I love the sun and would be happy if it was Summer all year round. But at this time of the year, despite deluding myself with a sneaky trip to Bali, there’s no getting around the fact it’s Winter and its freezing in Melbourne. While I am tempted to hibernate inside for the next three months I have decided instead to embrace Winter.
I was invited to go along to the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market so I got my warmest coat out of the cupboard and bought a new beanie complete with pom pom and headed off.
The market has really grown in popularity since last year which means longer queues for food but there’s also a great atmosphere with lots of entertainment. There’s a band every night, a movie program and roving entertainment like the brilliant silent disco.
On the food front new additions include Burn City Smokers and Bluebonnet. Burn City Smokers’ slow cooked ribs ($18) delivered tender, smoky meat falling off the bone although the price tag was pretty expensive.
There were also favourites from last year including the Hoy Pinoy team with their amazing suckling pig and 400 Gradi churning out their award winning Margherita pizza’s ($10) from two wood fired pizza ovens. It’s great theatre just sitting watching the guys at work twirling the pizza dough and scattering toppings.
Dessert is covered in the form of ricotta and chocolate cannoli. Even I have to admit Winter’s not that bad if it involves mulled wine, smoked ribs and cannoli.
Gourmet Chick was invited to review the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market.
Details: Queen Victoria Winter Night Market, Wednesday nights 5pm-10pm until August 23.
Damage: Reasonable. Entry is free. You can then either eat quite cheaply or spend a lot. I spent around $80 on food for two and two drinks.