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The Weekender: March 20 – 22

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Mar 19 2015


PICK up some fresh produce by the beach, celebrate multiculturalism in the CBD, rove around a huge indoor market or head to a hugely diverse festival at Fed Square. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

Bayside Farmers Market
Saturday, March 21 (8.00am – 1.00pm); Trey Bit Reserve (Jetty Rd, Sandringham)

The Bayside Farmers Market is on down the bay at Sandringham this weekend, where you can enjoy a day by the beach and pick up some fresh produce!

There are more than 80 different stallholders on the grounds, offering a huge range of fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade jams, sauces, dips, cheeses, cakesand more!

If you get in early, you can enjoy a breakfast prepared by the Sandringham Rotary Club using organic eggs, bacon and gourmet relish to kick start your day.

Entry to the market is a $2.00 donation to the Rotary Club.

For more information, head to the Bayside Farmers Market website.

Community Cultural Fair
Saturday, March 21 (11.00am – 2.30 pm); Drill Hall (26 Therry St, Melbourne)

Get along to Drill Hall to celebrate this year’s Community Cultural Fair, hosted by the Melbourne Multicultural Hub! The event is a free celebration of Melbourne’s multiculturalism with lots to see and do.

Amongst those on offer are various art and craft stalls, along with cultural dance and music performances which include Samoan dance and Brazilian drumming!

What’s more, you can get some henna tattoos,catch food demonstrations, and experience a whole lot more from Melbourne’s diverse communities.

To find out more, head to event’s official Facebook page. You can also call them on 9092 1500 or e-mail

Westgate Indoor Market
Sunday, March 22 (10.00am – 4.00pm); Westgate Entertainment Complex (Corner Grieve Parade and Doherty’s Rd, Altona North)

The Westgate Indoor Market over at the Westgate Entertainment Complex is a huge indoor market with 80 stalls, lots of parking space and free entry!

Once you’ve arrived, make sure you head to the Manager’s Stall first to get a couple of free discount vouchers. One of them will give you 50% off Cliffhanger, the tallest indoor rock climbing complex in the southern hemisphere, and another will get you $5 off the Airodrome Trampoline Park. Both fun and games are located within the complex.

In the market itself, you can pick up gourmet food, handmade crafts and candles, cosmetics, vintage inspired jewellery, hand carved wood items and a whole lot more!

If you’re in need for a lunch break, grab a meal at the Cruiser Bar and Cafe before continuing the shopping fun.

Curious to know more about this event? Visit the Westgate Indoor Market’s website or their Facebook page.

Viva Victoria Festival 2015
Sunday, March 22 (12.00pm – 6.00pm); Federation Square (Corner Flinders St and Swanston St, Melbourne)

Federation Square is hosting the Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival for another year. The free event celebrates Victoria’s cultural, linguistic and religious diversity as well as community harmony.

The Festival has a huge program of entertainmentand activities to fill your day. You can, for instance, enjoy live music and dance including tribal, Latin and Brazilian across four stages!

In addition, you are invited to take part in workshops, catch films, see roving performers, and experience arts and crafts from a range of diverse cultures throughout the day.

If you’re after a bite, there’s going to be huge range of stall holders with food from all around the world including Asia, the Mediterranean and Europe!

For more details, head to the Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival page on the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s website.