There’s a free Turkish festival on in Melbourne this weekend

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There’s a free Turkish festival on in Melbourne this weekend

Turkish Festival
words by staff writer

On March 2 and 3, the Queen Victoria Market will transform into a Turkish street bazaar.

If there’s one thing that’s certain about Melbourne, it’s that we love to celebrate our cultural diversity by throwing big parties. Last week, we were snacking on saganaki souvlakis at the annual Antipodes Festival that took over Lonsdale street for two days of festivities. Up next, it’s time for the Turkish Pazar Festival, returning this year for another mighty run.

Taking place in the Queen Victoria Market this weekend, the event will have all of the charms of a traditional Turkish market.

Turkish Pazar Festival 2024

  • The annual event will take place on March 2 and 3 at the Queen Victoria Market, running from 9am to 4pm
  • It will feature Turkish street eats, music, entertainers, and cultural wares
  • Entry is free

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The country has a reputation for its amazing array of street food, so expect to see sesame-coated simit, cheesy borek, flame-grilled döner kebabs and plenty of Turkish delights to go around.

But don’t worry, it’s not all meat and cheese – there will also be plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available. Wash it all down with a cup of apple tea or a strong Turkish coffee.

The stall owners will be eager to share their culture, offering traditional wares including demonstrations of ebru (paper marbling) and calligraphy.

The event will also feature entertainment including musicians, folk dancers and roving performers in bright and vibrant costumes. On Sunday, the Australian Ottoman Mehter Band will give a lively and regal performance dressed in their official attire, with drums, brass, and flag bearers – it’s not to be missed. 

This year, the event will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkiye. 

To learn more about the Turkish Pazar Festival taking place on March 2 and 3, head here