Artisan market a big hit
Crowds of people converged on the Wynen St car park in Blenheim on Saturday for the first Marlborough Artisan Market.
Fifty-six stalls were set up, including 51 artisan stalls and 5 other stalls including a children's play area and a coffee cart.
Stalls included a range of food and produce, as well as craft items, jewellery and massages.
The market is a joint project between Blenheim businesses, Marlborough stallholders, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and the Marlborough District Council.
A bouncy castle had been set up for children while band Jokers Wild entertained the crowd, adding to the festive atmosphere.
A Taste of Yesteryear stall owner Chris Thoms said she was rapt with the turnout.
"People are embracing it because it's different," she said.
"There are so many talented people in Marlborough, it's good to get everyone out to showcase their products instead of keeping them locked away."
Jenny Alexander, of The Fudge Factory, said it was a fantastic opening.
"The positivity of all the people here, it's a bit buzzy," she said.
Market coordinator Peter Jameson said the opening day was a success.
"We had many positive comments from people, and the weather gods smiled on us," he said.
"It all went swimmingly."
The Marlborough Artisan Market will operate every Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm, rain or shine, in the Wynen St car park, behind Market St.
- The Marlborough Express