In greater Melbourne suburbs the streets are bursting at the seams with fantastic Middle Eastern, Asian, African and modern day cuisine. Take a long lunch as part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, or take part in an Afghani or Indian foodie’s tour in Greater Dandenong - a haven of spice, flavour and exotic cuisine. Alfrieda Street in St Albans is a replica of the streets of Hanoi, with a hive of activity at the street markets and plentiful Vietnamese fare on offer. Whether it’s slow cooking or a fast treat, check out the food offering in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Whittlesea Monday Market

    Whittlesea Monday Market

    Every Monday

    The Whittlesea Monday Market has over 120 stalls covering everything from fruit and veggies, homewares, artisan breads, fresh food, live poultry, clothing, plants, farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and even the kitchen sink! This is a great opportunity to not only grab a bargain but to get out of the house and enjoy!

    The Whittlesea Monday Market has over 120 stalls covering everything from fruit and veggies, homewares, artisan breads, fresh food, live poultry, clothing, plants, farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and even the kitchen sink!

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  • Frolic, Food & Film Night

    Frolic, Food & Film Night

    Friday, 25 August 2017

    Come and watch Dads who can Dance, a performance created by Ausdance and families from Mernda Primary School, before dusting off your dance shoes and getting your groove on, then settle back to watch a classic dance movie. Healthy food will be available at reasonable prices, or bring your own to share.

    Come and watch Dads who can Dance, a performance created by Ausdance and families from Mernda Pri

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  • Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills

    Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills

    14 October - 15 October 2017

    Visit cellars that are not always open and taste wines that are not always on offer!  Come and meet the winemakers of boutique wineries and share their passion for the exceptional quality wines they produce in this special part of the Yarra Valley. The weekend is an excuse for winemakers to make available some limited releases and offer some special prices or events they don’t do for the rest of the year! No entry charge or tasting fee.

    Visit cellars that are not always open and taste wines that a

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  • Eltham, Community, Food, Wine, Activities, Fireworks, pets, family

    Rotary Eltham Town Festival

    11 November 2017

    Eltham town comes alive with parades, competitions, food, wine and an abundance of activities for the whole family. The festival attracts over 30,000 people over the weekend and includes an incredible Fireworks Display, the Pet Parade and a huge array of entertainment and activities.

    Eltham town comes alive with parades, competitions, food, win

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  • Mick's Donuts

    Mick's Donuts

    Mick’s Place in Thomastown, in Melbourne's north, is the home of the world famous “Donutella”. Down at mick’s every customer will be sure to leave with a smile on their face after trying one of the delicious Nutella filled Donuts. Phone orders are welcomed. So pop on in to Mick’s Place - When only the best will do!

    Mick’s Place in Thomastown, in Melbourne's north, is the home of the world famous “Donutella”.

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  • Kingston Farmers’ Market

    The Kingston Farmers’ Market is run on the first Saturday of each month (except for January) from 8am-12:30pm at Sir William Fry Reserve, Nepean Highway, Highett. This market is run by the City of Kingston in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Chelsea. It started in 2004 and has a loyal following. An average of 1500 shoppers come along each month regardless of the weather. There are between 50 and 60 stallholders with a wide range of farm fresh produce including organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheeses and olive oils, specialty breads, free range chicken and eggs, farmed barramundi, lamb, beef, veal and pork together with confectionery, baked goods, preserves and herb and vegetable seedlings. Rotary collects a $2 donation from shoppers and these funds are used to support local community groups.

    The Kingston Farmers’ Market is run on the first Saturday of each month (except for January) from

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  • Queen Baker

    Queen Baker, Essendon

    Queen Baker was established in 2009 and owned and operated by the Micallef Family. We specialise in Cakes and Desserts  Catering. Our shop front is a dine-in Coffee and Cake Shop offering a beautiful selection of Cakes and an All Day Breakfast Menu...

    Queen Baker was established in 2009 and owned and operated by the Micallef Family.

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  • Shopping & Dining

    Experience Moonee Valley’s diverse range of boutique retail precents, shopping centres and eclectic mix of multicultural restaurants, artisan style cafes and boutique bars on offer. Treat your taste buds to an array of impressive dining options waiting for you with an experience for everyone. Make a day of it and have a total shopping experience whilst discovering the hidden secrets of Moonee Valley’s shopping precincts. Shopping precincts include: Union Road - Ascot Vale, Racecourse Road and Pin Oak Crescent - Flemington, Napier Street - Strathmore, Puckle Street and Mt Alexander Road - Moonee Ponds, Rose Street - Essendon, Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) and Homemaker Hub - Essendon Fields, North Essendon Village and Keilor Road - Niddrie.

    Experience Moonee Valley’s diverse range of boutique retail precents, shopping centres and eclect

  • Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Seaworks and the Maritime Discovery Centre

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints, navigation equipment, plaques, marine equipment and its World War Honour board. The centre is open every Wednesday and Sunday 11am-3pm and group tours are available at other times. Seaworks is a new and exciting location for any event! 

    Included in the maritime collection is a large display of ship models, ships bells, books, prints

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  • Farmers Markets

    Join the fresh food revolution and come to Moonee Valley for fresh Victorian produce on offer every weekend! With two great locations, you really can't look past the North Essendon and Mt Alexander Road College markets.

    Join the fresh food revolution and come to Moonee Valley for fresh Victorian produce on offer eve

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  • The Preston Food Truck Park

    The Preston Food Truck Park

    Preston is a vibrant, edgy and attractive venue offering Melbourne’s favourite food trucks on rotation, events and entertainment to the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The former car yard and warehouse stays true to the history of the site and brings a block party venue to Preston’s High Street. The venue is fully licensed and features Barry’s Bar serving craft beer and cider on tap, wine and pre-mixed spirits. 

    Preston is a vibrant, edgy and attractive venue offering Melbourne’s favourite food trucks on rotation, events and entertainment to the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

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  • Coburg Farmers Market

    Coburg Farmers Market

    Affordable seasonal produce, fresh from regional Victoria is on offer in Coburg. The Farmers Market is held every Saturday at the Coburg North Primary School from 8am-1pm.

    Affordable seasonal produce, fresh from regional Victorian is on offer in Coburg.

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  • Footscray Markets

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

    Little Saigon Market, Byron Street, Footscray

    There is no better place to shop for affordable fresh food than Footscray. You are spoilt for choice with two fabulous markets.

    The Footscray Market is a large bustling indoor market with a wide selection of fresh produce, seafood and general goods. You’ll also find an exotic range of produce including lotus flowers, pigs’ ears and cassava root. Open Tuesday – Saturday.

    The Little Saigon Market provides an energizing Asian market shopping experience. There’s a huge range of produce with some stalls offering tasting plates of freshly cut fruit. It is a great place for exotic items, fresh meat and fish along with a wide variety of cheap fruit and veg. It is very popular with the local Vietnamese community. Open seven days.

     

    Footscray Market, Corner Hopkins and Leeds Streets, Footscray;

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  • Two Beans and a Farm

    Two Beans and a Farm

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has been artfully restored and is now a restaurant, perfect for the whole family. Two Beans and a Farm is a hidden gem offering delicious meals made from home grown produce.  It’s the perfect escape.

    The 1860s bluestone Carome Homestead in Mernda, nestled along the banks of the Plenty River, has

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  • Dandenong Market

    Grab a bargain and browse exotic fresh fruit and vegies you won’t find at your average supermarket, at the bustling Dandenong Market. A visit to the Dandenong Market is like strolling around a souk, meandering through a hawkers market or blending into a bazaar. With bargain prices, unusual produce and colourful characters, the Dandenong Market is a shopping trip out of the ordinary.

    Grab a bargain and browse exotic fresh fruit and vegies you won’t find at your average supermarke

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  • To Market to Market

    Several fascinating and unique markets complement the City of Yarra’s shopping strips. If you’re after fresh, affordable produce and gourmet delights, head to the Gleadell Street Market in Richmond or the Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers market. If you’re looking for a special gift that’s a little different, try the Rose Street Artists' Market, Fitzroy Market, Makers Market or Supper Market, where you can buy handmade jewellery, clothing, arts and crafts direct from the makers.

    Several fascinating and unique markets complement the City of Yarra’s shopping strips.

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  • Cultural Tours

    Cultural Tours

    Travel the world without leaving home through cultural tours exploring the vibrant food, shopping and colourful characters of Little India, the Afghan Bazaar and the Asian delights of Sensational Springvale. Our expert guides will lead you on an exotic journey to discover rich cultures and fabulous food as we explore our diverse community.

    Travel the world without leaving home through cultural tours exploring the vibrant food, shopping

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  • Diverse Cuisine

    Diverse Cuisine

    Excite your tastebuds with a huge range of colourful cuisines from our multicultural community. Greater Dandenong is home to people from more than 150 different nationalities, who bring with them diverse cultures, gorgeous clothes and of course, delicious food. We have the world on a plate with everything from Turkish gozlemes, Asian delights, Punjab sweets and Uyghur noodles to tempt your tastebuds.

    Excite your tastebuds with a huge range of colourful cuisines from our multicultural community.

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  • direct to public manufacturers

    Direct to Public Outlets in Hume

    Did you know that many of Hume’s food manufacturers also sell direct to public? Treat yourself and the family and discover the range of multicultural delights on offer. From Turkish treats to Japanese lollies and everything in between, you will be able to grab a bargain (in bulk), so head on down! Or if you have had enough sweets for one day, grab a juice from Just Squeezed Fruit Juices.

    Did you know that many of Hume’s food manufacturers also sell direct to public?

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  • The Eltham Farmers’ Market is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 9am to 1pm.

    Eltham Farmers’ Market

    There are a range of stalls, including veggies, fruit, condiments and sweet treats. On the 4th Sunday of each month, the market will also host a community fruit and veggie swap. The Eltham Farmers’ Market is organised by Local Food Connect Inc. – a not for profit community group dedicated to promoting the interests of the local food economy.

    There are a range of stalls, including veggies, fruit, condiments and sweet treats.

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  • Growling Frog Restaurant

    Growling Frog Restaurant

    The Growling Frog Restaurant is perched high above the rolling golf course with magnificent views of the Great Dividing Range. The Restaurant offers an impressive selection of fine food and wine in a smart yet relaxed environment. The Restaurant is open for lunch every day of the week and for dinner Thursday to Sunday. 

    The Growling Frog Restaurant is perched high above the rolling golf course with magnificent views

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  • Sunshine art spaces

    Sunshine Art Spaces

    Sunshine Arts Spaces provides affordable spaces and training for artists to establish creative businesses, generate employment opportunities for artists and raise the profile of the arts. Sunshine Art Spaces is open at 2 City Place, Sunshine, and Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery is located at 11 Sun Crescent, Sunshine; part of the Sunshine Rising initiative supported by Brimbank City Council.

    Sunshine Arts Spaces provides affordable spaces and training for artists to establish creative bu

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  • Farm Vigano

    Farm Vigano

    Farm Vigano is a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street and his wife, Maria Teresa, a noted artist during the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. Today, this property is still dedicated to preserving the art of true Italian food and culture specialising in dining, weddings, gatherings and functions.

    Farm Vigano is a property rich in history and in Italian culture through the once iconic restaurateur, Mario Vigano of Mario’s in Exhibition Street.

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  • Historic Homesteads

    Discover some of the many historic buildings throughout the area including Carome Homestead, Westgarthtown, Farm Vigano, Whittlesea Courthouse, Turners Bakehouse Eatery, Third Place Cafe' and Le Page Historic Homestead and Art Gallery.

    Discover some of the many historic buildings throughout the area including Carome Homestead, West

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  • Buying Direct From Local Producers

    Buy Direct From Local Producers

    The City of Whittlesea is home to some incredible local producers, offering a range of seasonal and locally made baked goods, fruit, cheese and wine. Fresh and high quality produce can be purchased directly on-site at Donnybrook Farmhouse Cheese, Mernda Bakery Café, Merri Merri Olive Estate and Just Picked Berries & Fruit.

    The City of Whittlesea is home to some incredible local producers, offering a range of seasonal and locally made baked goods, fruit, cheese and wine.

  • Monteleone Restaurant

    Monteleone Restaurant

    Monteleone Restaurant is operated by the Monteleone family, who for 5 generations have been making Artisan gourmet cheese. Located at Donnybrook, the restaurant was founded from a simple philosophy that cheese enhances every delicious meal. Experience the rustic charm and surrounding countryside while watching the dairy cows graze.

    Monteleone Restaurant is operated by the Monteleone family, who for 5 generations have been makin

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  • Wineries

    Wineries

    Local wineries range from the volcanic hilltops of Kangaroo Ground, across the gravelly clays of Panton Hill and St Andrews, down to the fine soils of Arthurs Creek and Yan Yean. Many wineries have cellar doors where you can meet the winemaker, hear their stories and taste and buy the wine. Wineries and cellar doors vary from contemporary designs to ancient Italian-inspired stone and mudbrick buildings. Some wineries offer meals or platters of local produce as well as galleries exhibiting works by local artists.

    Local wineries range from the volcanic hilltops of Kangaroo Ground, across the gravelly clays of Panton Hill and St Andrews, down to the fine soils of Arthurs Creek and Yan Yean.

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  • Brimbank’s Famous Food

    Amble through the Brimbank communities and villages and get involved with the range and quality of foods from myriad countries, cities and regions. Brimbank suburbs like St Albans and Sunshine are at the apex of international cuisine in Melbourne. Fancy a pho? Crave a curry? Wanting a won-ton? There’s more great food than you can point a pair of sticks at; in Brimbank.

    Amble through the Brimbank communities and villages and get involved with the range and quality o

  • Boroondara Farmers Market

    If you are passionate about food, the planet and your community, join a special group of farmers and locals at the Boroondara Farmers Market, where you can shop for produce from all around Victoria. You’ll find fresh fruit and vegetables, seasonal organics, meat, herbs, honey, eggs, bread, olives, cakes, dips and sauces, chocolate, flowers and plants, even wine and beer. Tthird and fifth Saturday of every month, 8am till 1pm.

    If you are passionate about food, the planet and your community, join a special group of farmers

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  • Hawthorn Craft Market

    The Hawthorn Craft Market is one of Melbourne’s longest running makers’ markets. You’ll find a range of beautifully designed, handmade items, perfect as a gift or simply to indulge yourself. There are over forty stalls with artists working across a variety of mediums. You’ll find jewellery, clothes, children’s toys, bags, cards, candles, photo-art, sculpture, plants, furniture and unique one off pieces.

    The Hawthorn Craft Market is one of Melbourne’s longest running makers’ markets.

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  • Eucalypt Community Market, Wollert

    Eucalypt Community Market, Wollert

    In partnership with Stockland and Third Place Café in Wollert, this monthly market runs at the Eucalypt Estate providing locals with access to fresh produce, arts and craft that will be sure to have something for everyone. A great way to connect with your local producers and find out what little treasures are in your own backyard! 

    In partnership with Stockland and Third Place Café in Wollert, this monthly market runs at the Eu

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