Visitors will eat their way through six tonnes of mussels as the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival celebrates its sixth birthday in style, with a two-day jazz festival and mollusc extravaganza on the Labour Day long weekend, Sat 9 & Sun 10 March.
Serving up an array of fresh oysters and seafood, along with other tasty food options, the festival is a vibrant celebration of local food and culture and is one of Melbourne’s must-do foodie events.
Fresh seafood, hot jazz and the cool market environment make this annual street party a favourite with 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.
This year South Melbourne Market and The Nature Conservancy are teaming up again with their ‘Shuck Don’t Chuck’ campaign – in a bid to recycle as many mollusc shells from the festival as possible. These shells will be used to rebuild the lost shellfish reefs of Port Phillip Bay. People are urged to recycle their shells into the large black bins provided on site. From here the shells are taken to a site on the Bellarine Peninsula where they are left to cure in the sun for six months. Once cured, they are then mixed with limestone rubble and spread across the sea floor at two sites in Port Phillip Bay to form bases for new Angasi oyster (Ostrea angasi) and new blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) reefs.
Throughout the weekend, people will be entertained by some of the city’s best jazz musicians and there will be plenty of entertainment for the kids too.
Mussels remain the festival’s star attraction with South Melbourne Market favourites Claypots Evening Star, Köy, Paco y Lola, Simply Spanish and Bambu joining food trucks and pop-ups to serve mussels in every way imaginable. The Aptus Seafood & Oyster Bar will be slinging oysters, scallops, lobster and prawns, and queues will form outside Simply Spanish as they serve up their irresistible seafood paella.
Festival goers can accompany their seafood selection with local wines, craft beer, cider and sangria along with ice-cream, fresh fruit salad and doughnuts.
When: Sat 9 & Sun 10 March 2019 – 12pm until late
Where: Cecil Street, South Melbourne Market
Cost: Free entry & entertainment
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