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The Mullumbimby Street Festival is a whole new experience for the Mullumbimby landscape and the twilight market is kicking off this Saturday from 3pm at the Mullum Leagues Club.

Taking you on an adventure of gourmet food, beer gardens and live music events the family-friendly market is a place where you can ‘stop, relax, enjoy and feast on delicious food while listening to amazing local bands,’ said organiser Kat Creasey.

‘We are all about vibrant colour, diversity and celebrating creative talent. We have a mini festival feel – and we are very family friendly! It’s a picnic blanket environment where you can sit under the stars, fairy lights and bunting and enjoy a cold drink – or two.’

Moving home

Kat grew up in Mullumbimby as part of ‘a very artsy – creative family’ and her ‘Dad did most of the murals in local schools’.

Leaving high school behind her Kat studied marketing, graphic design, music, fashion design and e-commerce sales at the at the Byron Youth Activity Centre where she started a successful after school rock ’n’ roll and singing programme to help kids with confidence building. Now, with a good ten years of hosting vintage markets under her belt and is looking forward to moving back to the area.

‘I think the Byron region has needed a night food market for a long time and that shows with the thousands of people that support each event we host in the area. But also it is a really great opportunity for the leagues club to be put on the map, it’s such a beautiful location with the view of Mt Chincogan and lush green grass and visitors can camp on the grounds. Ryan, the manager of the leagues club, has been amazing in the organisation and he really thinks about what fun events he can organise.’ 

Working with local markets

Kat emphasised that they are working with the other local markets in the area so that they don’t clash.

‘We want to work with the local markets, not against them,’ she said.

‘Our aim is to create more events for locals to attend. We have grown a huge list of local Byron stall holders and if they are from the Gold Coast or Tweed we encourage our foodies to buy local produce to showcase local farmers. If any local farmers wish to get in touch with our chefs please come and introduce yourself on the day and we can connect you. We hope to meet more local creatives and chefs as we grow.’

With the recent approval of 12 events a year for the site Kat is looking forward to and exciting year ahead. Find out more online at The Design Collective.

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