Happy Lunar New year! Here are our top picks of ways to celebrate!

Sydney Opera House

Tai chi at sunrise, an abstract Pig Lunar Lantern, exquisite orchestral music and delectable dining. The Sydney Opera House will ring in the Year of the Pig with a vibrant program of Lunar New Year festivities as part of a 10-day celebration across the city.

The spectacular new Pig Lantern by esteemed Chinese sculptor Justin Qian will sit proudly on the Opera House’s Western Broadwalk as the centrepiece of the City of Sydney’s Lunar Lantern exhibition (1-10 Feb). The five-metre tall abstract sculptural pig has been created using an intricate latticework of pink lights that invite the viewer to explore the many unique perspectives within.

In a Lunar New Year first, a special edition Sunrise on the Steps Tai Chi class will bring tranquility, balance and peace of mind to Bennelong Point at daybreak. Grandmaster Gary Khor, the highly respected Founder & President of the Australian Academy of Tai Chi, will lead a free one-hour community tai chi class at the top of the Monumental Steps (9 Feb).

On stage in the Concert Hall, East and West will collide as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs A Lunar New Year Celebration. Conducted by young Hong Kong virtuoso Elim Chan, the concert will feature composer Li Huanzhi’s, ‘Spring Festival Overture’, dances from the heart of China, thrilling operatic moments by Borodin and Tchaikovsky, and the Jin Wu Koon Lion Dance Troupe (1-2 Feb). And chart-topping all-female music group Twelve Girls Band – Chinese New Year Concert 2019 will perform modern pop music on traditional Chinese folk instruments.

Website: sydneyoperahouse.com/lunarnewyear

New Shanghai

  1. Good fortune dumplings – Rainbow Xiao Long Bao: As part of New Shanghai’s Chinese New Year celebrations, Rainbow Xiao Long Bao will be available at their Westfield Sydney restaurant.  These rainbow delights have been made using natural fruit juices including beetroot, red cabbage, spinach and carrot juice. These are part of their special CNY banquet menu which is available for $32.
  2. Sky High dumplings: These delicious all-you-can-eat New Shanghai dumplings will be available from 1 – 10 February at the Observation Deck, Sydney Tower Eye. Returning by popular demand for a second year, the ‘towering’ dumpling feast is better than ever with extended 45-minute food-scoffing sessions so guests can gorge on delectable dumplings for longer.

Bodhi Restaurant Bar

Bodhi Restaurant Bar, one of Sydney’s most established pan-Asian vegan restaurants, will ring in the ‘Year of the Pig’ in February with a dedicated specials menu and a one-off celebration.

There are two set menus on offer: one for the lunch yum cha ($35), featuring special snow pea dumplings. The other for the evening ($60), which includes a traditional Lunar Near Year dish – longevity noodles – the symbol of a long and prosperous life.

On 5 February, Bodhi will host a Lunar New Year dinner with traditional lion performers alongside a set menu $60 where guests can choose between a mixed basket of vegan dumplings, or crispy ‘chicken’ skewers, roasted teriyaki cauliflower salad or Bodhi’s Peking ‘duck’. Bodhi will donate $5 from every set menu to the Little Oak Sanctuary, in support of rescued farmed animals. Bookings for this evening are essential.

Website: https://www.bodhirestaurant.com.au/

The Galeries

 Throughout the Lunar New Year period (31st Jan-9th Feb) The Galeries will be celebrating the year of the pig with over $2,000 in prizes to be won, lion dances, local artists and pop up food & beverage stations.

GET LUCKY: Guess the number of fortune cookies inside the ‘Get Lucky’ box for your chance to win a cash prize worth $2,000. Alternatively, keep an eye out for trays roaming the space with fortune cookies and special messages of love and blessings. 31st January – 9th February 2019, all day

SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS: Sydney-based freelance illustrator Freda Chiu has collaborated with The Galeries to create an illustrative narrative behind the Year of the Pig.  See the art progress in-centre from the 1st February 2019

PIG OUT: A custom Pig Out food stand will give attendees the opportunity to pick a lucky noodle box with a treat inside – a lucky few they will find a winning token. 5th – 7th February 2019 from 5pm – 8pm

IMMERSE IN CULTURE: Find Caishen, God of Prosperity, as he journeys through The Galeries. Thursday 31st January, at 1pm. View the Lion Dance, presented by Leung Cheung Martial Arts Academy Inc. Tuesday 5th February, at 1pm

Website: https://www.thegaleries.com

AYAM Hub

Launching on Friday 1 February, the AYAM™ Hub will feature the brand’s famous Zodiac Roulette Tuk Tuk and legendary food truck. AYAM™ Hub is the ultimate spot to enjoy great food, relax and enjoy the beautiful lantern displays and entertainment.

Consumers can begin their experience by stepping inside the famous AYAM™ Zodiac Roulette Tuk Tuk, using world-first technology, the AYAM™ Zodiac Roulette combines your Chinese and Western zodiac signs to uncover your ideal Asian dish.

Once the match is made, the Tuk Tuk will automatically dispense a relevant AYAM™ product down a chute, which you can use to whip up your destined dish. The AYAM™ Zodiac Roulette will also look into its crystal ball to deliver a personalised horoscope prediction for 2019.

Once your destiny has been revealed,stay for the delicious food at AYAM™’s tasty food truck. Serving up a selection of authentic Asian flavours, crowds can enjoy AYAM™ Malaysian Beef Rendang, AYAM™ Chicken Satay Sticks, AYAM™ Chilli Jam Stir Fry and AYAM™ Sago Dessert- $5 each.

Saturday 2nd Feb- 4pm-11pm- East Circular Quay

Sunday 3rd Feb- 12pm-7pm- Dixon Street Mall, China Town

Saturday 9th Fe b- 12pm-7pm- Dixon Street Mall, China Town

Sunday 10th Feb- 12pm-7pm- Dixon Street Mall, China Town


Lotus Dining Group

  1. Dumpling Masterclass: Join Lotus Dining Group for an exciting hands-on masterclass where you will learn the secrets of Chinese dumplings and the art of creating your very own handmade dumplings. This interactive class is hosted by Mindy Woods (ex-Masterchef) and one of Lotus’ dumpling masters. The class with conclude with a feast of your delicious creations.  Madame Shanghai on Feb 9 and Feb 23 from 12pm. Tickets are $150.
  2. Watercolour Masterclass: Join the talented Blair Zhang as she teaches how to paint with watercolour in this timely ‘Chinese New Year’ themed masterclass. During this 2.5 hour class, you will receive expert guidance whilst enjoying a customised tasting menu at Madame Shanghai. The class will be held at Madame Shanghai on February 16. Tickets are $85.
  1. Beijing Vegan Dinner: Madame Shanghai is offering a unique opportunity to explore these flavours in a Beijing inspired 10 course vegan banquet on February 5 and February 28.  Menu highlights include steamed dumplings with cucumber and black fungi and stuffed crispy eggplant with shiitake mushroom and water chestnuts.  Tickets for the dinner are $65.
  2. The Gardens by Lotus: Lotus Dining Group’s newest venue, The Gardens by Lotus will be open throughout Chinese New Year. Located inside the iconic Chinese Garden of Friendship, you can visit during the day for a modern interpretation of a Chinese High Tea or by night enjoy a spicy Sichaun inspired menu.

 

Steam Mill Lane

To celebrate the Year of the Pig, Steam Mill Lane teams up with the Lantern Festival in Tumbalong Park and brings the laneway to life with its own giant and illuminated zodiac lanterns dotted throughout. To add to the festivities there’s an all you can eat fusion feast festival; special Year of the Pig limited edition offers; live dragon dance performances; mahjong competitions; and fortune cookie giveaways.

FEAST FEST: Ring in Lunar Year at Darling Square and get stuck in with your crew at Feast Fest, as you eat your way through the laneway! Some offers available 14-17 February only include:

  • Belles Hot Chicken Bottomless wings and beer. Bookings are essential. $40 pp. 6 – 7.30pm. Bookings: https://belleshotchicken.com/darling-square-restaurant
  • Ricefields:  Unlimited Szechuan flavours buffet. Includes traditional desserts and 400 red pockets (while stocks last). $19.80 (includes a free can of soft drink) available for dinner only

LION DANCES: The laneway brings the party and hosts exciting, interactive and live performances. Saturday and Sunday at 12 & 2pm

MAHJONG COMPETITION: As one of the most popular games in China, Steam Mill Lane launches a mahjong competition throughout the celebratory period, where you can register to compete or to simply just play at your own leisure. Winners are also able to get their hands on vouchers which can be redeemed at any Steam Mill Lane venue. Friday and Saturday night (15 – 16 February)

CUSTOM FORTUNE COOKIES: Look out for your own personalised fortune cookie with a fun message inside, as some are gifted out at the end of your meal within the laneway (there may even be a sneaky prize tucked in for you!) 

To learn more visit the facebook event page here

QVB

Sydney’s Queen Victoria Building (QVB) will celebrate the Chinese tradition in style, with an extraordinary wishing tree display and rotating pop-up activations.

The QVB is launching the QVB Wishing Tree – a peach blossom tree installation beneath the historical central dome. Reaching six metres tall and spanning more than four metres in diameter, visitors can take a seat upon its base to gaze up to take a closer look – the blossoms are actually thousands of tiny felt piglets.

On Level 2, visitors will find the QVB Wishing Station, a beautiful space to celebrate Lunar New Year. The QVB invites visitors to take a moment and share their wishes for the New Year, which will be displayed beneath the dome.

Sydney calligrapher Teresa Ling will be on site to craft complimentary and customised Lunar New Year prints using calligraphy and letterpress. Simply choose a background design and New Year greeting, and Teresa will apply a letterpress golden QVB Pig to add a finishing touch.

Cruise Bar

Junk Lounge on Level 2 of Cruise Bar is hosting an exclusive Lunar New Year celebration from the 1st to the 10th of February. Indulge in a delightfully curated, Asian-inspired 3-course menu with matching wines. Guests can also experience the launch of the year of the pig with entertainment and lion dances from 7pm on the launch night of Friday the 1st of February.

Tickets are available for purchase at just $69 per person, available every evening from 1 – 10 February. Get in quick to book your Lunar New Year feast as this one will book out fast!

Website: https://www.cruisebar.com.au/lunarnewyear/

Hacienda and Q Dining

Hacienda and Q Dining make perfect dining destinations to celebrate the Chinese New Year.  Tuck into a menu inspired by the flavours of modern China and traditional Lunar Feasts before rounding out the evening and stopping by Circular Quay’s impressive events, like the Lunar Lanterns and live performances by the Sydney Symphony.

The Chinese New Year Menu will be available at both Hacienda and Q Dining, allowing visitors to choose between the elegant setting of Q Dining or Hacienda’s botanical oasis for a dining experience to celebrate and welcome the Year of the Pig. The menu is designed to share and highlights include Peking Duck Spring Rolls, BBQ Pork Buns and Hacienda’s Chili tea cocktail which is a delicious combination of vodka, mango tea and chilli.

The Chinese New Year menu will run from 1 February until 19 February.

For Hacienda: haciendasydney.com.au For Q Dining: pullmanquaygrandsydneyharbour.com

Burger Project

Burger Project is bringing Chinese New Year to life with its latest limited-edition burger, the Peking Chicken, on offer from Monday, 4 February to Sunday, 31 March. The Peking Chicken burger ($14.90) comprises of free-range crumbed chicken, salted chilli and a generous layer of house-made hoisin sauce. This authentic combination of Chinese flavours is sandwiched between a soft milk bun, alongside fresh slices of cucumber.

Burger Project is also pairing the new limited-edition burger with a bottle of Tsingtao beer, a light and crisp brew with subtle, honeyed notes. This perfectly partnered combo comes with a serving of Sichuan pepper and salt chips ($23.50).

LOTUS DINING GROUP ACTIVITY 

1. Dumpling Masterclass

Love dumplings? Join Lotus Dining Group for an exciting hands-on masterclass where you will learn the secrets of Chinese dumplings and the art of creating your very own handmade dumplings. This interactive class is hosted by Mindy Woods (ex-Masterchef) and one of Lotus’ dumpling masters. The class with conclude with a feast of your delicious creations and a recipe to try at home with your newfound skills.
Classes will be held at Madame Shanghai on February 9 and February 23.
Tickets are $150 and the classes will run from 12:00pm.
 
 
2. Watercolour Masterclass 
Join the talented Blair Zhang as she teaches how to paint with watercolour in this timely ‘Chinese New Year’ themed masterclass.
 
During this 2.5 hour class, you will receive expert guidance and hands on demonstrations from Blair whilst enjoying a customised tasting menu at Madame Shanghai.  As well as lunch, all equipment, supplies and reference materials are provided to help you create your very own watercolour masterpiece.
The class will be held at Madame Shanghai on February 16.
Tickets are $85 and the class will run from 12:00pm – 2:30pm.

 

3. Beijing Vegan Dinner

As China’s bustling capital city, Beijing is known for offering a unique style of cuisine that has been influenced by the many different culinary traditions of the people who call it home.
The food of Beijing ranges from spectacular imperial dishes to comforting home-style dishes and boasts key flavours of hot and sour. These are delivered by ingredients such as dark soy paste, sesame and scallions, keeping the flavours bold whilst remaining balanced and fresh.
Madame Shanghai is offering a unique opportunity to explore these flavours in a Beijing inspired 10 course vegan banquet on February 5 and February 28.
Menu highlights include steamed dumplings with cucumber and black fungi and stuffed crispy eggplant with shiitake mushroom and water chestnuts.
Tickets for the dinner are $65.
 
4. The Gardens by Lotus 
Lotus Dining Group’s newest venue, The Gardens by Lotus will be open throughout Chinese New Year.
Located inside the iconic Chinese Garden of Friendship, you can visit during the day for a modern interpretation of a Chinese High Tea or by night enjoy a spicy Sichaun inspired menu.
See fact sheet attached for more info on this one.

NEW SHANGHAI ACTIVITY

  1. Good fortune dumplings – Rainbow Xiao Long Bao 

As part of New Shanghai’s Chinese New Year celebrations, Rainbow Xiao Long Bao will be available at their Westfield Sydney restaurant.

These rainbow delights have been made using natural fruit juices including beetroot, red cabbage, spinach and carrot juice.

These are part of their special CNY banquet menu (see attached), which is available for $32 (min 4 people- max 6 people).

 

  1. Sky High dumplings 

To celebrate Chinese New Year 2019 the team at New Shanghai have created ‘sky high dumplings’ to ring in the new year the right way!

These delicious all-you-can-eat New Shanghai dumplings will be available from 1 – 10 February at the Observation Deck, Sydney Tower Eye.

Returning by popular demand for a second year, the ‘towering’ dumpling feast is better than ever with extended 45-minute food-scoffing sessions so guests can gorge on delectable dumplings for longer.

Guests can enjoy a custom menu from dumpling specialists, New Shanghai including traditional Xiao Long Bao to Chicken and Celery Dumplings, all while surrounded by some of the best views in Sydney!

Not that hungry? No problem! You can mix and match your dumpling creations at the pop-up station which features a number of mouth-watering options including Peking Beef Bao and Prawn and Pork Wontons. There are also vegetarian options available.

More details below for your reference.

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