Asian lovers are in for a treat. More than 80 family-friendly events make up the Sydney Chinese New Year 2015 program, the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.
This Chinese New Year, Sydney will offer something for all Asian food lovers. Whether it's a delicious bowl of noodles, a spicy red curry or a plate of sashimi, there's an opportunity to explore the unique tastes and flavours that make Asian food a favourite the world over. Here are the Chinese New Year festival highlights.
For one night only, Saturday 14th of February, streets in and around Haymarket will take part in Lunar Streets, serving the unique flavours and cultures of countries across Asia. Starting at dusk and running late, people will be able to dine on long alfresco tables amid colourful performances by roving entertainers and a mix of Asian pop hits courtesy of PopAsia.
From the 12th to 22nd of February at Pyrmont Bay Park, the inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets, presented by The Star, will feature a variety of Asian cuisine and culture. This brand new event is free to attend and if you liked the Night Noodle Markets, you won't want to miss this!
Zensation Tea Appreciation and High Tea
Discover the delights of Chinese tea and tea culture at Zensation Tea House from the 7th to 22nd of February. Enjoy a tea degustation with yum cha and Chinese brush calligraphy, Gong-Fu tea ceremony demonstrations and live traditional musicians.
Chinese New Year Banquet
Enjoy a banquet hosted by the Australian Institute of Asian Culture and Visual Arts, at Marigold Restaurant ($88pp, bookings essential) on the 20th of February from 6.30 to 10pm. Chat with guests of honour, Edmund & Joanna Capon, and feast your eyes on the entertainment and lion dancing.
Mahjong Play Lunch
Learn how to play mahjong over a delightful dumpling lunch, on either the 14th, 21st or 28th February or 7th of March ($38pp, bookings essential).
To see how the rest of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, click here.
If you prefer to celebrate at home, try our Chinese New Year Recipes.