For those who aren’t familiar with the festival, this ain’t no Barnacle BIll affair. Across the two days, you’ll find the likes of Melbourne seafood stalwarts Claypots serving up dishes exclusive to the weekend alongside Miss Katie's Crab Shack, Jerry Mai’s Annam, Dandelion and the market's famous oyster bar, Aptus, to name a few.
And just as you won’t find any seafood takeaway joints from yesteryear at the event, you shouldn’t expect any second rate sea shanties, either. This year’s music program is as expertly curated as the food offering; on Saturday, you’ll find neo-soul darling Loretta Miller headlining the mainstage with support from several stellar local acts. Then, on Sunday, Melbourne Jazz royalty Margie Lou Dyer brings her dulcet, velvet-smooth tones to the festival’s front and centre.
As part of the South Melbourne Market’s partnership with wildlife habitat conservation group, The Nature Conservancy, The Mussel & Jazz Festival will be recycling all their mussel, oyster and scallop shells through the Shuck Don’t Chuck program, which works towards rebuilding lost reefs and ecosystems in Port Phillip Bay.
The Mussel & Jazz Festival kicks off at 10am on Saturday with seafood and tunes running all weekend. With no cover charge on the door, it seems like an easy shell if you haven’t made plans for the weekend.
What: Mussel & Jazz Festival
Where: South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry Street, South Melbourne
When: Saturday 7 March 12pm to 10pm, and Sunday 8 March 12pm to 8pm
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