Melbourne’s 2013 Asian Food Festival Comes Alive
1 September – 15 October
Since its introduction to the Western world in the nineteenth century, the popularity of Asian food has spread like wildfire, to the point where every major Western city now offers a plethora of renowned and well-frequented restaurants specialising in Asian cuisine. Today, the native dishes, ingredients, and cooking methods of Asian countries such Thailand, Vietnam, Japan and India continue to tempt and delight Western consumers, and Australia is no exception to the rule. Let’s be honest – when it comes to succulent steamed dumplings, crisp and crunchy spring rolls and the tangy piquancy of seafood sushi, it’s hard to say no!
Enter the 2013 Asian Food Festival, proudly hosted by the city of Melbourne over an entire six week period. This year there are a fantastic array of activities, attractions and events on offer, all to celebrate the delicious, exotic taste of Asian cuisine. If you’re looking to sample your favourite Asian delights, or you’re feeling adventurous and are excited to try out some new dishes, be sure to check out the extensive festival schedule. We’ve provided a helping hand by covering some of the much-anticipated highlights below. Just don’t forget to recruit your friends and family to come along as well – when it comes to eating out, the more is always the merrier!
Fun for Everyone
- All-You-Can-Eat Dumplings @ China Red Restaurant – The brave and bold eaters will be raring to go when it comes to this entertaining event, and everyone else will simply enjoy the hilarity of watching contestants try to stuff dumplings into their mouths as fast as possible!
- Paramount Centre Culture Arts & Crafts Day – Pop into Chinatown on the second Sundays of September and October to experience Asian culture at its best and brightest! Grab lunch at the many hawker-style stalls and eateries, browse through the souvenirs, arts and crafts on display, and don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the fantastic Lion dancing performances
Teach and Learn
- Cuisine Cooking Competition @ William Angliss College – Wait in anticipatory suspense for the crucial winners of the Happy Smiling Chefs Awards to be announced, as various Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Malaysian restaurants from around Melbourne duke it out for the honours
- Educational Delights from the Asian Kitchen @ Hutong Dumpling Bar Restaurant – At this interesting and instructive event, you’ll have the opportunity to absorb the knowledge of dumpling experts as they demonstrate how to perfectly create these delicious morsels (and you’ll also be donating to a worthy cause, the Epworth Department of Clinical Education and Simulation)
A Culinary Journey
- Floating Yum Cha @ Harbour Esplanade, Docklands – If you’re a yum cha fan, you’ll love this unique floating yum cha experience, wherein passengers can kick back, relax and feast on delicious Chinese dumplings and pastries on a leisurely cruise
- Ride The Rails @ Bendigo – Treat yourself to a tasty meal and a glass or two of wine, as you enjoy the beautiful views on the picturesque train route from Melbourne to Bendigo and back again
Fancy Asian Food?
The Asian Food Festival is quickly drawing near, and this year the city of Melbourne is putting on an amazing show to celebrate all the unique tastes and flavours of Asian cuisine. Whether you’re a fan of spicy Thai food, you love the freshness of Japanese seafood, or you prefer creamy Indian curries, there’s so many options to choose from, spanning a wide range of different Asian countries to truly tantalize your tastebuds.
For those wanting to take advantage of the festival this year, check out Europcar’s Melbourne car hire to help you on your way!