Dandenong World Fare 2018
Published : April 16, 2018
Sunday 25 March 2018
Join Melbourne's largest community celebration of multicultural food at Dandenong World Fare, hosted by Dandenong Market.
At this free event, over 50 food trucks and stalls will showcase delectable dishes from all over the world, taking you on an international journey that will tantalise your taste buds and awaken the senses. From the classic to the exotic, and the savoury to sweet, indulge in our pick of Melbourne’s best multicultural restaurants, food trucks and stalls.
The Dandenong World Fare will also dish up tantalising cultural entertainment as visitors feast their eyes on mesmerising performances, world music and awe-inspiring dance.
And don’t forget to explore Dandenong Market: with over 200 market stalls, it’s all about fresh produce, huge variety and amazing bargains.
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.
What: Dandenong World Fare (Melbourne Food & Wine Festival)
Where: Dandenong Market. Corner Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong.
When: Sunday 25 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Cost: Free entry, no booking required
Food trucks and stalls
BEST LANGOS: Traditional Hungarian flatbread available in savoury and sweet varieties including garlic langos, cheese langos, jam langos and Nutella and fruit. Made on the spot, Best Langos are the only food stall in Melbourne making this traditional dish. Vegan, vegetarian, dairy free, sustainable dishes available. Facebook and Instagram.
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. Facebook and Twitter.
COPA FOOD TRUCK: Copa Food Truck are an authentic Brazilian BBQ; cooking our deliciously marinated meats over charcoal…no oils!.... in a traditional Churrascaria oven. Vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, dairy-free dishes available. Facebook and Twitter.
CRIS BBQ: Coming from Northern Phillipines, Cris BBQ offer authentic Filipino dishes with a modern twist. Their menu includes Filipino chicken and pork skewers served in bread roll in salad, grilled corn, spring rolls, pork crackers and chicken spare ribs.
DIPPIN’ DOTS: 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. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free dishes available. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
DOS DIABLOS: Dos Diablos serve up a range of fast, fresh and fun, mouth-watering Mexican street food, in particular their signature stand-out tacos.Vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, sustainable, organic dishes available. Facebook.
FAT KEBABS: Visit Mustafa and his friendly team at Fat Kebabs for their mouth-watering beef or chicken kebabs or made-to-order shish kebabs cooked on charcoal and rolled in freshly made Turkish bread with your choice of salad and sauce. Vegetarian, halal, dairy-free dishes available.
FLAMIN SKEWERS: Traditional Cambodian street barbecue. You simply must try their marinated lamb on the spit, mouth-watering BBQ beef ribs and beef salad rolls. Halal, gluten-free, dairy-free dishes available. Facebook.
FOZZY & CO: Created by Chef Luca Fazzari (Grossi Florentino, Atlantic Group), Fozzy & Co combines quality ingredients and selects the freshest produce to bring you Italian street food. Dietary requirements: vegetarian options, nut-free. Facebook and Instagram.
HIMALAYAN TIBETAN TENT: Tibetan fried noodles and momos.
KIMU-KOREAN JAPANESE EATERY: Try the smoky, sticky free range teriyaki chicken with rice and a crunchy side slaw and Kimchi! Facebook.
LITTLE PEDDLER: Malaysian and Vietnamese Hawker foods - Hokkien noodles, BBQ meat skewers, Sticky wings, BBQ seafood. Vegetarian, halal dishes available. Facebook.
LET IT GO: Creamy mussels and stir-fried pippies.
MARKET TAVERN: Scrumptious pub-style food including chicken parma, nachos and crunchy toasties. Plus barista made-coffee, smoothies and mocktails, beer and wine. Vegan, vegetarian, halal, dairy-free dishes available. Facebook.
MELBOURNE PAELLA COMPANY: Melbourne Paella is more than just a dish, it is a spectacle of the senses with fragrant scents and enticing sizzle. Halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, sustainable dishes available. Limited amount of vegetarian paella available on teh day. Facebook and Twitter.
NEPAL DINING ROOM: Nepal Dining Room offer Nepalese street food which they is healthy, fresh, exotic and unique tasting. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free dishes available. Facebook and Instagram.
NZ STREET FOOD: Kiwi inspired kai (food), served from a classic food truck. NZ Street Food is best known for our hugely popular hāngi, a traditional dish made with chicken, lamb, potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, cabbage, stuffing and fried bread. Vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free. Facebook.
SACCHA CANE JUICE: Saccha’s fresh approach, crushing Australian grown sugarcane on the spot adding fresh ingredients such as ginger, strawberries and pineapple. Vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, sustainable, organic dishes available. Saccha Cane Juice is located both in the event space and in Market Square. Facebook and Instagram.
SENOR BBQ: Senor BBQ serves delicious traditional Argentinean BBQ, charcoal grilled chorizos, chicken and beef ribs (asado). Vegetarian, gluten-free dishes available. Facebook.
SOUP FACTORY: The ultimate comfort food: hot soup served in a crusty bread roll. Try their roast pumpkin, sweet potato, coriander and leek soup to warm your belly. Or perhaps Asian chicken and corn is more your thing? The Soup Factory even make a scrumptious lentil soup for the vegans! Vegan, vegetarian, halal, dairy-free dishes available.
SWEET FACTORY: Fairy floss and snow cones. Vegetarian, dairy-free dishes available.
TWISTA BROS: Classic potato twistas on a stick. Twista bros potatoes are purchased by local farmers, then battered using a secret recipe, twisted around a bamboo stick, fried to perfection, and then seasoned with your choice of ten delicious flavours. Vegetarian, halal, dairy-free, sustainable dishes available. Facebook and Instagram.
YO INDIA: Born from our love of spice, bold flavors and a bit of Bollywood, Yo India has officially been on the streets of Melbourne since 2014 under the cover of Big Cook Little Cook. Over the last two years, they’ve put a lot of heart, love and energy into creating an amazing best food truck experience. Try their tandooris, butter chicken, lamb korma, slow cooked lentil masala, chili beef tacos and smoky jam chicken. Vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, sustainable dishes available. Facebook and Instagram.
ZERO LAM: Zero Lam will be cooking iconic Japanese street food, Takoyaki and Taiyaki. Takoyaki contains the traditional ingredients of octopus and spring onions. With the taiyaki, there will be a choice of sweet fillings - red bean, custard or chocolate. These foods are cooked-to-order, with skilled hands on specialised moulds, in front of the customer.
PLUS, explore 29 of Dandenong Market's permanent market stalls and trucks: Australian Banana Bread, Cafe Marketto, Cafe Valentina, Dandee Donuts, Dandelicious Café, Dandy Burek, Dandy Pizza, Delicious Mauritius, Dough Works, Dutch Poffertjes, 18 Grams Cafe, Fat Kebabs, Food To Go Vietnamese, Golden Popcorn, The Grill, Kadak Chai, King of Falafel, Melina's Bakery & Larder, One Dollar Kueh, Pardon My French Creperie, Perfect Coffee Shop, PiqNiq Hut, Sansan's Dumpling House, Sataylicious, Si-KAT Pinoy Eatscetera, TaZa, Thela7292, The Traditional Lemonade Stall, Vietnamese Food Bar and Why Not? Wooden Bakery.
Download menu summary detailing which traders offer vegan, vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, sustainable or organic dishes. (Note: the summary dishes that there are dishes available, not the complete menu. Please confirm with the trader on the day when ordering).
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: FLAMENCO FIESTA GROUP: The Flamenco Fiesta Group dance performances embody fire and passion. Featuring Spanish guitarists and percussionists. Facebook.
11AM: TUMBARUMBA: Featuring uplifting vocals, awesome percussion and eye-catching costumes, Tumbarumba is a fusion of Brazilian style, samba, batucada, hip hop and funk. Facebook.
12PM: BOLLYDAZZLERS: Dressed in dazzling Bollywood costumes, the Bollydazzlers set the dance floor alight and enchant with an energetic display of glamour, beauty and spectacular entertainment. Facebook.
1PM: LION DANCE AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE DRUMMING: Traditional Chinese performance by the Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts School including the awe-inspiring lion dance, martial arts demonstration and drumming. Facebook.
2PM: ZAFIRE: a taste of Brazilian carnival with high energy dancers, and gravity-defying capoeira dancers.
3PM: AFRICAN DRUMMING: African drumming performance by Super Mande Percussion, the African Drumming Academy & Performance centre of West African music, culture, drumming and dance. Facebook.
(ROAMING THROUGHOUT THE DAY) VARDOS: Driven 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. Facebook.
(ROAMING THROUGHOUT THE DAY) WUNDER BRASS: The Bavarian musical experience Down Under! Facebook.
(ROAMING THROUGHOUT THE DAY) CIRQUE MYSTIQUE STILT WALKERS: Two talented stilt walking characters provide colourful, visual spectacles with larger than life interactive personalities.
Children's rides including laughing clowns, cup and saucer ride, chair 'o' plane, bungee jump and giant inflatables.
Note: tickets will need to be purchased for the fairground rides.
Dandenong World Fare is family friendly and will feature a number of activities for families, including the following:
- Face painting (free)
- Ta moko face painting (free)
- Henna hand painting (free)
- Free airbrush tattoos
Dandenong World Fare will take place on the Southern and North car parks, directly east of The Bazaar and Market Square. The festival can be accessed by walking through the market, or can be entered by foot via King Street or Clow Street.
Dandenong Market is easily reached via Citylink/M1, Eastlink/M3 (car travel on EastLink during Saturdays and Sundays automatically qualifies for the 20% weekend toll discount, excluding trip passes), Peninsula Link and the Prince Highway - more information about how to drive to Dandenong Market is available here.
There is free parking on site at Dandenong Market, both at the Northern car park, Clow Street car park and the underground car park.
It is anticipated that these car parks will be filled quickly. Free additional car parking will be available at:
- Thomas Street multi-deck car park (240-248 Thomas Street), and
- Walker Street multi-deck car park (35-37 Walker Street)
The Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner is also a useful travelling tool.
The Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner is also a useful travelling tool.
Highlights from previous Dandenong World Fare events