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Market Week at Queen Victoria Market

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Workshops, Demonstrations and Tastings
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.

To market, to market, to buy a fat hog,

Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,

Home again, home again, market is done.

Market week, Queen Victoria Market, largest Victorian market, recycled and cheap clothes, Free food tastings, Children's workshops, Aromatherapy Demonstration, Take 2 market, Free Cooking demonstration, preschool entertainment
You can't go wrong with getting fresh food at Queen Vic market

Queen Victoria Market is over 130 years old and has a story or two to tell. In her previous lives she has been a cemetery, a livestock market and a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Queen Victoria Market is the largest of Melbourne's 19th century markets. The site is listed with Heritage Victoria. Many restoration and refurbishment projects have been completed since 1970.

As well as her grand history, there is a darker and controversial side to the Vic Market. Between the years of 1837 and 1854, much of Queen Victoria Market land was the site of Melbourne's first official cemetery. It is the final resting place for approximately 10,000 early settlers including John Batman. In 1917, 914 bodies were exhumed and relocated to other cemeteries around Melbourne. Numerous unidentified bodies remain buried beneath the existing car park.

In the 1960s, when the Market was associated with the scandal and crime. A Royal Commission was established to investigate price fixing at the Wholesale section of the Market. In 1963, a stallholder was shot. Four more shootings were later associated with the Market. It was claimed that these shootings were carried out by the 'Honoured Society'. These members had allegedly entered Australia illegally.

Queen Victoria market is well known and loved by many Victorians. Today she hosts a number of all year events. Those listed below are just a few offered in September and offer a few ideas to enjoy with your family on the weekend. The best part is they are all FREE!

Market Tours 6 - 13 Sep 2014
Saturday 13 9am - 12pm

If you want to know more about the Market's diverse, rich history and multiculturalism book into the guided tour during Market Week. The FREE one hour tours depart every half an hour from 9am until 12pm. Learn hints for selecting the best seasonal produce and sample the best that the market has to offer. Places are limited to 10 people per tour so get in early and sign up on the day at the Makers Hub located at
Shop 1, F Shed.

The Makers Hub
 6 Sep - 14 Sep 2014
Daily 10am - 2pm

The Makers Hub is a creative space for workshops, demonstrations and interactive sessions. This year sessions are offered on sustainability, craft workshops and trader demonstrations are all held at Shop 1, F Shed. Create a special piece of jewellery, learn to make perfumes or throw a piece of clay. An interesting interactive display using recycled materials depicts the market's environmental, social and economic footprint.

Market week, Queen Victoria Market, largest Victorian market, recycled and cheap clothes, Free food tastings, Children's workshops, Aromatherapy Demonstration, Take 2 market, Free Cooking demonstration, preschool entertainment
My pinch pots never looked like that


Seasonal Stars with Scott Picket
 11 - 13 Sep 2014
11:30am & 12:30pm

If you are looking for tips on how to select, prepare and cook the very best market produce this could be the event for you. Ever popular, this one hour cooking demonstration is sure to have broad appeal. Scott Pickett from St Crispin and traders will cook up a storm in front of your eyes.

The FREE demonstration includes tastings and recipe cards. They had me on tastings, but I have to warn them. My kids love samples… they have heartier appetites than most adults! Take your money as you may be inspired to try your own hand at cooking up these spring recipe ideas at home.


Caricature Workshop
 12 Sep 2014
9:30am - 10am

Julia Wu is a professional artist who has been a regular at the Market for the past 13 years. Known for her caricatures of market shoppers, in this half hour drawing workshop will give tips on how to produce your own caricature. Find her at Stall 36-37 (Traditional Fine Art), J Shed. This free drawing workshop is suitable for all ages and no bookings are required.

Market week, Queen Victoria Market, largest Victorian market, recycled and cheap clothes, Free food tastings, Children's workshops, Aromatherapy Demonstration, Take 2 market, Free Cooking demonstration, preschool entertainment
That's not me!



Take 2 Markets
 14 Sep 2014
9am - 3pm

For those into recycled fashion vintage, retro gear and quirky unique accessories, if you are trying to be more sustainable, or if you are just looking for a bargain, you need to get to the Take 2 markets during Market Week. Take 2 markets is Melbourne's longest running recycled fashion market. Before paying high prices for clothes, shoes, scarfs, hats and jewellery have a look at what is on offer. With at least 50%-80% off RRP you can't go wrong!

Market week, Queen Victoria Market, largest Victorian market, recycled and cheap clothes, Free food tastings, Children's workshops, Aromatherapy Demonstration, Take 2 market, Free Cooking demonstration, preschool entertainment
Snap up a pre-loved bargain

Aromatherapy Talk and Demonstration 12 Sep 12 Sep 2014
11am - 11:30am

People believe that aromatherapy can heal and aid the body to recover from aches and pains, anxiety and more. Let's face it we all have some ailment that might benefit from aromatherapy. Robyn Faulkner, a practising masseuse with over 30 years experience demonstrate the benefits of using essential oils with massage. No bookings are required, just turn up for some TLC.

Market week, Queen Victoria Market, largest Victorian market, recycled and cheap clothes, Free food tastings, Children's workshops, Aromatherapy Demonstration, Take 2 market, Free Cooking demonstration, preschool entertainment
Love the name



Taste of the Market
 14 Sep 2014
10am - 4pm

Everyone loves a street food festival that celebrates a diversity of food, families and cultures. This is your chance to sample international fare from street food vendors and enjoy multicultural music. This is an event for the whole family. Don't eat breakfast on this day!

Fairy Petunia
 @ South Melbourne Market
322-326 Coventry St, SOUTH MELBOURNE

If you like the idea of activities at markets drop in to the South Melbourne Market on Wednesdays from 9:30am - 11:30am. Form now until 17 Dec 2014 Fairy Petunia will be visiting the Food Hall to entertain preschool children (1-4) with storytelling, face painting, games and drawing. Parents and guardians can enjoy a coffee while the kids are having fun. It's free and no bookings are required.

Free entertainment for kids, coffee, shopping and market prices… it's a no brainer really.

For more workshops, demonstrations, interactive sessions and tastings just for adults (such as wine tasting) click here.
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Where: Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne's CBD
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I think being able to do caricatures is an amazing skill. I'm not a particularly good drawer, but if I could be gifted with one type of drawing ability, caricature might be it.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 1860 days ago
Very informative and interesting to know about the past
by Grant (score: 2|294) 1860 days ago
I never knew the Vic market had so much to offer. Definitely worth a visit.
by eve.c (score: 2|302) 1856 days ago
Great chance to get to know the Vic Market better.
by H. Clare Callow (score: 2|109) 1837 days ago
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