As a small business based in Dandenong, we at Bunnett & Bassal, your professional accountant in Dandenong, is a big fan of small businesses and family enterprises. One of our favourite examples of small businesses at work: our famous Dandenong Market.

If you’re not already a regular visitor, we highly recommend a visit or three. One of the great benefits of living in this vibrant and multicultural patch of Melbourne is the rich variety of food and cultural experiences at our doorstep, and the Dandenong Market is just one of many things that are unique to Dandenong.

A local institution since 1866, the Dandenong Market offers a vast range of products, with everything from clothes and jewellery to fresh foods and local produce available to market goers.

If taking the time to appreciate the simpler things in life is one of your New Year resolutions for 2016, then you really can’t go wrong with strolling through the Dandenong Market. In addition to spending quality time with loved ones and family, it’s also a great opportunity for you to find items that you won’t get in regular supermarkets.

Located on the corner of Clow and Cleeland Street in Dandenong, the Dandenong Market is open every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except public holidays), with the following opening hours:

Tuesday: 7am – 4pm

Friday: 7am – 5pm

Saturday: 7am – 4pm

Sunday: 10am – 3pm

Make sure you get down there this month because on every market day from now till 24 January, there will be free kids craft workshops organised in conjunction with the summer school holidays!

Themed ‘Cool Creepy Crawly Craft’, these workshops are a great way to keep your boys and girls of all ages entertained, as they create bugs, bees and butterflies in all shapes and colours using ordinary household objects. Even better, there will be a key focus on recycling and reusing simple materials, so children can easily replicate their favourite craft activities at home.

Run by the award-winning face painter Sci Westwood, herself a Dandenong Market favourite, the workshops are open to all, cost absolutely nothing to participate, and don’t require bookings to be made. Be there – remember, it’s on every market day, from 11am to 3pm in Market Square.