Dandenong Market or 'Dandy Market' as commonly referred to by locals, has been operating since 1886 making it one of Melbourne's oldest markets. It brings together 150 different nationalities under one roof.
As the winter season abates, the Market celebrates the coming of Spring with its Market Week festival from 6 to 14 September. Here's a guide to this year's celebration with FREE activities including market tours, cultural food and entertainment, and cooking demonstrations that your whole family can enjoy.
Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tour - 6, 7, 9, 12, 13 and 14 Sept
This popular tour which usually retails for $30 per person is now FREE during Market Week. From 11am to 12pm, you can enjoy a guided tour of the market with its rich history, lots of food samples, conversations with the market traders, recipes and a goody bag to take home. Bookings are essential as tours will only run with a minimum of 2 participants. Call the Dandenong Market Office on 03 9701 3850 for more information and to book.
FREE Kitchen cooking demonstrations are running from 12pm to 1pm every market day during Market Week. You will learn tips, tricks and techniques to transform fresh market produce into delicious dishes from the experts. Different cultural recipes will be featured at the Market Kitchen in Market Square based on the following schedule:
The series of FREE masterclasses led by the Market's experts will provide you with the art of making delicious cultural food. Held from 9.30am to 10.30am at the Kitchen in Market Square, you can enjoy a step-by-step guide to making fresh pasta, dumplings and even tips on fish filleting and food styling that will make your home dishes look like a Masterchef's.
From 11am onwards, the Market will be ringing with the sound of music. The melodies will be the boisterous calls of traders as they pit against each other in the Dandenong Market Trader Spruiking Competition. Join in this FREE contest and vote your favourite crier to take the crown as the Market best spruiker for 2014.
The Market celebrates the Chinese and Vietnamese Full Moon Festival with a day filled with FREE cultural activities for adults and kids. Join in the festivities from 10am to 4pm including dances, mooncake eating and lantern making.