New Sunday market to use city racecourse

Prospective stallholders can still register their interest for the new Ascot Park Racecourse Sunday Market which will feature both indoor and outdoor areas.

THE Ascot Park Racecourse Sunday Market in Invercargill will be happening soon.

Market spokesman Peter Kett said: “Our new committee has been calling for expressions of interest and the responses have been such that we can now definitely say there will be a market starting at the Ascot Park Racecourse very soon.

“Our approach has always been that if we could confirm 20 stallholders we would start operating and we are over that now. We intend to cap the market at 40 stalls. There is still an opportunity for stallholders to contact us and express an interest. We are currently finalising details with those that are confirmed.

There would be range of food trucks outside and stallholders selling various products inside during the cooler months and outdoors in warmer months, Mr Kett said.

“We are keen to cover produce, meat, home baking and crafts. As an introductory offer we will have a stallholder fee of $20 for the first six weeks with the fee settling at $30 after that.

Initially planned to start on March 13, Mr Kett said because of the rapidly growing number of Omicron cases in the community, the first market was delayed.

“We are looking at Sunday, April 10, as a possibility but we will base our decision on any possible restrictions at the time and also in the best interest of public safety until such time that the outbreak has peaked and run its course.

“Our priority is, and always will be, to public safety.

The market organisers will develop a Facebook page before the first market and will keep the public informed of the progress.

Prospective stallholders and food vendors wishing to express their interest can contact Gordon McDowall via 0274 361 658 or at

  • Lindsay Beer, on behalf of the Ascot Park Racecourse Sunday Market