Time flies when you slurping up mussels and listening to the sounds of jazz, as the folks at South Melbourne Market well and truly know. That's apt description of how quickly two days of seafood and tunes can seem to fly by, and recognition that Coventry and Cecil corner mainstays have been celebrating both for five years now.
The latest will take place on March 10 and 11, with the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival returning to serve up a mollusc-focused street party. Oh, and six tonnes of mussels. It's free, it'll fill your stomach with locally sourced seafood, and it'll offer up a feast of other treats, including sweets, tipples and dance-worthy tunes.
When it comes to enjoying the tasty sea creatures, Claypots, Köy, Paco y Lola, Simply Spanish and Bambu are just some of the eateries popping up — and whipping up an array of different styles. For seafood lovers who want to expand their range, Aptus Seafood will have more of the ocean's bounty. And as for other delicious delights, there'll be raclette poured over potatoes, ice cream, fruit salad and doughnuts. Drinks-wise, expect local wines, craft beer, cider and sangria.
Taking care of the entertainment is Margie Lou Dyer and the Paul Williamson Hammond Combo, plus the massive inclusion that is the Melbourne Singers of Gospel. They're the City of Port Phillip's own 100-voice ensemble, taking on Gospel and Motown with a jazz-blues sound.
Image: Simon Shiff.