The Night Noodle Markets
Melbourne knows how to celebrate food. And with the warmer weather settling in as summer fast approaches, there is no better time to get out and enjoy what Melbourne has to offer.
There have been large number of food festivals and markets that have popped up in recent years, including VegoFest and the Beef & Beer Fest, and several cheese festivals – Fromage a Trois, Say Cheese, and Mould, to name a few. Among these festivals, one of the standouts is the Night Noodle Markets.
Located on Birrarung Marr, just down from Federation Square, the Night Noodle Market will run from 5pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends for over two weeks from 8 – 25 November. Entry is free, and this is a cash-free event – card only, for your convenience. And like any Melbourne event, there will be live music by local artists and a bar to cleanse your palate.
The name might be a little deceptive. It’s not just noodles on the menu. A variety of Asian and fusion cuisine is available, from Filipino barbecue to Taiwanese steamed buns, Korean tacos to Japanese teppanyaki. The ever-popular Black Star Bakery will also be returning with its famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake, which is the perfect end for a warm evening.
So, head on down to the Night Noodle Market to see Melbourne food at its multicultural best. Early arrival is recommended so that you don’t get overrun by the crowds!
Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne Music Week is back again with an incredible line-up that features some of the best indie, contemporary and alternative artists from around Australia.
This year over 250 musical acts and 85 events will pop up around Melbourne from 16-24 November in one of the greatest showcases of Australia’s local musical talent. Performances will take place in a variety of settings, from Melbourne’s iconic Town Hall Grand Organ to the stage at Federation Square; from the Melbourne Star Observational Wheel to the Immigration Museum. And while popular and international acts such as You Am I and Jeff Mills will be showing their stuff, there will also be a chance for independent acts, schools and buskers to experience being in front of a live audience. Not only that, but several of these events around the city will also be free, including a late-night performance by Penny Ikinger and Ollie Olsen in the State Library’s historical Redmond Barry Reading Room.
And, for the more intellectual crowd, there will also be a number of free talks by musicians, academics and other musical experts on a range of topics such as music therapy, human rights in music, and China’s contemporary music industry.
Check out the program for more information, and get ready to experience some of the remarkable talent and musical culture that Melbourne has to offer.