South Melbourne market flexes its mussels with a two-day seafood and jazz street party
The fifth annual Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival will be serving five tonnes of mussels with a side of live jazz music over the Labour Day long weekend in March. On March 10-11, South Melbourne Market will be celebrating the mollusc as market restaurants Koy, Claypots Evening Star, Paco y Lola 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 the famous Aptus Seafood. Agathé Patisserie will also be selling their freshly baked baguettes so you can scoop up those tasty juices at the end of your meal.
This year, live jazz music will give the market a New Orleans vibe as some of the country's best jazz bands take to the stage while you slurp down some mussels. Live acts include Margie Lou Dyer, the Paul Williamson Hammond Combo and the Melbourne Singers of Gospel, a 100-voice ensemble that hails from the City of Port Phillip.
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.