Disclosure: I attended courtesy of Prahran Market.
Several weeks ago I wandered Prahran Market with a voucher booklet and a food paddle collecting food when I was invited to attend the Taste of Prahran Market event, part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
This event sells out extremely quickly each year, and now that I’ve done it, I can see why.
Cleo’s Deli – mini charcuterie plate
Okay, there wasn’t that much planning involved, we flicked through our booklet of vouchers and decided we’d group them together – first we headed to the deli, where we picked up cheese, charcuterie and antipasto.
Chaso’s Deli – mini antipasto plate
Cheese Shop Deli – mini cheese board
We took seats in the market square and proceeded to – well – eat everything.
In hindsight, we should’ve paced ourselves.
Prahran Seafoods – scallops and prawns with tartare sauce
Theo and Sons – 2 freshly shucked oysters with lemon
Next up were the seafood stalls – we had some delicious freshly shucked oysters with lemon and Siracha and scallops and prawns. Both items were fantastic.
El Alamo – Empanada with chimichurri sauce (beef or spinach and mushroom)
At this point, we realised that eating everything in the book was going to be impossible. Still, we did eat a freshly cooked empanada before heading back inside.
Neil’s Meats – pulled pork with a Kook’s Kitchen salad
We returned to the main market area to sit down and have another drink. Of course we picked up more food – this time focussing on the meats.
Gary’s Quality Meats – free range Berksire ham with onion jam on a slice of Noisette baguette
J & L Quality Meats – beef shaslik
Ian’s Quality Meats – lamb kofta with tzatziki
Fun fact – I queued for the lamb kofta twice and gave up (eventually Taz and Gaz lined up and successfully got them). They had the world’s slowest BBQ but I won’t hold it against them because the kofta was delicious.
We finished the afternoon with a little cup of raspberry rumble gelato from Fritz Gelato.
There were also vouchers for the following items, which we either didn’t eat, or took home:
Naheda’s Choice – Naheda’s hand made date and pistachio ball served with Brie
Sweet Greek – Dolmade and Keftethe with tzatziki
Cioccolato Lombardo – handmade artisan chocolate
Abla’s Patisserie – traditional Lebanese baklawa
It was a really fun event and a great way to explore the market. All the vendors we visited, particularly in the deli section, were really cheerful – so I have a feeling that the secret to happiness is plenty of good quality cheese and charcuterie. Makes total sense to me.
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