Market Week 2014 – A Foodie Guide

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In its fourth year, Market Week returns next week to the Markets of Melbourne. Celebrating Our Global Community, September 6 – 14 will be packed with food, events and festivals for the annual celebration, with a host of activities across all four markets; South Melbourne Market, Prahran Market, Queen Vic Market and Dandenong Market.

The entire schedule for the week is available here, and we’ve hand picked the best foodie events for you to salivate over!

Saturday September 6, 2014

Melbourne Tea Fair

If you’ve ever felt lost amongst the coffee lovers in this city, find your way to the first annual Melbourne Tea Fair. Now is your chance to experience all things tea with an opportunity to discover, taste and shop for your favourite brew.

Cost: Free
Where: South Melbourne Market
Time: 8am – 4pm

 

Breads from Around the World

Learn how to make delicious breads with traditional recipes from some of Dandenong Market‘s master bakers from Turkey and Afghanistan!

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

World Fiesta

Cultural traditions and ceremonies are celebrated during Prahran Market‘s World Fiesta, jam-packed with live entertainment, flavours of the world tasting tables and fun.

Cost: Free
Where: Market Square, Prahran Market
Time: 10am – 3.30pm

 

Market Food Discovery Tour

Discover wonderful exotic traders, fresh produce and specialty wares, whilst learning all about the fascinating history of this 148 year old Melbourne icon.

Cost: Free (Booking essential 9701 3850)
Where: Dandenong Market, Corner of Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong.
Time: 11am – 1pm

 

Dumpling Masterclass

Free dumpling’s masterclass and tasting with David Zhou from iconic Melbourne restaurants Oriental Teahouse and David’s.

Cost: Free
Where: Blanco Kitchen, Prahran Market
Time: 11am – 1pm

 

Sunday September 7, 2014

International Wine Tasting Trail

Go on an International Wine Tasting Trail through the different wine varieties from France, Italy and Spain with ReWine’s Chief Wine Buyer Marshall Walter’s in an intimate tasting session at this one-stop wine shop in A Shed. Marshall will provide you with tasting notes and tips on how to select the best wines from the different regions.

Cost: $15 per person
Where: ReWine, Stall 92 in A Shed, Queen Victoria Market
Time: 9am – 4pm

 

Dumpling Making Class

A fabulous and simple step-by-step guide to making fresh and yummy dumplings, using traditional family recipes

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

Mooncake Festival

The Mooncake Festival is one of the largest events on the Asian calendar and is the place to enjoy free entertainment, authentic cuisines and activities among a stunning display of lanterns, martial arts, dance and Chinese stalls.

Cost: Free
Where: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market
Time: 10am – 4pm

 

Cheeses of the World Lunch

Experience different cheese inspired tasting plates using cheese from different parts of the world, prepared by Chef Walter Trupp.

Cost: $40 (includes one glass of wine) Purchase tickets here.
Where: Blanco Kitchen, Prahran Market
Time: 12pm – 2pm

 

Asian Greens Cooking Class

Dandenong Market resident Chef, Russell Bald, will teach you the simple ways to cook seasonal Asian Greens to perfection.

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 12pm – 1pm

 

Tuesday September 9, 2014

The Art of Fish Filleting

Learn how to simply fillet the boniest of fish from our expert Dandenong Market fishmongers.

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

Wednesday September 10, 2014

The Deli Hall Graze

The historic Queen Victoria Deli Hall will be opened after hours for this private showcase during Market Week – where you can sip, taste and graze on a mouth-watering collection of specially prepared seasonal bites, plates and drinks showcasing the very best of the Market traders – all to the back drop the art deco surrounds.  Experience the Deli Hall like never before and meander to meet makers, delight in new tastes, watch food being prepared and imbibe on local wines and micro brews.

Cost: $80 per person including wine and grazing dishes. Book tickets here
Where: Deli Hall at Queen Victoria Market, Therry St
Time: 6:30pm – 8.30pm

 

Thursday September 11, 2014

Seasonal Stars with Scott Pickett

Seasonal Stars with Scott Pickett is where you’ll learn how to select, prepare and cook the very best market produce with Scott Pickett from St Crispin and Estelle Bar & Kitchen, in this FREE one hour cooking demonstration. Scott will be joined by some of his favourite Market traders and will showcase the spring harvest. Includes free recipe cards and tastings.

Cost: Free
Where: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 1.30pm

 

Friday September 12, 2014

Fresh Pasta/Gnocchi Making Masterclass

The Dandenong Market mamas will be taking over The Kitchen as they demonstrate their expertise in authentic Italian cooking. Learn the art of traditional pasta-making, you will not be disappointed. Bellissimo!

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

The Great Dim Sim Giveaway

Get your FREE Dim Sim for ONE HOUR ONLY at The Great Dim Sim Giveaway from the generous guys at South Melbourne Market Dim Sims.

Cost: Free
Where: South Melbourne Market Dim Sims, Cecil Street
Time: 10am – 11am

 

Saturday September 13, 2014

Food Styling Masterclass

Join the Dandenong Market food styling experts in The Kitchen for plate presentation tips that will make your home dishes look like a Masterchef’s!

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

Dogs of the World Morning Tea

Bring your pooch along for a Doggy Day Out at the Dogs of the World Morning Tea. They’ll be treated to a goat’s milk puppychino from Clement Coffee and organic peanut butter dog biscuits from The Pet Grocer.

Cost: Free
Where: Cecil Street, South Melbourne Market
Time: 10am – 12pm

 

Edible Adventures with Alice in Frames

Alice shares her favourite foodie finds with fellow Market fans and newbies through weekly posts and monthly appearances

Cost: Free
Where: Blanco Kitchen, Prahran Market
Time: 12pm – 2pm

 

Sunday September 14, 2014

Butcher Masterclass

Dandenong Market‘s finest butchers will do a fantastic demonstration on the most popular cuts of meats.

Cost: Free
Where: The Kitchen in Market Square, Dandenong Market
Time: 9.30am – 10.30am

 

A Taste of the Market

Celebrate a Taste of the Market and our world community with a street food festival where you can sample international fare from street food vendors, enjoy multicultural music and immerse yourself in the cultural fabric of our Market community.

Cost: Free
Where: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market
Time: 10am – 4pm

 

Full Moon Festival

The Full Moon Festival is a Chinese and Vietnamese cultural celebration which includes dances, feasting and mooncake eating. Festival activities for children such as lantern making are included.

Cost: Free
Where: Dandenong Market, Corner of Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong
Time: 10am – 4.30pm

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