Victorians will eat their way through up to six tonnes of mussels as the annual Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival
celebrates its fifth birthday in style, with a two-day party and mollusc feast on the streets around South Melbourne
Market on Saturday March 10, and Sunday March 11.
Designed to showcase the humble mussel, harvested from structures in the waters of Port Phillip Bay, 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 for 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.
“The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival embodies everything the Market represents – a vibrant celebration of local
food, culture and community,” City of Port Phillip Mayor Cr Bernadene Voss said.
Throughout the weekend, people will be entertained by some of Australia’s best jazz musicians, giving the event a
New Orleans flavour.
Setting the mood from midday on both days will be leading jazz performers, including Margie Lou Dyer and the
Paul Williamson Hammond Combo. Organisers have secured a performance by the Melbourne Singers of Gospel,
a 100-voice ensemble resident in City of Port Phillip, renowned for foot-stomping energy and songs of soul and
purpose in the Gospel and Motown traditions with jazz-blues accompaniment.
However, mussels remain the festival’s star attraction with South Melbourne Market favourites, including Claypots
Evening Star, Köy, Paco y Lola, Simply Spanish and Bambu joining other Melbourne restaurant pop-ups to cook
and serve mussels in every way possible.
For those who are not mussel lovers, there will be other seafood delights such as oysters, prawns, bugs and
calamari from Aptus Seafood and Euro delights like raclette poured over crunchy potatoes.
Festival goers can accompany their seafood selection with local wines, craft beer, cider and sangria, and finish with
ice-cream, fresh fruit salad, doughnuts, handmade sweet treats and iced-tea.
“The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival is one of the Market’s most anticipated annual events and a truly unique
Melbourne experience. We are very excited to be celebrating its fifth birthday and look forward to our biggest and
best festival yet,” South Melbourne Market General Manager Ian Sumpter said.
The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival runs from noon until late on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11,
2018. Entry is free.
Find out more at or follow the event on Twitter @sthmelbmarket,
on Facebook @southmelbournemarket, and on Instagram @southmelbournemarket, using hashtags #PPMusselfestival,
and #SouthMelbourneMarket

South Melbourne Market is located on the corner of Coventry and Cecil streets, South Melbourne.

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