Dandenong Market, Melbourne’s most multicultural market, will welcome the Year of the Dog in style at their Lunar New Year Festival, on Sunday 25 February 2018. With Dragon and lion dancing, Chinese drumming and Taekwondo headlining the event, it is set to be the biggest Lunar New Year Festival to date.



The free community event will offer a pop-up food bazaar with an additional 16 street-food vendors and food trucks allowing visitors to taste the flavours of China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Nepal. Expect deliciously filling food from traditional to pan-Asian including hoppa pancakes (Korean style pancake), khaw pad saporod (Thai pineapple fried rice) and Cambodian street BBQ meats.

Live entertainment will feature over nine impressive performances including traditional Chinese drumming, lion dancing, a flower dragon dance incorporating Chinese folk dancing, skilled martial arts and much more. Market goers will be blown away by the awe-inspiring triple lion dance and dragon dance, which features a flying dragon spanning over 20 meters.

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Jennifer Hibbs, General Manager of Dandenong Market, says the Lunar New Year Festival is one of the most colourful and well-attended festivals of the year due to the region’s large multicultural population.

“Celebrating important cultural events like Lunar New Year Festival is the essence of Dandenong Market being the most multicultural market in Melbourne and we’re really proud to continue that in 2018,” said Hibbs.

Event information

What: Lunar New Year Festival
Date: Sunday 25 February, 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 Entertainment schedule

Full Moon Festival 2014 at Dandenong Market


10am: Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts School – Traditional Chinese drumming followed by a lion dance
11am: Traditional Chinese dance performance – 20 dances performing a number of dance styles and techniques
12pm: Jow Ga Kuen Dragon & Lion Dance Association – Lion dance
12:30pm: Traditional Chinese dance performance – long sleeve dance, long fan dance, ribbon dance, kung fu dance
1pm: Jow Ga Kuen Dragon & Lion Dance Association – Dragon dance featuring a flying dragon in the sky spanning over 20 meters 1:20pm: Chanh Dao Buddhist Youth Association – Traditional Vietnamese dance with a modern twist
1:30pm: The Australian Chinese Music Ensemble
2:30pm: VTEAM Taekwondo
3:30pm: Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne – Flower Dragon dance

Food trucks and stalls

Caphe Manh: Unique Vietnamese-style ice coffee.
HOPPA Pancake: Korean style pancake
Korean Street Food: Korean fried chicken, chicken burger and chips, chicken salad and chips
Ink-Redible Calamari: ink-redible salt and pepper calamari
J&T Thai Cuisine: Traditional Thai cuisine – their khaw pad saporod (Thai pineapple fried) rice is a must
Flamin Skewers: Traditional Cambodian street barbecue
Krunchy Fried Chicken: Sweet and spicy chicken, honey crunch kitchen, smoky BBQ chicken and soy garlic chicken
Nepal Dining Room: Nepalese cuisine with a modern twist
Pelita Express Kitchen: Modern Malaysian cuisine – nasi lemak, Mee hoon goreng, chicken briyani, chicken bang bang, mee goren Si-Kat Pinoy Eatscetera: Si-Kat Pinoy Eatscetera has a range of delicious Filipino street food
Skewer Me: a wide selection of quality grilled-to-perfect skewers, street food style
Snow Ghost: A fresh and fruity spin on a Taiwanese classic: Taiwanese shaved ice.
Twista Bros: Classic potato twistas on a stick, seasoned with your choice of ten delicious flavours

**Information & Images Courtesy of Dandenong Market/Kate & Co PR – Hayley Edwards

Full Moon Festival 2014 at Dandenong Market


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 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 selling honeycomb fresh from the beehive, flowers cut straight from the farm, apples picked
from the orchard.

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)
Full Moon Festival 2014 at Dandenong Market
(Pic taken at Full Moon Festival – Dandenong Market)

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