Dandenong World Fare 2017

Published : February 23, 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

Dandenong Market is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from food trucks and stalls to participate in Dandenong World Fare 2017. Click here for more information and to apply.


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 and 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.
  • The Lone Mariarchi. Born in Tijuana , Mexico, The Lone Mariachi studied classical guitar, charango, bass, vihuela, panflutes, and electric guitar. Moved to Australia in 2007. Since then, The Lone Mariachi has been a part of the Melbourne scene entertaining all kind of audiences.
  • Cirque Mystique stiltwalkers. 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 (ramadan soup): halal lamb and vegie broth scented with ras el hanout and cilantro.
  • Pan fried pita bread Afgahni-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
  • Jamacian 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, jumping castle, cup and saucer ride, kite rider and a giant slide. Note: tickets will need to be puchased 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)


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, 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 9:45am until 4:14pm.