The results have been tallied and Melbourne’s Best Market Traders have been revealed! The awards ceremony was held on Sunday 8 November at The Apartment in Melbourne’s CBD, hosted by ex-MasterChef contestant and blogger Dani Venn.
Judges Russell Zimmerman (Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association), Nicky Riemer (Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Union Dining) and Hilary McNevin (Freelance Food and Wine Writer) assessed each of the 53 ‘Favourites’ secret-shopper-style; scoring them on a range of criteria including service, quality of advice, stall presentation and standard of produce/wares.
South Melbourne Market scooped seven of the 14 awards, with the following traders crowned the ‘Best’ in their categories out of all four Melbourne Markets.
Best Coffee: Padre Coffee
Best Fashion & Accessories: Gianna Molinaro
Best Nursery & Flowers: Azalea
Best Fruit & Veg: Georgie’s Harvest
Best Seafood: Aptus Seafood
Best Services: Market Lotto & News
Best Hair & Beauty: Better Price Cosmetics & Toiletries
Congrats to all nominees and winners from the Markets of Melbourne too.