The fabulous feeling I get when I drop the children off at school, breeze out of the gates, and head out for a day of gorging on donuts with friends is just too much to bear!
I have been desperate to get to Dandenong Market for ages, and so have my two local friends who joined me. What better way to spend a child free day? Friday, food and friends has to be the greatest combination in life!
Dandenong Market is a busy and bustling place, full of sights, sounds, smells, and bursting at the seams with wonderful produce. There truly is a world of taste, a treasure in every stall, and we were prepared with lots of canvas shopping bags, and heaps of room in our tummy’s!
Arriving at Dandenong Market you get a real sense of just how ‘global’ this market is. You really can shop the globe and eat the world, all under one roof. The market is alive with people selling, buying, eating, and enjoying themselves. We were making the most of everything on offer.
The ‘Munching Mums’ top purchases were:
Melina’s Bakery & Larder – We bought the most awesome sourdough loaf from Melina’s bakery, it was freshly baked, and delicious with my Saturday morning bacon! The cakes on this stall looked too good to eat. We gave it a go though!!
Dandee Donuts– We literally giggled with excitement when we were handed a bag full of hot, sweet, jammy goodness; we ate two each.. (can you imagine?) Then we bought 6 more, then 6 more on the way out, as we couldn’t have gone home without some spares!!! Even then dad missed out!!
Taylor’s Orchards– We managed to get our hands on some organic yumminess at Taylor’s Orchards. Perfect purple carrots, beautiful onions, and some super crunchy pears. I loved the lay out of this stall, the wooden crates, the smiling staff, the bunting… I’m a sucker for the pretty things.
Sam’s Spice & Grocery– Just follow the sweet smell of the wonders of the world, and you will find Sam’s Spice & Grocery. The staff have the biggest smiles, and the spices are incredibly beautiful. For all you avid Masterchef’s out there, this is the place to buy your ingredients. I came away with a huge tub of Murray River salt at a bargain price.
Ross Pecora Cheeses -Melbournians are obviously big fans of the cheese on this stall which has been at Dandenong market for thirty years and Ross Pecora’s reputation speaks for itself. The selection is awesome, and for three cheese loving mamas, decision time was a little tense. We went with the brie and the blue. All has now disappeared, along with four bottles of wine and our pears!! It was divine!!!
After an exceptional shopping spree, we had genuinely worked up an appetite, so we headed to the food hall area. We couldn’t make a firm decision on what we wanted, there was so much choice, and really, we wanted one of everything. We went for a ’round the world’ selection.
Our lunch selection came from:
King of Falafel– I can’t walk past a decent Tabouleh salad without buying one. This one was super special, and was first on the table.
PiqNiq Hut– We bought two lots of Sri Lankan street food. The ‘devilled chicken and roti’ was out of this world and so reasonably priced. Yuuuuuum!
Sansan’s Dumpling House – The sweetest lady you have ever laid eyes upon serving up traditionally hand made dumplings and soft buns. Oh wow, what a treat… Dumplings and golden pies were added to the table, and we began our feast.
Shopped out, full of incredible food, and the school run looming, we headed home with heavy bags, and a promise that this would now be a regular ‘thing’ for us.
I really can’t see why anyone would choose a supermarket over Dandenong Market. Easy parking, magnificent produce, wondrous plates of food, and change jangling in my pocket!
Thank you Dandenong Market for an all round Fabulous Feasting Friday!
Dandenong Market trading hours:
- Tuesday: 7am – 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am)
- Friday: 7am – 5pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am and closes at 4pm)
- Saturday: 7am – 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am)
- Sunday: 10am – 3pm (doors open 9am
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Good food is all the sweeter when shared with good friends – Unknown