The Queen Victoria Market is a Melbourne food icon, where people have gone for years to line up for a pillowy, sweet hot jam donut, or to buy beautiful fresh produce to take home to cook with.
In fact, the Vic Market is so renowned, that it is even being considered as an addition to the National Heritage List.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle said Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s nomination of Queen Victoria Market for possible inclusion on Australia’s National Heritage List is an exciting development for the Vic Market renewal project.
“As a proud Victorian I am delighted to visit the Queen Victoria Market today and announce that his historic site will be included on the Australian Heritage Council’s work plan,” Minister Hunt said.
The Lord Mayor said the Vic Market is worthy of heritage listing because of its buildings, history of development, history as the site of Melbourne’s first cemetery, social importance, economic importance and the City of Melbourne’s history as a manager of the market site.
“Queen Victoria Market has traded continually as a market since 1878 and predates Melbourne’s only current UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens,” the Lord Mayor said.
“In the last 30 years alone, half the city has been rebuilt or redeveloped, but for 143 years the Queen Victoria Market has been a constant in the story of our society and economy, a story which will continue well into the future,” the Lord Mayor said.
Currently, the Vic Market is holding their annual winter night markets on a Wednesday night, a popular event that foodies from all over Victoria flock to.
For a full list of the array of foods from around the globe you can expect to find, check out the Night Market website, but some of the highlights include pizzas from 400 Gradi, fried chicken and Malaysian cuisine from Mamak, Gourmet Pies and warming hot apple cider from Those Girls.