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* South Melbourne Night Market *
For the first time, South Melbourne Market will offer late night shopping with the return of its annual Night Market series. In addition to the traditional array of outdoor food trucks, entertainment and family fun, the 2020 event returns on a Wednesday, meaning you can shop 'til you drop, too! Launching on January 8 and running for five weeks until February 5, the iconic Night Market had traditionally taken place on Thursday evenings. The move to Wednesdays will mean the whole Market is open for business. You can do your weekly grocery shop on your lunch break or after work, peruse the Market's unique boutiques and then stay on to enjoy a fantastic meal and free entertainment. To kick off the event, South Melbourne Market butchers will be battling it out in the ‘Great Sausage Cook Off'! Competing for the title of Best Market Snag, the Deli Aisle traders will take part in a barbeque battle on January 8 from 5.30pm. A panel of expert judges will be taste testing and awarding the winner on the day, with the public called upon to come down and cheer on their favourite! The free live music program has been curated by singer/songwriter Emily Ulman, plus there will be roving entertainment, kids' activities and free cooking demonstrations. The Neff Market Kitchen will also feature a school holiday cooking class program for kids aged five and over. Parents can drop the young ones and enjoy shopping in peace or a drink at the bar! Well-known as a foodie's paradise, visitors can enjoy regular South Melbourne Market favourites such as award-winning paella, pandan croissants, duck wonton tacos, ice-cream baklava and famous cannoli, alongside food options galore at the Market's Food Hall and Cecil Street restaurant precinct. South Melbourne Market Chair, Jo Plummer, says the change in format reflects the growing demand for extended trading hours from the local community, while also providing an opportunity to showcase the Market to first-time visitors. "We understand that not everyone can get to the Market for their shopping during the week, and that weekends tend to be reserved for family and social outings. Trialling late-night shopping during our Night Market season will allow the local community to pop in after work for their fresh produce, gift shopping and groceries, while also showcasing what South Melbourne Market has to offer to event attendees," she said. The Market will open at 8am each Wednesday with Night Market festivities kicking off from noon each day.
WHAT'S ONThe whole Market will be open for late night shopping during the 2020 Night Market season! Pick up your weekly groceries, browse local designers and boutiques and feast on delicious food from your favourite traders. Enjoy free live music on Cecil Street, a drink at the bar and a meal from the Market's Food Hall, Cecil Street restaurants or one of Melbourne's favourite food trucks. There will also be school holiday cooking classes for the kids, a free artspace, face painting and entertainment for the whole family. CECIL STREET BAR Summer drinks in the sunshine Wednesdays, 8 Jan - 5 Feb KIDS ART SPACE Free fun for the kids! Wednesdays from 12pm FACE PAINTING Bring the kids along for some face painting fun Wednesdays from 12pm - 3pm PROPER CHEESE & WINE One for the cheese lovers! Wednesdays 3pm - 9pm BEST EVER BANANA BREAD MUFFINS | KIDS COOKING CLASS Kids' school holiday fun! Wed 15 January, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm $25 THE DUSTY MILLERS Free Live Music Wed 15 January, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm BEST EVER BANANA BREAD MUFFINS | KIDS COOKING CLASS Kids' school holiday fun! Wed 15 January, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm $25 MS RIZK - DJ SET Free Live Music Wed 15 January, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm UPTOWN BROWN The Mysterious Multi-Instrumentalist Wed 15 January, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm GOOD NATURE Free Live Music Wed 15 January, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EASY, CHEESY VEGEMITE SCROLLS | KIDS COOKING CLASS Kids' school holiday fun! Wed 22 January, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm $25 NAT VAZER Free Live Music Wed 22 January, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm EASY, CHEESY VEGEMITE SCROLLS | KIDS COOKING CLASS Kids' school holiday fun! Wed 22 January, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm $25 DJ SLYMEWAVE Free Live Music Wed 22 January, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm UPTOWN BROWN The Mysterious Multi-Instrumentalist Wed 22 January, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm SNOWY BAND Free Live Music Wed 22 January, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm FREAK FANDANGO Free Live Music Wed 29 January, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm FEE B-SQUARED - DJ SET Free Live Music Wed 29 January, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm JAZZ JOKERS Toe tapping fun while shopping Wed 29 January, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PROTO MORO Free Live Music Wed 29 January, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm LUNAR NEW YEAR Lion dancers will storm through the Market Wed 29 January, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm BABY BLUE Free Live Music Wed 5 February, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm MEMPHIS LK Free Live Music Wed 5 February, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm UPTOWN BROWN The Mysterious Multi-Instrumentalist Wed 5 February, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm DARVID THOR Free Live Music Wed 5 February, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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