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South Melbourne Market Sustainable September


Sustainable September

Head to the Market this Spring for a two-week festival packed with fun for the kids, learning for adults and ideas to inspire your family to shop and live more sustainably.

Sustainable Circuit (Self-Guided)

Enjoy a tour of the Market’s traders who are embracing sustainable practices, from sourcing ethical and sustainable produce to running their business in the most sustainable way. This tour will be available throughout September.

Back of House Sustainability Tours

We’ll take you behind the scenes to see sustainability in action. Come and explore with us as we show you new innovations including turning our food waste into garden fertiliser, milk bottle recycling, water management and food rescue programs.

School Holiday Kids’ Activities

Kids can enjoy some sustainable fun including:

    • Fairy Petunia – Every Wednesday morning throughout September Fairy Petunia will be educating the little ones about sustainability through story time and games. Free, just come along to the Food Hall and join in.
    • Kids Can Cook – join us for some sustainable cooking classes these school holidays. Dates and times coming soon.

Adults can also enjoy some fun sustainability workshops or cooking classes:

  • Bees wax Wrap Making: Stop using plastics and clingwraps, and make your own bees wax  food wraps. Keep your food fresh and reduce waste at the same time.
  • Waste Free Kitchen: On Wed 19 & Fri 21 Sep, Leftover Lovers will be running free cooking demonstrations on Cecil Street showing you how to make delicious meals from the slightly wilted spinach and other leftovers. Food waste is a huge issue in today’s society, and they’re trying to change your habits one step at a time.
  • Live Picklery & Market Stock Kitchen: On Wed 19 & Fri 21 Sep, Leftover Lovers will set up a public picklery and stock kitchen to pickle, preserve, infuse and ferment produce ‘waste’ that has been gathered from our stallholders. Learn about the real value of waste and how to reduce what we throw away on a daily basis.
  • Fermenting Workshop: In this interactive talk and workshop, Jessie from Leftover Lovers will teach participants the essentials of; pickling, jams, vinegar making, and Japanese pickle beds. From carrot tops to garlic skins, this class will help you to re-imagine the potential that unwanted food holds.
  • Composting Made Easy: Come along to this free session and discover an inexpensive, rewarding and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your food waste. You might even get your hands dirty!

Sustainable Pop-Ups

During September, our pop-ups include brands that have a focus on sustainability. Think Fair Trade fashion and accessories, pre-loved clothing and items made from upcycled and natural materials.



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