Chinese New Year events
Crown is the place to be this Lunar New Year with a loaded line-up of food, art and fire-breathing dragons. Crown Riverwalk will buzz with 30 food vendors and specialty stores hawking their wares. There will also be music, acrobats, magicians and the KARA-OK finale competition at Hawkers' Bazaar on Saturday, February 9. Once again Crown is transforming its flame towers into dragons for its Lunar New Year celebrations. Head down from now until February 12 to see it all unfold.
The District is hosting a bunch of family-friendly festivities between Friday, February 8 and Sunday, February 10. Expect a fun fireworks display, traditional lion dancing, lantern making, calligraphy classes, drumming performances, stilt walkers, giveaways and more.
Sea Life Melbourne is celebrating the Lunar New Year across February this year. There will be luminous lanterns hung up around the aquarium and even a wishing wall, where you can record your goals for the Year of the Pig. There's also the chance to win up to ¥888 per day.
When the new lunar year kicks off in February you better believe the Preston markets will be celebrating. On Saturday, February 9, there will be fun food from Moskew Momo, Taiwan Wheel Cake, Preston Sushi Bar and more, as well as tai chi demonstrations, face painting Mu Jiang Chinese games, calligraphy workshops and lion dancing.
Queen Victoria Market is getting into the Lunar New Year spirit on Sunday, February 17 from 9am to 4pm. The Lantern Festival will include a jam-packed program of entertainment, food and family-friendly activities.
Melbourne Central is celebrating Lunar New Year with giant flying pigs, a dumpling eating contest and free pig-themed treats this year. Think you can eat 20 dumplings the fastest? You could win a voucher to Lilong by Taste of Shanghai at Melbourne Central by winning Melbourne Central's dumpling eating competition on Tuesday, February 5 at 4pm.
Sovereign Hill will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Sunday, February 10 and Sunday, February 17. Over the two Sundays, Sovereign Hill will be teaming up with the Chinese Australian Cultural Society Ballarat for a series of celebrations for the annual Chinese New Year parade.
Restaurants doing Chinese New Year specials
Celebrate the Year of the Pig at Neil Perry's Spice Temple, which will be serving up a nine-course banquet menu from Friday, February 1 to Sunday, February 10. The kitchen team have carefully chosen ingredients to reflect Chinese traditions, ensuring the year ahead will be a prosperous one. Of the nine courses, there's a raw kingfish with pomelo for prosperity, Mapo-style, red-braised duck for fortune, and a red date cheesecake with mandarin for rejuvenation. The feast is $99 per person, with matching wines available for $55.
Supernormal's Chinese New Year celebrations will come in the form of a few fun new menu additions. Available from Monday, February 4 to Sunday, February 10, guests can get amongst white cut chicken with fermented black cabbage, watercress and ginger sauce; whole stir-fried mud crab with pickled chilli and Sichuan dry spices; and Xiamen-style spring rolls with scarlet prawns and Chinese sausage.
Hawker Hall's Chinese New Year banquet will take place on Tuesday, February 5. Guests will be served a five-course banquet which will include seafood-stuffed doughnuts, chicken and garlic chive pearly dumplings and soy-braised pork belly, just to make a few. Book your spot here.
Oriental Teahouse will be taking in special bookings on Friday, February 8 wherein guests can enjoy live lion dances, red coin packets, street firecrackers and more. There will be two sittings (at 6pm and 8pm) at Oriental Teahouse South Yarra and a special performance by a Chinese dragon at 12.15pm at Oriental Teahouse Little Collins Street.
Ring in Lunar New Year at the Sheraton Melbourne Hotel with a seafood buffet. Think fresh seafood, salads, hot dishes and a dessert buffet. The buffet will be available from February 4 to 10 on Monday to Saturday from 6pm until late, and on Sunday noon to 2pm. It costs $88 per head, with children at half price.
To celebrate Lunar New Year and the food hall's first birthday, HWKR is putting on a four-day feast-ival. Running from Thursday, February 7 until Sunday, February 10, guests can enjoy a special CNY banquet prepared by HWKR's current pop-up chefs. It costs $50 per person and you can dig into dishes like thit kho (pork belly casserole), Peking pork-et tacos, chilli prawns and even taro monster binsu.