Diwali at Dandenong Market

Published : October 22, 2017

​Sunday 22 October

On Sunday 22 October, Dandenong Market is celebrating the Festival of Lights with a fun day of free entertainment for the whole family (from 10am - 4pm).

Visitors to the market can enjoy traditional live music and Bollywood-inspired performances. There will also be a delicious array of food trucks and stalls to help you indulge. Visitors to the Market can experience traditional Indian customs with free henna hand painting. 

All Diwali activities and performances are free. Sundays at the Market include free parking.


Event information

What:  Diwali Family Day
Where: Dandenong Market. Corner Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong.
When:  22 October 2016
Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  Free entry, no booking required

Food stalls

Babaji's Kitchen: Melbourne's Indian street food wallahs, paying homage to the street food hawkers of Mumbai's lanes and Indian rail's platforms. They specialities include South Indian pancakes (dosa), Keralan truckstop curries, Mumbai kebabs & tangy crunchy street snacks (chaat). Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Bombay Bitez: Mumbai street food at its best, from the humble Vadaa Pav (Indian burger) to Indian Chinese the flavours of Amchi Mumbai right here in Dandenong.

Chai Walli: Chai Walli is a Melbourne-based chai business specialising in high grade Ayurvedic Indian teas. Hand crafted by Founder, Uppma Virdi, our products are completely natural, Ayurvedic, sugar free, preservative free, vegan and have caffeine free options. Starting from humble beginnings, blending teas in Uppma's family home kitchen, Chai Walli teas are now a house hold favourite. Facebook, Instagram.

Delhi Bites: Recently relocated from New South Wales to Victoria, Delhi Bites is famous for its Tandoori chicken  and biryani.  They will also be serving up some chowmein, chaats and bhel puri, chicken tikka & biryani, chandni chowk is coming to Dandenong Market.

Golden Corn: Corn-on-the-cob cooked over charcoal and served with lemon and lime juice, chilli or salt. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and halal.

Kulfi Bar: kulfibar + soup'd up is a Melbourne food truck serving homemade rustic soups + artisan icecream: their goal is to have happy customers, spreading happiness one cup at a time.  Every Kulfi cup & Soup’d Up cup is made with the best locally-sourced ingredients they  can find, distributed from their state of the art foodtruck. Facebook, Instagram.

Rooted: Diwali may be the festival of lights, but there is no Diwali without the sweets. Take home freshly made burfis , ladoos and phirni. Enjoy a cup or sugarcane juice chaas or even a Gola!

Spicy Potato Twist: Traditional potato twist on a skewer seasoned with delicious salts and spices: masala salt, lemon and chilli, masala chicken and plain salt.

Taka Taka: Created by the distinct beat of metal on metal and it's unique blend of flavours and spices, kottu represents the epitome of Sri Lankan street food. Choose from chicken, veggie, cheesy, spicy chick peas or Nutella kotu. Facebook.

Tibetan Momo Kitchen: Delicious, authentic Tibetan food, cooked with love by Chef Rinzin:  beef or chicken momo with fresh veggies.

Two Fat Indians: The name fittingly describes Khush and his brother Michael who both share a love of good food. The fundamentals of Indian cooking, quality ingredients and freshly ground spices are used in  all of our preparations, we are sure you will be able to taste the twofatindians difference. You will leave eating more than you should! Facebook, 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. Facebook, Instagram.


Other stalls

My Beauty: At My Beauty you will find quality Henna products and Henna hair dye at the lowest prices. Check out our varieties of products to meet all your fashion and beauty needs along with tips and information to help you decide which product suits you. More information: my-beauty.org. Facebook. Instagram.



10am - 10:45am: Sikander
Sikander are a Melbourne-based outfit concocting globally-flavoured grooves, with elements of cinematic atmospherics, psychedelia, and bass culture into a groove-laden sonic spread. Stylistically, Sikander is influenced by Dub, Dancehall, leftfield House, Psychedelia, West African poly-rhythms, and the Folk sounds of the Indian subcontinent. 

11am – 11.45am: Bollydazzlers
Bollydazzler dancers are exuberant, upbeat and dazzling to watch. Dressed in colourful Bollywood costumes, the Bollydazzlers set the stage alight withenergy, style, grace and a lot of fun.

12pm – 12.45pm: RANJHE
Traditional Bhangra originated in the North Indian state of Punjab hundreds of years ago and was a group dance used to celebrate harvests and other festivities. RANJHE will be sharing this unique and energetic folk dance form with you all today. For the next item, I'd like to welcome RANJHE, a recently formed all Boys Bhangra team, who aim to celebrate the richness of the Punjabi culture and inspire the next generations to take up this prestigious and dearly loved art form.

1pm – 1.45pm: Bollydazzlers
Bollydazzler dancers are exuberant, upbeat and dazzling to watch. Dressed in colourful Bollywood costumes, the Bollydazzlers set the stage alight withenergy, style, grace and a lot of fun.

2pm – 2.45pm: Tiya Dance Troupe
Sri Lankan traditional dance from the Tiya Dance Troupe & Academy Melbourne.

3pm - 3:45pm: The Fifths
The Fifths were formed in 2012 as a natural amalgamation of music-crazy individuals eager to leave their distinct mark as musicians. The Fifths blend a unique range of classical, modern, alternative and experimental Indian and international music. Like their influences, their sources of inspiration too are varied, ranging from Mozart to the Chilli Peppers to A R Rahman to Pandit Jasraj. For the Fifths, it is all about the music!


Free activities

Free henna hand art

Turban tying

Fox FM Hit Squad visiting 12pm - 1pm


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