If you’re one month into 2017 and already eager for a fresh start— Obama we miss you—this list is sure to help you out. Say cock-a-doodle-doo and oh hello to the Year of the Rooster, because Chinese New Year has officially arrived in Sydney to give 2017 the do-over it deserves, and all the dumplings we desire.
The city is going into full party mode to celebrate, which sounds just great to us. Here’s our wrap of the frenzy of festivities happening in and around the city. So raise your glass and let’s start the year (again) in style!
Head Down To Lotus Galeries
Pull out your best dress and prepare yourself for a feast fit for an emperor. The Lotus Galeries are bringing in the Year of the Rooster in the best way possible—with fine food and even finer cocktails. Prepare those bellies for wok-friend prawns, crispy skin duck pancakes and slow cooked beef ribs; we’re just glad we hadn’t quite got around to starting our New Year’s diet (oops).
When: Wednesday 25 January – Sunday 5 February
Cost: Banquets range from $68-$128 per person
Celebrate At Broadway Sydney
Bring the kids along for some cock-a-doodle-doodles (we just love what they did there) and get creative at Broadway’s kids craft workshops. While they get their creative juices flowing, you can check out the live art installation, grab some free fortune cookies and take advantage of all the retail specials on offer.
Check out the full schedule of events here.
When: Tuesday 23 January - Sunday 12 February
Cost: Free Entry
The Light Of Dawn At Kensington Street
Celebrating the new year in the best way they know how, Kensington Street is throwing open the doors of their historic terraces to bring us a street-wide party! The celebrations will be bringing the very best of Chinese culture, with authentic street food, live performances, art installations and even fortune tellers. Our advice, top off the day with a rooster cocktail at The Old Clare Hotel; a fresh mixture of Tanqueray gin, lychee liquor, kings ginger, and lemon juice.
When: Saturday 4 February, 3-8pm
Cost: Free Entry
Spice Temple is coming in red hot to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a celebratory banquet menu. Giving us exactly what we need to start (or re-start) the year, the dishes bring together ingredients that promote, health, wealth and prosperity—they’re also damn delicious.
When: Available until 5 February
Cost: $95 per person
Sky High Bao Bar
The new kid in town, Sky High Bao Bar, is one of our top picks (get it?) for this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations. With views over the city and a menu full of tasty bites (yes, baogers are now a thing), you can’t ask for much more. Except maybe a cocktail (or five), but don’t worry—they have those to.
When: Friday 27 January to Sunday 12 February
Cost: Free entry
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Image credit: Kensington Street