Queen Vic Market update

Update from Queen Victoria Market with news and events taking place at the Market over the coming weeks + months, including:
•  Mini Market Series: Garden and Outdoor Market – Saturday, 26 June | Pet Lovers Market – Saturday, 3 July  •  Taste of Portugal Festival – Sunday, 27 June 
•  Christmas in July School Holiday Fun – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 29 June to 8 July  •  Donut Festival – Sunday, 4 July  •  Melbourne Truffle Festival and pop-up stall – Saturday, 10 July & Sunday, 11 July  •  Melbourne Book Market – every Saturday and Sunday  •  Stay tuned for Winter Night Market – still postponed.

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

The next Mini Market is Saturday, 26 June from 9am–4pmat 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:

A Prickly Affair: cacti, succulents, bonsai and terrariums
Quality Plants: a range of indoor and outdoor plants
Ashburton Worm Supplies: worm farms and related products
Palfurn: recycled timber furniture
Epiphyte Creations: artisan plant stands and hanging planters

Other upcoming Mini Markets include:
  •  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

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. There’s so much to enjoy including:

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.

This year’s main attractions include:
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.

Fast Facts: Taste of Portugal Festival
WHAT: Taste of Portugal Festival
WHEN: Sunday, 27 June, 9:00am–4:00pm
WHERE: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

These school holidays, Queen Vic Market is bringing the festive spirit with free Christmas in July workshops for the kids, running Tuesdays and Thursdays from 29 June to 8 July. Bring the little ones to the Market for mid-winter art and craft fun, including design your own earmuffs, beanies, hot choccie mugs and glove puppets. There will also be Christmas trees and fake snow to make it extra festive.

Each workshop is free and bookings are encouraged to avoid disappointment. Walk-ins on the day are welcome but subject to availability. Spaces are limited to 50 per session. Further info and bookings can be found here and below:
1. Earmuff Art
Personalise your very own winter-inspired earmuffs!
Location: RK – RL Shed
Date: Tuesday, 29 June
Sessions: 10am–11am | 11.30am–12.30pm | 1pm–2pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: here.
2. Beanie Monsters
Decorate your own beanie to stay warm through the cooler months.
Location: RK – RL Shed
Date: Thursday, 1 July
Sessions: 10am–11am | 11.30am–12.30pm | 1pm–2pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: here
3. Glove Puppets
Design your own gloves to keep your hands toasty this season.
Location: RK – RL Shed
Date: Tuesday, 6 July
Sessions: 10am–11am | 11.30am–12.30pm | 1pm–2pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: here
4. Hot Chocolate Mug Art
Love hot chocolate? Join us and decorate your own ceramic mug to take home.
Location: RK – RL Shed
Date: Thursday, 8 July
Sessions: 10am–11am | 11.30am–12.30pm | 1pm–2pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: here

Image credit: Matt Houston Photography

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).

Image credit: Matt Houston Photography

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, honeys, 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: https://qvm.com.au/tours/

Fast Facts: Truffle Melbourne Festival
WHAT: Truffle Melbourne Festival
WHEN: Saturday, 10 July, 9am–5pm and Sunday, 11 July, 9am–4pm
WHERE: K-L Sheds, Peel Street end, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Fast Facts: Truffle Melbourne Pop-Up Stall
WHAT: Truffle Melbourne Pop-Up Stall
WHEN: 1 June to 31 August, 2021, every Market day (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays)
WHERE: I Shed, Stall 86, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market’s highly anticipated Donut Festival will now be held on Sunday, 4 July.

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 includes:
Bistro Morgan Bakehouse
Short Stop Melbourne
American Doughnut Kitchen
Churro Kitchen
St. Gerry’s
Pasta Face
G.Free Donuts

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.

Fast Facts: Donut Festival
WHAT: Donut Festival
WHEN: Sunday, 4 July, 9am–4pm
WHERE: Queen Street, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
COST: Free entry and live entertainment, food and drink for purchase

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.

Fast Facts: Melbourne Book Market
When: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 10am–4pm
Where: L Shed (Peel Street end), Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

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