Promotions Manager for Queen Victoria Market
How many years has the Winter Night Markets been operating for and what months do they operate?
The Winter Night Market is now in its sixth year. It runs through the winter months, so June, July, and August.
Where are the Queen Victoria Winter Night Markets located, what time do they start and finish and how often are they on?
They take place in our heritage listed sheds here at the Queen Victoria Market and run from 5 till 10 pm every Wednesday night from June 7th until August 30th.
Why would you recommend someone to visit the Winter Night Markets?
They’ve become a Melbourne ritual you could say, particularly due to the large array of global street food we have on offer. Visitors really enjoy the sheer volume of food that we have the different sorts of food people can buy here. There’s also mulled wine and open fire pits which is a crowd favourite. This year’s atmosphere is going to be electric with an exciting new lighting concept which is themed around fire and light. There’s also loads of quirky entertainers and all sorts of things will be happening within the realm of fire and light.
Sounds great! What are a couple of examples of food on offer?
We’ve got over 30 food stalls and some of them are ones from last season. There’s Parmesan wheel pasta which is pasta that’s made in a Parmesan wheel. That’s from a stall called “That’s Amore.” Grilled meats are super popular as well as all the amazing desserts including an all new stall offering hot fruit crumble served with ice-cream or custard. There’s also Native Australian game food from Aussie Bush Tucker.
Melbourne ritual you could say, particularly due to the large array of global street food we have on offer
In terms of the licensed bar, have you got any types of specialty drinks available?
We’ve got several bars serving beer, wine and this year a new edition is hot apple cider on all of our bars as well as a mulled wine bar.
What types of stalls can we expect to experience at the night markets over winter?
We’ve got 50 artisan and design stores and also stalls selling winter woollies. There’s lots of homemade jewellery, home ware, beauty products, souvenirs. All artisan products are highly rated market stalls. You can even get your fortune told or you can pick up a kimono.
Is there any live entertainment and music going offer at the night markets?
Of course. Free live music and entertainment is one of the features of the market and one of the reasons why people come back time and time again. There’s a live music stage which features some of Melbourne’s live bands. There’s always lots of dancing going on up there. There’s an array of street performers every night, and buskers, roaming through the sheds and there’s always something new to see.
Are the markets all under cover or should visitors be prepared for all types of weather?
The market is largely undercover and is enjoyable in all types of weather. Visitors will need to dress warm though.
it’s the atmosphere which is winter wonderland really. The smells of the food cooking and the fires burning fill the air
What would you say are the most surprising aspects about the markets in terms of visitor’s feedback?
I would say it’s the atmosphere which is winter wonderland really. The smells of the food cooking and the fires burning fill the air and the lighting under the shed creates a special winter ambience. It’s quite different to our summer night market. It’s much cosier. This year the new lighting concept is going to enthral visitors with the linear light display, fire walls and other installations.
Can you pay with bank card or credit cards at the night markets and is there any access to ATM cash machines?
Most of our food traders only accept cash but there’s plenty of ATM’s on site. The specialty stores and design stores largely take credit card and all our bars accept cards.
Is there car parking available at the markets? And how much roughly is it?
Yes. It’s ten dollars, flat rate, from 4:30 pm.
Do you have any advice or is there anything else we haven’t covered that you’d like to share about the night markets?
Yes I sure do. My advice would be to dress warm. Get there early to avoid long queues for the food that you want to eat. Walk around the market once and check out all that’s on offer before you decide what to eat. There’s lots to choose from. Check out the market map to find all the amenities easily and make sure you check out thenightmarket.com.au before you visit so you know what to look for when you get there. And don’t forget to use the hash tag night market when you post your pics on Instagram.
Where do you get those market maps from or is there just like one big market map wall?
We’ll be handing out market maps onsite. They will also be available on the website that you can download and there are some big maps onsite that you can stand in front of and find your way around the market.