September heralds the arrival of Spring in Melbourne and a new season of produce at the city's favourite market. Often referred to as 'Vic Market' or 'Queen Vic', the Queen Victoria Market is a historic landmark and also the heart and soul of Melbourne for more than a century.
The Market continues to preserve its heritage and authentic atmosphere, while meeting the contemporary needs of residents and visitors by being more than just a fresh food market. It is one of the city's hubs for large-scale free events and activities including the Suzuki night market in summer and Luna 1878 in winter.
It is no different in September as Queen Victoria Market rolls out a new calendar of programs for everyone in the family. There are workshops, festivals, weekend markets, cooking demonstrations and tours.
Here is a list of FREE activities to have you returning to the Market over and over again.
Mick Williams practices Pyrography or the art of decorating wood with burn marks. You can find him working his craft with specialised pyrography tools at his Flamin' Signs stall in the Market and the Luna 1878 Winter Night Market. He burns names and designs into personal, property and business signs and the top of timber jewellery and trinket boxes, larger timber keepsake boxes and wine boxes.
He will be demonstrating pyrography and providing short workshops for those who wish to try their hand at their own piece on 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 and 14 September between 9am to 2pm. To book for Mick's FREE event, contact him at phone: 0404 032 722 or email: email@example.com for arrangements and stall location.
These heritage and cultural tours running on the Saturdays of 6 and 13 September are the best way to get a FREE insider's guide to the heritage of this 136 year old market. The tours depart every half an hour from 9am with the last tour departing at 12pm. You will learn about the multiculturalism and diversity that make up the site's rich history, tips on buying the best seasonal produce as well as sampling specialty food and deli items. These one-hour tours are very popular with locals and tourists. No pre-bookings are available and places are limited to only 10 participants per tour so make sure you get to the Makers Hub located on Queen Street early to sign up on the day.
The Makers Hub on Queen Street will become a space for demonstrations, workshops and interactive sessions daily from 6 to 14 September. From 10am to 2pm daily, you can participate in adult and kids workshops and activities such as beer making, book binding and drumming. There is also an interactive display using recycled and up-cycled materials. Check the Market website for a full schedule of workshops and demonstrations closer to the date.
Drums Cafe located in the Vic Market Place Food Court offers South Indian and Sri Lankan food. The cafe will be serving up tasting of Chai in 3 different ways, featuring the variations of spices used in Chai from region to region. You can also learn about the origins of chai and how it's blended differently across the globe. You can sample the house blend Chai, a Malaysian Teh Tarik or an Indian Masala Tea between 11am to 12pm on 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13 and 14 September.
Located in the Hunter Valley, Pukara Estate produces extra virgin olive oils and offers a range of other olive related products including flavoured extra virgin olive oils, table olives, tapenades, relishes, mayonnaises and balsamic vinegars. Pukara Estate's extra virgin olive oils are amongst Australia's best, winning over 40 awards in shows nationally, including the prestigious Australian Olive Association National Show.
The Pukara Estate Tasting Room located at 103-105 Victoria St on the West Melbourne side of the Queen Victoria Market is hosting a FREE oilive oil tasting. Held between 1pm to 1.45pm daily from 6 to 14 September, you can learn the origins of Australian olive oil, how best to taste and select the different varieties of olive oil, tasting the oilive oils and take home an information pack from the Australian Olive Association. To book a space at this event simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0488 073 627.
The annual Mooncake Festival returns to Queen Victoria Market on 7 September. This significant festival of the Chinese community signifies the end of the winter season in the lunar calender and it is when the moon is brightest and fullest.
Queen Victoria Market's A Shed on the corner of Peel Street and Victoria Street will be transformed into Craft's monthly curated art and craft market from 9am to 4pm on 7 September. Featuring only Victorian contemporary handmade products, NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market offers a regular FREE entry opportunity to appreciate and buy contemporary craft from local makers like Yiying Lee, Lisa Peri Ceramics, Margaret Watson Designs, Hannakin and many more. Check out Craft's website for the list of stallholders.
Queen Victoria Market hosts its latest street food festival on Sundays with FREE entry and entertainment for everyone. From 10am to 4pm on 14, 21 and 28 September, 'A Taste of the Market' takes over the Market's Queen Street precinct. You can enjoy local and international food from Malaysian hawker fare to Sicilian BBQ delivered by some of your favourite traders from the Suzuki Night Market and Luna1878 Winter Night Market. Make Sunday your Queen Victoria Market day!
Seasonal Stars with Scott Pickett
Photo courtesy of Queen Victoria Market
One of Melbourne's top chefs will be showcasing the beautiful produce of Spring on 11, 12 and 13 September at a FREE one-hour cooking demonstration. Scott Pickett from Saint Crispin and Estelle Bar & Kitchen will be sharing tips on how to select, prepare and cook the very best market produce from 11.30am to 12.30pm at Queen Street. Don't miss this opportunity to chat with Scott and taste his dishes.
Julia Wu's Caricature Workshop
Photo courtesy of Queen Victoria Market
Julia Wu has been interacting with visitors and drawing caricatures of people who stop by her stall for the past 13 years. She is a professional artist with a bachelor degree in fine art. On 12 September from 9.30am to 10am, Julia will be hosting a FREE drawing workshop where you can pick up tips from her and also try your hand at drawing your own caricature. No bookings are require and you can find Julia at Stall 36-37 in J Shed.
Inner Essentials Aromatherapy Talk and Demonstration
Inner Essentials at Stall 59 is hosting a FREE demonstration about aromatherapy and essential oils and how they can help heal the body, both internally and externally, from ailments, aches and pains, depression, anxiety and unrest. The demonstration on 12 September is led by Robyn Faulkner, a practising masseuse with over 30 years experience. You will learn about the benefits of both aromatherapy and essential oils. paired with massage to aid and heal. You can also purchase aromatherapy oils, chemical free soap, lavender bags , diffusers, pain rubs, candles, melts and candle holders at the stall. If you can't find the stall contact Robyn at phone: 0425 980 044. No bookings are required.
Melbourne's longest running recycled fashion market is coming to Queen Victoria Market' A Shed on 14 September. From 9am to 3pm, you can enjoy FREE entry to discounts heaven where everything is priced to sell with 50% to 80% off the recommended retail price. You can find clothes, accessories, shoes, jewellery, sunnies, hats and many more from Australian and international designers, High Street brands and vintage and retro gear.
From 9 am to 4pm on 28 September, the technology and computer swap market comes to the A Shed of the Queen Victoria Market. You will be able to pick up bargains on the latest and old technology including inks, toners, new and used computers, routers, cables, accessories, games, software, mobile phones and many more. There are lots of retailers, wholesalers, importers and even home based businesses to chat with and buy from.
Join us for Take 2 Markets on Sunday 14th September - a feast of preloved designer & vintage fashion. Also find great accessories, jewellery, shoes, handbags - you name it! Be an environmental fashionista without even trying.