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It is located in the historic old factory site of Australian Textiles Industries and Australian Defence Apparel (ADA) who made uniforms for the Australian army and was once a major employer in the area. The ADA still utilises some of the site but the market means as new lease of life for the rest of the premises.
There are over 120 stalls. The good news for local shoppers are competitive prices to the supermarket including grocery staples and fruit and vegetables. There are also some organic vendors.
Even the apple man is even wending his way all the way from Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula with his delicious baskets of apples.
But it is also about providing you with things you can't get at the supermarket and one of those is fantastic brunch and lunch options.
For those who love food trucks this is the place to be on the weekends.
Source: Overdosa Facebook
There will be lots of ethnic favourites. The guys from Overdosa will be serving up Indian street food including dosas. A dosa is an Indian savoury crepe made from ground rice and lentil batter and then filled with great fillings such as potato masala, smoky eggplant with peas, and spicy tamarind pumpkin.
The Treat Yo Self cart will also be on site. From this ever so adorable little 1986 Franklin Regent caravan comes delicious Mexican fare.The guys use an authentic Mexican technique of toasting tortillas filled with Frijoles Negros (Black Bean), Frijoles Refritos (Refried Bean) and Margarita style fillings to create mouth watering quesadilla. Oh, and they also do great coffee.
After all what is a Melbourne weekend morning without the opportunity of great coffee.
Source: Batman Market Website
And the great eats list continues. There's Pamir Kebab from the northern part of China (sold by Chinese people from the northern part of Xin Jiang - and so they have the appearance of being Russian but speak fluent Chinese, and sell Chinese kebabs -an unusual fChinese food). You'll also find traditional mutton skewers from the Southern region of Italy, Abruzzo, by Grill on Stick L'Arrosticini, the ever popular Gozleme and bakery goods such as pies, sourdough bread, hot cross buns from St Kilda's legendary Woodfrog Bakery.
Plus for dessert there will be Turkish ice cream and loukoumaides by Honeybites Australia
Part of the reason for starting this market was a survey the group conducted where they found that many locals were disappointed that there weren't many places to take their families on the weekend especially after weekend sport activities.
As the market is in the same area as many of the local sporting grounds it should be a winner. It is also just down the road (300 m) from Bunnings that lots of people visit on weekends for their gardening and renovating needs.
So if you can forgo the sausage sizzle at Bunnings you have all this ethnic fare to choose from.
The market also offers entertainment. This will continue at further markets but for the opening you can enjoy listening to a large gospel choir that has between 50-100 singers, and Chinese lion dancers amongst other great acts.
As well as food stores there will also be lots of crafts stalls including soy wax candles by Candles with Sense, henna designs by Alisa Praveen and glass terrariums by Raleigh Made.
So unlike just going to the supermarket on the weekend which become someone's onerous chore this new market will be a place where family members can spend time together having fun times.
The goal is for the market to become a community hub, celebrating the youthful and culturally diverse nature of the Moreland area. And with the line-up of great opening weekend entertainment they are off to a fine start.
And whats more it will be open every Saturday and Sunday. Am I the only Melburnian that has rocked up to a market only to find it closed because it was't the 2nd Saturday or the 3rd Saturday or whatever goddam Saturday it was supposed to be.
I really love the fact that this is happening each and every weekend.
It will also be open from 9am-3pm which is another blessing. Some markets seem to forget that lots of us like to sleep in on weekends.
Getting to Batman Market is also ultra convenient, located right next to Batman Railway Station (Upfield Line - 20 minutes from CBD) and the Sydney Road/Gaffney Street intersection where shoppers can catch the #19 tram or several bus routes.