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Good Food Month celebrates its 20th anniversary this October and the festival's signature event, the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park, will be bigger than ever. Balmy spring nights under the stars see favourite food stalls returning with new delights, as well as newcomers, making their mark.
Over 40 stalls this year bring food from across the Asian region and include spicy noodles, juicy dumplings, BBQ skewers, chips on sticks and other delights, along with some wonderful dessert creations.
Some of the stallholders named so far are:-
Teppanyaki Noodles – combining fresh produce and Sanuki Soba, one of the most famous noodle brands in Japan
Wonderbao – a Melbourne restaurant providing steamed buns with various ingredients
The flavour-packed festival also sees a pop-up restaurant, Hyde Park Palms, that will shine a light on some of the city's best chefs that have shaped our culinary experiences. It is set to host conversations with the likes of Neil Perry, Ross Lusted, Bill Granger, Stephanie Alexander and Christine Manfield; as well as dinners with hotly-tipped international talents, LA's Jason Neroni and Italy's Isabella Poti; an Italian vegan feast; and a pasta battle, amongst other events.
If it's food and a movie you're after, well you're covered there too. Ume and Cow & The Moon are teaming up to deliver the ultimate date night on 5 October with burgers, ice cream, booze, and a screening of the film 10 Things I Hate About You – an oldie but a goodie starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Open weekdays from 5pm and weekends from 4pm, entry to the markets is free. Bring the plastic for all those tasty bites and drinks from the bar as they're cash-free for your convenience. All major credit cards are accepted. Tickets to special events in the park can be booked online.
It's definitely foodie heaven here and completing this buzzing garden precinct are the sights and sounds of LED-lit dancing dragons, hanging lanterns, live music, and DJ's getting the crowd groovin'. There's a lot to love.