The crowd was as thick as thieves in the Octagon on Saturday.
Thousands roamed around the Octagon and Bath St taking in the
sights, sounds and tastes of the 30th annual Thieves' Alley
The diversity of Dunedin was on show as Indian and Korean
food stalls sat side-by-side with vendors selling Central
Otago fruit, and the sounds of kapa haka filled the air.
Political parties handed out coloured balloons and, possibly
as a sign of things to come after this year's election, New
Zealand First and the Green Party had stalls which looked
across at each other in Princes St.
Foot traffic was reduced to a snail's pace in Bath St, as
people thronged to see the crafts, clothing and food on
First time Thieves' Alley Market-goer Bruna Lawlor, of
Brighton, tried to come to terms with the tall woman in front
The 2-year-old could not quite understand the 3m-tall woman
with wooden legs, much to her mother's amusement.
''She was kind of scared and delighted,'' Juliana Lawlor
Otago Museum science communicator Amadeo Enriquez-Ballestero
kept a large crowd entertained with his experiments.
During the day he created an exploding volcano with liquid
nitrogen, to the delight of those watching.
Nine-year-old Noah Giles, of Outram, was a big fan of the
It was ''awesome'' and even better than the last time he saw
the trick performed, as ''we got drenched'' that time, he
There was something on offer for everyone. Simone Montgomery,
alias Countess Steam, was catering for those who favoured
steampunk fashion and revelling in the opportunity to dress
up in her steampunk finest.
''It's about having fun,'' she said.
It was her first time operating a stall at the market and the
response was positive. Many steampunk fans were ''lurking
around the place'', she said.
Dunedin City Council events community co-ordinator Marilyn
Anderson said the market was ''just amazing''.
Many of the 350 stallholders had expressed interest in next
year's market, to be held on February 14, Valentine's Day.