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Light Up Your Year, A New Hawker-Style Moon Festival Is Coming To Sydney

By Jessica Best

custard banh mi from hello aunti

It may seem like 2020 was the year that never really “was”, but hold that thought because it’s about to redeem itself in a very delicious way.

Hundreds of colourful lanterns are set to light up Sydney’s new Darling Square precinct this September and October, all to mark the age-old South East Asian “Moon Festival” tradition (a time to celebrate harvest and the changing of the seasons).

As always, you can expect an endless supply of drool-worthy mooncakes (from the legendary Golden Century, and its younger spinoff XOPP, and a whole lot more) and over 40 different types of moon festival-inspired eats to proudly work your way through. You’ll also want to make sure you get your hands on Tsukimi Dango, known as "Moon Viewing Rice Dumplings" from IIKO Mazesoba.

The standout item on the menu hails from Hello Auntie. The team here has been working hard to create one hell of a takeaway special—a limited-edition Banh Mi Kem featuring custard semifreddo, fish sauce caramel, whipped cream and fluffy bread. The best bit? It’ll only set you back $10.

You can also expect a serve of Nakano’s delicious karaage chicken absolutely free when you order up any tap beer during their happy hour, and 20 percent off all taps at Bucket Boys from 4pm - 6pm, every damn day for the duration of the festival.

For more details, head on over here.

The Details

What: Darling Square Moon Festival
When: Friday 25 September - Sunday 11 October
Where: 35 Tumbalong Boulevard, Haymarket

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Image credit: Darling Square

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