Dandenong World Fare 2017

Published : April 05, 2017

​Sunday 2 April

Travel the world at Dandenong World Fare and indulge in traditional and modern dishes from all corners of the earth. At this pop-up, hawker-style market, we have hand-picked 40 of Melbourne’s best multicultural food trucks and stalls. Celebrate the irresistible flavours of dishes from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East.

Plus be entertained by the vibrant colour and sounds of global music, be thrilled by our fairground rides and inspired by interactive cooking demonstrations.

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.


Event information

What:  Dandenong World Fare (Melbourne Food & Wine Festival)
Where: Dandenong Market. Corner Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong.
When:  Sunday 2 April
Time:  10am – 4pm
Cost:  Free entry, no booking required


Food trucks and stalls

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.

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. Cafe Marketto  is located in The Bazaar.

CAFÉ VALENTINA: There's a world of difference between "good" and "great" coffee. Cafe Valentina by Melba Coffee only use their own award-winning beans, which are sourced direct from specialty farmers. Cafe Valentina is located in the Meat, Fish & Deli Hall.

CHILLI EXPRESS: Chilli Express is a mobile food van that caters hawker style authentic South and North Indian food.  Authentic Indian flavours are re-created with fresh produce from their own garden and sourced from local markets. Dietary requirements: halal, vegan and vegetarian options available. Facebook.

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. They also sell other Brazilian favorites on our menu such as super healthy Acai, Feijoada, and delicious pastries like coxhinha and pastels; as well as Pao De Queijo (yummy cheese bread) freshly baked is a Charcoal BBQ restaurant on wheels in Melbourne. Facebook and Twitter.

THE CYPRIOT KITCHEN: All products are handmade using our Yiayias' secret recipes, and we are proudly, the first family to bring Cypriot cuisine to Melbourne markets! Dietary requirements: vegetarian options, halal chicken, gluten-free option, nut free option. Their menu is sustainably sourced and managed. Facebook.

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. Dietary requirements: Nut free and dairy free. Dandee Donuts is located in Market Square. Facebook.

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.Dandy Burek is located in Market Square.

DELICIOUS MAURITIUS: A tropical mélange of French, Creole, Chinese and Indian, Delicious Mauritius brings Mauritian street food to Dandenong Market. Known for one of the best and most authentic Dal Puris in Melbourne. Delicious Mauritius is located in Market Square.

DON PIERO PIZZERIA: Don Piero Pizzeria have a mouth-watering range of traditional Italian cuisine including gourmet gluten-free pizza and pasta, lasagna, spinach and ricotta cannelloni, risottos and arancini. Dietary requirements; gluten-free options available Don Piero Pizzeria is located in Market Square.

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. FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

DOS DIABLOS: 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. Facebook.

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. Dough Works Gozleme & Kebabs is located in Market Square. Facebook.

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. Dutch Poffertjes is located in The Pantry.

18 GRAMS CAFE: A great place to grab a coffee, fresh juice, churros or Turkish sweet on your way into the Market. Or stop by for a fresh salad or home made soup for lunch. 18 Grams Café is located in Market Square.

EL CHIVI: El Chivi serving fresh, hot and tasty Uruguayan steak sandwiches “Chivitos” and Dulce de leche treats. Dietary requirements: vegan option available, vegetarian options available, gluten free buns and chips available. Facebook and Instagram.

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. Fat Kebabs is located in The Pantry.

FLAMIN SKEWERS (FLAMIN 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. Facebook.

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. Food to Go Vietnamese is located in Market Square.

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.

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. Golden Popcorn is located in Market Square.

THE GRILL: The kransky (or carniolan sausage) is a Slovenian sausage served whole, on a delicious bun. Served with your choice of sauerkraut, Chimichurri, cheese and/or caramelised onion. Also on offer: delicious, juicy burgers: The Classic, The Double, Beast Burger. The Grill is located both in the event space and in Market Square. Facebook.

HOT POUCH BAR AND DINING: Scrumptious pub-style food including chicken parma, nachos and crunchy toasties. Plus barista made-coffee, smoothies and mocktails.

HUNGARIAN STRUDEL: Hungarian Strudel offers authentic strudel baked to a unique home style recipe using genuine wholesome ingredients. Hungarian Strudel is located in Market Square.

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). Dietary requirements: vegetarian options available. King of Falafel is located in Market Square.

KORNEY’S: Fancy a delicious and healthy snack? Try Korney's flavoured corn in a cup. Available in various flavours including original, lemon, bbq, Mexican and Indian masala. Dietary requirements: vegetarian. Korney’s is located in Market Square.

LET’S WAFFLE AND SHAKE: Indulge in Belgian waffles served on a stick and covered and topped with some sweet flavours. They have 12 delicious wafflepops on the menu, including cholate party rainbow and salted caramel pop and 3 super shake and 10 classic milkshake flavours to choose from. Dietary requirements: Vegetarian and halal options available. Sustainably sourced and managed menu. FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

MELBOURNE PAELLA COMPANY: Melbourne Paella is more than just a dish, it is a spectacle of the senses with fragrant scents and enticing sizzle. Dietary requirements: pescatarian, halal (seafood only paella), gluten-free, nut free, airy free, only sustainable seafood used. Facebook and Twitter.

NEM N’ NEM: 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, organic food, nut-free by request. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

NEPAL DINING ROOM: Nepal Dining Room believe in sharing their rich culture and tradition through food to the people of Victoria. They love to participate at various festivals and events to promote the Nepalese street food which they believe is healthy, fresh, exotic and unique tasting. 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. Facebook.

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. One Dollar Kueh is located in Market Square.

OSAKA KITCHEN: Osaka Kitchen has a delicious range of Japanese cuisine including sushi, udon noodles, soya noodles, takoyaik and okonomiyaki (traditional Japanese pancake) all made freshly on site. To compliment your meal, why not have a cup of green tea, or try a genmaicha tea (classic Japanese green tea) which will delight with its warm and nutty taste. Osaka Kitchen is located in Market Square.

PERFECT COFFEE: 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. Perfect Coffee is located in Market Square.

PIQNIQ HUT: Indulge your tastebuds 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. PiqNiq Hut is located in Market Square.

SACCHA CANE JUICE: Loved and craved by many in over 130 countries, sugarcane juice is the quintessential drink to have with any street food. Saccha’s fresh approach, crushing Australian grown sugarcane on the spot adding fresh ingredients such as ginger, strawberries and pineapple, sourced from the market. Dietary requirements: vegetarian, vegan, halal, gluten-free, organic, nut-free, sustainably sourced and managed menu. Saccha Cane Juice is located both in the event space and in Market Square.

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. Sansan’s Dumpling House is located in Market Square.

SATAYLICIOUS: Sataylicious is a family-owned business who prepare and sell freshly made satay sticks and peanut sauce, either to take home and cook in an instant or cooked as a snack while shopping the Market. Sataylicious is located in the Meat, Fish & Deli Hall.

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

THE SOUP FACTORY:The ultimate Autumn comfort food: hot soup served in their crusty homemade bread roll. Try their roast pumpkin, sweet potato, coriander and leek soup to warm your belly. Or perhaps a traditional borscht is more your thing? 

TO NOSTIMO: To Nostimo offer mamma’s homemade ‘soutzoukakia’, with old and tried recipes dating back from grandmothers’ notes. To Nostimo marry Greek tradition with all the influences from contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Vegetarian options available. Facebook.

TRADITIONAL LEMONADE STAND: Deliciously cool, organic lemonade, made one-site and on the day for maximum freshness and taste. Try a slushie or traditional lemonade with a shot of mixed berries, lime or strawberry All served in cups made from recycled materials.

VELVET CRÈME: Velvet Crème is a dessert truck serving French pastry and gelato. They make everything from scratch, with love & integrity (no artificial preservatives or flavourings!) Currently, they are serving: macaron glacé (Macaron ice cream sandwich), ice cream cookie sandwich, watermelon spider and gelato. Facebook and Twitter.

VIETNAMESE FOOD BAR: Vietnamese Food Bar one of our newest food destinations , 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. Vietnamese Food Bar is located in the Pantry.

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!

WHY NOT WOODEN BAKERY: Husband and wife team Kamil and Rhonda Tannous opened the Why Not? Wooden Bakery in August 2011. The couple bakes traditional Lebanese pizza and pastries of various flavours, all baked daily.

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: NORIKO & GEORGE: Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, George and Noriko have been kicking up a storm wherever they play. His lightning fast blues licks, and growling harmonica enhanced by the percussive sounds of the traditional, fretless three-string shamisen has morphed into a kind of bluegrass hard country blues.

11AM: FLAMENCO FIESTA GROUP: The Flamenco Fiesta Group dance performances embody fire and passion. Featuring Spanish guitarists and percussionists.

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.

1PM: TUMBARUMBA: Featuring uplifting vocals, awesome percussion and eye-catching costumes, Tumbarumba is a fusion of Brazilian style, samba, batucada, hip hop and funk.

2PM: JASPORA: Jaspora bring you the smooth groovy vibes of Calypso, the high energy and that crazy dancing feeling of Soca as well as those off beats of Jamaican Reggae. We also trek to Africa to bring you Soukous, a feel good uplifting funky African genre as well as a quick paddle across the sea to Mauritius for some hip shaking Sega and Seggae music!

3PM: BRAZILIAN CARNIVAL. Experience the beautiful brazilian carnival with our high energy, soulful and passionate performers, filled with feathers, glitz and glam, energetic batucada drummers and breaktaking capoeira dancers.

Plus roaming throughout the market:

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.

WUNDER BRASS: The Bavarian musical experience Down Under! Facebook.

CIRQUE MYSTIQUE STILT WALKERS: Two talented stilt walking characters provide colourful, visual spectacles with larger than life interactive personalities.


Live cooking demonstrations all day from 10am - 4pm:

ALOO TIKI WITH TAMARIND CHUTNEY: delicious spicy Indian potato cakes with sweet sour tamarind and date chutney.

MOROCCAN HARIRA: halal lamb and vegie broth scented with ras el hanout and cilantro.

PAN-FRIED PITA BREAD AFGHANI-STYLE: sweet with honey and spice  or savoury with garlic, parsley and sumac

BUN CHA-HANOI'S FAVOURITE LUNCH: BBQ pork patties with noodles, nuoc cham and green mango in a lettuce cup

JAMAICAN KINGFISH CERVICHE: super fresh white fish ‘cooked’ in lime juice with coconut, grilled sweetcorn and chili picante salsa

Fairground rides

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. 


Family entertainment

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)
  • Children's craft workshops (free) - please note the craft workshops are in Market Square


Getting here

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:

A free shuttle bus will be looping from both these car parks to Dandenong Market, on a 15 minute loop, from 8:45am until 4:15pm. 


IMPORTANT: Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project will be completing works on Sunday 2 April. There will be no trains running from Dandenong to Pakenham and Cranbourne. During this time, Metro Trains will be replacing trains with buses matching the Metro Trains timetable. 

Note: on Sunday 2 April, trains will be running from Caulfield to Dandenong.

On Sunday 2 April for Dandenong World Fare, a free shuttle bus will be looping from Dandenong train station to Dandenong Market, on a 15 minute loop, from 9:45am until 4:15pm. See above map.


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 Dandenong World Fare events