Christmas Produce at Queen Vic Market
Time to start planning the menu for your amazing Christmas spread? Here are a few helpful tips on how to navigate the Market this festive season.
We’ll be open all 6 days before Christmas and you can view all our Christmas trading hours here.
A staple at most Christmas dos, a number of Market traders specialise in high quality bone-in hams. This year, the team at Hagen’s Organic Butcher will be offering natural cured ham, made locally in-house at their Richmond dispensary form award-winning McIvor Farm Foods pork. They have a number of sizes available including whole ham, half ham and boneless ham. Our tip? Glaze your ham with a jar of their house-made Apricot Persian Spice Ham Glaze. Pull back the skin of the ham, score the fat in a diamond pattern, brush with the glaze and bake in the oven until golden brown. Over at Big Vic Deli you’ll find succulent Otway pork free range Christmas hams as well as an impressive showcase of Australia’s very best premium salami and charcuterie. Be sure to pre-order your Christmas hams by Monday 16 December to avoid missing out.
The teams at the Chicken Pantry, Corner Chicken Shop, Melbourne City Meats and Melbourne Poultry are determined to make cooking perfect poultry easy. Be it a whole turkey or fillet roll, all birds are certified free range and local to Victoria to ensure their freshness. Find a huge selection of turkey, duck, chicken, quail and geese and the Chicken Pantry; while the Corner Chicken Shop provide a choice of homemade stuffing which is sure to complete your meal. Or why not try something a little different this year and pick up a hot-smoked turkey breast fillet prepared with special spices and slow smoked from Tribal Tastes. Be sure to pre-order by Sunday 8 December at Tribal Tastes, or by Friday 13 December for everything else.
With a Fish Hall fit for kings and queens, peruse the hundreds of locally caught fish and seafood species, including lobster, yabbies, crab and prawns. Find fresh Tasmanian oysters and Moreton Bay Bugs at Seafood & Oyster Spot, Huon salmon from Happy Tuna and South Australian tenderised calamari from Victoria Market Seafood; or stock up on king prawns, crayfish and scallops from Out of the Blue Seafood, George the Fishmonger, Prossers Seafood and Gazza’s Seafood.
Get your fix on all things barbecue including gourmet sausages, pork rolls, lamb cutlets, kebabs and even wagu. The team at Vic Meat Supply will be showcasing their famous boneless pickled pork to help you create your very own Christmas Ham. Don’t worry, they’ve got some handy recipe cards available to help you on your way. A few other picks include Jenkins Quality Meats, Thompsons Meat and Sardes Quality Meats. If you’re in the market for a gift for a true meat lover, why not pick up a BBQ Cooking Class voucher from the team at Whack It On The Barbie.
DESSERTS & ACCOMPANIMENTS
Fill up on delicious sweet treats this festive season, including mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings, gingerbread people (and houses), panforte and panettone. Andrew’s Specialty Breadshop are your one-stock shop for minced tarts with gluten free options available, while the team at The Corner Larder and stocking up on ward winning Silver Penny Christmas puddings that your Gran would be proud to have at her Christmas table (gluten free options also available). For those celebrating a Hellenic Christmas, the team at the Hellenic Deli have filled their shelves with traditional Greek sweets that are sure to please the whole family. Pick up some pure Australian honeycomb from Rare Organics – the perfect accompaniment to any Christmas platter or to add as part of a delicious dessert. The festive season wouldn’t be complete without fresh, local cherries – be sure to visit Queen’s Harvest and the Berries Corner; and pick up freshly squeezed juice from Market Juice.
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