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The purpose of The Marketplace is to give our patrons a leisurely space to enjoy indoor fun, shopping, and food while incorporating boutiques, handmade shops, and vendors. 2021 Retail Spaces will be announced in October 2021.


The Marketplace's Test Kitchen & Farmer's Market is a community gathering place that is restoring the craft of cooking and clean eating in South Alabama, and beyond through hands-on classes and educational experiences that celebrate the farmers and artisans of our region. Partnered with local farms and chefs, The Test Kitchen & Farmer's Market embraces a whole-food approach to eating and promotes cooking as an essential cornerstone of a sustainable food system. Including a cafe and restaurant, our guests can enjoy the Greater Gulf State Fair from within our Hocklander building, while shopping and relaxing.


The play area inside The Marketplace is the perfect spot for both kids and adults to enjoy the Fair in a more relaxed space. The indoor playground and Relaxation Station provides both adults and children with a space to take time away from the outdoor fun to enjoy a play area, shopping, Test Kitchen, restaurant, cafe, and Farmer's Market without

stepping foot outside our doors.

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