2016 will be the first year to see the Sydney Morning Herald’s Lunar Markets expand to Melbourne.

The markets are designed to welcome in each Lunar New Year and in 2016 will take place between February 4-14 at Pyrmont Bay Park in Sydney and Harbour Esplanade, Docklands in Melbourne.

Organisers are encouraging local and regional restaurants, bars, chefs and producers specialising in Asian fare to get involved in the festival.

Running for an 11 day period, the Hawker markets are part of the official City of Sydney and City of Melbourne Chinese New Year programs and as such, will receive promotional support from these Councils.  

The Melbourne market will feature 14 metre long Phoenix in Melbourne, while Sydney will feature a five metre wide, eight metre long noodle bowl in Sydney, complemented by lantern installations and seating areas.

“We had such a positive response in Sydney, with 97,000 food lovers filling Pyrmont Bay Park to taste the goods from over 20 stallholders, so we wanted to bring it to life in Melbourne,” says Fairfax Events head of food James Laing.

“Now we can bring the same enjoyment of street-eats style food to the booming dining industry and food loving public in Victoria as well as New South Wales.”

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