It's the main reason most of Melbourne has made their way to Good Food Month over the last couple of years, and in 2018, the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets are back — and they're bigger than ever.
This year, the markets will standalone from Good Food Month for a second time — the four-week food showcase happened in June. More than 20 different stalls will converge on Birrarung Marr for a whopping 18 nights this November. Among the spoils will be all manner of noodles, dumplings, Korean tacos, savoury waffles and other delights from Wonderbao, Hoy Pinoy, Puffle, Mr Miyagi and Son In Law. For dessert, Black Star Pastry and N2 Extreme Gelato will both be returning, as will Gelato Messina (can it top last year's deep-fried gelato katsu sandwich?).
There will be live music and entertainment, too, and a pop-up cellar door, which will host a series of 'paint and sip' sessions, a craft brew pop-up, a Pimm's garden bar and, for the first time, a kombucha bar offering festival-goers bottomless kombucha — for free.
The Night Noodle Markets are once again at Birrarung Marr and will run from Thursday, November 8 until Sunday, November 25. They'll be open Monday and Tuesday 5-9pm, Wednesday and Thursday 5–10pm, Friday 5–11pm, Saturday 4–10pm, and Sunday 4–9pm. Entry is free but the place — if other years are anything to go by — will be packed.
Image: Kimberley Moore.