Over six tonnes of mussels will be on the menu at the annual Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival as it celebrates its sixth birthday at South Melbourne Market on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March.
The free, family-friendly event is renowned for its delicious seafood offering, with some of Melbourne’s favourite seafood restaurants and chefs popping up at the two-day event to showcase their mouth-watering mussel dishes. South Melbourne Market restaurants including Claypots Evening Star, Simply Spanish, Bambu, Paco y Lola and Köy will also be cooking up popular seafood dishes, with mussels as the main attraction.
If seafood is not your thing, don’t despair, as there will be a diverse range of food stalls, the Jetty Road Bar plus the entire Market will be open during the day, so you can feast on Market favourites including French pastries, porchetta rolls, pizza, Borek, award-winning cheese, gelato and more.
For the third year running, the festival will recycle mussel shells as part of South Melbourne Market’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The Shuck Don’t Chuck program, sees mussel, oyster and scallop shells collected, cured and then used to rebuild lost reefs and ecosystems in Port Phillip Bay all year round, with over 90 cubic metres collected last year alone.
The much-anticipated music program has been programmed by Melbourne jazz musician and producer, Chelsea Wilson, with a diverse line-up of jazz and soul musicians set to take the stage.
Headlining Saturday’s program is Melbourne songstress, Loretta Miller (Clairy Browne and The Bangin’ Rackettes, Jazz Party), Alma Zygier and La Nuit Blanche, while Melbourne jazz royalty, Margie Lou Dyer and New Orleans style brass band, Horns of Leroy will perform on Sunday.
South Melbourne Market Committee Chair, Jo Plummer, invites locals and visitors to come down and celebrate great food and music at this free event.
“The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival embodies everything South Melbourne Market represents – it’s a celebration of food, culture and community. We welcome everyone to come and spend the day in the sun with family and friends, feasting, dancing and enjoying the best in delicious seafood and live jazz at this free event,” she said.
The Market opens at 8am each day with the event and live music kicking off from noon each day.
When: Saturday 7 March 12pm – 10pm and Sunday 8 March 12pm – 8pm
Address: South Melbourne Market, Cecil Street, South Melbourne
Getting Here: Walk, ride, drive or catch the 96 tram to South Melbourne. Free 2-hour parking on the rooftop.
Saturday 7 March
- 12pm and 1pm: Alma Zygier
- 2pm and 3pm: La Nuit Blanche
- 4.20pm and 5.20pm: JAzmaris
- 6.20pm and 7.20pm: Elvis
- 8.20pm and 9.20pm: Loretta Miller
Sunday 8 March
- 12pm and 1pm: Jake Mason Trio
- 2pm and 3pm: Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa
- 4pm and 5pm: Margie Lou Dyer Quintet
- 6pm and 7pm: Horns of Leroy