There’s only a few more days to go until the Easter Holiday long weekend! And no matter how differently each one traditionally celebrate Easter, everybody has been getting busy with all the preparations. However, if you’re in Moonee Ponds, there’s really no need to stress over finding everything you need to prepare for Easter as our local traders are all set and stocking up on all your essentials!
We’ve been spending some time hopping around town and we’ve come up with a list of some of the local shops in Moonee Ponds that can help you make the most out of your long weekend as you celebrate a fun and relaxing Easter holiday:

All the Food you need for a Wonderful Easter feast with Family and Friends:
The Source Moonee Ponds – Zero-waste shopping right here for all your pantry staples, snacks, sweet treats with the largest specialised bulk food retailer! From oils, nuts, seeds, grains, herbs and spices, flours, dried fruit to cooking ingredients and so much more, you won’t have to go anywhere else to fill your pantry with everything you need to cook up your excellent Easter meals. They also have a wide range of paleo, organic, vegan and gluten-free products.

Fresh on Young – For a guaranteed gourmet and quality produce from our very own Australian growers, Fresh on Young Food Hall has what you need that those big chain of supermarkets don’t supply. Choose from their full antipasto selections, fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen seafood, gourmet food platters, and fresh beef, lamb and chicken.

Ray’s Top Nuts – They continue to provide you with a huge range of good, old-fashioned, delicious and top- quality nuts, dried fruits and loads of other specialty products such as herbs, flour, seeds, cereals, spices. Don’t forget to pop in!

The Seafood Depot – All the fresh fish and seafood from Australian waters, as well as easy, and ready to cook bites are right here at The Seafood Depot. Give them a visit or call to pre-order as we all know they’re going to be quite busy from a load of orders this Easter.

Porterhaus Butcher – With 15 years of catering locally sourced quality meat, grass-fed lamb, beef, pork and chicken, Porterhaus Butcher is definitely the go-to place to help you plan and prepare for a great, long weekend feast. They also have 15 different sausages to choose from and the majority of their sauces are gluten-free.

Stock up on your Easter Treats:
Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses – Hop your way to Ferguson Plarre as they have prepared a wide range of cakes, biscuits, and eclairs for your whole family to enjoy this Easter! And don’t forget that they have the finest Hot Cross Buns (classic and vegan) in town as well.

Mio Dolce – For an impressive, tailor-made Easter cakes and pastries, Mio Dolce has got your covered. This family-run business has proven itself over the years when it comes to creating, designing, and delivering delicious cakes and other sweet treats perfectly suited to all tastes and occasions.

The Reject Shop – What’s Easter without all the chocolate eggs and bunnies your kids can get their hands on? From Cadbury, Nestlé, Smarties, Kinder, M&M’s to Ferrero Rocher and plenty more, you’re sure to find them at The Reject Shop. So make sure you have loads of them for everybody!

Find that Perfect Easter Present:
Peter Alexander – Welcome to Bunnyland! Time for some long, comfy snuggling during the long Easter weekend and Peter Alexander has just the perfect Easter collection of PJs and sleepwear. Jump online, choose from their catalogue, and find the right gift for that special person or even for the whole family. You can also have the option to avail of Peter Alexander’s signature gift wrapping with greeting card!

Homing Instincts – If you’re in the mood to give someone something amazing and unique, anyone you ask in Moonee Ponds would point you to the perfect gift shop, Homing Instincts! From Easter toys, personal care to home decors, they’re ready to offer you an awesome range of impressive gift items, along with their beautiful complimentary gift wrapping that will surely make anybody say, “Wow!”

Sims Sports – New shoes are always one of the best gift ideas for Easter or any other holiday for that matter! And Sims Sports Store has been one of the favourites in Moonee Ponds when it comes to finding the latest runners and sporting gear at the lowest prices!

Collins Booksellers – Find gifts for kids that are fun, won’t rot their teeth, and last a lot longer than chocolates. Collins Booksellers have stocked up on awesome Easter books that any child would have fun reading over and over again!

Moonee Ponds Toyland – For toys, gifts, shoes, and baby products, name speaks for itself! Don’t forget to visit their store or browse through their online product catalogue and you’re sure to find what you think is the perfect Easter gift for kids.

Eating Out over the Easter Long Weekend:
Zara’s Kitchen – For a nice, cosy, and family-friendly dining environment with the finest selection of Italian food to enjoy, Zara’s Kitchen is where you should be at this Easter! From meals prepared for meat lovers, vegetarian to those who prefer dairy-free and gluten free options, their menu is designed to have something available for everyone. They are open throughout the Easter holiday so give them a call for bookings.

Gourmet Kitchen – With their fabulous and diverse gourmet dishes, you’re sure to have a pleasant dining experience with your loved ones in their tapas bar and restaurant. They have also included a new outdoor space so there’s no better time to try it out than this coming Easter holiday. Get in touch as early as you can to find out their Easter business hours and book a table.

Strangeloves Wine Bar – Have a hoppy Easter at Strangeloves as they will be open all throughout Easter long weekend. They also have some specials prepared for you, your family, and friends so make sure to follow their socials and stay updated!

These are just a few of so many local stores and restaurants in Moonee Ponds that can offer you great options to help plan, prepare and make all your Easter activities extra special.
And to start things off, the Moonee Ponds Traders Association also invited the Easter Bunny to hop into Moonee Ponds and hand out Free Cadbury Easter Eggs to children on Saturday 3rd April from 10am – 1pm! So make sure to be there with your kids and don’t forget to bring your camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny.
Have a Happy Easter to everyone and please remember to support local!