Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Markets is coming to life after dark every Wednesday until August 26 for the Winter Night Markets. I liked these markets much better than the previous Summer Night Market, because it was a little less crowded – I think the cold keeps more people away!
I’m actually yet to visit the Queen Vic Market during it’s regular hours. I will definitely be seeking out the legendary jam donuts at some point soon, but when I live so close to the wonderful South Melbourne Market, it’s hard to go anywhere else for groceries.
I tried a Sloppy Joe, but my American friend Laura told me it had taken a bit of poetic license to the American comfort food. She described it as a burger with minced meat instead of a pattie, which I thought sounded pretty okay.
It was actually bolognese on a fluffy hot dog roll, sprinkled with fries. I have to admit, it was yummy, but it’s one of those foods I’ll only need to eat once in my life. Like those super salty potato slinkies, it was yummy, but if I’m going to send myself to an early grave with food, it had better be a mind-blowingly good meal.
Of course, if I can get my hands on the real deal in the US, I will definitely give it another try.
I’m actually not crazy about bolognese, not that you’d know this as I devoured my Sloppy Joe. By the time we got food, I was pretty hungry. I’d seen a few great looking dishes at other stalls, but most of the queues were ridiculously long and I’m not a patient person when I’m hungry.
Sadly, the queue for waffles was also insanely long, although I suspect this may have been a blessing in disguise. Apart from food, there are also several stalls selling homewares, clothes and knick knacks, but I only had eyes for the food.