This is the second year that we have experienced Victoria’s newest public holiday, Grand Final Friday, and a number of traders believe that the potential for The Queen Vic Market to become a key destination for footy fans was enhanced by this year’s events.
A quick survey amongst traders produced a positive response to the buzz around the market on the day. The attendance of footy fans, the events on Queen St. (pie eating competition), the roving entertainment of musician Harry, and the regular announcements throughout the day, all contributed to a feel good trading environment. Harry reported a strong response from footy fans as he moved around the market.
Without accurate sales data it is difficult to assess the impact on trader’s incomes. The feeling seemed to be that business was ok but didn’t really live up to the potential of the crowd or the positive trading environment.
But certainly this is an event that deserves our support and making Grand Final Friday a Queen Vic Market Day for Melburnians and visitors has taken another positive step.