Sizzle, spark and spice – where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Brisbane
One of the best parts of living in Australia is the huge mix of cultures that we have going on here. Many other countries have brought their customs and celebrations to our shores, giving us even more reasons to learn about and appreciate our global community. One of the most significant events on the world calendar is Lunar New Year, a time when people from Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese backgrounds celebrate the lunar calendar ticking over into a new year. Come Friday February 12, we will officially welcome the Year of the Ox – here are the best places around Brisbane to celebrate.
BrisAsia Festival, various locations: One of our city’s most anticipated annual cultural events, BrisAsia Festival, is back for another year! For the entire month of February, various venues across Brisbane will be playing host to a huge range of amazing events that have been curated to showcase the depth and diversity of Asian arts and culture. The festival shines a light on both modern and traditional aspects of the continent and its people, as well as how we celebrate Brisbane’s own cultural diversity. From sizzling food weekends to live concerts, there’s so much to check out over the course of the festival – which also happens to fall on Lunar New Year! Head here for more info.
Southside, South Brisbane: Fish Lane’s multi-level restaurant Southside is putting on one heck of a culinary offering for Lunar New Year from February 10–14. The jam-packed menu of Chinese-centric delights features the likes of potato-and-truffle spring rolls, Chinese-mushroom-and-wakame crystal dumplings, hiramasa kingfish with charred onion and black vinegar, salted duck egg custard buns and much, much more. To make a reservation, pop over here.
Sono, Hamilton: Spend your Lunar New Year’s celebrations looking over the river at Sono at Portside Wharf from February 9–14. You’ll be able to devour fanciful fare like lobster avocado yaki, unagi kabayaki with sweet soy sauce, fresh sashimi and sushi, and a decadent dessert to sate your sweet tooth. Tickets are $168 per person and a minimum of four guests are required. Book at Sono’s website.
Madame Wu, Brisbane City: Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style at Madame Wu with a mouth-watering banquet feast that’s set to deliver blessings for the year ahead. Across five nights this February – from Monday 8 to Friday 12 – load up on scallop spring rolls, scampi sashimi, smoked quail dumplings and much more for $120 per person. Book now at the Madame Wu website.
Sichuan Papa, Everton Park: Celebrate all things Lunar New Year at Sichuan Papa from February 11–13 with live lion dancing and a delicious banquet special with nine (yes, nine!) courses of eats like traditional fried rice, xiao long bao and salt-and-pepper calamari. Tickets are $55 per person and can be secured via Sichuan Papa’s website.
Sunnybank Plaza, Sunnybank: From February 10–14, Sunnybank Plaza is celebrating Lunar New Year with a plethora of family-friendly events. The free activities include zen garden workshops, art, craft and cultural displays, fruit and vegetable carving, do-it-yourself Chinese calligraphy workshops, feng shui consultations, a Lunar New Year wishing wall and so much more. To learn more, head here.
Tai Tai, South Brisbane: Tai Tai is celebrating the Chinese New Year with a feast of flavours on Friday February 12 from 6:00 pm. Tuck in to yuan boa lobster dumplings, pork belly braised in Shaoxing wine, then finish it all off with the eatery’s lip-smacking fresh-fruit platter. To book a table, head here.
Brisbane Phoenix, Brisbane City: If you’re looking for somewhere to snack on delectable Asian-inspired bites then Brisbane Phoenix is the winning destination this Lunar New Year. To mark the occasion, Brisbane Phoenix will come alive with the colour and sounds of a traditional lion dance on Thursday February 11 as well as a tasty banquet featuring all of your favourite dishes for just $68. For reservations, make tracks here.
The Multicultural Community Centre, Newmarket: Celebrate the Year of the Ox with live performances, plenty of flavoursome food and lion dances at The Multicultural Community Centre’s annual Chinese New Year night market on Saturday February 13 from 4:00–9:00 pm. There will also be a free calligraphy workshop, a treasure chest of food trucks and markets with handcrafted goods. Learn more here.
Treasury Brisbane, Brisbane City: Celebrate the Year of the Ox at Treasury Brisbane’s finest Asian-inspired restaurants – Mei Wei and Fat Noodle between February 1–28. Satiate your cravings for Chinese eats with a wok-fried beef with black bean sauce and a drink for $21 at Mei Wei or DIY your own flavoursome pho creation with Luke Nguyen’s Vietnamese steamboat at Fat Noodle. Book online for Mei Wei here and Fat Noodle here. Your tastebuds will thank you later.
Chung Tian Temple, Priestdale: Hop in your car and drive to the Chung Tian Temple in Priestdale to commemorate Chinese New Year from February 11–26. Immerse yourself in the dazzling light offering blessing services, cultural performances, lion dances, kung fu performances, art and crafts and calligraphy. Register online for free here.
Sichuan Bang Bang, Kenmore: The new year feeds continue at Kenmore’s Sichuan Bang Bang on Saturday February 13. Enjoy a street party full of colourful lion dancing and drum performances, followed by a feast of delicious Asian-inspired eats. For bookings call 0431 682 661 or to learn more, head here.
Ling Ling’s, Fortitude Valley: Head to Ling Ling’s this Lunar New Year for a four-course Asian-inspired feast paired with creative cocktails. Indulge in tempura-wasabi prawns, pork-and-chive wontons, duck pancakes and crispy pork belly served with steamed rice. Expect to sip your way through the likes of wasabi side, maple sour, chive-and-mint cooler and porcupine cocktails throughout the night whilst you take in lion dancing and drummer performances, as well as party tunes courtesy of some of Brisbane’s best DJs. For more info or to book, pop over here.