QVM (Queen Victoria Market - Rear of 513 Elizabeth St, Melb) is a vibrant market place everyone flocks to, especially on the weekends. There's always something going on apart from shopping, to look forward to throughout the year. There's the Melbourne Book Market that runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at L Shed (Peel Street end) that's every book lovers delight. It's a curated collection of more than 5000 new and pre-loved titles selected and presented by some of Melbourne's most experienced booksellers as well as authors, illustrators and book creators.
QVM is kicking the 1st of May off with a Vegan Market on Saturday 1 May 2021 from 9am to 4pm, rear of K Shed. Come and check out why the plant-based movement is one of the fastest-growing in the world. You'll find an eclectic mix of stalls including food, fashion, art, craft, education and more, and it's the first monthly vegan market established in Melbourne. Stay up to date with news on the Vegan Market of Melbourne's Facebook page.
You could probably follow your nose for the upcoming Durian Festival on the weekend of Sat & Sun 15 & 16 May 2021 from 9am to 4pm at Sheds K and L. Often referred to as the King of Fruit, though it may smell to some, more like a pauper, explore the tantalising food stalls celebrating all things Durian. There'll be dancing and entertainment and wander through the stalls. If you've never tried Durian, give it a go. A good Durian is sweet and creamy on the inside and definitely fits the adage of not judging a book by its cover.
Next up is the Turkish Pazar - Tastes of Turkey on the weekend of Sat & Sun 22 & 23 May 2021 from 10am to 4pm at Sheds K & L as well. It's your chance to travel to Turkey while you're unable to at the moment. Recreating the street bazaars of Turkey, taste a delicious array of Turkish street food, including the familiar gözleme and döner kebabs, as well as delicious vegan and vegetarian snacks, sweets and Turkish coffee. New additions to the menu will include mantı, known as Turkish ravioli. You'll also find Turkish arts and handicrafts with demonstrations of ebru, and the delicate art of paper marbling. Roving performers and artists will provide entertainment with the colourful Australian Ottoman Mehter Band performing on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in the background, the QVM's Mini Market Series continues to run. Held at J-M Shed (Peel Street end) from 9am to 4pm, seek out a range of specialised goods and explore the Market's newest pop-up space. Look forward to upcoming markets as follows. Closer to the date of each event, check QVM's What's On page for further details.
Garden & Outdoor Market, Saturday 29 May
Arts Market, Saturday 5 June
Garden & Outdoor Market, Saturday 26 June
Pet Lovers Market, Saturday 3 July
Toys & Collectibles Market, Saturday 10 July
Garden & Outdoor Market, Saturday 31 July
Vintage Market, Saturday 21 August
Garden & Outdoor Market, Saturday 28 August
Arts Market, Saturday 4 September
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Last but not least at this point in time, along with winter comes the Winter Night Market on Wednesdays from 2 June to 25 August from 5pm to 10pm. Perfectly handy for after-hours shopping. Rug up in your woolies, keep warm and head in to enjoy a winter playground with things you crave when the cold weather comes on. Hot beverages, delicious street food, great shopping and live music! Feast upon the best street food and drinks including smoky barbecue, melted cheesy pasta, dumplings, spicy curries, decadent chocolate desserts, hot chocolate, cocktails and mulled wine.
Once the tummy is satisfied, sit back by the fire pits and enjoy live music, roving entertainers or browse the stalls for locally-made jewellery, art, clothing, books, skincare, homewares and more. Come mid-season, the festive spirit will be rife at the Market with Christmas in July, complete with snow, Christmas trees, Santa, eggnog and carols. It'll be mid-winter fun for the whole family. The best part is that there's no entry fee. Just go hungry and ready for a good time.
In other news, QVM also run Foodie Tours which include generous tastings, Market shopping bag and a $5 Market voucher valid at all Market stalls for some of the tours. Stay in touch with QVM via updates on their Facebook page. There's a lot to digest and lots to take note of in your diary thanks to QVM's vibrant engagement with their customers.