So I booked myself into one of the free Prahran Market tours and on this freezing cold, but beautifully sunny winter's day headed off. Our group of around 10 met our lovely guide Giovanna and after a quick rundown on the history of the market.
First established back in 1864, makes it Melbourne’s oldest Market. Back then it was smaller and actually in Prahran before moving to its current location on Commercial Road in South Yarra in 1891. Yep, that's right, Prahran Market is actually not in Prahran! Over the years it's been extended and renovated and the fruit and veggie section was gutted by fire on Boxing Day in 1950.
The ‘60s migrant explosion meant plenty of new produce being available at the market. Since then it has become a mecca for foodies looking for hard-to-find ingredients and today it remains a community of highly skilled traders and specialty stores.
|Look at that jamon!|
|Tea tastings for all - they even do tea ceremonies|
|AKA as Fingered Citron, one of the oldest citrus fruits|
With that our tour came to an end (around an hour and fifteen minutes) and it was time to head over to Casa Delicatess that I'd spotted when I went in and tried some of their fabulous chorizo, jamon and queso. Lots of yummy Spanish and South American goodies, so I did an Emilio and spent $100. Just made up some hot chocolate with a Mexican chocolate "tablet' and OMG it is good.
All up, fabulous. Had forgotten how much fun the Prahran Market was and what an amazing range of produce they have. So as Molly would say, do yourselves a favour and book in to do this tour.
Tickets: FREE Book here.
When: First Saturday of every month, at 12 noon.
Duration: 1 hour'ish
Includes: A guided tour, a Prahran Market Shopping Bag and some exclusive tastings
Very tempted to pop back next Sunday 9 July for their Truffle & Charcuterie Celebration.