Sydney Lunar Markets food festival

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To celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year, Sydney, Australia is holding many events. One of these is the free-to-enter Sydney Lunar Markets food festival, a 10-night food night market sponsored by The Star and Menulog, at Pyrmont Bay Park. The markets runs from the 27th of January to the 5th of February. Get down here this weekend and enjoy a nice outdoor dinner and a view of the harbour.

Bag check on The Star side entry. No glass allowed, and no take away alcohol is allowed.
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What’s on offer:
Food:
The stalls here sell a variety of Asian food, some of the food on offer here include Vietnamese inspired modern street food (Pho’ritto, pho wrapped in a burrito with ground beef), Chinese dumplings, Thai noodles, Indonesian BBQ and also ice cream, donuts and pizza. The food market is quite similar to the Noodle Markets in Hyde Park, Sydney during Good Food Month, with more than a handful of stall holders selling here again.

dsc09702Trifecta Bao at Bao Stop, 3 for $20

dsc09703Pumpkin and Feta, and Black bean Dumplings from Zagyoza $12.50

dsc09704Asian mushroom Pizza, not bad value at $20 for the size (about 30cm) (especially considering Let’s Do Yum Cha was selling 8 dumplings for the teeny price of $18)

There are even 2 pop up bars, one in particular was quite interesting. The Bubble Bar sells fruit flavoured bubble milk tea (lychee, peach) with or without liquor. For other non-alcoholic drinks, there is a popup drink stall.

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Entertainment:
There is free live music onstage here, as well as giant jenga and chess for the kids.dsc09654

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Facilities
The Lunar food markets are cashless so you need a bank/credit/debit card to pay.dsc09646

There is a red sheltered seating and dining area sponsored by The Star, which is across the road (in the spirit of the festival, the furniture is even made with bamboo), as well as other table and chair seating places at the Bubble Bar, a table and chair dining area next to the water as well as scattered seats. Come early to grab a seat.

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Luke Nguyen’s Pop up restaurant (no, he’s not actually here… he’s probably still cruising the Mekong…)dsc09660

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Look out for the ladies in the red Qipao near the front entry to the The Star dining area and pick up a free red packet.

There are also plenty of portable toilets on the Sydney Tower side of the park.

There are also plenty of rubbish and recycling bins as well as table cleaning service, so please do not litter.

Tips:
There is a ‘table waiting’ service sponsored by Menulog, grab a staff and pay with your card, then wait while they wait in line and get you your food!

Also you may want to bring your own cutlery like a plastic knife and take away lunch box if you are planning to share and or take away some of the food.

Click here for a short video of the markets at night (noting that this was taken on a Thursday night, and around 9:15pm… don’t worry, if you’re here for the atmosphere, it gets a lot busier during the weekends)

Getting Here:
Pyrmont Bay Park is located on the water front between The Star and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Click here for a map.

To get here, one can catch the light rail (such as from Central) towards Dulwich Hill, a ferry on line F4 to Pyrmont Bay Wharf, or bus 389 from North Bondi to Maritime Museum. All stops are within 100m to the venue. For all details such as stop sequences, maps and timetables see http://www.transportnsw.info/.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5-9pm
Thursday and Friday: 5-10pm
Saturday: 4pm-10pm
Sunday: 4pm-9pm

Official Website: http://www.sydney.lunarmarkets.com.au/

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