Diwali Family Day Celebrations at Dandenong Market

Event this Sunday – Melbourne!

Dandenong Market will host its second Diwali Family Day on Sunday 22 October as part of the annual Hindu festival that celebrates good fortune, family, friendships and the belief that good will triumph evil.

The free community event is one of Dandenong Market’s most popular – with attendance figures expected to reach over 27,000. The festival will offer a pop-up food bazaar, vibrant entertainment and plenty of kid’s activities making it the ultimate family day out.


An additional 12 Indian street-food vendors and food trucks have been added to the existing 200-strong market stall line-up, including Babaji’s Kitchen (South Indian Pancakes), Bombay Bitez (Mumbai Street Food), Delhi Bites (Tandoori Chicken and Biryani), Taka Taka (Sri Lankan Street Food) and Tibetan Momo Kitchen (Authentic Tibetan).


Entertainment will include live performances all day from market favourites Bollydazzlers, Sikander and The Fifths. Free henna hand art and turban styling will also be on offer.


Jennifer Hibbs, General Manager of Dandenong Market, says the Diwali Family Day is a key highlight in the market’s extensive calendar and showcases the diversity of the community who shop and work at Dandenong Market.

“Being the most multicultural market in Melbourne, we love celebrating important cultural events including our Diwali Day Festival. This year we have really stepped it up a notch.

“Diwali Family Day one of our most popular events and we invite food lovers and families to pay us a visit during the festivities and discover the Market’s unique offering in Indian, Sri Lankan and Tibetan and Asian cuisine,” said Hibbs.


Event information

What: Diwali Family Day at Dandenong Market
Date: Sunday 22 October, 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Market Square, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong

Cost: Free Entry

Parking: Parking is free for the event

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About Dandenong Market

Dandenong Market is a busy and bustling market full of sights and delights and offers a taste for every season and a treasure in every stall. At Dandenong Market you can get insider tips from our expert traders, score amazing bargains and source fresh seasonal produce all year round. From cherries to churros, spices to saris and roses to rugs, we’re the ultimate destination for good value and new discoveries. Dandenong Market is a much-loved local icon and one of the oldest markets in Victoria. The Market is the centre of community life and will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2016.

Why love your local market?

• Founded in 1866, Dandenong Market is one of Melbourne’s oldest and second largest markets

• Dandenong Market has 5 million visitors through its doors every year

• Dandenong Market provides over 1,100 people with employment

• Dandenong Market has 200 market stalls including 15 fruit and vegetable traders, 11 meat, fish and deli traders, 29 ready-to-eat food traders and over 120 traders specialising in clothing, homewares, accessories and toys

Dandenong Market trading hours:

– Tuesday: 7am – 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am) 

– Friday: 7am – 5pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am and closes at 4pm) – Saturday: 7am – 4pm (The Bazaar opens at 8am)
– Sunday: 10am – 3pm (doors open 9am)

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