Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the Hepburn Tourism awards night as part of a group from the Daylesford Makers Market, which was nominated for an award in the Tourism Operator category. And we won!
I think this is a fantastic achievement, especially given that the first market was held just two years ago, and it's only been running regularly this year.
The board praised the standards and organisation of our market: 'a very well organised and professionally operated Makers Market selling quality product. The Organising Committee combines their individual skill sets in business management and marketing. The Market has a clear vision and feedback from stallholders and visitors provides input into long and short-term goals that are monitored monthly'.
Allison Jones, the market's founder, was there to accept the award and was a bit overwhelmed! But this is a great reward for her hard work and vision in getting the market going. It's proving to be a drawcard for Daylesford as well as an outlet for so many talented artists and crafters in the area. I love being part of the organising committee with a great group of skilled and enthusiastic people, and hope that we can continue to build on what Allison has started!
Image: Tourism Hepburn