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.
A staple at most Christmas do’s, a number of Market traders specialise in bone-in hams, including W.R King who showcase prize-winning Lago and Paramount Smallgoods Hams which are made using slow and gentle curing processes and are triple smoked with mountain ash. The best part, they come in all shapes and sizes, so are perfect for both big and small festivities. If you’re thinking of going free range this year, then the team at Bill’s Farm have just the ham for you! They’ve stocked up on Peter Bouchier Free Range Bone-in Ham, which are APIQ accredited and sourced from the Northern Grampians. Be sure to pre-order your Christmas hams by Friday 14 December to avoid missing out.
The teams at the Corner Chicken Shop, Melbourne City Meats and The Chicken Pantry 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. At the Corner Chicken Shop, your turkey will even come with a choice of four homemade stuffings, including sage & onion (our favourite!), spinach & pinenut, gluten free apricot & macadamia and cranberry & chestnut. For those a little more daring in the kitchen, be sure to check out The Chicken Pantry’s extensive offer including duck, chicken, quail, game bird and venison for something different. They even have geese from a small farm in the Barossa. Be sure to pre-order by Friday 14 December to avoid disappointment.
Get your fix on all things barbecue including gourmet sausages, pork rolls, lamb cutlets, kebabs and even wagu. A few picks include Thompsons Meat, Jenkins Quality Meats, Vic Meat Supply and Sardes Quality Meats.
With a Fish Hall fit for kings, peruse the hundreds of locally caught fish and seafood species, including lobster, yabbies, crab and prawns. A few picks include Gazza’s Seafood, Happy Tuna, George the Fishmonger and Victoria Market Seafood.
Fill up on delicious sweet treats including mince pies, Christmas cakes and puddings, gingerbread people (and houses), panforte and panettone. Sauced Fine Preserves have got an abundance to choose from, including homemade jams, chutneys and sauces. A few other top picks include Andrew’s Specialty Breadshop, Vic Market Cake Shop, M & G Caiafa and Dianne’s Delights. And don’t forget your fresh, local cherries and berries from Berries Corner.
COOKING & WINE
Be inspired to try something new in the kitchen this festive season, and visit Books for Cooks who stock over 40,000 new, old and vintage books on cooking, food and the culinary arts, including the latest release, Meat: The Ultimate Companion. Pair your turkey and ham with a glass (or bottle) of Sparkling Shiraz from ReWine.