Night market set to return

A taste for more . . . Mosgiel Food Truck Market organiser Catherine Page is organising another market in Mosgiel and will provide more seats to cater for demand. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A night market is set to return to Mosgiel and give more to the community than just good food.

Food truck operator Catherine Page, of East Taieri, said she had been nervous about how the inaugural night market on December 15 on a vacant block of land at the corner of Gordon Rd and Tay St would go.

She needn’t have worried, as hundreds of hungry folk arrived and the event was a success.

“I was blown away . . . It was just amazing – man it was good.”

Customers had travelled from across Dunedin.

The feedback had been good and there appeared to be an appetite for the market to become a regular event.

market in Mosgiel “for ages” but had struggled to find a site.

An investigation into holding a market in the car park at Peter Johnstone Park revealed it was easier to organise an event on private property.

This spurred her to think “I’m just going to find some private land and just do it”.

She approached Scott Wilson, the owner of the vacant lot in central Mosgiel, and he supported the idea and made his land available until he developed it, she said.

The next market would be held on the site between 5pm and 8pm on Saturday, February 2.

Vendors would pay $50 for a site and the money would be given the Taieri Community Facilities Trust to go towards building a new aquatic facility in Mosgiel.

As the community had shown strong support for the inaugural market, the vendors wanted give something back by supporting a community project, she said.

Seven food trucks, including her Rising Sun Two truck, operated at the inaugural market and more were expected to be serving at the next one.

At the next market, food trucks would have more staff to reduce waiting time for customers.

Other changes would include providing more seating for diners.

She was also exploring providing entertainment, such as face-painting for children, she said.

Despite the changes, her aim remained to keep the market simple.

“I don’t want to get too big and too silly. I just want to keep it simple for people to come in and enjoy some good food.”