Moffatdale Boutique Markets started out as a quarterly market with an artisan focus based in the South Burnett. In 2018, market founder, Felicity Aitken, had a vision to create an artisan market with a festival flavour amongst the vines in Moffatdale.
Felicity saw the opportunity to showcase artisans in a market environment similar to the Hunter Valley and Barossa and later extended to include local producers. Her vision is to introduce Australia to the incredible talent and producers in this area and to showcase Moffatdale in the South Burnett.
The first market was held at The Little White Cottage, also known as Raukawa, in December 2018 and was a great success. In 2019 we moved to the Yallakool Tourist Park at the Bjelke-Petersen Dam in Moffatdale.
In 2020, our first Market (see picture below) of the year was held at Moffatdale Ridge Winery which was a huge success seeing some 2,000 people come through the market. The response was incredible given Covid-19 and the spirit of the markets reflected the market festival atmosphere that Felicity first envisaged in 2018.
Towards the end of 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions and mandates, we temporarily moved the market back to The Little White Cottage on Steinhardt’s Road, Moffatdale.
Felicity Aitken – Market Founder
Felicity moved from Sydney in 2017 with her son Joshua and relocated to the beautiful township of Moffatdale, situated on the outskirts of Murgon, Qld, and landed at The Little White Cottage (Raukawa Cottage), the birthplace of where her creative journey began and all her ventures.
Felicity owns and operates The Murgon Florist which is a beautiful country florist with a twist and is the shopfront of the Moffatdale Boutique Market.
Never would I have thought that this city chick would have dreamt it possible to not only coordinate an artisan market, but to also own and operate a country florist. The support and encouragement from the stall holders and the community has been very positive and rewarding making both the market and the florist shop strive. I truly believe that the best is yet to come.
“My creative side has really flourished since moving to the country”