENCIL into your diary a sunset by the river, fresh food and soothing acoustic music for tomorrow. The first Ballina Twilight Markets take place at Fawcett Park from 4-8pm, and you can expect to see a lot of food there.
"It's going to be a food-focused market," Ballina Twilight Markets organiser Joni Teal said.
"We're really trying to support primary industries."
A wide variety of local fruit and vegetables will be available, particularly stone fruit.
This year, the ripening of North Coast stone fruit was delayed by weather. However, local growers have rustled up their best for Thursday's markets.
White-fleshed peaches, yellow peaches and nectarines will fill stalls.
Nimbin Dairy will have a variety of cheeses and a prawn dealer will park his boat at the Fawcett Park jetty to provide passers-by with the freshest seafood.
Arts lovers haven't been forgotten either.
"There will be one or two artists showcasing their works, like sculptures," Ms Teal said.
Local musician Tim Stokes will also perform on the night.
With holidaymakers and local support, Ms Teal hoped 1000 people would visit the markets.
The Ballina Twilight Markets will be on every Thursday for 12 weeks and will continue all year if they are a success.