Bowerbird is back in May with a Winter Wonderland market

This May, Adelaide Showground will transform into a hub of creativity and style with the return of the Bowerbird Design Market.

This May, Adelaide Showground will transform into a hub of creativity and style with the return of Bowerbird, SA’s leading design market.

From 3rd to 5th May, the Wayville Pavilion will host a curated assembly of Australia’s most talented designers and artisans, providing an unmatched shopping experience just in time for the chilly months ahead.

Bowerbird will feature over 135 designers, makers, and producers, including 36 newcomers exclusive to Bowerbird, offering everything from fashion and homewares to fine wines and gourmet treats.

The event is meticulously curated by Peggy Byrne, who emphasises that Bowerbird is not only about discovering beautifully crafted items but also about understanding the maker and the creative process behind them.

“Bowerbird showcases makers with passion and skills creating lovingly made products. The process in hand making crafted items applies as much to fashion design or jewellery making as it does to creating wine, spirits, chocolate, or chutneys. The time taken to perfect recipes, to select the best produce, through to creating a brand reflecting personality and ethos is very much the same for any designer or maker.”

“As the May event dates fall at the same time as Tasting Australia, it felt serendipitous to have so many amazing producers joining us at Bowerbird so we’re inviting foodies to join us at Bowerbird.” 

This year’s market coincides with Tasting Australia, making it an even more appetizing destination. Visitors can indulge in the All SA Producers Showcase featuring over 30 local food and drink producers. Presented within the Bowerbird market, the showcase is a tantalising invitation to foodies to enjoy the best our state offers in gin, wine, spirits, sweet treats, oils, chocolate and everything in between.

For those looking to make the most of their visit, Bowerbird and Tasting Australia present a unique opportunity to blend design shopping with epicurean delight.

At its core, Bowerbird is a treasure trove of Australian design talent. New exhibitors like återvinna bring sustainability to the forefront with their timeless furniture pieces, while Bei Creative offers a range of handcrafted ceramics perfect for adding a touch of elegance to any home. Fashion enthusiasts will appreciate the natural fabric garments from Violet Clark, designed to celebrate the beauty of Australian flora.

Bowerbird is an interactive experience, with activities and workshops that cater to all skill levels. Learn the art of painting with Renee Goulding, explore textured painting with Golden Hour Studio, or get hands-on with clay workshops led by Andrina Wright.

Whether you’re updating your winter wardrobe, redecorating your home, or simply in search of the perfect Mother’s Day gift, Bowerbird is the place to be this May. With its fusion of creative workshops, unique design products, and gourmet food and wine, Bowerbird promises a warm and inviting atmosphere for all who attend.

Don’t miss out on this celebration of Australian creativity and craftsmanship—plan your visit now and immerse yourself in the vibrant community spirit of Bowerbird.

When: 3-5 May 2024, Fri 4 – 9 pm / Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm   
Where: Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Price: Adults $6, Children 12 and under free and Bowerbird provides free entry to Companion Card holders. Purchase tickets online to avoid the cues or at the door. 

For more information on exhibitors, workshop schedules, and to purchase tickets, visit Bowerbird’s official website.

A taster of some of the new local labels:

  • återvinna creates luxurious timeless furniture that is built to last. Founded on the ethos of conscious design, with the vision to create a more sustainable business model within the furniture industry, with a deep-rooted commitment to sustainability.
  • Bei Creative offers a large range of ceramics, including tableware, kitchen essentials, homewares, and small batch wearable ceramic art pieces, all made in a home studio in Warrnambool at the end of the Great Ocean Road.
  • Buck N Beard, a natural men’s grooming range, fuss-free and understated. Buck n Beard is there for the daily rituals of shaving, grooming and skincare with products ranging from traditional wet shave soaps to beard balms and face oils. 
  • Milk Clothing Company is a South Australian brand dedicated to delivering an effortless style with premium quality for every occasion, from the house party to the gym!
  • Violet Clark captures the light, shade and colour of Australian native plants and flowers in garments made from and enriched by natural fabrics, creating timeless lounge and sleepwear.

New Producers at Bowerbird…

  • Barossa Nourish Muesli is hand crafted, small batch muesli using 100% Australian ingredients, with three blends, the Artisan, Energy and Signature Blend. 
  • Choo Roo sauces are a family owned and run smallgoods company based in the Adelaide Hills. They specialise in chilli sauces with 11 different varieties across different flavour profiles and heat levels, and have a small range of BBQ rubs, salts, seasonings, and dried fruit.
  • La Prova Wines textural, savoury Australian wines made using Italian varieties that thrive in SA’s ancient soils and warming climate. 
  • Good Country Hemp turn locally grown hemp seed into nutritious health foods. SA operated, they are passionate about providing quality Australian hemp foods to benefit human health, soil health, and the environment. Their range includes hemp protein powder, hemp seed oil and hemp dressings. 

Especially for Winter….

  • Wendy Voon Knits is a women’s knitwear label built on the ideals of elegant luxury, quality and longevity.  Designed and made in Melbourne, each piece is made on handknit machines, using the finest natural yarns.
  • Goomo hand makes beautiful quality ladies and baby wear, along with a stunning range of superfine merino socks. The garments in their ranges are designed and hand produced exclusively in their Geelong, home-based studio.
  • Thermal Theory is a female founded clothing label from KI designed to help adventurous souls and comfort-seekers to embrace the cold. Thermal Theory fills a niche in the leisurewear market for super-warm, high-quality thermal clothing for everyday use. 
  • Dot and Herbie is an Australian owned and manufactured label. Their pieces are limited, hand crafted and ethically sourced, from luxurious and unique Japanese and European fabrics. Their range includes upcycled woollen blanket coats, silk shirts, linen pants and blouses, leather skirts and jackets.

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