The highly-anticipated Night Noodle Markets returns to Birrarung Marr from 9-26 November, setting Melbourne alight with the smells, sights and sounds of more than thirty sizzling hawker-style stalls. The Asian market feast will see food-lovers indulge in the signature dishes and innovative tastes from Melbourne favourites such Hochi Mama, Bambu, Mr Miyagi, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao and Gelato Messina, all served alongside roaming performers, DJs and live music.
Over eighteen flavour-packed nights, the markets will shine a light on Melbourne’s multi-cultural flavours, fusing cuisines from across Asia in one vibrant, open-air experience. This year’s Night Noodle Markets will debut as a stand-alone culinary event, with The Age Good Food Month moving to 13 – 23 June, 2018.
Venessa Cowell, Director of Food Events at Fairfax Media said: “Each year, Night Noodle Markets captures the appetite and imagination of Melbourne, bringing people together with the heady scents and sizzling sounds on the banks of the Yarra. We’re excited to see it now stand proudly as its own event in the city’s world-class culinary calendar, as we get set to introduce Melbourne to a brand-new Good Food Month programme in June”.
Old favourites Hoy Pinoy will be serving their sizzling ‘Inihaw na manok – Chicken skewers in traditional soy glaze’, while St Kilda’s Mahjong showcases their regional signatures from across China, including their ‘Dan Dan Noodle’ – Szechuan hawker style spicy chicken noodles. Wonderbao is cooking up heavenly steamed buns with tasty flavours and fillings, including their ‘Guabao box’ with roast pork belly, sweet & spicy korean fried chicken, panko crumbed eggplant as Vietnamese food truck, Nem N’ Nem, brings their signature bahn mi sliders on Vietnamese baguettes. Gelato Messina has sweet-toothed Melbournians covered with four exclusive desserts, served from their Japanese Game Show themed stand. There’s everything from the ‘Kamikaze Katsu’ deep fried ice cream sandwich to the ‘O-NO-Giri’, a pistachio and green tea gelato version of the popular onigiri rice found in Japan, with real seaweed. The full Night Noodle Markets menu will be announced very soon.
The spice and smoke will be matched by entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, live DJs and music, with a host of interactive spaces to complete the experience. Brand’s Laira will bring the Coonawarra region to the city with a pop-up Cellar Door. Guests will be able to sip and savour a selection of Brand’s Laira wines including the multi-award winning Brand’s Laira 2014 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon, whilst soaking up the festival atmosphere. The Beer The Beautiful Truth Night Terrace will show guests how to perfectly match the flavours of each dish to beer, while Spring’s favourite drink Pimm’s will be available on tap at the Garden Bar. 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.
Citi is once again treating their customers to the best seats in Birrarung Marr during Night Noodle Markets, with the return of Citi VIP. New this year, Citi customers 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, Head of Customer Franchise at Citi Australia, said: “As the presenting partner, Citi is proud to be supporting the Night Noodle Markets, offering people a unique opportunity to sample some of the finest Asian cuisine that Melbourne has to offer, in one immersive sensory experience”.
The Age Good Food Month will return in June, inviting bon vivants to re-imagine Melbourne’s buzzing food scene over thirty delectable Autumn days. Further details on The Age Good Food Month 2018 will be announced soon.
MELBOURNE NIGHT NOODLE MARKET
9-26 November, Birrarung Marr
Monday and Tuesday – 5pm – 9pm
Wednesday and Thursday – 5pm – 10pm
Friday – 5pm – 11pm
Saturday – 4pm – 10pm
Sunday – 4pm – 9pm