The Aussie Night Markets in Blacktown are the ultimate foodie destination with over forty food stalls featuring cuisines from around the world. It launched on Friday 16th September to much buzz and excitement.
One of many menus at Aussie Night Markets Blacktown. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
The Aussie Night Markets are a cheap date night option. With most food items below $20 and many items below $10 it's an easy way to satisfy the fussiest of taste buds.
Escape to Argentina via your tastebuds with empanadas and chorizo rolls. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
The markets are located in the Village Green just outside Wespoint Shopping Centre. There are plenty of seating options surrounded by spring flowers bursting in vibrant colors, making a very pleasant end of week outdoor dining option.
Food truck highlights include: Lebanese - Featuring tender marinated shredded lamb wraps & fried cauliflower. Philippino - Introducing spicy-sweet adobo burgers & Sisig Fries. Argentinian - Enjoy juicy beef empanadas & spicy chimichurri chips. Chilean - Not to be outdone by the Argentinians you'll find chorizo rolls, calzones and pulled pork burgers. American - Here you'll find mouth watering char-grilled chicken wings, barbeque (fall off the bone) ribs and lemon-thyme infused roast potatoes. New Zealand - For the homesick Kiwis there's even hangi (meat and vegetables slow cooked traditionally in an underground oven), kina (sea urchin) and fish n chips (or should that be fush n chups). Turkish - You can't have food markets without the delicious crowd favorite gozleme. Chinese - There are multiple options featuring steamed & fried pork dumplings, noodles, stir fries, satay sticks and personal favorite san choy bow. Mediterranean - Get your souvlaki and gyro fix here.
There are plenty more food options to navigate your way through and one visit will certainly whet your appetite to entice you to visit again. Whilst it is meat heavy, there are vegetarian options available. Note this is an alcohol free event.
Serving sizes are big enough for a meal but small enough if you are particularly hungry to easily sample a variety of international cuisines without feeling like you've been to an all you can eat buffet.
I enjoyed the options of having an Argentinian entree, with an American main and a French dessert. It made me feel like I'd just taken a mini round-the-world foodie vacation, in only 30 minutes.
Exploded Unicorn Cronut - $12 at Blacktown Night Markets. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
There are plenty of options for dessert with the likes of Dippin Dots, Belgian Waffles, Creme Brûlée, Cronuts (though these are no ordinary cronuts), Churros, gourmet Fairy Floss, Dutch Pancakes and Donuts.
It was tough to decide on what to eat when everything looked and smelled delicious. I opted for a Grilled Ribs & Wing Combo which was crispy, sweet with a touch of spice and definitely recommended.
Chargrilled barbeque ribs and chicken wings with lemon-thyme infused baked potatoes - $17. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
There are also a couple of market stalls selling art, jewellery, flowers, candles and sarongs. I imagine these stalls will grow in number as the markets gain more popularity. Arrive early to avoid queues and ensure you get a car park close by.
The Aussie Night Markets are open on Friday nights from 4pm - 10pm.
How to get there
The Village Green is a short walk from Blacktown train station. There is free parking in Westpoint shopping centre (up to 3 hours) and there are multiple council car parks nearby offering free parking as well. You will see signs directing you.
Most stalls accept cash only with only a few accepting eftpos. There are various ATM's inside Westpoint shoppping centre.