Vendors step in to save Bite Markets

Published 10:15am 11 November 2022

Vendors step in to save Bite Markets
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

Spiral spuds, West African barbecue, Brazilian burgers, wood fire pizza, Bao buns and donuts were just a few of the items on the menu for the Bite Markets at North Harbour’s grand reopening. 

Foodies were able to treat their tastebuds to a variety of multicultural cuisines while also enjoying some live music at the event recently.

The popular night markets were saved from permanent closure by four food vendors – Steve Doolan, Nikki Doolan, Kristie Deane and Sita Kaba – who have now taken ownership.

Nikki, who owns Spiral Spuds and the jumping castle with Steve, said they dreaded the thought of shutting up shop.

“This place was going to close, and we couldn’t let that happen,” Nikki said.

“There was no notice from the previous owner, just see you later.

“We wanted to keep it open for the community and for the vendors, which for some people is their main livelihood.”

The team have spent countless hours over the past few weeks and days ensuring they are ready for this weekend.

The grand reopening featured live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids, such as pony rides, a jumping castle and dinosaurs.

Kristie, who owns Sita’s Skewers with Sita, said there was something for people of all ages and palates to munch on.

“We have a lot of multicultural foods like barbecue, dumplings, pizza, Bao buns and more,” Kristie said.

“We will also have some food trucks that will come in and do things like Tacos and Brazilian burgers.”

See some of the menu items in the gallery below: 

Growing the markets

Kristie also sees potential for the markets to grow and expand.

“We think this place has amazing potential and we want to keep that going and grow the markets to a standard it should be at,” Kristie said.

“At the moment, our focus is on supporting locals with serving up local products and having local bands come and perform.

“But if we can grow the market, say in the next two years, we might look at moving to a new location here in North Harbour.

“We want to attract more international tourists and locals.”

In addition, the gazebo will feature small market vendors selling items like candles and jewellery, and the new owners hope to have spaces where community groups, sporting clubs and businesses can come to reach the wider community.

The Bite Markets at North Harbour are open every Friday and Saturday from 4-10pm.

Find them at 24 Nolan Drive, Morayfield.

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