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Free Food Discovery Tours

Free Food Discovery Tours at Dandenong Market.

On the Food Discovery Tour, visitors can get exclusive, behind-the-scenes insight into the tantalising aromas and exotic flavours on offer.

On this hour-long tour, you will visit select traders for sumptuous tastings and insider secrets from experts. Learn how to identify in-season produce,  the art of bartering for the best price and discover how a working market operates. 

Food Discovery Tours are perfect for:

  • Foodies passionate about food provenance
  • Foodies passionate about multicultural produce and spices
  • Locals seeking behind-the-scenes market secrets
  • Visitors to Melbourne seeking an authentic market experience
  • Coach tours and groups visits
  • School groups interested in nutrition and healthy eating
  • Work trips for team-building exercises

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

When: Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tours take place on select Tuesday and Fridays.

Duration: Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tours commence at 10am and run for one hour.

Cost: Dandenong Food Discovery Tours are free.

Groups: Private and tailored tours are available on request (max 15 per tour).

Booking: Booking is essential. Call Dandenong Market Office on 03 9701 3850 or email info@dandenongmarket.com.au for more information and to book. You can also book online.

Free goodies: All Food Discovery Tour participants receive a free Dandenong Market shopping bag and delicious samples. 

Allergy advice: Free food samples may include nuts, eggs, dairy, gluten, raw fish and/or other products. 

Accessibility: The Dandenong Market Food Discovery Tours are walking tours throughout the market. We can accommodate specific needs such as individuals with limited mobility, blindness or vision loss or other special requirements. However, we request you contact us directly to discuss your specific needs so that we can most effectively accommodate you.

Bus and tour groups

Bus and tour groups are warmly welcomed to Dandenong Market

Tour operators are encouraged to contact Dandenong Market to discuss your specific needs and requirements – we can happily accommodate a wide range of interests and needs.

All visitors to the Market who arrive via a coach tour receive:

  • Dandenong Market shopping bag
  • $5 Dandenong Market voucher
  • Dandenong Market Directory
  • Dandenong Market self-guided tour
  • Recipes

To arrange a visit:

Download Guide for Tour Operators

INFORMATION FOR TOUR GUIDES AND BUS DRIVERS

When: Dandenong Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Parking: Coach parking is available at 40 Cleeland Street, outside the Dandenong Market Management Office.

Accessibility: Dandenong Market is accessibility-friendly with ramps to the underground car park, as well as a lift. Accessible toilets are also available for visitors.

Tailored experiences: Private tours or personal greetings by Dandenong Market representatives can be arranged for your tour group. Dandenong Market is committed to ensuring your tour group has a unique and personalised experience. Should your tour group be particularly interested in a specific trader or food group, Dandenong Market can arrange for trader representatives to meet with your tour group and/or arrange tastings or
samples (subject to availability).

Tour notes: Tour notes with information about Dandenong Market, our traders and long history are available.

Booking: Booking is essential if tour or bus groups would like pre-arranged market bags packed with market vouchers, market directory, self-guided tour and recipes.

School groups

Dandenong Market welcomes all school groups to visit the Market as an excursion.

The Market is the ideal destination for kids of all ages to learn about fresh food, produce and the opportunity to experience the different cultures of the people and foods that make up the Market. Rich in history with strong cultural links, students can discover the role the Market has played in the history of Dandenong, as well as understand firsthand about making healthy food and lifestyle choices.

Available activities for schools:

  • We can create a tailored tour for your students including free tastings and talking with Market traders – please talk to us about your requirements.
  • Self-guided tours – a self-guided tour brochure is available from Dandenong Market office (or can be posted to your school in advance of your visit).

All students visiting Dandenong Market as part of a school group will receive an activity pack, including:

  • Market Guide for Primary School Students, and/or Market Guide for Secondary School Students and/or Kids Activity Pack
  • Self-Guided Tour information
  • Market Directory (including a list of all Market traders and a Market map)
  • Recipes
  • A piece of fruit supplied by a Dandenong Market trader.

To arrange a school visit:

  • Please first read the “School Group Information Pack and Booking form” (below).
  • To book a tour, please complete the “School Group Booking Form” and return to info@dandenongmarket.com.au.

Any questions, please email us at info@dandenongmarket.com.au or 03 9701 3850.

Download Information Pack for School Tours

RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS

Dandenong Market offers a range of resources for school students. If you have a specific or request, do let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate your requirements and create specific information sheets, challenges or quizzes.

Download Market Guide for Secondary School Students

Download Market Guide for Primary School Students

Download Kids Activity Pack (for younger students)

Download Dandenong Market Art Tour

Download Dandenong Market Art Tour – Questions for Secondary School Students

Self-guided tours

Markets are made for exploring

Everyone from around the world feels at home here, so you will too. It’s like strolling around a souk, meandering through a hawkers market or blending into a bazaar. Dandenong Market has six main areas:

  • Fruit & Veg: fresh, local and organic, seasonal and exotic.
  • Meat, Fish & Deli: specialist cuts of meat, seafood, spices, dips, olives and cheese.
  • The Pantry: nuts, freshly baked bread and confectionary and world food.
  • Market Square: a hawker’s market of world street food cooked for you as you watch.
  • The Bazaar: a shopping mecca of clothing, shoes, jewellery, handbags and toys.
  • The Terrace: delicious pub food in our outdoor dining area. 

We have created a self-guided tour with highlights and information about our market traders. Download the Self-Guided Tour below.

Download Self-Guided Tour

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Parking: 
With 1000 parking spaces, including ample undercover spots, there is plenty of cheap parking at Dandenong Market. The car park can be accessed from Clow Street or King Street. Charges and time limits apply.

Disabled parking areas: There are accessible parking spaces located in all car parks off Clow Street and King Street, including the multi-level car park where lift and ramp access is available. The 12 accessible parking spaces are free providing the correct sticker is displayed.

Toilets: There are public toilets at the south end of the Market in the General Merchandise Hall, and at the north end of the Market near the Northern Food Court.

Market map: Market Directories featuring a map of the market, a list of traders and locations of facilities (including toilets) is available. These are located in Directory holders throughout the Market.

Free water refills: Drinking fountains for bottle refills are located in Market Square.

Market bags: Reusable market bags can be purchased from the Market management office at 40 Cleeland Street. Market trolleys can also be purchased from a number of market traders in The Bazaar.

 

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