South Melbourne market flexes its mussels with a two-day seafood and jazz street party
The Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival is serving more than 200,000 mussels with a side of live jazz music over the Labour Day long weekend in March. From March 9 to 10, South Melbourne Market is celebrating molluscs as market restaurants Koy, Claypots Evening Star, South Melbourne Seafood, Paco y Lola, Aptus, Bambu and Simply Spanish cook up their best seafood dishes alongside other restaurant pop-ups.
Expect dishes like Simply Spanish's famous paella, Claypot's spicy mussels, and fresh oysters and prawns from Aptus Seafood. For the second year the festival is teaming up with the Nature Conservatory and supporting the 'Shuck Don't Chuck' campaign. Festival-goers are encouraged to dispose of their mussel shells in special bins so that they can be turned into habitats for baby mussels and oysters to grow on.
As usual, a stack of top jazz bands are taking to the stage while you slurp down some mussels. This year's line-up includes the Senegambian Jazz Band, the Sugarfood Ramblers, Horns of Leroy and Chelsea Wilson.
Not a mussel fan? There will be oysters, prawns, bugs and calamari on offer, as well as some Euro-inspired eats like raclette served over crunchy potatoes. Local wines, craft beer, cider and sangria will also be available if you'd like to wet your whistle.
Entry to the festival is free.