This Saturday marks the opening of St Kilda’s exciting new food market, Hank Marvin; a weekly gathering of more than 40 top-notch street-food, fine-food and fresh-produce vendors in Alma Park, St Kilda East.

With many locals anticipating its launch, we sought advice from the man who knows Hank best, founder and organiser Paul Wesolek, about the best ways to spend your first date with him. Here’s what he suggested.

9am
After walking down from the nearby train stations (Balaclava or Windsor), or tram stops that run along Dandenong Road, kick start your morning with an espresso from Little Big Sugar Salt’s stall and a seasonal breakfast from Trailer Made. Pop-up Crepes will be serving its sweet and savory specialties, and heavy-hitters Cobb Lane will be offering freshly baked pastries and doughnuts.

9.30am
Grab a picnic rug or bring a footy and take in the morning sun on the surrounding ovals in Alma Park. Warm up with a Those Girls hot virgin apple cider and devour a fresh Kwak Scroll before they run out. Complimentary blankets will be available.

11am
Once the stomach is satisfied, pay a visit to one of the local charity stalls. First up this week is Seven Women: an organisation empowering marginalised women through skills training and employment. Then, begin your weekly produce shop by visiting Josh’s Rainbow Eggs for your truly free-range eggs, Raw Edibles for biodynamic vegetables, Uncle’s Smallgoods for continental sausage, speck and ham and Happy Fruit for seasonal nuts and dried fruits.

12pm
Meet Hank Marvin’s crew at the 28-metre pop-up dining hall to watch local councilor Vanessa Huxley officially open the project with the cutting of a cake.

12.30pm
Time for some lunch. The Little Mushroom Co. will serve its award-winning vegan mushroom burgers, and Ant’s Dumplings will be steaming homemade dumplings. Divvy-up a wood-fired pizza from Pizza Wagon or dig into a lovely sticky-meat feast with a Digging for Fire or Bluebonnet Barbecue dish.

2pm
Walk off all that food while browsing through the fine-food offerings. Gather some organic and gluten-free muesli, granola and porridges from The Wild, some raw desserts from Nutrition Darling, as well as some lush raw chocolate truffles from Citizen Cacao for the week ahead. The Fermentary will have its raw, wild and ancient ferments on offer and Extra Mile Health Kombucha will be slinging its organic sweetened teas.

Determined to leave us with one more handy insight into Hank, Wesolek reveals: “The market will evolve over the next month, with new vendors and offerings each week.

“A bunch of surprises will pop-up as we settle in, so keep an eye on those spaces with ‘coming soon’ currently displayed.”

Like any successful first date, it’s good to be left wanting more.

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Hank Marvin will run every Saturday from August 1 in Alma Park, 204 Dandenong Road, St Kilda East. It will operate from 9am–3pm.