Thieves' Alley entertainment draws thousands

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 Market Day.

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 offer.

First time Thieves' Alley Market-goer Bruna Lawlor, of Brighton, tried to come to terms with the tall woman in front of her.

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 said.

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 water volcano.

It was ''awesome'' and even better than the last time he saw the trick performed, as ''we got drenched'' that time, he said.

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.


A great day

A big thanks to Hazel and her team for another fantastic thieves alley market, a great day was had by all I spoke to and believe me I spoke to a lot of people.

1 question for the DCC. and the events team why not hold a 2nd market about the 2nd last or last week of November as a pre xmas market, any later (in dec) people are too busy at work but just before (late november) could work nicely.

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