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The 8 best eats you need to try at the Winter Night Market

Rebecca Russo

There’s no doubt about it: the annual Queen Victoria Winter Night Market is the place to be on Wednesday nights. Boasting a killer line-up of food, design stalls, light displays and performances, this historic venue is making Melbourne’s cold months much more bearable.

The good news is they've just announced the Night Markets will be extended until October 4. Haven’t made it down yet? Here are eight edible reasons you’ll want to brave the crowds and peruse the main food hall.

1. Lobster roll from George the Fish Monger

George the Fish Monger are serving up epic looking lobster rolls packed with fresh Canadian lobster, lettuce, celery and a spicy Japanese mayonnaise. It’s then lightly toasted with a blow torch to crisp up their specially made brioche buns.

2. Churro bowl from Churro Kitchen

What’s better than one churro? A whole bowl of churro. Churro Kitchen’s sugar and cinnamon dusted churro bowls come topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a generous serving of hot Nutella sauce.

3. Ice cream sundaes from the Sundae Market

Feed that sweet tooth with the Sundae Market’s signature sundaes. There’s plenty of flavours to choose from, plus a range of crazy looking weekly specials. Our picks are the Ferrero Rocher Sundae and their classic Sticky Date Sundae.

4. Pork ribs from Southside Smokers

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Southside Smokers are bringing a little southern charm to the Night Markets with their Memphis-style barbecue. These pork ribs are smoked for hours and then finished off over hot coals for that perfect smoky taste.

5. Soft shell crab burger from Pickett's Deli

Two of Pickett’s Deli’s star burgers have arrived at the Night Market, including their crunchy soft shell crab, served with a winter slaw, coriander and spicy mayo.

6. Beef broth from Bone Brth

These wintery nights could use a winter warmer, and Bone Brth have got just the stuff: beef and chicken broths that not only taste great but are good for you too.

7. Mini pancake sandwiches from Butterlake Pancakes 

Butterlake Pancakes are serving up Taiwan’s favourite sweet street food pancakes but with a twist. They’ve stuffed these mini pancake sandwiches with oreos, Nutella, choc chips or peanut butter and serve them with ice cream. Hello cheat meal!

8. Meat ragu polenta from Il Polentone

Polenta is an Italian staple that not many people know about. Luckily it’s being served with a delicious meaty ragu by Il Polentone at the Night Market.

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