The former York Town Square Night Market was taken over by Red Brick Road owner Corey Baker and Goaty Hill Wine’s Natasha Nieuwhof back in December 2017 and has undergone a major rebranding to become ‘Launceston Night Market.’
The rebrand has also seen the market move from York Town Square to the newly developed Civic Square and an increase to ten events throughout the year.
Under ‘Red Goat Events’ Corey and Natasha are excited to grow the Launceston Night Market for both the community and the producers who attend.
Speaking of how Red Goat Events was formed, Corey said it had all fallen into place quite nicely.
“ Natasha and I had known each other for a number of years through the wine industry, when Goaty Hill was established I was the executive officer at the Tamar Valley Route and they became members,” Corey said.
“Tash and I had started to talk a couple of years ago about creating a winter event in Launceston, and we’d had a couple of meetings around that idea.
“Then the york Town Night markets stopped, which was followed by an email from Cityprom for expressions of interest from current members to take over the market.
“I spoke with Tash, and it was ideal timing for us, it was the perfect opportunity to grow the night market into the winter event we had planned with scope to extend the market into the summer.”
Red Goat Events was then created as a not for profit to ensure all money stayed within the community event.
With their first night market back in December 2017, Corey and Natasha wanted to make sure that the focus of the market was now on local produce.
“As producers ourselves who attend local markets we do try and keep our stallholders are local as possible,” Corey said.
“It's important that we have not only local producers attending, but also great chefs that know the food so that if any of our customers have questions surrounding the produce, they can answer them.”
One of the biggest changes to the night market has been their relocation to Civic Square, this gave Red Goat Events the chance to launch their winter event back in June, but it will also be home to the summer series of markets.
“Our focus from the start was to create a winter event for Launceston so when we were approached by the council to do the first activation of Civic Square we jumped at it,” Corey said.
The winter Launceston Night Market featured more stallholders, live entertainment and a fire pot at the centre of it all.
Crowds flooded Civic Square with food vendors selling out three times over.
“The numbers did surprise us we didn’t anticipate that large of a crowd, but we were delighted to see it,” Corey said.
With summer just around the corner, Red Goat Events have already announced markets from October through to March at Civic Square.
“We will have a variety of food and beverage stalls at our October market offering a range of delicious treats,” event organisers Natasha Nieuwhof said.
“Some of the local producers we are working with for October will include Smallgrain, Lighthouse Dumplings, Delicious Bamyan, Red Brick Road Cider, Burger Junkie, Big Bite Dutch Treats, Goaty Hill Wines, Turkish Tukka, Sailor Food Truck, Eliza’s Restaurant, Casa Paella, Aromas Bambino and Vineyard Seafood.
“Our producers work hard to include a range of options catering for vegetarians and gluten-free in their menu options.”
There will also be live entertainment in the form of roving local musicians which will be confirmed very soon via the Launceston Night Markets Facebook page.
The next Launceston Night Market will be on Friday, October 5.
Launceston Night Market dates 2018/19
- Friday, October 5
- Friday, November 2
- Friday, December 7
- Frida, February 8
- Friday, March 8
Market hours: 5 to 9pm.
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