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Melbourne won’t be having New Year’s Eve fireworks this year

But there will be other things happening in the CBD to get you celebrating

Rebecca Russo

It was the question on everyone’s lips: will Melbourne be running New Year’s Eve fireworks this year? Around 400,000 people gathering in the city en masse during a pandemic probably isn’t the best idea, so Melbourne city council has decided to do something different to ring in 2021. 

Melbourne city council has announced that in partnership with the Victorian government and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, there will instead be a two-day dining experience taking over the CBD. 

Diners can head into the city and book experiences happening at over 11 city precincts including Little Bourke, Little Collins, AC/DC Lane, Hardware Lane, Flinders Lane, Docklands and more. The idea is that instead of hundreds of thousands of people gathering together to countdown to midnight, we will be able to celebrate over two days and people’s interactions over the city will be spread out. 

These New Year Street Feasts will be inspired by the piazzas and squares dotted around Europe – so expect alfresco drinking and dining under the stars with plenty of good cheer as we throw our middle fingers up to 2020 and welcome in a new year.

Naturally, the New Year Street Feasts will run from Thursday, December 31 to Friday, January 1. You can sign up for announcements via the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website.

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