Ever wish you could have a hearty Christmas dinner when it is actually winter?
Christmas in July is the answer. Held mid-winter on 12 to 25 July, there's no better time to produce a classic Christmas feast when you actually do crave comfort food.
Below is a list of our traders who stock all the fresh produce you'll need to prepare a beautiful winter feast.
You're spoiled for choice when it comes to meat and poultry ideas for a main at the market.
In our Deli Aisle there's free-range rolls of Chicken with Cranberry and Chestnut or Macadamia and Apricot at Emerald Hill Poultry, Luv-a-Duck whole ducks, and quail K & L Poultry or South Melbourne Poultry marinated butterfly chicken (Lemon Oregano or Peri Peri) and free-range whole chickens.
Flinders & Co have Otway free-range pork, Cape Grim beef and the most amazing looking Pure Black Angus Rib Eye, sure to impress a red meat loving guest.
Or if lamb is on the menu, you won't do better than a leg or shoulder sourced from Fred Kirkpatrick's own farm at Kirkpatrick's Meats.
Thinking of Beef Wellington? Try aged Goulburn Valley Beef fillets from Ralph's Meat Company.
In the Food Hall Hagen's Organic Butcher stock Great Ocean Road and Milawa free-range whole ducks and Berkshire free range pork boneless shoulders perfect for roasting.
For a star side that will outshine the main, make this amazing Sweet Potato with Goma Dare and Crispy Tofu from Ottolenghi and Noor Murad.
Kohlrabi is another underrated veggie that will shine in this Side Dish in Creamy Sauce.
Green Beans, Pumpkin, Parsnip, Sweet Potato, Beetroot, Potatoes, Button Squash, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and Celeriac are all in season at our Fruit and Vegetable traders.
If you're not a fan of the traditional fruit pudding, there's loads of options at Emerald Deli's with Bread and Butter pudding, Rhubarb and Apple Strudel and many other fruit tarts and crumbles.
The Little Wine Shop offers Australian and imported wines including cleanskins, spirits and beers from all over the world.
Swords Select Wine and Beer have their own cleanskin range, commercial wines and an amazing selection of local and international craft beer.
After Dinner treats
Did you know?
Many Christmas customs are based on pagan celebrations of the winter season or solstice. Romans hung metal ornaments representing their deities and Nordic tribes decorated trees with fruit and candles in honor of Odin.
Caroling started as 'wassailing' where villagers went from door to door, singing and drinking to the health of their neighbours, by the time they got to the last house they were quite inebriated!