Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival

Sat 7th March, 2020 – Sun 8th March, 2020
South Melbourne Market
Cecil Street, South Melbourne
Price: Free entry
An estimated six tonnes of mussels are headed to South Melbourne Market.

Now in its sixth year, the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival – a two-day street party at South Melbourne Market – is back, with an estimated six tonnes of mussels and a jam-packed jazz program.

Don’t miss veteran chef Geoff Linsday’s (Lamaro’s Hotel, Dandelion) mussel chowder in a sourdough roll, and Vietnamese-style mussels steamed in beer; Annam’s Spring Bay mussels with red curry or Thai basil and lemongrass (served with a half banh mi); and deep-fried mussels with aioli, and mussel po’ boys and gumbo by Miss Katie’s Crab Shack.

Plus, there’ll be mollusc-centric dishes by market restaurants including Claypots Evening Star, Simply Spanish, Bambu, Paco y Lola and Koy. If seafood isn’t your thing, the rest of the market will be open; get porchetta rolls, pizza, borek, French pastries, gelati and more.

For the third year the festival will recycle mussel shells in partnership with The Nature Conservancy’s Shuck Don’t Chuck Program. It collects and cured mussel, oyster and scallop shells and uses them to rebuild reefs and ecosystems in Port Phillip Bay.

The jazz component is being curated by local musician and producer Chelsea Wilson. On Saturday catch sets from former Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes member Loretta Miller, jazz vocalist Alma Zygier, and French-inspired ensemble La Nuit Blanche. Margie Lou Dyer and New Orleans-style brass band Horns of Leroy and will perform on Sunday.

From 12pm to 10pm Saturday, and 12pm to 8pm Sunday.

More information here.