Listen up Listers because we have something to crow about! Chinese New Year is here and we’re so ready to ring in the Year of the Rooster. This amazing cultural event is sure to be an absolute cracker, boasting incredible lighting installations, spectacular performances, mouthwatering food experiences and super fun activities to bring everyone together.
Official celebrations are kicking off on 27 January and will last for 17 days all around the city. There’s so much to see and do, here’s just a taste of what’s on offer.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
Wing In The New Year with Huxtaburger
To mark Chinese New Year celebrations kicking off, Huxtaburger’s very own Daniel Wilson has created delectably crunchy salt and pepper chicken tenders with crispy chilli mayo dipping sauce. Kicking off on January 27, Huxta-enthusiasts will need to be quick as the tenders are only available for a limited time!
Try Your Luck At New Shanghai
Pop on over to New Shanghai on 28 January and toast to the Year of the Rooster. Including all the New Shanghai favourites as well as delicious limited edition dishes, the special celebration menu has well and truly got our mouths watering. Try your luck with celebratory scratch cards for your chance to score a complimentary serve of Xiao Long Bao and free drinks! Chadstone customers will also be treated to a traditional Chinese Lion Dance.
Celebrate In Style With Man Tong Kitchen
If you want to celebrate Chinese New Year in style, Man Tong Kitchen is the place for you. Boasting a carefully curated fifteen-page wine list with over 300 selections, Man Tong Kitchen pairs delicious Chinese delicacies with impressive formal dining and fancy wines. Larger groups can book banquet rooms for up to 16 people.
Indulge At Pickett’s Deli And Rotisserie
Pickett’s Deli and Rotisserie will be celebrating on 28 January with a 3-course banquet featuring a beautiful suckling pig as the hero of the feast. Tickets are $80 per person including a Lychee Smash cocktail to begin.
Bao Down To Din Tai Fung
Located at Emporium Melbourne, Din Tai Fung will be offering blueberry cream cheese filled bao shaped like little roosters until 20 February. Almost too adorable to eat, these tasty little morsels are $4.20 each or $11.80 for three.
Stop Off At Kit Kat
If taking the train is your preferred mode of transport, why not stop by the Kit Kat Chocolatory in Melbourne Central for a celebratory chocolate delight? The choice between red bean with toasted coconut, and citrus crème brulee with toffee chips is just too difficult, so at only $6 for four fingers we’ll take both thanks! Available until 4 February.
Stroll Along the Waterfront
Take a stroll through the Docklands and nibble on some authentic Asian cuisine while you sip on cocktails. This Chinese New Year, the city will be absolutely beaming with light installations at Southgate, Queensbridge Square, DFO South Wharf and along the bridges of the Yarra River. Listers can also catch a spectacular Chinese New Year themed light show at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel or pop over to 888 Collins Street for a light show every hour.
Make A Wish at Queen Victoria Market
To ring in the Chinese New Year, the Queen Victoria Market will be hosting a range of activities from 27 January to 12 February. Queen Vic’s schedule is full to the brim with traditional performances, dancing, martial arts and cooking demonstrations. While you’re there, discover all the surprises of the Hongbao Wishing Wall including messages of prosperity as well as prizes and special offers.
Get In The Mood For Love at QV Melbourne
QV Melbourne is helping you celebrate the Year of the Rooster in style with lion dancing, Chinese calligraphy and a “Red Class” Chinese cinema experience complemented by themed food and cocktails.
Head on over to the QV Outdoor Cinema where award-winning paint-on-glass artist and Melbourne-based Chinese filmmaker Xin Li will showcase some of his beautifully animated short films before screenings of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (28 January) and The Mood for Love (29 January). Moviegoers rejoice as you receive to-your-deckchair food and beverages, including hand-delivered Chinese food from Red Spice QV.
Enjoy a traditional Chinese Lion Dancing Parade as QV Melbourne transforms into a Chinese festival at 1pm, Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January.
Celebrate The Chinese New Year Opening Ceremony at Box Hill Central
Head down to Box Hill Central from 11am on Saturday 28 January for their official Chinese New Year opening ceremony. Snap a selfie in front of a giant Taipei drum for your chance to win one of five $100 vouchers or a romantic Valentine’s giveaway – the more creative the better! Festivities run all the way through until 11 February, so make sure you don’t miss out on firecracker shows, Chinese lion and dragon dancing, live cooking competitions, a Chinese Lantern Festival and some incredible food!
Image credit: Man Tong Kitchen