The latest edition to the Melbourne Farmers’ Market portfolio has taken up residence just down the road from Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, much to the delight of our executive chef Tony Panetta.
Southbank Farmers’ Market at the Boyd Community Hub is the first VFMA accredited farmers’ market located within the City of Melbourne, providing more than 15,000 residents in the area with access to fresh Victorian produce, direct from local producers.
In the lead up to Christmas, Southbank Farmers’ Market held a MasterChef cook-off between two former contestants, with Tony popping down to help host and judge the dishes.
The 2013 MasterChef winner Emma Dean and 2014 participant Sam Gant were given $50 and 30 minutes to shop the market and a further 30 minutes to create a dish with the seasonal produce they’d purchased.
Emma whipped up a delicious chocolate, avocado and berry mousse while Sam created a dish with smoked Portarlington mussels.
Market-goers were given the opportunity to taste and judge the dishes for themselves, with Tony concluding it a dead heat and announcing “Victorian produce the winner.”
Southbank Farmers Market is held the first Saturday of each month.