My name is Ricky Simoes and I am the founder of Umbala Events PTY LTD, which was created at the beginning 2015. Umbala means colour in the Zulu language and it is a homage to the country I grew up in. Initially Umbala started off with importing Fairtrade products from South Africa. During the beginning stages of the business I was trading as a stall holder at markets in Sydney and the occupational event on the Central Coast. I loved being part of a market and the vibe that comes with it. There is a specific kind of energy at a market that feels welcoming, inspiring and a sense of community. Markets are the essence of supporting local and I love that.
My love for markets inspired me to create a new market on the Central Coast. One day I was walking around the Peninsula Recreational Precinct at Umina Beach and I thought that this would be a great location for a market. It started with a simply email to the Central Coast Council on how to start up an market and a couple of weeks later I received a reply. At first the process to start up a market was overwhelming, but I decided to take this one step at a time and to research as much as possible on events.
For the next few months I worked hard on getting stall holder contacts, working with the council and building a repour with the general community. Finally on November 15th 2015 Umina Beach Markets was about to have it's debut with 65 stall holders. Unfortunately the weather was not on our side on that morning and the event had to be cancelled, it was devastating. However we finally had our very first market on the 13th of December 2015 and the market was a great success. The community at Umina Beach were hungry for local market in the area and they came to support small local businesses. It was great!
Umina Beach Markets continued to grow and develop throughout the years and the community have continued to support the market and the stall holders.
Umbala Events has come to create Alive Plant Based Festival in Gosford, which is the very first vegan festival on the Central Coast. Handmade on the Coast is another monthly event that has been created at Woy Woy celebrating small businesses that have a create approach to their business.
While events & markets are the base of Umbala Events, I am striving for a change and new direction for the company.... stay tuned...
Thank you for reading and sharing my journey.