Three tasty pop-ups to look out for at Asia TOPA

The brains behind Lee Ho Fook, Pho Nom and Longsong are teaming up for Melbourne's epic festival of Asian performing arts
Poached chicken slaw by Jerry Mai
Photograph: Kristoffer Paulsen
By Rebecca Russo |

The Asia TOPA festival is a massive multi-venue festival of Asian theatre, visual arts, dance and discussions. Settling in for its inaugural year, Asia TOPA and Arts Centre Melbourne will be teaming up with three of Melbourne’s best chefs for three equally exciting dining experiences. From modern Chinese banquets with Lee Ho Fook's Victor Liong to Thai street food from Longsong's David Moyle and tasty bahn mi and nibbles from Pho Nom's Jerry Mai, Asia TOPA are taking dinner and a show to a whole new (and even tastier) level.

Hungry for more? Take a peek at Melbourne's best Chinese restaurants and dumplings, and get into more theatre with the best shows in February.

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Cry Jailolo 2017 Asia TOPA festival production still from Esplanade Theatre on the Bay courtesy Esplanade photographer credit BNG Bernie Ng
Photograph: Bernie Ng
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Asia TOPA – 2017 highlights

The Asia TOPA festival is a massive multi-venue festival of theatre, visual arts, dance and discussions focusing on the region. Major companies including TAO Dance Theater and the National Ballet of China are coming to Melbourne for the inaugural event, and collaborations between local and international companies are premiering, including new works by Circa, Chunky Move and Malthouse.