The social hub of Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival, Lucky Dumpling Market will be in full culinary swing in a few weeks, bursting with Asian flavours and captivating entertainment.
Following the success of this popular food market in both 2017 and 2018, Lucky Dumpling Market is back with a fresh, new take on Asian cuisine to complement OzAsia Festival. Lucky Dumpling Market Event Director (and co-owner of the Adelaide Fringe’s Gluttony) Daniel Michael said: “We are excited to bring Lucky Dumpling Market back for another funfilled, open-air festival.
“Last year brought a huge gathering over the three-week festival and we have curated a program that is bigger and better.
“It’s an Asian food mecca for Adelaideans and our visitors from interstate and overseas, and brings so many cultures together as well as foodies and avid music-lovers alike.”
In one convenient location, visitors can experience the delights and sights of Asia all in one place. Entry to the market is free.
Lucky Dumpling Market runs from Thursday 17th October until Sunday 3rd November, covering three weekends as well as weekdays in between. Its location is on the Convention Centre Lawns, part of the revamped Adelaide Riverbank precinct, overlooking the Torrens.
Mr Michael said: “The location of the market is perfect; the riverbank is a gorgeous place to immerse yourself in.”
The market brings to Adelaide cuisine from across Asia, including Filipino, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. A variety of South Australian wines is also on offer to complement the multitude of food choices, as well as beer, bubble tea and Vietnamese iced coffee.
Mr Michael said: “This year, we will again offer a range of bars and more specifically, we’ve curated a sake and gin bar where visitors can buy flights.
“We are delighted to have several new pop up foodies including The Gang Gang Co, Jalan Jalan Malaysian Street Food and Thavej Thai.”
With local and international artists and music set to thrill and entertain, the market is the place to go to spend spring afternoons or fun filled evenings.
Mr Michael said: “We’re hoping the new stage will be a more intimate experience, encouraging visitors to get up close with artists performing and also have visitors boogie to the DJs later in the night.”
OzAsia Festival Artistic Director Joseph Mitchell said: “We have plenty of shows on offer alongside the popular Lucky Dumpling Market. Highlights of our program include sculptural dance piece Vessel and interactive theatre works along with an energetic tribute to Japanese pop culture called Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker: Totes Adorbs.
“We also have Lebanese DJ Hadi Zeidan presenting two exciting music events – Beirut Electro Parade and Shik Shak Shok – plus ground-breaking theatre such as Cuckoo in which three talking rice cookers help tell the story. Everything is within walking distance of the Market, which means it’s easy to meet up there before and after a show.”
Mr Michael said: “In the market itself, there are a great number of workshops to be announced that families and individuals will be able to register online to participate in for free, like lantern making, plus free activations including face painting and tea ceremonies.”
The QBE Outdoor Music Sessions will take place on Lucky Dumpling Market’s stage as part of the free entertainment. Asian Pop Time Machine is performing and will send audiences through a time-travelling journey through Asian Pop, along with a more traditional Asian sound from Adam Page & Noriko Tadono.
Other artists participating are Journey to the West, Kukangendai, Kamrul Hussin, Fade to Blue, Hadi Zeidan & Jad Atoui and Alena Murang.
The Lucky Dumpling Market is located in the Adelaide Riverbank precinct, on the Convention Centre Lawns. Just a short walk away from North Terrace, or accessible from the Adelaide Oval footbridge (just west of the city end of the footbridge).
Mr Michael said: “Just follow your nose or the colourful, gleaming lanterns!”
The market runs from Thursday 17th October through to Sunday 3rd November and will be open Monday-Friday 16.30-late and Saturday-Sunday 12.00-late.
WHERE: Adelaide Riverbank Precinct in front of the Convention Centre