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Cumberland Lunar New Year Festival

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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Sydney and its suburbs are full of Lunar New Year festivals and one that has caught my attention is the event being hosted by Cumberland Council in Auburn. The free entertainment includes a feast for the eyes and ears, whilst the street food market provides a feast for the stomach.

Kicking it all off from 5pm on the main stage, in the large forecourt of Auburn Central Shopping Centre, is the best in traditional dance and music. A spectacular lion dance with acrobatics will have you in awe, along with Sydney KPOP superstars and a Sichuan opera face changing show.

The cultural entertainment continues with shadow puppet theatre telling the story of the Chinese horoscope, involving a Buddha and the twelve animals that came for a grand race. An Asian astrologer will be there as well doing readings.

Instead of fruit carving that you often see at these festivals, there is Chinese vegetable carving here. From pumpkins to carrots and more, wonderful creations will amaze you.

Vegetable carving
Vegetable carving is a significant part of Asian cultural heritage

Asian food trucks and local restaurants are bringing delicious food to the market. Delights include Hardstyle Kitchen with smoked American BBQ, Asian Delish Take Away with meat skewers and curries, Potato Corner with flavoured fries, Get Shrimped with prawns and accompaniments Hawaiian-style, Tropicane Juice, 5 Star Chicken with burgers and quick bites, and Gong Cha with bubble tea. I've been seeing a lot about the latter, in general, on social media. It seems to be a trend at the moment. It involves different teas with flavours of milk or juice and toppings that include chewy tapioca balls, red bean, fruit jelly and, like over-the-top freak milkshakes, a number of other items floating and adorning your beverage.

Get Shrimped, Gong Cha bubble teas
Get Shrimped and Gong Cha - just two of many delights to satisfy your hunger and thirst

A colourful street parade, as well as crafts and activities for the kids, round out this event celebrating the Year of the Pig. So come join the fun and welcome in the symbols of the 12th animal in the Chinese zodiac wealth and fortune.
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When: 5pm-9pm
Phone: 02 8757 9000
Where: Auburn Central Forecourt, Cnr Queen St & Harrow Rd, Auburn
Cost: Free entry
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