Melbourne’s favourite mid-week pick-me-up returns to the historic sheds of the Queen Victoria Market, bringing with it plenty of winter foods, hot drinks and entertainment.

The market kicks off on Wednesday June 1 and includes more than 30 street vendors. 400 Gradi will again serve its award-winning wood-fired pizza, and Collingwood restaurant Mjr Tom will be cooking its Asian-Latin dishes.

The Brass Coq’s Vietnamese fried chicken (VFC) is not to be missed, steeped in authentic flavours and with a dash of fish sauce for sweetness.

The beverages will be taken care of by Those Girls Beverage Co., specialising in non-alcoholic hot apple cider said to taste like liquid hot apple pie. There’ll also be warming mulled wine and beers on tap.

The Sippery wine and cheese bar will pour drops from Robert Oatley Vineyards and serve That’s Amore Cheese.

It’s not all about the food, though. In June there’s a collaboration with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, including a performance by Afro-Cuban Latin jazz group Los Cabrones on Wednesday June 8.

July sees the return of the free Market Cinema screening local short films, and in August a partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria will bring exhibitions such as a 40-foot-long Maori waka (canoe), the only traditional Maori waka built in Australia, on Wednesday August 3. There’ll also be Polynesian dance performances on the evening.

Stalls featuring Melbourne-made gifts, jewellery, crafts and fashion will be scattered throughout the venue, and services such as massage and tarot-card readings will be available.

The Queen Victoria Winter Night Market is on at Queen Victoria Market, corner Victoria and Elizabeth Streets, Melbourne on Wednesdays June 1 to August 31 from 5pm to 10pm.

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