Market a homely diversion

By Donna Carman

BREAKING a recent trip home from Perth with a stop-off at Gilberts Winery at Kendenup led me to my first experience of their evening markets.

Imagining a solo afternoon tea at the cellar door café, I instead found familiar faces cooking up a storm, setting up music and another already enjoying the wine.

The long drive on Albany highway can seem isolated at times, but the markets were a reminder that we are never far away from ‘community’.

Held only a few times a year, the Twilight Market included Foz’s woodwork from Albany, cottage crafts – and of course food.

‘Creations by Cobie’ textiles from nearby Kendenup were in high demand, with items that keep customers’ kitchen needs satisfied.

Musician Adam Grok with Gin Lao’s Haikam Ssih and Steve Suttie at Gilberts Winery

Perfectly spiced food was available from Denmark’s Gin Lao stall, and Adam Grok’s sets of solo ambient music pulled the evening together.

The rustic setting of the family vineyard enticed me to stay a little longer than planned.

Arriving home with a bunch of King Proteas, an exquisitely-turned sheoak bowl and a gold medal Riesling was the perfect wrap to a week away.

The boutique winery is located ten minutes north of Mt Barker, and will hold its next Twilight Market in the leadup to Xmas.

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