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The Best Winter Events Happening at Queen Victoria Market

Donuts or truffles? Take your pick.

Did you know that Queen Victoria Market is home to a truffle festival every year? Truffle Melbourne will once again take over Queen Vic along with a heap of other mouth-watering, culture-inducing events throughout winter to help us stay warm and inspired.

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s upcoming at Queen Victoria Market in 2021. 

Mini Market Series

Queen Victoria Market’s popular Mini Market Series is back, where Market-goers can explore a curated collection of stallholders at a range of mini markets, featuring different themes showcasing Melbourne’s greatest offerings.

The next Mini Market is Saturday 26 June from 9am – 4pm at J-M Sheds (Peel Street end), with the Garden and Outdoor Market. Shoppers can seek out a range of indoor and outdoor plants, garden and landscaping supplies, ornaments, succulents and much more. Participating traders include:

Other upcoming Mini Markets to add to your calendar:

  • Pet Lovers Market: Saturday 3 July
  • Garden & Outdoor Market: Saturday 31 July
  • Vintage Market: Saturday 21 August
  • Garden & Outdoor Market: Saturday 28 August
  • Arts Market: Saturday 11 September
  • Toys & Collectibles: Saturday 18 September
  • Garden & Outdoor Market: Saturday 25 September

Taste of Portugal Festival 

Date: Sunday 27 June
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

The Taste of Portugal Festival is returning to Queen Vic Market with a new date, Sunday 27 June. The festival unites all the Portuguese speaking communities, including Portugal, Brazil and East Timor, to celebrate historical ties.

What’s on offer:

  • Portuguese and Brazilian street food and drinks
  • Art and photographic exhibitions
  • Children’s activities including face painting, drawing competitions, art and craft,
  • Handcraft demonstrations
  • Latin and samba dance classes
  • Diverse entertainment program of music and dance from Portugal, Brazil and East Timor.

Taste of Portugal 2021 Main Events:

  • Ricardo Madeira who will dazzle with contemporary Portuguese music
  • Colourful and lively Portuguese dancers will perform traditional folkloric dance.
  • Well-known Brazilian singer and dancer Danny Maia and Mel Samba band will also bring interactive Latin beat and samba lessons
  • Spectacular interactive bachata dancing
  • Portuguese chorizo making workshop
  • Demonstration of how to bake Portuguese custard tarts.

Truffle Melbourne Festival and Pop Up

Date: Saturday 10 July
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: K-L Sheds, Peel Street end, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

The black winter truffle season is officially here, and customers can celebrate all things truffle at Queen Vic Market, with the Truffle Melbourne pop-up stall that has just launched, and the much-anticipated Truffle Melbourne Festival, which has been rescheduled to make its return to Queen Vic Market on Saturday 10 July, and Sunday 11 July.

Whether you’re a truffle tragic, or simply curious, there’s something for everyone at the Truffle Melbourne Festival. Taste the best (and most affordable) truffle dishes including venison black truffle pies, truffle parmesan wheel pasta, black truffle fries, burgers, paellas, crepes and more. Or pick up some fresh truffle from one of the five growers from across the country.

Across the weekend there will also be live truffle demonstrations featuring some of Melbourne’s best chefs sharing their truffle secrets. Expect to find Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino); Rob Kabboord (Chancery Lane Bistro); Elbert Chang (Pinchy’s) and Angus Cadden (Park Street Pasta & Wine).

Australia’s favourite truffle dogs will also be back, showing off their truffle hunting skills across both days, and the Truffle Melbourne Bar will offer exotic truffle cocktails, beers and ciders to enjoy while listening to some great DJ tunes.

The Truffle Melbourne pop-up stall has also launched at the Market in I Shed, and will be open until the end of August. Customers can shop for a great range of fresh truffle products including sauces, honey, oils, salts and so much more, from across Australia and Europe. Customers can also take part in a Queen Vic Market Ultimate Truffle Tour, which will be held on 10 July (same weekend as the Festival). Bookings can be made online here. 

Donut Festival

Date: Sunday 4 July
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

The one-day celebration will still gather some of the city’s favourite donut makers for a super-sweet dive into all things iced, jam-filled, cinnamon-sprinkled, sugar-dusted and everything in between. Expect to find the OG hot jam donuts, oozing chocolate-filled donuts, vegan and gluten-free donuts, churro bowls, 1950s style milkshakes and more.

The mouth-watering list of traders include:

Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, the donut-eating contest has been cancelled, however, customers still have the chance to win big! In collaboration with the American Doughnut Kitchen, Queen Vic Market is giving away a year’s supply of hot jam doughnuts, plus $100 worth of Queen Vic Market vouchers. For the chance to win, customers can simply enter online here.

Melbourne Book Market

Date: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Queen Victoria Market, L Shed (Peel Street end)

The Melbourne Book Market is back every Saturday and Sunday at Queen Vic Market, offering a curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles.

From old-time classic novels to new book releases and up-and-coming authors, the literature available each weekend has been selected and presented by some of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers, authors, illustrators and book creators. There’s also an array of quality second-hand vinyl records and CDs.

With a title to suit every kind of book lover, Melbourne Book Market pops up in the Market’s L Shed on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 

Windsor

The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.

Photo: @nicos.melbourne

Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano

Fitzroy

Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli

Malvern

Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta

Carnegie

The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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