IF you’re yet to experience the magic of the Mullumbimby Farmers Market, the annual Good Friday market is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in this colourful event in one of the region’s most vibrant alternative communities.

With the buzz of Bluefest in the air, the market becomes a mini-carnival, featuring live music from local buskers on three stages, roving performers (including a magician and stilt walkers handing out free gifts), and free kids entertainment including circus skills workshops from Spaghetti Circus throughout the morning, where kids can try  activities like plate twirling, hula hooping and stilt walking.

The market is a great place for an outdoor breakfast to welcome in the long weekend, with several breakfast stalls to choose from, offer everything from eggs and bacon to Sicilian-style breakfast, sushi, pastries, dumplings and Indonesian food.

There’s also local coffee and refreshments such as fresh juices, sugar cane juice, kombucha and home-made cordials.

You’ll find all the fresh produce you need to stock up the fridge,  including meat, seafood, fruit and vegetables, bread, milk and eggs, as well as delicious local nibbles such as macadamias and pecans, olives, fresh dips and award-winning farmhouse cheeses.

The markets’ bakers, Heart Breads Byron Bay and Crabbes Creek Woodfired, will be bringing along their popular hot cross buns –  delicious fruit buns made with organic flour and spices.

Mullumbimby-based Puremelt Chocolate will have their hand-made chocolates available, as well as chocolatey treats – including gluten free and vegan options –  such as their chocolate brownies, fudge and chewy Love Bites, made with almond or hazelnut meal, which are all a fantastic alternative to sugary commercial Easter Eggs. Chocolate lovers can also enjoy the choc-coated macadamias from Rainforest Foods.

Other Easter gifts available at the market include colourful locally grown flowers from Jumping Red Ant, Glenyce Creighton and Liz Lualdi’s stalls, and beeswax candles designed with an Easter theme such as flowers, bees and bunnies from Happy Flame.

Mullumbimby Farmers Market Good Friday market will be held from  7am-11am.