Our new book, Broadsheet Melbourne Food, is out now. To celebrate its release, we’re giving away a prize a day for 12 days. Each prize includes a copy of the book and a selection of goods from one of Melbourne’s best producers or suppliers. Enter now for your chance to win.
Melbourne has many markets, but this is our most iconic. As we note in the pages of Broadsheet Melbourne Food, taking a trip to the Queen Vic is a ritual as universal as going to the footy. The central location and vast range of traders has kept the market vital since it opened in 1878.
There’s a staggering range of fruit and vegetable stalls scattered across multiple sheds. Butter, cheeses, smallgoods, pickled olives and other are found in the dedicated deli hall; and the Meat Hall is alive with butchers and fishmongers bawling for customer attention. A lot of what you’ll find here simply isn’t available at the supermarket, and common items such as apples and potatoes are cheaper and better quality.
You’d need a truck to transport an accurate cross-section of all that the market offers, but this prize highlights some of our favourite produce.
A jar of house-made almond, brazil nut and cashew butter, and two chocolate-chip brioche sticks to spread it on, from M&G Caiafa.
A purple cauliflower, three baby globe artichokes and three cobs of corn, thanks to G&C Fresh Produce.
A dozen free-range eggs from Milawa, courtesy of The Chicken Pantry.
A block of manchego curado (a mild Spanish cheese) and quince paste to serve with it, from Curds & Whey.
A stick of salami made by Bill’s Farm.
200 grams of prawns from Happy Tuna.
A whole baby snapper from George The Fishmonger.
A KeepCup contributed by Padre Coffee.
A bag of coffee beans roasted by Market Lane.
A copy of Broadsheet Melbourne Food.
The total value is $179.95.