Get ready to embark on a tantalising culinary adventure, as the much-loved Hawker 88 Night Market returns to Queen Victoria Market tonight for its exclusive five-week season. Kicking off with a spectacular ‘Taste of Asia Night,’ the market will showcase the best of Asian culture through mouth-watering street food, unique retail stalls, and thrilling live performances every Wednesday night from April 12th to May 10th.
On opening night, prepare to be dazzled by a plethora of cultural performances and interactive activities, ranging from Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese dance groups to Malaysian and Indian dance workshops. Add a touch of magic to your evening with traditional dragon dancing and immerse yourself in the sweet tunes of Filipina soul singer Karen Esco.
Feast your senses on authentic Asian cuisine from over 20 specialty stalls, including the likes of Truksty Group’s fried Chinese dumplings and cheesy dogs, Parco Ramen’s flavourful chicken tonkatsu soup, and Ms Dangz’s irresistible Alaskan crab wontons. Spice up your night with Lui Boss’s Korean popcorn chicken and kimchi fries, indulge in a decadent dessert from Durasia’s durian ice cream or Rainbow Fairy Floss’s themed creations, and quench your thirst with fresh coconut and sugarcane juice from the Coconut Hub.
The festivities continue each week with themed events and entertainment, such as Malaysia Durian Night, Korea Japan Night, Bollywood Night, and Island Night. With each event, you’ll enjoy an array of culturally-immersive experiences, from lion dancing and K-pop performances to Bollywood dance workshops and captivating Filipino cultural shows.
Inspired by the bustling Asian street markets, the Hawker 88 Night Market features lanterns suspended from the market sheds and long hawker-style share tables that create an inviting, colourful atmosphere. Immerse yourself in this unique experience, and make memories to cherish as you explore the enticing food and beverage offerings and diverse entertainment.
Don’t miss this incredible journey through the vibrant world of Asian cuisine and culture, right in the heart of Melbourne! Mark your calendars for every Wednesday night from April 12th to May 10th, between 5pm-10pm. Entry is free, with food, drinks, and wares available for purchase.