Mangawhai Tavern Market
Walking in through the back gates of the old iconic Mangawhai Tavern on a Saturday morning, you are greeted with foot tapping old school Harmonica Blues being played live by a busker before you take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Mangawhai Tavern Market.
Everyone is smiling. What a great vibe there is at this relatively new, but wonderfully well established Saturday market on the water’s edge in Mangawhai; a great place to hang out with friends and family for a couple of hours on a Saturday morning.
There is a fantastic array of talented people selling their wares: locally grown organic produce, handmade clothing, woodware, toys, sauces and chutneys, face painting for the kids, skin care for men and women, candles, artisan bread, jewellery, photography and art, beeswax wraps, local olive oil, an amazing Deli and the best coffee cart in the land! Then there is the food on offer!
Inevitably visitors gravitate to the garden bar area to relax, listen to the live music and grab some of the fabulous treats from the passionate foodies here. The dumplings are amazing and the fritters are fabulous. Whitebait, Mussel, Prawn and Paua fritters are all on offer! There is incredibly tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes that are ready to eat or to take home, and the smoothies are made with fresh produce.
Over in the main marquee there is some incredible peanut butter, very tempting cakes and treats and fabulous French pastries. The organisers of the market run the Deli and the Fresh Fish Caravan, and offer up the tastiest smoked salmon kebabs and a restaurant quality seared scallop dish that will want you coming back for more.
The busy organisers, Mike and Vanessa, are passionate about food and hospitality and love their market. They keep all of their “wonderful vendors” directly involved in virtually everything that is the Mangawhai Tavern Market. “We simply couldn’t do this without them. There are so many talented people in our local community and beyond, that have a chance to branch out and be recognised for what they create at our funky little market. And they all have a story to tell about how they started and what they do.”
Mike and Vanessa tell us, “We love the supportive nature of this community so we donate a site every week to a community focused project.”
The Mangawhai Tavern is a big part of the market as well. Their doors open at 10.30am offering a fabulous breakfast and lunch menu, as well as refreshments from the bar. The view from the Garden Bar along the Estuary to the Sand Dunes is breath-taking.
Mangawhai Tavern Market runs Saturdays, 8.30am to 1pm.