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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.

DSC09702.jpgTrifecta Bao at Bao Stop, 3 for $20

DSC09703.jpgPumpkin and Feta, and Black bean Dumplings from Zagyoza $12.50

DSC09704.jpgAsian 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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Chinese New Year Lanterns 2017 in Sydney, Australia

Chinese New year is the biggest annual celebration in China, where millions of people make the trip back to their hometown to spend the new year with their families. In China, this is usually celebrated with large family banquets, followed by chatting and gathering together to watch the evening gala show, and fireworks and firecrackers although these are less used now due to their polluting nature.

Outside of Asia, Sydney has the largest Chinese New Year celebrations. Chinese New Year can occur on any date between end of January to end of February.

This year, starting from the 27th of January until the 12th of February, Sydney is celebrating with fireworks and free large outdoor lantern displays at Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

The lanterns displays are in the shape of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals. Here are a selection:

MiceDSC09628Cause mice are cute and rats are not. Although these ones were a bit of a head turner…

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DSC09631Clifford the Big Red Dog, is that you?

2017 is the year of the Chicken (Rooster, hen or chick? The Chinese name 鸡 is technically just ‘chicken’) so of course it has to be the biggest and grandest one of all.

DSC09502These 2 colourful dancing roosters are located under the Sydney Opera House. The lanterns are installed along the 1.8km esplanade surrounding the harbour at Circular Quay, stretching from the Opera House to The Rocks at Hicksons Road. During the day the lanterns are colourful art installations and at night they light up and become colourful lanterns.

The lanterns are all created by artists, their names and a short description is available on the information panel near each lantern display.

To celebrate, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay train station have red light projected onto them, the red colour is supposedly a lucky colour for the Chinese and is especially popular during the new year.

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Facilities
There is an outdoor bar with lounge chair seats, great for a place to sit and relax, and gives a great view of the harbour bridge and water.

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Nearby there is an outdoor sandpit but with all the lanterns, I trust you’d rather spend the time looking at the lanterns instead.

Free maintained public toilets are available at Circular Quay Station.

Free public drinking fountains near the wharf.

Fast food restaurants near the train station.

Outdoor permanent seating available

Getting here:
Location: Circular Quay
Take a bus or train to Circular Quay, and you will see lanterns on either side of the wharf. Lanterns are scattered along both sides of the wharf. From Circular Quay station, the roosters and the Sydney Opera House are located about 600m away along the right hand side of the harbour.

Always check http://www.transportnsw.info/ for up to date travel options, be aware that train service may be affected on weekends.

On the other side of the harbour (Museum of Contemporary Arts side) are the rabbits, horse and monkey.

Click here for the official website and a map of the locations of the lanterns.

Click here for a short video.

Click here to see more beautiful pictures of the lanterns and Sydney harbour at night!

Tip: Get here super duper late and miss the crowd!

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