The Big Design Market announces the new ‘Almost Winter’ market with 200+ makers, cocktails, food and more

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The Big Design Market announces the new ‘Almost Winter’ market with 200+ makers, cocktails, food and more

The Big Design Market at the Royal Exhibition Building. Photo by Blake Walshe.

'Almost Winter' will be bringing 200 makers from across Australia and New Zealand to Melbourne this May.

After 10 years of running our ever-popular December Christmas shopping market, The Big Design Market is launching their brand new event ‘Almost Winter’, which will run from 26-28 May 2023 in Melbourne at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. 

Leaning into the indulgence that beckons as temperatures drop, Almost Winter will celebrate decadent gourmet food and drink in an even bigger way, as well as offer an exceptional lineup of independent, ethical design brands.

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Boasting 200 exhibitors from Australia and New Zealand, an exquisite array of food and wine experiences, an incredible breathtaking, floral-inspired art installation and an exciting new fashion showcase pop-up, Almost Winter is a delightful opportunity to indulge the senses on every level.

Looking to the mouthwatering selection of gourmet food and baked goods as well as exceptional coffee, cocktails, craft beer and local wines, expect to see goodies from the likes of St. ALi Coffee, 400 Gradi, Mork Chocolate, Wonder Pies, Casa Nata, as well as Shortstop Doughnuts, Pizzini Wines, and Moon Dog Craft Brewery Co.

There will be an exceptional curation of ethically made ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, innovative lifestyle products, pet wares and much more, with many new brands and exciting new product launches. Expect to find knitwear from Twoface Label and Otto & Spike, super cool, sustainably made raincoats from Amble Outdoors, premium leather goods handcrafted in Dubbo from Saddler & Co, Bridget Bodenham’s incredible ceramics, and even artisan-made dog beds from Apupment.

This brand-new event will see the reintroduction of the much-loved show bags, incredible visitor prizes and a fun creative play space for kids all in neon created this year by Electric Confetti.

The Big Design Market is a cashless event.

The Almost Winter market runs from 26 May through to 28 May at Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens. Entry is $6 (inc all taxes & fees), free for kids 12 & under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here.