Melbourne will be home to a new open-air food event this Spring. Downtown Dumpling Market will transform Birrarung Marr into a bustling hawker centre serving authentic Asian delicacies and delicious drinks across 18 nights in November.
The market promises dumplings aplenty in a lively, open-air environment with free entertainment on offer to delight groups of friends and families alike. Along with vendors serving up skewers and salads, bao that wow and oodles of noodles, there will naturally be dumplings galore - from traditional to talked-about.
Downtown Dumpling Market has something to please all tastes and dietary requirements. With several bars serving up cool drinks and clever cocktails, as well as a dedicated sake bar, this will be the perfect place to catch up with friends for a bite after work, a late-night snack or to while away a weekend afternoon having fun in the sun. Well-behaved four-legged friends are welcome, too!
A standout line-up of some of Melbourne’s most-loved brands and restaurants alongside interstate favourites are set to fire up the frypans and set the steamers to high to serve up signature dumplings and other dishes to delight.
Downtown Dumpling Market Program Director Elena Kirschbaum says the team can’t wait to serve up a brand-new food event for Melbourne.
"We know Melburnians are passionate about their food and they love a festival - almost as much as they love dumplings,” she says. "I’ve enjoyed many delicious dumpling dinners over the years I lived in Melbourne and I can’t wait to contribute to that custom.
"We’re working hard to create an incredible food festival that will hopefully become a much-loved annual event and can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store that’s sure to surprise and delight.”
Opening on November 9 and running until November 26, Downtown Dumpling Market will be open from 4.30pm weekdays and from noon at weekends. Entry is free with no bookings required.