Over 100,000 noodle lovers have turned out so far for the first week of the Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi’s inaugural Night Noodle Markets at South Bank Cultural Forecourt.
Numbers have exceeded event organisers’ and vendors’ expectations of 5,000 attendants per night, with Brisbane crowds embracing the winter weather to enjoy dishes from the two dozen stalls, live art and entertainment, themed bars and the lantern light garden.
Good Food Month Festival Manager Natascha Mirosch said it’s been great to see locals and visitors to the City getting out, exploring and enjoying the Night Noodle Markets.
“The first Saturday has been our busiest night yet, with over 28,000 people walking through the gates.
“With three nights to go the markets are buzzing, it’s great to see. It’s just like an authentic Asian street market,” Ms Mirosch said.
The markets feature two dozen Asian-inspired restaurants operating from hawker-style stalls, offering Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese cuisines.
Dalton Hospitality Events Manager Arwen McGregor said feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with festival-goers excited about the food and the atmosphere.
“We’ve partnered with local favourite Sichuan Bang Bang for the Night Noodle Markets and have sold an incredible 1,800 pork pancakes over the weekend with diners consuming over 250 kilograms of pork so far,” Mr McGregor said.
Expectations were high for Good Food Month’s landmark event in Brisbane, with the Night Noodle Markets being a festival highlight in Sydney for 16 years and attendance surpassing estimates in Melbourne last year.
Director of New Shanghai Queensland, David Zou said the markets have injected feeling and colour to the Cultural Forecourt South Bank.
“We’ve received some great feedback from people, all saying how fantastic the markets are and that it’s by far the best food markets Brisbane has seen at South Bank.
“Since opening we’ve sold over 8,000 pan fried pork buns and over 1000 serves of shallot pancakes, plus we’re serving another three dishes that have been selling well,” Mr Zou said.
Entry to the Night Noodle Markets is free each evening until Sunday 27 July at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.
Night Noodle Markets are part of Brisbane’s inaugural Good Food Month running for the month of July. For information on other Good Food Month events view the program atgoodfoodmonth.com
Good Food Month Night Noodle Markets – Event Details:
Where: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank
Run Date: Thursday 17 July to Sunday 27 July 2014
Thurs, Fri: 5.00pm-11.00pm