Media Release


Media Release January 2018

South Melbourne Market flexes its mussels with fifth annual seafood street party.

Victorians will eat their way through up to six tonnes of mussels as the annual Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival celebrates its fifth birthday in style, with a two-day party and mollusc feast on the streets around South Melbourne Market on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March.

Designed to showcase the humble mussel, harvested from structures in the waters of Port Phillip Bay, the festival is a vibrant celebration of local food and culture and one of the must-do Melbourne foodie events.

Fresh seafood, hot jazz and the cool market environment make this annual street party a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Both sides of Cecil Street will be closed between Coventry and York streets to allow plenty of room for festival-goers to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

“The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival embodies everything the Market represents – a vibrant celebration of local food, culture and community,” City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss said.

Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival

Throughout the weekend, people will be entertained by some of Australia’s best jazz musicians, giving the event a New Orleans flavour.

Setting the mood from midday on both days will be leading jazz performers, including Margie Lou Dyer and the Paul Williamson Hammond Combo. Organisers have secured a performance by the Melbourne Singers of Gospel, a 100-voice ensemble resident in City of Port Phillip, renowned for foot-stomping energy and songs of soul and purpose in the Gospel and Motown traditions with jazz-blues accompaniment.

Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz FestivalHowever, mussels remain the festival’s star attraction with South Melbourne Market favourites, including Claypots Evening Star, Köy, Paco y Lola, Simply Spanish and Bambu joining other Melbourne restaurant pop-ups to cook and serve mussels in every way possible.

For those who are not mussel lovers, there will be other seafood delights such as oysters, prawns, bugs and calamari from Aptus Seafood and Euro delights like raclette poured over crunchy potatoes.

Accompany your seafood selection with local wines, craft beer, cider and sangria, and finish off with ice-cream, fresh fruit salad, doughnuts, handmade sweet treats and iced-tea.

“The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival is one of the Market’s most anticipated annual events and a truly unique Melbourne experience. We are very excited to be celebrating its fifth birthday and look forward to our biggest and best festival yet,” South Melbourne Market General Manager Ian Sumpter said.

The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival runs from noon until late on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March. Entry is free.

See all the fun from last year here.

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