Dandenong World Fare 2016

Published : March 15, 2016

Celebrating world food on 13 March 2016

Taking place on 13 March 2016 from 10am - 4pm, at our World Fare you will be tempted and enchanted at every step, with tastes from the far reaches of the globe. We know food and have hand-picked the best on offer.

Delight in market classics and exotic new tastes when Dandenong Market transforms into an outdoor pop-up food bazaar showcasing the best of our region’s delicious multicultural cuisine and street food. With 25 delicious street food traders outside, and 15 inside - there's so much to choose from!

The live music will keep visitors entertained from 10am-4pm: it’s all about emerging artists and world music – we’ll get you moving with awesome performances. And kids will love the face painting and craft workshops.

Our free event also has fun for the whole family: we'll have a whole zone for face painting, children's craft and fairground rides including: laughing clowns, jumping castle, cup and saucer ride, giant slide and the Kite Rider.

Check out our cooking demonstrations in The Kitchen from 10am-4pm, for insider tips on how to transform fresh market produce into healthy and delicious meals.

First-time visitors will also be inspired to explore over 200 market stalls. Whether it’s treasures to discover, awesome bargains or hard-to-find ingredients, Dandenong Market is the ultimate destination for good value and new discoveries.

Free entry. Free parking.

Dandenong World Fare is a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Event.

Dandenong World Fare is proudly supported by the City of Greater Dandenong.


Event information

What:  Dandenong World Fare (Melbourne Food & Wine Festival)
Where: Dandenong Market. Corner Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong.
When:  13 March 2016
Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  Free entry, no booking required


Getting here

Dandenong World Fare will take place on the southern Car Park, directly east of The Bazaar and Market Square. The Southern Car Park can be accessed by walking through the market, or can be entered by foot via King Street or Clow Street.

A free courtesy bus will travel to and from Dandenong Station to Dandenong Market on a loop from 9.45am - 4.15pm on Sunday 13 March for event-goers.


Delicious world food

The hardest thing about visiting Dandenong World Fare 2016 will be deciding what to eat! We will have 30 handpicked world food traders, including the following.

Boss Man Food
At Boss Man Food, the team are passionate about the authentic and exotic rich flavours of Jamaican cuisine. Delight in Jamaican jerk chicken, goat curry and jerk roast corn.
Dietary requirements: Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Cafe Marketto
Cafe Marketto offers superb coffee, freshly made sandwiches, rolls and focaccias and a great variety of pre-prepared and made-to-order hot food. Outdoor seating is available. Catering orders welcome.

Curry & Chaat Corner
Visit Curry and Chaat Corner for breakfast lunch or dinner for affordable street food made with love by a passionate and experienced chef. It's all about authenticity and keeping it real - ask about their specialty: butter chicken and samosa chaat.

The Curry Truck
A family owned and run mobile gourmet food truck who pride themselves on their the delicious curry and pies that they make from scratch, daily and with passion. They make curry from all over the world, India, Thailand, Indonesia and many more.
Dietary requirements: Vegan options available, vegetarian options available, halal, nut-free, Gluten-free options available, egg-free, dairy-free options available.

Dandee Donuts
Often talked about and much loved, Dandee Donuts is a must-stop on the Dandenong Market shopping trail. Join the queue to sample these delicious, freshly made, fluffy doughnuts filled with super sweet strawberry jam. Thousands of customers can't be wrong!

Dandy Burek
This popular Bosnian business whips up fresh burek each market day. Fillings include cheese, meat or cheese and spinach. The cheese is creamy and mild and the spinach is lightly cooked, retaining its brilliant green. The pastry, painted with a mix of lard and vegetable oil between layers prior to baking, is golden and crunchy. If Dandy Burek doesn't tickle your fancy, try a kransky in a crusty roll with choice of condiments.

Digging for Fire
Started by Yarra Valley chef Dave Walsh to celebrate his love of food and fun and is inspired by adventurous street food from around the world. Their focus is on all things to do with cooking with fire. Dave is an internationally experienced chef whose passion is fresh, ethically sourced produce and modern street food. He has travelled the world finding inspiration on beaches in Sri Lanka, on the streets of Italy and in the villages of Pakistan.
Dietary requirements: vegan options available, vegetarian options available, halal, gluten-free. Digging For Fire use ethical and sustainable focused suppliers.

Dippin Dots Australia
Experimenting with cryogenics in 1987, microbiologist Curt Jones was struck by the idea of using a method of flash freezing ice cream into tiny beads. After six months of trial and error the result was a product which contained virtually no ice crystals or air and had the appearance of tiny, hard beads that were the size of a very small pea.

Dough Works Gozleme & Kebabs
At Dough Works Gozleme & Kebabs you can see family members lovingly prepare the fresh gözleme dough, roll and stuff it with delectable fillings such as spinach and feta, lamb, chicken and mushroom. Gözleme is a savoury traditional Turkish handmade and hand rolled pastry. Fresh pastry is rolled out, filled and sealed, then cooked over a griddle. Dough Works also offers traditional Turkish kebabs with lamb, beef or chicken, garlic sauce and fresh salad.

Dos Diablos Mobile Cantina
Standing out from the crowd in a one-of-a-kind striking red vintage ex-CFA canteen truck, Dos Diablos serve up a range of fast, fresh and fun, mouth-watering Mexican street food, in particular their signature stand-out tacos.
Dietary requirements: plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Nut free. Gluten free. Dairy free

Dutch Poffertjes
Delightfully light and fluffy, who can resist a plate of Johan and Mariette's delicious Dutch pancakes? Cooked to order and served with your choice of butter, maple syrup, honey, golden syrup, lemon juice, berries, whipped cream or icing sugar. Johan and Mariette have been cooking their own recipe of these famous Dutch pancakes for more than 12 years at Dandenong Market.

El Chivi 
El Chivi serving fresh, hot and tasty Uruguayan Steak Sandwiches “Chivitos” and Dulce de leche treats.
Dietary requirements: vegetarian options available, gluten-free, locally-sourced and grass-fed steak, locally-sourced products.

Flaming Lamb Spit
Traditional Cambodian street barbecue. You simply must try their marinated lamb on the spit, mouth-watering BBQ beef ribs and beef salad rolls.

Food to Go Vietnamese
Food To Go Vietnamese is the place for delicious Vietnamese dishes from Asian-style soups, fried rice and noodle dishes to chicken and pork dishes and the always satisfying banh mi.

Giong Le
Vietnamese street food including rice cakes, fried calamari, BBQ skewers and potato twists.
Dietary requirements: vegetarian options available.

Golden Popcorn
Treat your tastebuds to a variety flavours of delicious gourmet popcorn at Golden Popcorn. Flavours include cinnamon, cheese, sweet & salty, caramel and butter.

The Grill
The Grill offer delicious ready-to-eat comfort food, made with love by second-generation market traders who source all ingredients locally, using family recipes.

Harry Hoo Dim Sims
Stop by Harry Hoo for moreish Asian dim sims, spring rolls and dumplings, made fresh each week using only locally grown produce and 97% fat-free and preservative-free beef. Harry Hoo products also contain no artificial colours or flavours. You can buy as ready cooked or frozen to take home. Plus the friendly and helpful team make Harry Hoo an experience to remember.

King of Falafel
For the tastiest Falafel around, you can't go past the "King of Falafel". Specialising in Falafel, Meat Kibbi, Vegetarian Kibbi, Salads and Dips (including Tabouli and Hommus).

Le Tuan
Traditional Vietnamese food including fried rice cakes, Vietnamese seafood pancakes, beef wrapped in betel leaf, chicken kebab and pork skewers. Try the Vietnamese seafood pancake ($7).
Dietary requirements: vegetarian options available.

Melbourne Paella
Melbourne Paella is more than just a dish, it is a spectacle of the senses with fragrant scents and enticing sizzle.
Dietary requirements: vegan (note: the menu is dependent on demand on the day), Vegetarian (note: the menu is dependent on demand on the day), halal, gluten free, dairy free, nut free.

Nepal Dining Room
Nepal Dining Room, home to traditional authentic Nepalese cuisine, including deliciously tender Chicken Sekuwa skewer and perfectly seasoned cottage cheese and mixed vegetables skewer.
Dietary requirements: vegetarian options, vegan options, gluten-free-options, nut-free, sustainably sourced and managed menu.

Nem N' Nem 
Nem N' Nem trailer is a family established business, operating since April 2014. Growing up in Hanoi, brother and sister team Ken and Kathy have been living in Australia for over ten years. From a passion and love of cooking combined with pride of their rich Asian heritage, Ken and Kathy aim to bring the taste of Vietnamese street foods to Melbourne food lovers.
Dietary requirements: vegetarian options, vegan options, gluten-free, nut-free (on request).

Perfect Coffee
Voted ‘Dandenong Market’s favourite coffee trader’ in the Melbourne Market Awards 2015
After that perfect coffee to kick start your market shopping? Perfect Coffee is the perfect place. Owner Sam Vavasis has a long history with Dandenong Market and his team pride themselves on customer service. You can grab yourself a hot drink, milkshake, frozen drink, ice-cream, fresh slices and more.

Perla Tacos
Perla Tacos create soft corn tacos and salads that are gluten free, generous, fresh and super tasty. They pride themselves on their locally sourced ingredients and healthy cooking methods, also providing vegetarian and vegan options.
Dietary requirements: vegetarian options, gluten-free-options, nut-free.

PiqNiq Hut
Indulge your taste buds with an authentic selection of Sri Lankan Street foods such as Devilled Chicken, Street Curry Combo, Hoppers (bowl shaped pancakes), Lamprais and Kothu Roti which is cooked on a bbq grill while you wait.

Saccha Cane Juice
Les and the team crush sugarcane on the spot adding fresh ingredients, sourced from the market. Refreshing and naturally sweet, sugarcane juice is low GI, high in antioxidant and packed with vitamins and minerals.
Dietary requirements: vegan, vegetarian, organic, sustainable.

Sansan’s Dumpling House
Sansan's Dumpling House prides itself on its traditional dumplings, golden pies and soft Chinese buns that are all handmade and homemade from an ancient family recipe.

Sataylicious is a family-owned business who prepare and sell freshly made satay sticks and peanut sauce, using a complex blend of spices to create that unforgettable taste and aroma of authentic satay.
Dietary requirements: halal.

Señor BBQ
Senor BBQ serves delicious traditional Argentinean BBQ, charcoal grilled chorizos, chicken and beef ribs (asado).
Dietary requirements: halal, gluten-free.

Soul Kitchen Pizza
Soul Kitchen woodfired pizza truck serves up the finest woodfired pizza, using only the best local and imported produce. Their pizza dough proves for 24 hours or more and is hand stretched to order, then topped with the' famous' San Marzano tomatoes, artisan cheese's & amazing produce.
Dietary requirements: vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free.

It doesn’t get much more American than the classic ‘grilled cheese sandwich’ – or as they call them, TOASTAs. They specialise in gourmet, high quality toasties, and all natural house mixed sodas. They have a number of traditional American style toasties, such as one with Mac and cheese in it! Must try the “CHARLIE”, with swiss cheese, shredded chicken, bacon, basil and walnut pesto, roast capsicum.

Vietnamese Food Bar
Vietnamese Food Bar offers a delicious range of Vietnamese pork rolls, rice paper rolls, the much loved fragrant Vietnamese soup pho, and a delicious range of Vietnamese dishes, handmade by owner Oahn Nguyen.

Welcome to Gozleme
Freshly made gozleme with spinach and cheese. The dough for the gozleme will be rolled onsite - in front of visitors eyes - it doesn’t get more freshly made than that!

Zero Lam
Japanese street food made to order. With Gyoza, Japanese pancakes and ice cream.


All-day live entertainment

We'll get your hips moving at our entertainment stage, featuring Melbourne's most loved multicultural performers, including the following.

10am: Welcome to Country.

10.20am: Lion Dance. The traditional lion dance is thought to bring good luck and chase away ghosts and evil spirits. The lively and awe-inspiring dance is accompanied by the music of beating of drums, cymbals, and gongs.

11.20 am: TumbarumbaFeaturing uplifting vocals, awesome percussion and eye-catching costumes, Tumbarumba is a fusion of Brazilian style, samba, batucada, hip hop and funk.

12.20pm: VardosDriven by wild violin, chased by accordion and double bass, Vardos play gypsy and traditional music learnt from Roma musicians during their travels in Eastern Europe.

1.20pm: BollydazzlersDressed in dazzling Bollywood costumes, the Bollydazzlers set the dance floor alight and enchant with an energetic display of glamour, beauty and spectacular entertainment.

2.20 pm: Flamenco Fiesta GroupThe Flamenco Fiesta Group dance performances embody fire and passion. Featuring Spanish guitarists and percussionists. 

3.20pm: Kohsar Group of Arts featuring Taqi KhanHailing from the mountain city of Quetta in Pakistan, Khan comes from a Hazara family who were originally from Afghanistan. The hugely popular singer and musician plays a lute-like, two-stringed instrument that Melbourne’s Hazara community gave him when he settled here after three months in detention on Christmas Island.


Live cooking demonstration schedule

Be inspired by our world food cooking demonstrations, created by Chef Russell Bald in The Kitchen (Market Square).

10am: Afghanistan. Traditional kebab served with flat bread and yoghurt sauce. The flavours and simplicity are why this is such a renowned meal.

11am: Vietnam. This classic cold soba noodle salad with Vietnamese style pork is a dish you’ll recreate again as it’s easy and full of flavour.

12pm: Turkey. Served as an appetizer these traditional style meatballs are packed with flavour and served with a zesty yoghurt sauce

1pm Lebanese. Breads and pizzas are a feature in most Lebanese meals. From zataar through to haloumi and fetta pies.

2pm Polish. Beetroot soup (borscht) is an aromatic and spiced flavour sensation.

3pm Cambodian. Lemongrass chicken is a feature on most Cambodian menus for good reason - its flavours will have you wanting to order more.


Family entertainment

Dandenong World Fare is family friendly and will feature a number of activities for families, including the following

  • Face painting (free)
  • Children's craft workshops (free)
  • Children's rides including laughing clowns, jumping castle, cup and saucer ride, kite rider and a giant slide (gold coin).


Highlights from Dandenong World Fare 2015