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The much loved Aussie Night Noodle Markets 'experience' moves across the Tasman to give the Kiwis a taste of their culinary offerings.
Hundreds of thousands of satisfied Aussie noodlers have encouraged promoters to organise a five night market in 2016. A range of high quality food venders will be offering their wares at a North Hagley Park market.
The market will run from 5pm - 10pm starting Wed 10 - Fri 12, and 2pm - 10pm over the weekend from Sat 13 - Sun 14 Feb.
Those with the Aussie experience will know those markets well.
It's all about an authentic Asian food experience with hawker-style spaces filled with noodle venders and other surprises all competing for customers.
Costs: All items will be between $5.00 and $15.00 with 20 plus vendors offering noodle dishes and more.
Foodlovers reportedly enjoy the colour, sounds and smells of an authentic Asian hawker market.
The five day event coincides with Spark in the Park, Coast to Coast and Valentines Da'y and other events. This will be the first such event in New Zealand. Entry will be free!
Some background on the original Australian experience:
Whatever the original reason, whether it is global warming or people like Ralph Rashid, founder of the new wave food trucks in Melbourne, local diners have never been more keen to take their forks to the streets, so to speak and the food caterers have proven their ability to satisfy the palates.
In 2010, Ralph Rashid reportedly rolled out the first permanent food truck parks on both sides of Melbourne City in the model of the London Urban Food fest, or Brooklyn Smorgasburg, while over a dozen outdoor food festivals have joined other stalwarts in Johnson St Fiesta, bringing Victorians obsession with Asian-style hawker markets and American barbecue to a fragrant and sizzling life.
Now in its third year Melbourne's biggest hawker-style market engulfed Birrarung Marr in a cloud of spice and smoke for a record 18 nights starting on Nov 12.
Since the first year vendors were chopping food with their hands, so to speak, to meet the demands of an unexpected tidal wave of diners. The Birrarung Marr just continues to expand, bar numbers increased, and stalls doubled. Over an extended 17 nights 560,000 people passed through the markets, compared to the first year's 285,000 - beating the crowds in Sydney's Night Noodle Markets, who have had a decade of history behind them.
Now it's off to Christchurch on the other side of the ditch. Obviously numbers won't compare with Melbourne or Sydney, but with a significant Asian population and locals with an Asian experienced palate, it will certainly be a new experience. As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating.