Sauce and sizzle at Prahran Market

10th February 2021 | Eativity editors

Prahran Market is Australia’s oldest continuously running food market. It’s been in operation since 1864. The market is known as a pivotal foodie hub, with loyal customers including chefs, food writers, restaurateurs and food producers. It’s also a popular venue for events of all descriptions, from live music and food tours to cheese festivals. Here’s a taste of what Melbourne foodies can expect in the coming weeks.

Sauce and sizzle at Prahran Market
Passata is the base of all traditional Italian tomato sauces.

Make passata like a real nonna

After a smash debut during last year’s tomato season, Melbourne’s Tipico is bringing its passata-making masterclass back to Prahran Market for one day only.

Visit the team from Windsor’s favourite modern Italian restaurant as they host a series of free 30-minute masterclasses on the art of making passata. You’ll find them in the Prahran Market display kitchen from 10:30am to 1pm on Saturday, February 27.

Sauce and sizzle at Prahran Market
Get hands-on with some fresh and delicious local produce.

Sessions will start promptly every 30 minutes. They’ll be hosted by Luis Viota (AKA Gigi), and Tipico Head Chef Daniele Colombo. Learn from the experts how to prepare, mince, season and cook tomatoes in a way that would make any Italian nonna proud, using the fresh ingredients that are readily available at Prahran Market.

During the demos, there’ll be bowls of freshly made pasta available to buy and eat on the spot. There will also be bottles of freshly made Italian passata to take home for $10 each.

Tipico’s free passata-making masterclasses will be held at Prahran Market on Saturday, February 27, from 10:30am to 1pm, with a demonstration every 30 minutes. Registrations are encouraged to monitor numbers. You can register here.  

Sauce and sizzle at Prahran Market
Fo’ sizzle: get your grill thrills at Prahran Market this March.

Sizzlefest is back for 2021

Prahran Market’s Sizzlefest has been announced for 2021. For the first time ever, the event will be celebrating barbecuing, grilling and cooking over fire across three barbie-licious days, including evening sessions, from March 26 to 28.

Market Square will see pop-up marquees with both Prahran Market and external traders selling the very best grilled eats to satisfy any appetite. The Que Club will be offering food, drinks and workshops, and the Mezzanine will be transformed into a Burnley Brewing Beer Garden, complete with live music from local performers.

In Harvest Hall, the Prahran Market Kitchen will be hosting demonstrations and workshops while traders sell barbecue specials.

Sausage of the Year competition
Who will snag the title of Sausage of the Year in 2021?

Snag yourself a winner

An evening schedule is a first for Sizzlefest and will take place on both the Friday and Saturday. These ticketed sessions will give guests the chance to enjoy the Market Square and Mezzanine areas at night, with pop-up BBQ food stalls, drinks in the beer garden, live music and street performers. The menu will have a different offering each night.

The annual Sausage Tasting Competition will also take place. However, this year it will be a little different. Running over three ticketed sessions, each guest will receive a plate with samples of sausages from Bracher Arcade meat hall traders. You then taste them before casting your vote on which one you think should be named Sausage of the Year.

Tickets for the Sausage Tasting Competition and evening sessions will be available via the Prahran Market website.