The round-up: where to celebrate Chinese New Year in 2016
We may have celebrated the start of a new calendar year on January 1, but Chinese New Year, which falls on the eighth of this month, is just around the corner. With festivities set to continue well into February, Brisbane locals will have the opportunity to embrace the Asian culture through a range of special events, from traditional lion dancers and firecracker displays, to sumptuous Chinese banquets and street food markets. Here are just some of the ways you can help ring in the Year of the Monkey.
BrisAsia Festival – Hosted in various locations around Brisbane from February 5–28, the BrisAsia Festival 2016 boasts an exciting program packed with free events including food and market stalls, dance and music performances, cosplay parades, firecracker displays and traditional lion dancers.
Sunnybank Plaza – Sunnybank Plaza knows how to celebrate Chinese New Year to the fullest, which is evident by its extensive program of free activities. From Chinese embroidery demonstrations and Feng Shui consultations, to noodle-making demonstrations and monkey mask-making workshops, the shopping complex will be abuzz with activities from February 3–7. The centre’s award-winning Food Discovery Tours will also be running across the weekend, with chef Tony Ching guiding participants around the best places to eat, drink and shop for fresh Asian fare, concluding in an authentic Asian meal.
Treasury Hotel & Casino – Treasury will host a range of delectable celebrations from February 6–28, including a Lunar High Tea of Asian sweets and savouries at The Lab Bar, an Asian banquet for two at Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle, an Asian Mixer in Stephens Lane, and the Lunar Street Vendor on the Queen Street steps, plating up delicious Asian street-food favourites including spicy chicken skewers, pork gyoza, chicken salad, salmon & avocado rolls and chia seed pudding.
Sunny Park Shopping Centre – From February 3–7, the centre will be offering shoppers a number of authentic and delicious Asian dining experiences, along with a range of free events including Chinese face painting, ice carving and a Chinese calligraphy demonstration.
Chinatown Chinese Lunar New Year – As part of the BrisAsia Festival, Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown mall will come to life, aglow with Chinese lanterns and traditional red decorations. Join in and celebrate The Year of the Monkey with colourful festivities including lion dancers, firecrackers, traditional music and cultural performances.
Fo Guang Shan Chung Tian Temple – Priestdale’s traditional temple will be hosting Chinese New Year celebrations on Sunday February 7, which will include a blessing ceremony and lion dance to bring good fortune for the Year of the Monkey. The Chung Tian Temple, which means ‘middle heaven’, will also host a cultural open day on Sunday February 14, allowing guest the opportunity to explore is picturesque grounds and discover more about Buddhism.
Chop Chop Chang’s – Set in the heart of West End’s dining precinct, it’s no surprise this popular pan-Asian eatery is pulling out to big guns to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. From February 7–8, diners can sit down to a special Chinese New Year banquet and stuff themselves silly.
Peng You – This traditional Asian kitchen and bar, located in Gasworks Plaza, is celebrating Chinese New Year in style. Join in the festivities spanning February 6–8, including a sumptuous lunch, dinner and cocktail event.
Indooroopilly Shopping Centre – From February 8–10, take a break from shopping and enjoy performances by traditional lion dancers and Chinese ribbon dancers, and partake in lucky fortune cookie giveaways.
Mon Komo Hotel – During the week of February 8–15, guests are invited to indulge in a five-course banquet featuring sweet and sour pork belly, Mongolian lamb and special fried rice.
Augustine’s on George – Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special six-course meal at this iconic fine dining restaurant. Head along on February 5 to enjoy a range of Asian delicacies including duck spring rolls, sticky rice, eye fillet with black bean jus, and sago pudding.
Sichuan Bang Bang – Got plans on February 9? If you don’t, then best you head to Sichuan Bang Bang for a special Chinese New Year banquet. At the bargain price of $60 a head, we’d recommend you make a booking sooner rather than later.