Date: 01/09/2013 to 15/10/2013
Centered within Melbourne's vibrant Chinatown Precinct in the heart of the CBD and including over 50 participating restaurants across the city; special banquets, menus and dining offers will abound to delight every tastebud with a special celebration of Asian cuisine.
The Asian Food Festival will also feature a dedicated program of special events that include Progressive Dinners, Buffet Cruises on the Yarra, Pop Up Markets, Cooking Demonstrations, Cuisine Competitions and Fundraising Events. Highlights of this year's Festival include The Mid Autumn Lantern Festival where Chinatown will be awash in glowing lantern lighting as well as "The Biggest Yum" - an outdoor communal tables dining experience in the centre of the Chinatown Precinct.
Featuring the iconic and colorful traditional Chinese arches, Melbourne's Chinatown is a distinctive and lively area of Australia's foodie capitol, dating back to the Gold Rush days of the 1850's and is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World. The precinct's essential character and main focus is along Little Bourke St. between Swanston and Spring St., with a variety of laneways and alleys that are home to casual and fine dining restaurants, arcade noodle houses, Chinese groceries, herbalists, bookstores, souvenir shops and hidden treasures.
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