Carriageworks and Kylie Kwong are hosting a huge Chinese New Year market this month (Sydney)

Following their massive 160-stall deep Christmas markets the good folk at Carriageworks have announced that they will be hosting a Chinese New Year market curated by Kylie Kwong in partnership with Sydney Festival. And the renowned chef has gone all out for her part in the market, bringing in over 50 stallholders from Neil Perry’s Eleven Bridge and the sorely missed Moon Park to the fresh Good Luck Pinbone and Mike McEnearney’s No. 1 Bent Street.

Hand over you $10 ticket on Saturday 28th January and you’ll gain access to a who’s who of local food and drink, all spread throughout the famous property to create a marketplace that’s teeming with inspiration from the streets of Harajuku, Hongdae and AnFu Lu. It’s all to celebrate the Year of the Rooster so the focus will be on contemporary Asian food and pop culture, with a bit of music thrown in there from Keep Sydney Open head honcho Tyson Koh.

The market will kick off at 5pm and wrap up at 10pm, giving you more than enough time to fit in all the specialty dishes planned for the night, from McEnearney’s Sourdough Prawn Toast to a CNY themed gelato created by RivaReno Gelato in collaboration with Kylie Kwong. That’s far from all though – Sydneysiders will get a special preview of hotly anticipated Sri Lankan street food pros Lankan Filling Station and some of the city’s top spots will be offering crowd favourites.

Just some of the favourites expected include Pork Dumplings with ginger and tamari by Billy Kwong; Syrian-Asian fusion food from Almond Bar (think Beef and Black Bean Shawarma with Chinese cabbage tabouli and white sesame); vegetarian-style Mapo Tofu Buns by Good Luck Pinbone; Beef Short Rib Bossam with cumin chilli from Rockpool Bar & Grill; and Berkshire Pork with Chinese spice, white sesame and sorrel from Saskia Beer Farm Produce.

“The Night Market will mark the first night of the 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival and Sydney Festival’s final evening through a vibrant celebration created by some of Australia’s most exciting chefs, producers and winemakers with a focus on Asian cuisine”, explained Kwong. “My vision is to offer a melting pot of multi-cultural food dishes in which all of these amazing foodies are asked to think of a dish that reflects their own unique style, with an Asian twist”.

Drinks won’t be an afterthought for the market either. The guys behind Rootstock Sydney will have a stall for their best quality vignerons, Tasmanian craft brewery Two Metre Tall Company will use this chance to showcase some of their brewsto Sydney, and bespoke cocktails will be offered by Spirit People and one of last year’s best new bars PS40. Further to this, locals Poor Toms Gin will host a pop-up gin bar, Black Market Sake will be on hand with a sake bar, Maidenii is bringing some vermouth along for the night, and even more beers are being planned with the presence of both Batch Brewing Company and Grifter Brewing Company.

Too many words? Here’s a simple run down of all the stallholders you can expect from the night:

Almond Bar
Bar Brose
Bar Pho
Batch Brewing Co.
Billy Kwong
Black Market Sake
Ding the Recipe
Edible Bug Shop
Eleven Bridge
Eloquesta Wines
FREEMAN Vineyards
Belgrove Distillery
Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines
Good Luck Pinbone
Hand n Hoe Organic Macadamias
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
Juicing by Colours
Killara Distillery
La Bastide
Lankan Filling Station
Long Chim
Mark Eather
Moon Park
Neo Organic Tea
No.1 Bent Street
Outback Pride
Pepe Saya
Poor Toms Gin
RivaReno Gelato
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Rootstock Sydney
Saskia Beer Farm Produce
Serious Deliria
Shepherd’s Artisan Bakehouse
Spice I Am
Spirit People
StrangeLove Vitamin Co.
The Dolphin
The Grifter Brewing Co.
The Pines Kiama
The Urban Beehive
The Wayside Chapel
Two Good Co.
Two Metre Tall Farmhouse Ale & Cider
Vale Creek Wines

Epic, right?

Carriageworks’ Chinese New Year Night Market

Saturday 28th January
$10 tickets from HERE.


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Chris Singh

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