The eagerly awaited Night Noodle Markets will once again transform Birrarung Marr into a bustling Asian street food festival, this Spring. Over eighteen balmy nights from 8-25 November, Melburnians can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia with more than twenty sizzling hawker-style stalls, served alongside DJs, live music and the city’s stunning nightscape.
Night Noodle Markets will return for its second year as a stand-alone spring culinary event, as Good Food Month presented by Citi enjoys its new appearance in June. Sampling signature dishes and innovative tastes from the likes of Puffle, Red Spice Road and Son In Law, guests will discover the best traditional and contemporary cuisines and flavours from across the continent in one vibrant, open-air experience.
Venessa Cowell, Director of Food Events at Fairfax Events and Entertainment said: “Night Noodle Markets is a truly unique eating and drinking experience that continues to capture the appetites and imaginations of Melburnians. Over three fantastic weeks, people come together to celebrate great food, different cultures and an electric atmosphere on the banks of the Yarra.”
Guests can explore the Asian market stalls along the riverside, and then find a coveted spot on the grassy hillside overlooking the markets, taking in the strong scents of aromatic smoke and exotic spices as the sun sets. As the evening darkens, the spice and smoke will be matched by the lights of the city scape, entertainment, live music by some of Melbourne’s best local artists, and a host of interactive spaces to complete the experience.
Food-lovers can tick destinations off their culinary bucket list and indulge in unique dishes inspired by street food from all corners of Asia including sizzling Filipino skewers from Hoy Pinoy, Puffle’s Hong Kong-inspired egg waffles, Korean tacos by POKLOL, and Taiwanese style steamed buns by Wonderbao. This year will also see the return of crowd favourites such as Waffleland, Teppanyaki Noodles, Donburi Station, N2 Extreme Gelato, The Original Korean Twistto Potato, Black Star Pastry, Mr Miyagi, Sambal Kampung, Shallot Thai, Wonderbao, Bangkok Street Food, The Wagyu, Nem N Nem, and Chinese Dim Sum King. There will also be exciting new additions to the Night Noodle Markets family including Miso Fresh Food Truck, Bao Brothers, Red Spice Road, Apples + Pears, Son In Law, David’s and Oriental Tea House.
South Australian winery Brand’s Laira will bring the best of Coonawarra to Melbourne with a pop-up Cellar Door, allowing guests to navigate their way through the markets cuisine while enjoying a glass of delicious Brand’s Laira wine. For an experience with a more creative twist, Brand’s Laira will host a series of exclusive Paint and Sip sessions, where people will be able to pick up a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of Brand’s Laira in the other and create their very own masterpiece, inspired by the vineyards of Coonawarra. Brand’s Laira Paint and Sip session dates and booking details will be announced in coming weeks.
The James Squire Night Terrace will showcase the character-full range of one of the best craft beers in the country on tap the perfect match to any of your noodle cravings, while Spring’s favourite drink Pimm’s can be enjoyed in the beautiful Pimm’s Garden bar and at general bars for just $10. For the first time in Melbourne, the Amplify KOMBUCHA BAR is offering festival goers bottomless tasty, brewed Kombucha on the house.
Citi is once again treating their customers to the best seats in Birrarung Marr during Night Noodle Markets, with the return of Citi VIP. Citi customers will have the opportunity to pre-book a table in the Citi VIP space via an online booking system. Table bookings will be available for Citi customers 72 hours in advance of each night of the Night Noodle Markets, with walk-ups available on the night. The popular Citi concierge service is also back this year enabling Citi customers to avoid the queues and enjoy food delivered right to their table.
Tanya Smith, Citi’s Chief Customer Officer, said experiential dining events like the Night Noodle Markets continue to soar in popularity as Australians enjoy the chance to sample new food and enjoy a vibrant, festival atmosphere while they dine with friends. “In 2017, Citi cardholders alone spent over $50,000 at the Melbourne Night Noodle Markets with close to 100 cardholders returning for a second visit during the 18-day food festival.”
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the City of Melbourne was proud to be a major partner in the Melbourne Night Noodle Markets for a fifth consecutive year. “Our city’s reputation for food is celebrated all over the world. The Night Noodle Markets is a fantastic event for food lovers of all ages. As the weather warms up there’s no better place to enjoy delicious food with family and friends than by the banks of the Yarra River.”
To make things quick and easy, the markets are also cash-free so guests can spend less time queuing and more time enjoying the night. Cash cards to the value of $50 can also be purchased on the night from the information hub and all major cards are accepted.
For more information on Melbourne Night Noodle Markets, visit https://www.goodfoodmonth.com/melbourne/night-noodle-markets/
Melbourne Night Noodle Markets Opening Times:
Monday and Tuesday – 5pm – 9pm
Wednesday and Thursday – 5pm – 10pm
Friday – 5pm – 11pm
Saturday – 4pm – 10pm
Sunday – 4pm – 9pm