Made in Dorrigo Markets’ homemade produce a big success

Kerryn Gibson and Promise Holz, organisers of Made in Dorrigo Market.


THE Made in Dorrigo Market brought a bustle to the mountain town on Saturday July 10 with stalls of locally homemade delicacies, plants and knits along with delicious hot food and live music.

“We’ve had a few false starts with covid and landslides, there’s not been a full market in twelve months,” market organiser Kerryn Gilson told News Of The Area.

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“In conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the goal of the market is to bring people to the town and share in our homemade fare.”

There was a windy chill on the sunny day, bringing visitors queuing at the Wellstein Cheese stall for hot Dorrigo potatoes topped with melted cheese.

“We’re using raclette cheese which melts easily and has a strong flavour, local potatoes and pepper,” said co-founder Jess.

“We’re overwhelmed with the positive feedback which is very encouraging as we embark on our Kick-Starter journey to fund the first step of our home-made cheese company here in Dorrigo.”

Kathryn Lavence, selling sauces and chutneys outside her local stockist, the Dorrigo Butcher, is a local breeder of highland ponies and proceeds from her brand Corrie of Clova go towards her pony business.

Sara Cialili is French, her mum was a chef, she also bakes pastries, and to the delight of the locals discovering her produce, she now calls Dorrigo home.

“Once people try my pastries they come back; it gives me good satisfaction to see them smile,” said Sara.

“I cooked all night for today’s market, it’s my passion; I want to develop my business here.”

The Bien Apiary, founded by Steffi Eppler and husband Michael, is all about bees and their bi-products.

“We sell all kinds of infused honeys; ginger, turmeric and citrus and a chocolate honey, as well as beeswax candles, furniture polish and wax bags.”

As the day closed Kerryn commented, “It was a relaxed vibe with a very positive response from stallholders, some selling out.

“Business owners had a great morning with locals and visitors popping in.

“The next Made in Dorrigo Markets is just before Christmas, 11 December 2021.”




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