Thursday, 16 August 2012

In the chill of the night

Melbourne's prestigious icon Victoria Market is inundating us with a night to rug up and embrace that winters chill with an evening market filled with food, wine as well as some boutique stalls.

The Luna 1878 Winter Night Market was one to entice me too with mulled wine and stalls show casing cuisines with German, Mexican, Asian, Portuguese and more. But I am not too sure on whether it was a complete market as it was not as big as I have seen in the past. Sure there were a lot of people lining up at each place trying to get their hands on the American ribs, or the Portuguese dumplings but I have seen it bigger. But I am not complaining, well yet anyway.

If you are an asthmatic such as myself, I suggest you have your pump at the ready. With the open char grilled flames you will be inundated with the smoke which smothers you, so stay towards the outer rim and enjoy the boutique craft stores and send a friend in to wait in line for you.

There is something here for everyone to feast, and all pretty reasonable in price so it makes for a cheap dinner out for all you budget goers, and a great social activity for winter with friends.

There are random central tables and music to make for an enjoyable evening as well as a large fire burning outside the under cover zone with seating so you can nestle beside your loved one with some roasted chestnuts and enjoy the wintry air.

We went for some mulled wine, but it was unfortunate that the flavours and the wine were brought too far to the boil and made it somewhat unpleasant to drink, so for $8- it made for a disappointing evening for us as we had our hearts set just upon this one drink.

But we still were able to wonder the market and grab some German pretzel's filled with chocolate and covered in nuts or spices as well as Paul grabbing a ginormous chilli packed burrito whilst he waited for us to arrive. It was bigger than my mouth so I would have struggles with this, and Paul smothered it with extra chilli of course so my taste was like lighting a fire cracker, and exploded just moments later so I'm sure he was pleased that I wasn't going to hassle him for too many more bites and he could enjoy it all on his lonesome.

If you don't mind the lines you wont mind joining the large gathering of the market goers looking for a tasty dish. The Bar and every stall had a huge line and we were there early. The stalls are working non stop making sure they don't run out and there is a great vibe under the shed , so it's worth a look.

Operating every Wednesday From August 8 til August 29 between 5pm - 10pm, be sure to check out the hot spots like the American BBQ, The Mexican Burritos and the Portuguese stall. They were all booming and smelt delicious.

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