Vanessa Pike-Russell
I love the Coledale Markets.

"At Coledale Market you stroll around ready to receive. And receive you usually do, if you can stop talking to the other customers long enough to rifle through the stalls of pre loved clothes, books, earrings, crockery, paintings, beautiful handmade knits and soaps. If you can withstand the scent of curry and coffee, fresh bread & cakes, you can get some serious shopping done. This is the kind of market I love-- one which celebrates the handmade, home-cooked and recycled.” Kerry O’Connor, quoted on The Garden blog

I will travelling via bus to Wollongong and a train from Wollongong Station. I had always thought the markets were too far to get to without a car. After some research, including a visit to the Transport Infoline website,  I am informed otherwise. According to the information provided by, the Coledale Market location is only 400 metres from the train station, housed in the Coledale Public School.

I have added the market dates to the Illawarra Food Calendar for easy reference. You can print out the information or add it to your own Google Calendar.

There will be a stall run by the Auslets Sydney & Illawarra branch of which I am a member.
Auslets is a Community Trade Scheme.  For more information about visit Sydney & Illawarra Auslets 

A sample itinerary from Warilla Grove Shopping Center to Coledale Markets on Sunday April 25th

For more information visit Wollongong Markets blog.

Image by The Garden North Gong

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After watching How To Train A Dragon 3D movie (which was fantastic!) at Shellharbour Cinemas we went off in search of some good coffee. I suggested Coffee Guru at Shellharbour Square ( also known as Stocklands Shellharbour) after a short drive from the cinemas. My sister Renee was once a barista there and  I could heartily recommend it for great coffee, iced coffee and chai lattes.

We entered the store as a party of 10 which included seven adults and two children. Five of the adults moved to the comfy lounges and I moved the three children (Siobhan, Adrian & Friend) to some tables and chairs nearby. I ordered a Moccacino and loved it.  The cappuccinos, chai latte, soy latte and iced chocolates went down well with my party although there was the general consensus that they could have been hotter.

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I first heard about the Berihurikari Curries at Keiraville Fine Cuisine, near Wollongong. The lady behind the counter who is married to the owner of the Keiraville Butcher next door recommended them highly and at first bite I knew why. High quality ingredients cooked with love and sold in a ready to heat container that could be placed in the freezer or eaten after heating after 5-7 minutes. Restaurant quality and even better - gluten free!

BeriHuriKari Gluten Free Asian Curries

All Berihurikari curries are gluten free.

Curries and Rice come in 500gm bags (serves 2 persons) or 250gm bags (single serve).

Prices show 500gm/250gm.

Chicken dishes all $18 for 500g or $11 for 250g

  • Buttered Chicken (Murgh Makhani) - lovely thick creamy sauce
  • White Chicken Korma - delicately flavoured with spices, yoghurt and dash of rose water
  • Chicken with Toasted Coconut- delicately flavoured with coconut milk, spices, lemon & chilli.
  • Chicken Bangalore - coconut milk, spices, lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh coriander
  • Chicken in Coconut Milk (Rendang Ayam) medium curry with coconut, red chillies & spices
  • Chicken Hyderabad - A spicy medium chicken curry with a citrus and tomato tang
  • Chicken Kukul Mas - A spicy chicken curry with a tangy citrus bite, finished with coconut cream

Lamb dishes also $18 / $11

  • Lamb Korma
  • Lamb Saag
  • Roghan Josh 

Beef dishes are $16 / $9.50
  • Beef Madras
  • Cardamon Beef
  • Bombay Beef
  • Beef Vindaloo

Vegetable curries are $15 / $8.10

  • Kumera and Cashew Nut Curry - kumera and cashew nuts, spices, lemon zest and coconut milk
  • Dahl - home style lentil curry, mild
  • Zucchini and Red Lentil Curry - tangy with tomatoes, coconut milk and fresh coriander
  • Mixed Vegetable Curry - creamy vegetable curry with fresh lemon zest and coriander
  • Aubergine (Eggplant) and Potato Curry - spicy curry with tomatoes, chillies , spices and coriander

Rice and poppadom dishes
  • Plain Savoury Rice (Namkin Chawal)
  • Pilau Rice - savoury rice dish
  • Lijjat Pappadams - Plain, Pepper or Cumin (6 or 3 to a pack) - $5.00/$2.50

Available From
Orders can be placed directly with Berihurikari (see contact details above). Curry choices and prices are available on the Berihurikari website (click link on this page)
Deliveries are made to NSW Central Coast, Blue Mountains and Sydney suburbs. See website for details or contact Berihurikari direct
Berry Markets (1st Sunday of the month)
Kiama Produce Market (4th Saturday of the month)
Bowral Produce Market (2nd Saturday of the month)
Wollongong Mall Markets at Crown Central (every Friday)
Major events at Homebush stadium (from the food vendor area outside the stadium)
Various retail outlets including Manuka Fine Food Store (Canberra), Green Poppy (Shellharbour), Jamberoo General Store (Jamberoo), Kangaroo Valley Supermarket (Kangaroo Valley), Mangerton
Convenience Store (Mangerton), Keiraville Fine Cuisine (Wollongong), Emporium (Berry)
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Keiraville Fine Cuisine
Located in the leafy suburb of Keiraville nestled between a butcher, supermarket, green grocer and corner store. Only a few streets away from the University and a definite treasure trove of gourmet foods and treats.
They also stock a range of gluten free foods including the Berihurikari Curries from Berry, NSW. 

Pastries - Chicken and Mushroom Filo, Spinach and Feta Filo 
Pastries at Keiraville Fine Cuisine Deli, Keiraville by you.
  Triple berry Yoghurt
Triple Berry Yoghurt at Keiraville Fine Cuisine Deli, Keiraville by you. 
Berihurikari curries available in the fridge
BeriHuriKari Gluten Free Asian Curries

A range of cakes and friands
Cakes at Keiraville Fine Cuisine Deli, Keiraville by you. 

Pure Gelato range including Lemon sorbet, Vanilla bean, Chocolate and Hazelnut

Pure Gelato Lemon sorbet and Vanilla Bean Gelato tubs at Keiraville Fine Cuisine by you.

Delicatessens - Keiraville, NSW

p: (02) 4227 2281

a: Shp 4/ 207 Gipps Rd,
Keiraville NSW 2500, Australia
Get Directions

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I first stumbled upon The Chocolate Shoppe in 2008 when it was located in Shellharbour Village. I instantly fell in love with the charming shop which sells a wide range of chocolates as well as hot beverages.

On my birthday my Mother gave me some money to purchase some chocolates as a present. I talked with the owners and took many photos of the chocolates before selecting ten to purchase and  take home.

My Chocolate Shoppe, Shellharbour Village NSW 2528 Australia by you.

"Chocoholics unite! My Chocolate Shoppe is the place to go. You simply won't be able to resist their selection of handmade chocolates. Relax at the Chocolate Cafe and enjoy a hot chocolate made from Belgian chocolate." (Illawarra Food Reviews, 2009)
 I love the many varieities sampled and enjoyed the quirky shapes such as red lips, penguins, pyramids, cupcakes and more.

My Chocolate Shoppe, Shellharbour Village by you.

2009 range of chocolates

My Chocolate Shoppe, Shellharbour Village NSW 2528 Australia by you.

And some photos from The Chocolate Shoppe's Facebook page

The owner of My Chocolate Shoppe Tricia Dwyer in front of the store back in 2009

My Chocolate Shoppe, Shellharbour Village NSW 2528 Australia by you.

My Chocolate Shoppe
Formerly in Shellharbour Village, new address is:

Shop 13/ 106 Terralong St
Kiama NSW 2533(02) 4232 4225
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Coming soon to Illawarra Food Reviews

At the start of each season I will be offering a basket of locally sourced food products produced or sold in the Illawarra region.  You may own a cafe or restaurant and wish to promote a new seasonal menu. Or a food producer or  business  that stocks locally sourced produce for your deli, bakery or butchery.

Please contact me if you are an Illawarra business that sells food and you are interested in providing information about new products and samples for Illawarra Food seasonal baskets.

I will be donating some gift baskets filled with local fare to local fundraisers such as the Support Amber appeal. A business card with the details of each supplier and items donated will be included.

Read more about the local fundraisers on my Vanessa Pike-Russell Photography website

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A variety of markets are available in Shellharbour and the Illawarra Region, ranging from arts and crafts to fresh local produce.


Shellharbour Village Markets
Shellharbour Public School, Mary Street,
Ph: 02 4295 1334 or 0400 412 963
Held: Every 2nd Sunday of each month 9am to 2pm
General Information: Located in the school grounds. All weather markets.


Gerringong Village Markets
Old School Park, Gerringong
Ph: Neil Miller 02 4234 1494.
Held: 3rd Saturday of every month
General Information: Markets showcasing locally produced art, craft, food and entertainment. This is a Gerringong Sunrise Rotary Fundraising Event.

Jamberoo Country Art & Craft Market
Kevin Walsh Oval, Churchill Street,
Ph: 02 4236 0372
Held: The last Sunday of the month 10am to 4pm
General Information: enjoy the country atmosphere.
A wide variety of stalls to browse through, with lots to see.
Jamberoo Arts & Craft Markets has something for everyone.

Kiama Produce Market
Black Beach, Kiama
Ph: Judy McCumstie 0438 387 387.
Held: Every 4th Saturday of the month 8am to 1pm
General Information:. Kiama Produce Markets offer delectable gourmet food and produce.

Kiama Seaside Market
Black Beach, Kiama
Ph: Chris & Bobbie English on 02 4232 4110.
Held: Every 3rd Sunday of the Month 9am to 3pm
General Information: The Kiama Seaside Markets showcase locally produced art, craft and produce.


Coledale Markets
Coledale Public School, Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale
Ph: 02 4268 0709 or 024267 1664
Held: Every 4th Sunday of the month 9am to 3pm
General Information: Coledale market is not just a market it’s a community event, there is music and food and conversation.

Dapto Sunday Markets
Dapto Showground
Ph: 0407 919 469
Held: Every Sunday 7am to 1pm
General Information: New and used goods.

Fraternity Club Markets
Fraternity Club, 11 Bourke Street,
Fairy Meadow
Ph: Kiss Events 02 4285 0333
Held: every Thursday 8am to 1pm
General Information: Gourmet foods such as olives, smoked meats, sour dough breads and other fresh foods as well as a variety of goods such as clothing, CDs, jewellery and homewares.

German Club Farmers & Craft Market
German Club, Northcliffe Drive,
Kembla Grange
Ph: Kiss Events 02 4285 0333
Held: Every First and third Saturday of each month – 8am-1pm
General Information: Fresh meat, fruit and veg; farm fresh eggs; organic coffee; hand made soaps; beautiful craft; cakes, jams, chilli; jewellery; plants; etc.

Wollongong Markets
Gipps Street,
Ph: 0423 816 477
Held: Thur & Sat –9am till 3pm, Sunday 10 am to 2 pm
General Information: Craft Markets Located under cover so open rain or shine.

Wollongong Produce And Creative Traders Market
Lower Mall, Crown Street,
Ph: 0425 277 118 or 0422 781 920
Held: Every Friday – 9am till 3pm
General Information: Organic breads fruit & vegies, hand made products, paintings clothes original products.


Berry Country Fair
Berry Showground, Albany Street,
Ph: 02 4464 1476
Held: They are held on the 1st Sunday of the month. (Except February - 2nd Sunday) 8am till 2:30pm.

Information provided by Tourism Shellharbour

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