The crew at The Night Market always comes up with events to keep it interesting and take you through the seasons in Melbourne. Summers and Winters fly by as you are captured by yet another great event like The Hawker 88 Night Market. Complete with the 88 lucky money symbol for Asians in some countries, this event will be held at the Queen Victoria Market - Sheds K-L, Queen St to Peel St, Melbourne every Wednesday from 5-10pm from 18 Sep (Sep 18 & 25) to 23 October (Oct 2, 9, 16 & 23) 2019. Entry is FREE to this foodies cultural event, complete with weekly themes as follows.
18 September: Mooncake Festival
25 September: Malaysia Durian Festival
2 October: Korea & Japan Festival
9 October: Bali & Boracay Island Night
16 October: Diwali Bollywood Night
23 October: South East Asia Festival
Authentic Asian street food abounds alongside Asian themed beverages (fully licensed venue) and live music, cultural celebrations, roving artists and performers and fashion and artisan stalls offering a diverse product mix.
Each week brings a different culture alive with a matching program of live music and entertainment. The Mooncake Festival kicks off the 6 week season with traditional Chinese and Indonesian bands along with Lion Dancing and a Mooncake Eating Competition. Week 2's Malaysia Durian Festival would be an interesting challenge for those who aren't used to the smelly durian, but a delight to the palate of those used to the rich, creamy flesh of the fruit. Dare to taste with your mates and it may spice up the conversation and keep you talking all night.
There's also Malay and Dayak dancing, Malay music AND a durian eating competition! Dare you? There are eating competitions each Wednesday night. Amongst the true and tried and returning beloved food traders, there's a lineup of new traders as well. These include dare I say -
Durasia (Asian) - fresh cut durians and durian icecream
Lui Boss (Korean) - Korean fried chicken, kimchi fries and beef or pork bulgogi
Kobe Jones (Japanese) Japanese pork ribs and grilled king prawns, plus a few mystery dishes
Indo Mie (Indonesian) mee goreng gokil (noodles served with fried chicken), Indomie telor kornet (mi goreng, corned beef and a fried egg) and mi goreng loaded fries