The Dublin Market at Bridge Park returns for its second year with more vendors and a longer season.
The market, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, May 18 through Sept. 28, will this year feature as many as 90 vendors, said Miranda Swaney, social media and events coordinator for Crawford Hoying, which hosts the market at its Bridge Park development.
This year's market features 20 dates. Last year the market was held on 16 dates and had 45 vendors, Swaney said. The reason for the longer season and increased vendors, she said, is that as Bridge Park grows, so too should its events.
"We think it has been received very well, both last year and this year," she said.
The weekly event, which will be held in Bridge Park from Tuller Ridge Drive to Banker Drive along Longshore Street, will feature vendors selling produce, meats, baked goods, retail items, snack foods, honey, beverages and pet supplies, Swaney said.
This year, Bend Active will also partner with different local yoga businesses to offer classes once per month, Swaney said.
The free market also includes free parking. Longshore, Mooney and the hotel garages will be open, and street parking is also available on Bridge Park Avenue, Tuller Ridge Drive, Mooney Street, Banker Drive and Riverside Drive.
Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the market suffuses the community with an energy over the weekend.
"It has been a tremendous attraction for the city of Dublin and has been extremely popular for weekend visitors," he said.
Michael Francis with Mayhem Foods, which sells spicy mustards and snacks and other products, was a vendor at last year's farmers market and will return this year.
He said last year's market was within his top three markets in sales and his personal favorite for management. He said he's excited that the market is doubling in size.
"The Dublin Market last year was refreshing, to say the least," he said.
Go to thedublinmarket.com for more information.