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FOOD & DRINK

Brisbane's Night Noodle Markets Are Moving to the City Botanic Gardens This Year

The hawker-style array of stalls will still sling all kinds of culinary deliciousness — just in a new location.
By Sarah Ward
June 03, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
June 03, 2021
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UPDATE, July 22, 2021: The postponed 2021 Brisbane Night Noodle Markets will now take place between Wednesday, September 22–Sunday, October 3.

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UPDATE, July 13, 2021: Due to travel and quarantine requirements stemming from Greater Sydney's current lockdown, the 2021 2021 Brisbane Night Noodle Markets have been postponed. With many of the event's vendors based in New South Wales, the markets can't go ahead as planned on from Wednesday, July 21–Sunday, August 1.

New dates haven't yet been announced, but we'll update you when they are.

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At the end of May, Brisbane's Good Food Month revealed that it was returning for 2021, which is great news for grumbling stomachs across the city. Also part of that announcement: the news that the Night Noodle Markets would also be returning, although few other details were given.

Wondering where you'll be perusing the usual hawker-style array of stalls? And when? This year, you won't just be heading to South Bank as usual. Instead, the 2021 Night Noodle Markets will take place at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens — and you'll be making a trip (or several) between Wednesday, July 21–Sunday, August 1.

This'll be the sixth year that the Night Noodle Markets have hit up our fair town, after sitting out 2020 for obvious reasons. It's also a rare physical event for the event of late, with both Sydney in 2020 and Melbourne this year doing at-home versions instead.

As for what Brisbanites will be eating this year, and which vendors will be slinging all manner of food, that hasn't yet been revealed. In previous years, as well as more than a couple of pop-up bars, the likes of Chu the Phat, Hoy Pinoy, Waffleland, Puffle, Donburi Station, Bangkok Street Food, Bao Brothers, Little Kyoto, Okonomiyaking and Gelato Messina have served up dishes. And, they've whipped up everything from Malaysian and Indian-style paella, Japanese octopus dumplings and Korean barbecue tacos to cheeseburger puffles and waffle sticks with peanut butter, ice cream, bananas, pretzels and caramel.

Obviously, arriving hungry is recommended. This year, so is registering that you'll be attending in advance for contact tracing purposes. And, entry will remain free — but you'll clearly have to pay for whatever you're eating and drinking.

The 2021 Night Noodle Markets will pop up at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens from Wednesday, July 21–Sunday, August 1. We'll update you when vendor details — and the lineup of foods they'll be serving — are announced.

Images: Bec Taylor.

Published on June 03, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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