Lunar New Year festival

Published : February 25, 2018

​Sunday 25 February 2018

Come along on Sunday 25 February and discover the many delicious flavours, aromas, sounds and colours of Dandenong market's Lunar New Year celebration.

Join us from 10am - 4pm for stunning performances and displays that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Delight in a selection of traditional street foods and enjoy a jam-packed schedule of entertainment.

A full day of live performances including the incredible lion dance and dragon dance, and breathtaking martial arts demonstration by VTEAM.



Bento Coming
Delicious and authentic Korean street food including Korean fried chicken, bulgogi beef stir fry, spicy bulgogi chicken stir fry and Korean steak cup in chicken or beef.

Caphe Manh
Unique Vietnamese-style Ice coffee. Plus pork rolls, spring roll and rice paper rolls. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Hodduk, Hoddeok in Melbourne. The Korean style pancake! Facebook.

Korean Street Food
Korean fried chicken, chicken burger and chips, chicken salad and chips.

Ink-Redible Calamari
Ink-redible Calamari is a father and son business started up to sell just that: ink-redible salt and pepper calamari! Fresh and delicious! Facebook and Instagram.

J&T Thai Cuisine
Jack and Tracey have been cooking Thai cuisine for over 20 years. Their khaw pad saporod Thai pineapple fried rice is a must, or try their pad Thai or pad kee mow. Facebook.

Kimu-Korean Japanese Eatery
Try the smoky, sticky free range teriyaki chicken with rice and a crunchy side slaw and Kimchi! Facebook.

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. Facebook.

Nepal Dining Room
Nepal Dining Room offers Nepalese cuisine with a modern twist: simple, yet flavoursome, fresh, exotic, healthy and delicious. Their menu will take you in a journey from the popular mouth-watering street food, Momo, Aloo Chop and Sekuwa, to the traditional and exquisite slow cooked goat curry, pork curry, Lamb shanks and Pan fried king prawns. Facebook and Instagram.

One Dollar Kueh
One Dollar Kueh has a select range of Malaysian food including fragrant coconut rice, banana fritters, chicken rendang and a selection mouth-watering Malaysian sweets.

Pelita Express Kitchen
Modern Malaysian cuisine - nasi lemak, Mee hoon goreng, chicken briyani, chicken bang bang, mee goren. Facebook.

Si-Kat Pinoy Eatscetera
Si-Kat Pinoy Eatscetera has a range of delicious Filipino street foods including Arroz Caldo, a delicious Filipino congee made on a bed of sticky rice, cooked in broth with garlic, onion, chicken and topped with egg, spring onions, fried garlic and spiced lemon. Facebook and Instagram.

Skewer Me
Skewer Me offer a wide selection of quality grilled-to-perfect skewers, street food style. All skewers are prepared fresh every day, with a delicious homemade satay sauce made on site. Choose from chicken, lamb or pork belly skewers and homemade peanut satay sauce, homemade chili jam, American smoky BBQ, Chili aioli or tomato sauce. Gluten free options available. Facebook.

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, vegan, halal, sustainably sourced and managed menu.. Facebook and Instagram.


Live performances

There will be live performances all day, including:

10am: Traditional Chinese drumming followed by a lion dance
The Lunar New Year festival will open with an impressive performance by the Hung Gar Yau Shu Martial Arts School.

11am: Traditional Chinese dance performance
This stunning performance will feature 20 dancers performing a number of different traditional Chinese dance styles and techniques.

12pm: Triple lion dance 
One of Melbourne’s oldest martial arts and lion dance schools will be performing an awe-inspiring triple lion dance by the Jow Ga Kuen Dragon & Lion Dance Association.

12:30pm: Traditional Chinese dance performance
A demonstration of traditional Chinese dances including the long sleeve dance, long fan dance, Chinese new year dance, Ribbon dance, kung fu dance, umbrella dance and weapon dance.

1pmAustralia’s first Sky Dragon
Australia’s first Sky Dragon byJow Ga Kuen Dragon & Lion Dance Association featuring a flying dragon in the sky spanning over 20 meters.

1:20pm: Traditional Vietnamese dance 
Traditional Vietnamese dance by Chanh Dao Buddhist Youth Association with a modern twist.

1:30pm: The Australian Chinese Music Ensemble
Comprising Wang Zheng-Ting (sheng), Dong Qiuming (dizi), Tao Wennliang (erhu), and Gu Chuen (yangqin) and founded in 1989, the ensemble performs traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

2:30pm: VTEAM Taekwondo
The breathtaking VTEAM will be demonstrating the art of Taekwondo - their gravity-defying skills have to be seen to be believed!

3:30pmFlower Dragon dance
The Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne will be performing the Flower Dragon dance, incorporating both Chinese folk dancing and dragon dancing.


Event information

What: Lunar New Year Festival
Day: 25 February 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: Southern Car Park, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong
Cost: Free.
Parking: Parking is free for the event.


Getting here


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:


More information about train routes to Dandenong is available here.

The Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner is also a useful travelling tool.



More information about bus routes to Dandenong is available here.

The Public Transport Victoria’s journey planner is also a useful travelling tool.


Highlights from previous Lunar New Year festivals