Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Trip Start Sep 08, 2011
85Trip End Jan 08, 2012
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None of this compares though to meeting Ben in Smokers’ Corner. Ben is on his first proper holiday from Adelaide. I met him at 10:00am and he was already drinking scotch – it was his first day in Darwin. As the day went on we got chatting and he and his girlfriend, Tania, were such nice people that we decided to go to Mindil Sunset Beach Market together
When we arrived, I was surprised. Whatever I was expecting, this was not it. Rather than a market it was like a festival. On arrival, there was a band playing, not just any old band. No, the name of the band was Em Dee and they played – wait for it...- ‘Didge & Bass’! "What’s that?" I hear you cry. Well, I’m glad you asked. Didge & Bass is drum & bass with a didgeridoo! What was really interesting about it, was the local Aboriginal kids were really into it and shaking their booties to the music. I swear Beyoncé has nothing on them! The whole thing was absolutely brilliant – so good, in fact, that I did 2 things out of excitement. One was normal, the other foolhardy.
First, I was that impressed that I bought one of their CDs, but the other is that in the excitement of the music and atmosphere, I went with Helen, Ben and Tania down to the beach and we took photos of ourselves at sunset in the water – in crocodile infested water. Even though we were only 1 or 2 feet from the beach it was without doubt the most moronic thing I’ve ever done, especially as there was nobody else in the water, but there were around 1,000 people sitting on the beach looking at us like we’d lost our freaking minds
The rest of the market was really cool, there was lots of food from all over the world, well, Asia, Australia (bush tucker was on the menu again – this time I had a kangaroo sausage and speared kangaroo) and Greece. There was also lots of local handicraft – items made of kangaroo or crocodile skin, as well as didgeridoos and local jewellery. I’m not a fan of markets but this one was not bad.
It also happened to be the last market at Mindil Beach for the season, so it was billed as the ‘Grand Finale’ and it was later reported that an estimated 8,000 people were there, which is a sizeable chunk of Darwin. For the grand finale there was a fireworks display over the sea, which was impressive. The whole thing was a gastronomic, musical and visual extravaganza – highly recommended!