PHOTOS, VIDEO: Feast on East attracts 1000s
THOUSANDS of people strolled through the stalls at the Feast on East Markets.
There were more than 70 stalls showcasing local arts and crafts, as well as food.
Coordinator Bridgitte James said it had "exceeded expectations".
"Ever since 9am when we first opened we've had crowds coming through."
The excitement was echoed by those browsing the stalls --- with many saying this is exactly what Gladstone needs.
"It's absolutely fantastic ... it's the perfect place for markets," Lyndal Hansen said.
The markets were held from 9am until 5pm.
GLADSTONE's first Feast on East Markets is expected to attract more than 4000 people to East Shores this Sunday.
As a trial run for next year's P&O Cruise visits, the event will have 70 stalls with a mixture of food, arts and crafts.
Time: The Feast on East Markets will be held this Sunday from 9am - 5pm.
Entertainment: Esky-Mojo, Bronnie-Rae, Nathan Bedford, Tom Weber and Chris Schofield.
Parking: Available at the newly re-designed car park at the Yacht Club end of Flinders Parade. Market goers can also park at the visitor information centre on Bryan Jordan Dr (via Alf O'Rourke Dr) and enjoy a ferry ride from the service wharf to East Shores for a gold coin donation. The service will run every 20 minutes between 9am - 5pm.
Stalls: There will be 70 stalls including kebabs, pizzas, Hungarian Langos and more, as well as arts, crafts and gift stalls.
Coordinator Brigette James said she was inspired by markets she visited across Australia on a 15 month road trip.
"My husband and I spent 15 months travelling around Australia and we went to every market that we could find.
"We saw how markets could liven up a town."
She has spent the last six months organising the pilot event.
Vendors will travel from around the Southern Great Barrier Reef area to showcase their food or arts.
Event board member Alex Staines is working to manage people's expectations for their first event.
With the Gladstone Marina Bridge closed for maintenance, residents can catch a ferry from the Gladstone Information Centre service wharf to the east shores.
"The Gladstone community does enjoy these events ... where they can come out as a family and enjoy the wonderful resources we have."