Mulled wine, suckling pig and outdoor log fires. You don’t have to worry about Winter weather with those three things to warm you up at Queen Vic Market’s Luna Night Market. I’m a big fan of the Christmas markets in Germany so happily accepted an invitation to go down and check out the Melbourne’s own Winter market.
Entry is free and the thing that really sets the Luna Night Market apart is the excellent food on offer. The Queen Vic Market has enlisted some top Melbourne restaurants like Hammer & Tong, Wonderbao and 400 Gradi to set up stalls.
400 Gradi brings in a whole woodfired pizza oven for the night to ensure the pizzas have that smoky char to the base. The margherita suffered a little from a spell in a pie warming device before being served.
The biggest crowds were around the Hoy Pinoy bbq store. I suspect the three suckling pigs slowly rotating on spits over hot coals may have been the draw card.
I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for the vegetarian stall next door which was deserted, but that still didn’t stop me ordering a serve of the pork ($12) complete with crispy crackling and atchara – a pickled sauce made from papaya.
The market has a great atmosphere with log fires dotted around adding warmth and light and a French gypsy band playing. There’s a bar selling beer and wine but I went straight for the mulled wine stall for a cup of spicy rich wine laced with cinnamon ($8). I figured that counted as dessert in a liquid form.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review the Luna Night Market
Details: Luna1878 Night Market, every Wednesday from 9 July to 27 August, 5pm to 10pm.
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve. Entry is free.