The Queen Victoria Market spreads over two city blocks in the Melbourne CBD. It is a historic landmark with an interesting history. It's been a cemetery, a livestock market and a wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Nowadays, though, Melburnians head to these markets to shop for anything and everything including the freshest fruit and vegetables, gourmet foods, cosmetics, clothes and souvenirs.
There are various free events in March at the Market so whether you're looking for a feasting occasion, craving to pick up a bargain or simply wanting to get out of the house, these fabulous events are for you! So read on to see what's on in March!
Sunday World BBQ
Sundays are for relaxing, spending time with your loved ones, and soaking up the sunshine. What better way to do all of the above than at Sunday World BBQ from 10am. Every Sunday in March, come and sample cuisines from around the world including the Philippines, South American, Sicily and Sri Lanka. There will be roving entertainers to amuse everyone so make sure you bring the kids along!
The Night Market
Give yourself a break from cooking dinner on Wednesdays and head to the Night Market for a dose of sensational food from around the globe, vintage fashion and really cool things. Pop by the wine bars to quench your thirst and just enjoy the vibrant atmosphere with live music filling the air. Satisfy your shopping craving and head to the Vintage Hub for something fashionable or something new for your home. There will be jewellery, furniture, enamel signs and heaps of other stuff. If it's vintage, you'll find it here! Come between 5pm and 10pm every Wednesday for a good time.
Seasonal Stars Goes Fishing
The Queen Victoria Market welcomes Coda and Tonka Bar chef Adam D'Sylva for Seasonal Stars Goes Fishing. As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, this events gives you the opportunity to learn about seafood, from choosing the best varieties in Autumn, to what you need to know about handling seafood, to how you can use them in your cooking. You'll get a taste of Adam's favourite dishes and even recipes to take home. This event occurs on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 March at 11am.
Festival of the Sea
Festival of the Sea is another event from the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival on Sunday 9 March from 9am to 4pm. Celebrating all things from the sea, come check out the seafood cooking demonstrations by top chefs and have a go at oyster shucking. If eating is more your thing, then perhaps register for the oyster eating competition or simply head to the food stalls to sample some of the tastiest seafood dishes. And the kids will be in heaven in the kid's corner.
If you're in need of a tech gadget then stop by the A Shed Technology Market on Sunday 23 March between 9am and 4pm. It's the perfect place to snag a bargain! So whether you're looking for a computer (new or used), inks or toners, laptops, mobile phones or accessories, the Market will have it. You might want to bring your Xbox, PlayStation, Wii or DS if they're in need of fixing or upgrading. Featuring a whole heap of retailers, wholesalers, importers and home businesses, you'll definitely find what you're looking for!
Turkish Pazar Festival
Visit the Turkish Pazar Festival on Sunday 23 March for a day of fun. From 10am, a wide variety of traditional Turkish music will fill the air, performances will occur on the stage, and stalls will be full of traditional arts and crafts. This is your opportunity to experience the real Turkey without the expensive airfare or the long-haul flight. Nosh on authentic Turkish fare, watch the military parade, and hear Turkish stories. You can even have your fortune told at the tea garden.