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Luna 1878 Winter Night Market [Video]

The Review

Went to Luna 1878 twice this winter, first time was on a really cold night and the second time was the 2013 winter night market finale (the weather was surprisingly warm). Took me just under 2 month to finish editing the Luna 1878 video, total efficiency right?! I wanted to include all footages I have taken at the market but I didn’t want to abuse length of the video. I have been familiarising with video editing on iMovie, still learning about video trimming, transitions and techniques. I found the most challenging thing with video editing was ‘what to keep and what to ditch’ and the utilisation of the most effective transitions, both techniques helps set the mood for a video and I think it requires expertise and patience! I have watched this video over and over again to identify what I had to adjust and improve, by the end of it I couldn’t even judge what was right and what was wrong anymore… Please leave a comment for me on what you would like to see more in my videos. There are always room for improvement.

I have side tracked a little… Let’s go into the the main topic, shall we?

Luna 1878 is a Victoria Winter Night Market, the name is made up by two components: ‘luna’ and ‘1878’. Luna is the Latin name for the Moon, and the moon is closely associated with the market held at night. The numbers ‘1878’ had me guessing until I found out that the Queen Victoria Market was officially opened in 1878 (20 March 1878 to be precise). The 2 components have merged history with the embodiment of the darkness together.

I was attracted to the market by its theme, and how easy it was to go to the market after work.


One of my favourite attraction was the gourmet soup served in bread. There were hundreds of stacked up bread buns at this food stall, it looks like the cobs sold by Bakers Delight, hollowed out and ready to contain the soup of your choice for $10. This eatery was so popular the queue was huge!

The soup choices were: Pumpkin, Potato and Leek, Chicken and Corn and Vegetarian Lentil…  I had the Potato and Leek soup, I thought that the soup was average. Was too salty, perhaps cooked for too long that the water evaporated in result of a more concentrated soup. Would be good to taste it on the spot and request for some water if possible.

At the end of the day, the main sensation at the Gourmet Soup was not the soup but the idea of using the bread for soup container – extra carbs yay! I would recommend sharing this soup with a group of 2 to 3 =] because you will want to try other food out when you are there –

This brings me to the desserts:

We went to this Italian stall where they sold lots of desserts, once again the queue was huge. They offered Creme Brûlée, custard puffs, chocolate puffs, pancakes and cannoli. The caramelisation of the sugar was done on site with a blow torch, one of the other, the dessert was so popular the man didn’t stop preparing them. I felt really full after the soup but of course I couldn’t give up on the dessert; so we lined up for the creme brûlée and custard puff, greedy? Yes.

The custard puff turned out to be quite disappointing, the filling was very heavy and thick like the texture of vaseline… Unlike the custard puff, the Creme Brûlée was fluffy and creamy.

Arts and Craft

A shop I really liked was the Tread and Pedal – using bike parts made into home decor and jewellery. My fav was the Raven Earrings, made from recycled bicycle inner tube into a pair of black feathers. The design is very elegant, definitely worth collecting.

Now that the winter market is over, the Summer Suzuki night market approaches – starts on 6 Nov every Wednesday night. Should be able to see the food outlets again?

It’s children friendly, family friendly. Just look out for each other because it can get very crowded.

Enjoy your summer while I have mine in Europe this year!


Just a bit of extra information on Suzuki Night Market:

The 2013-14 Night Market is back for its 16th year on November 6th!

Date: Every Wednesday night from 6 November 2013 ~ 26 February 2014 (excluding 25 December 2013 and 1 January 2014)

Time: 5.30pm to 10.00pm
Location: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne. Enter from Elizabeth Street, Victoria Street, Peel Street or Therry Street.

Normal Market Trading Hours:
Monday & Wednesday CLOSED,
Tuesday & Thursday 0600 – 1400,
Friday 0600 – 1700,
Saturday 0600 – 1500,
Sunday 0900 – 1600.

Address: Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Streets in Melbourne’s CBD.
Enter the Market from Elizabeth Street, Victoria Street, Peel Street or Therry Street.
How to get there: Tram No. 57, 59, 19. Train: Melbourne Central Station, Flagstaff Station. Venue and Street Parking available
Telephone: (03) 9320 5822
2013 Winter Night Market Trading Hours:
7th ~ 28th August 2013 | Every Wednesday | 1700 – 2200
Dining conditions: Winter 2013 – Wednesday Evenings
Average Per Head: $$
Hits & Misses: Recommended

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