Dandenong World Fare

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Dandenong World Fare
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[Sponsored] Fill your belly with a massive one-day line-up of street eats from across the world

As Melbourne’s second oldest surviving market, Dandenong Market has picked up a few friends over the years. As the years have gone by the bustling stalls have grown to include more than 150 different nationalities across the market’s different departments. If you’ve ever wanted to taste the full flavour of the market’s diversity then pencil Sunday March 25 into your diaries when Dandenong World Fare takes over the market.

Said to be the biggest celebration of street food in Melbourne, the Dandenong World Fare will be bursting with multicultural food trucks, stalls and restaurants offering everything from Turkish borek to Vietnamese bánh mì, Spanish churros to Indian chaat. Travel the world without leaving Dandenong as you taste sweet and savoury street food dishes from across the globe as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

While the food might be the main attraction it is by no means the only one. Shake off your feast with live entertainment as international as the edible offerings. There will be fiery flamenco dancers, African drumming, Bavarian music group Wunder Brass, Bollywood dancers, the wild Eastern European sounds of Vardos, stilt walkers and a Brazilian carnival performance complete with energetic dancers, batucada drummers, extravagantly decorated costumes and capoeira dancers.

Dandenong isn’t called the cook’s market for nothing, either. In the 150 plus years it’s been operating, the market has gained a reputation for stocking a wide variety of quality rare ingredients you’re unlikely to pick up in your local supermarket – chances are you’ll be able to find that unusual ingredient you’ve been looking for at the market too.

The markets will be on as usual on Dandenong World Fare day so after you’ve eaten as many cuisines as you can, indulge in a little retail therapy. Dandenong Market has five sections: fruit and vegetables; the meat, fish and deli hall; the pantry (where you can find scrumptious coffee, nuts, cakes and chocolates); the bazaar (where to go for clothes, accessories and homewares) and the market square.

Make your way south on Sunday March 25 to eat like a queen at Dandenong World Fare. It’s free to enter and open from 10am to 4pm.

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