Parramatta will welcome the Year of the Dog at its annual Lunar New Year festival on Friday 16 February, with a huge program of food and free entertainment and activities planned from 5pm to 9.30pm in Centenary Square.
The event will feature the flavours, colours and sounds of Asia with traditional and contemporary entertainment from local and international performers, workshops and a wide selection of culinary delights.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said Lunar New Year is a much-loved annual celebration and a true showcase of the City’s cultural diversity.
The main stage at Lunar New Year will host a variety of entertainment, including talented local performers Sophia Bridget Dalisay and Carl De Villa, community groups plus international special guests, Wuhan Peking Opera Company from China and the Pyeong taek Nong Ak percussion team from South Korea.
A magnificent taste of Asia is to be had at the hawker-inspired markets featuring Asian delights such as Vietnamese Banh Xeo pancakes, Malaysian noodles, Korean bulgogi beef and pork belly bao, as well as desserts from Koi and refreshing bubble tea from Holy Shake. Attendees can also enjoy the night in the relaxed setting of the Lunar Lounge and Dumpling Bar.
Families will be kept busy in Lunar Land, with activities and workshops including lantern making, dog-themed craft, Vietnamese Dong Ho painting and toy figurine workshop, a K-pop workshop and Korean fan-making.
Traditional highlights of the celebration include the God of Fortune, Lion and Dragon Dance, fire crackers and a spectacular fireworks show.
This year Lunar New Year will include a new Lunar Feast program which will see local eateries including Temasek, Everest Momo and Chef’s Gallery offering special meal deals for customers.