Melbourne’s largest celebration of world street food and culture is here again with the eighth annual Dandenong Market World Fare on Sunday 24 March from 10am to 4pm. As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, more than 50 street food traders will be offering some of the world’s most unique dishes created just for World Fare 2019.
Here’s just a taste:
• Delicious Mauritius will prepare a traditional Seychelles indulgence of Creole Octopus Curry. Made with octopus imported fresh from Rodrigues – arguably the best in the world – this dish comprises of light and fragrant coconut milk and freshly ground spices and herbs.
• Voted one of the top five best bargain lunches in Melbourne earlier this month, San San’s Dumplings’ Xian Lim Chen’s recipes have been handed down by her great great grandfather. You won’t get more authentic than that. In addition to her famous dumplings, just for World Fare 2019, Xian Lim will be preparing a layered pan-fried pancake filled with mince, onion, spring onions and secret spices, topped with a traditional Chinese sauce and served with a side of salad.
• Champorado lovers all over Melbourne rejoice. Without doubt the most colourful dish at World Fare 2019, Si Kat Pinoy Eatscetera will be preparing Ube Champorado, a purple yam- flavoured rice porridge famous in Manila. Did we mention the super crispy pieces of Espada danggit (dried fish) that completes the perennial champorado taste of a salty-sweet combo? You’ll be in a state of uber Champorado bliss.
In a festival first, the Dandenong Market World fare will be partnering with Craft & Co which operates as a brewery, distillery and winery across two distinct sites in Collingwood and Bangholme. The Collingwood site houses a cellar door, eatery, cafe, function space, bar, cheese and charcuterie rooms. The Craft & Co Farm, just a short 15 minute drive from the Market, is a working winery and vineyard that has an onsite cafe, bar, cellar door and farm. The Craft & Co will have a licensed pop-up site at World Fare 2019 where customers can relax and enjoy a glass or two and a fresh-from-the-farm cheese platter.
The cultural feast does not stop with the amazing food and wines on offer. There is a full day of live entertainment and roving performers representing many of the Market’s 156 nationalities: Flamenco and Brazilian dancers, a Bollywood extravaganza, a full stage Chinese lion dance and martial arts performance an Eastern European gypsy band, West African drumming, Mauritian sega dancing and a surprise Maori Haka. It promises to be a kaleidoscope of culture, colour and cuisine.
Dandenong Market World Fare 2019, Sunday 24 March 2019, 10am-4pm
Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong