Chinese New Year 2011 Celebrations Sydney

January 13th, 2011


Chinese New Year 2011 – the year of the Rabbit.  The City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival 2011 is a celebration of Chinese culture, customs and traditions – and don’t miss the street parade.

Chinese New Year celebrations offer something for everyone.  Chinese food on offer will consist of everything from bowl of noodles at the Chinese New Year Markets to an elaborate formal banquet or even a journey into the world of Chinese tea. 

 Chinese New Year Markets
28 – 30 January, 4pm – 10pm (Fri) and 11am – 10pm (Sat/Sun) at Belmore Park – FREE
Celebrate the official launch of the 2011 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival by sampling a range of culinary delights at the annual Belmore Park markets. With a focus on pan-Asian food, regional cuisine and sustainable produce – as well as local and international performers, film screenings, a karaoke competition and more than 50 market stalls – this year’s Chinese New Year Markets will send you straight to foodie heaven.

Chinatown Food Tours
29 January, 2 and 12 February, 10am – 3:20pm at Chinatown Gate – $60/person
Discover the changing face of Chinatown in this fascinating tour led by renowned journalist and food writer John Newton, in the company of Chinatown artist and tea merchant Raymond Leung. Highlights include a delicious Chinese breakfast, yum cha, a visit to the Chinese Ginseng and Herbs Company, a walk through Thai Town and a chance to buy traditional gifts and crafts. Includes breakfast and lunch.
For more information and bookings, call: (02) 9265 9333

Billy Kwong Banquet
2 February, 6:30pm for 7pm at Billy Kwong, 3/355 Crown Street, Surry Hills –  $165/person
Savour a sumptuous ten-course Chinese New Year banquet at the renowned Billy Kwong restaurant, created using only the freshest local, organic and biodynamic produce and accompanied by Cullen’s superb biodynamic wines. Chef, author and television presenter Kylie Kwong will be hosting the dinner and sharing some of her most interesting stories about her family and the significance of Chinese New Year.   bookings, call: 9332 3300

Chinese Tea Appreciation Workshops
22, 23, 29 and 30 January, 5 and 6 February, 12pm or 4pm at Zensation Tea House, 656 Bourke Street, Surry Hills – $40p/p
Journey into the world of tea and discover the delights of delicate white teas, complex and fragrant oolongs and earthy dark vintage teas. Led by a tea master, you will be guided through the nuances of tea culture, a traditional tea service, yum cha (dim sum, sweet traditional pastries and other light snacks) and a Chinese calligraphy demonstration.  Bookings, visit: 

Chinese New Year at the Mahjong Room
Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with a special banquet at the Mahjong Room, or come along to a Mahjong Playlunch, where you can learn the ancient Chinese game of mahjong over dim sum and tea. When you’ve mastered the art, you may want to book a private room for a Mahjong Play Dinner, where you can share your skills with a group of friends and enjoy a delicious home style Cantonese meal.

Chinese New Year Banquet – 29 January – 13 February, 6pm at Mahjong Room, 312 Crown Street, Surry Hills – $60/person
Mahjong Playlunch – 29 January, 5 and 12 February, 2pm at Mahjong Room – $36/person
Mahjong Play Dinner – 29 January – 13 February, 6pm at Mahjong Room, from $66/person
 bookings, visit:

Chinese Tea Gardens
12 February, 2pm at Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney – $2/person
Join City of Sydney historian Lisa Murray to learn more about the important role played by Chinese market gardeners in supplying the food needs of the growing settlement of NSW. These labour intensive farms were almost synonymous with Sydney’s early Chinese community and soon became part of the local community’s everyday life.  For bookings, visit: 

Chinese New Year Twilight Street Parade
Sunday 6 February  Time 7:45pm – 9:45pm
Venue Town Hall to Chinatown, followed by fireworks at Cockle Bay
Cost FREE   Limited seating area: $60 + GST per person
Info/bookings 9265 9333
Chinese Street Parade 2011 will consist of over 250 performers in a dazzling spectacle through Sydney’s streets.   Wudang martial arts troupe, illuminated Yellow Crane Tower, traditional Tujia Waving Hand Dance and more.  The whole family will love it!

For the full program of events and activities, visit:

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