IMG_6261Asian hawker-style eating suits me.

Its the spices, the sounds, the outdoor informality, and the meandering possibilities from hot woks, steamers and grill.

So I was super excited to hear that the Night Noodle Markets were coming to Adelaide.

These markets have been firing things up in other major cities for years – I loved the Hyde Park event for after work eats – starting yesterday, Adelaide has now been added to the mix.

Underway now until 4 October, as part of the OzAsia Festival, you can graze across 21 amazing market stalls – some local, some from interstate with over 40 performers – think overhead lanterns, dancing dragons, and shared outdoor eating.

Add in the Vine Room by Yalumba, Coopers Bar, and Sweet Cheeks photo Booth.  You can write a fortune for Adelaide at the InDaily lounge, or enter the InDaily food pic comp by sending your best pics to competition@solsticemedia.com.au.  And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the OzHarvest Fortune Cookie Cart.

And entry to the precinct is free.

Here’s a few pics and clips from the launch event at the awesome Seans Kitchen – with Chef Sean Connelly himself there for the night.

Launch night eats were asian street food style – unusual for Seans but done well.  We grazed through curried udon noodles, whole roast pig, freshly folded scallop dumplings, peking duck, cambodian chicken sandwhich, and oh, those prawns… (more launch pics in gallery format on the home page).

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I left feeling full.

Pig-like perhaps.

But craving another visit to the main event.

Check out the full list of stall holders in the media release is below.

I’ll be heading to the Night Noodle Markets more than once over the next 10 days, including with my little ones in tow – they will love it too.  More pics on my social pages soon.

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Media release

Thursday, 24 September 2015

ADELAIDE RESTAURANTS & PERFORMERS CONVERGE FOR NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS

Some of Australia’s best Asian restaurants will be joining forces with exciting international performers to bring Adelaide’s first Night Noodle Markets to life from tonight until 4 October.

The Adelaide Night Noodle Markets brought to you by Good Food Month, in association with Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival will treat diners to performances by the likes of the Japanese Taiko Drum Group, 14-piece Indonesian gamelan orchestra Sambasunda and Fusion Beats Bollywood.

Taking place over 11 nights, the Adelaide Festival Centre Precinct and Station Road will be transformed into a fun festival atmosphere. With 21 amazing Night Noodle Market stalls confirmed to join over 40 performers, this will be an exciting addition to the popular OzAsia Festival.

Confirmed performers at the Night Noodle Markets include:

  • Adelino Angklung
  • Chinese Arts School of SA
  • Chinese Lion Dancers
  • Chinese Welfare Services of SA
  • DJ’s
  • Dodi Drumming Group
  • Eltambo
  • Fusion Beats Bollywood
  • Hindustani Music Group
  • Indonesian Quartet
  • Japanese pop rock group
  • Kalalaya Music Group
  • Kalalaya Pom Pom Dancers
  • Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker
  • Mudra Dance Academy
  • Ondel Ondel
  • Paradise of Cantonese Opera (SA)
  • Risky Summerbee
  • Samba Sunda
  • Samurai Warrior
  • Taiko Drum Group
  • Talempong Quartet
  • Temple of Fine Arts
  • Vanguards
  • West Java Rampak Kendan

As marketgoers absorb the dazzling sights and sounds of OzAsia’s roving performers and watch exciting stage performances, they will be able to sit back and enjoy dishes from the noodle stallholders, both local and interstate.

Joining the gathering of local gems including Kopi & Kitchen, Mai Kitchen and Tammy’s Meat Rolls will be interstate favourites such as Filipino barbecue merchants Hoy Pinoy, Japanese fusion street food vendor Everybody Loves Ramen, as well as N2 Extreme Gelato.

For the Asian cuisine diehard, there will be vegan dumplings, pork dim sims, pork yakisoba, barbeque pork buns, chilli crab baos, ramen tacos, teppanyaki and gyoza just to name a few. For those with a sweet tooth there will be caramel and lychee waffle sticks, Nutella-filled baonuts, mango salted coconut chia puddings and N2 Extreme Gelato’s inventive Ferrero Reveal and Brokeback Moment also on offer.

The sponsors and partners for the Night Noodle Markets will be transforming the spaces in and around the Adelaide Festival Centre Precinct into glorious destinations for marketgoers to enjoy the full experience of food, entertainment and atmosphere.

The Coopers beer garden themed “ale and spice” will offer diners a comfortable and welcoming place to sit and enjoy the market dishes, and test the theory that Coopers’ ales enhance the spice flavours in different foods.

In keeping with the fun and vibrant street atmosphere, Adelaide Casino is proud to showcase the world’s fastest growing and most popular Asian-themed game, Baccarat, via specialist ‘learn to play’ tables in the Coopers Beer Garden. Adelaide Casino’s very own Madame Hanoi will also have a food stall at the markets where festivalgoers can enjoy chef Nic Watt’s unique and flavoursome Vietnamese cooking.

For those wanting a little vino, Yalumba Wine are unveiling The Vine Room at the Night Noodle Markets where visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy some of South Australia’s much-loved wines within a pop-up cellar door.

“With OzAsia and our first Night Noodle Markets launching tonight, we are so excited to be a part of this amazing event that brings together people to celebrate culture, diversity and of course, good food,” Head of Food, Fairfax Events James Laing said.

Adelaidians and visitors are encouraged to #jointhefeast on social media by posting photos on Instagram of their best feast. The photos could be of a dumpling making venture, a picnic, a dinner party at home, a night at Noodles or anything in between. Up to two winning photos – shared using the #jointhefeast hashtag – will be picked by the Good Food Month team with the winners rewarded with a VIP night at Noodles*.

The Night Noodle Markets will run from Monday to Wednesday 5pm-9pm, Thursday and Friday 5pm-10pm, and on weekends the excitement will kick off at noon until 10pm Saturday, and 9pm Sunday. Entry is free.

Key festival dates include:

  • Night Noodle Markets: 24 September to 4 October
  • OzAsia Festival: 24 September to 4 October
  • OzAsia Moon Lantern Festival: 27 September

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