For one night only, Saturday 14 February, streets in and around Haymarket will take part in Lunar Streets, serving the unique flavours and cultures of countries across Asia.

Starting at dusk and running late, people will be able to dine on long alfresco tables amid colourful performances by roving entertainers and a mix of Asian pop hits courtesy of PopAsia.

Lunar Streets will offer something for everyone – whether it’s a delicious bowl of noodles, a spicy red curry or a plate of sashimi – there’s an opportunity to explore the unique tastes and flavours that make Asian food a favourite the world over.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City’s new Lunar Streets event would bring people together to enjoy delicious food and entertainment from a variety of Asian communities.

“Given food is such a major part of celebrating the New Year, Lunar Streets is a welcome addition to the City’s festival and I encourage everyone to come along and dine outside with family and friends,” the Lord Mayor said.

Chinese New Year Festival Creative Director, Gill Minervini, said Lunar Streets was a delicious way to welcome in the Year of the Sheep, with short-order take-aways through to full restaurant menus on offer.

“Whether it’s dining with family, friends or even a special Valentine, people can devour their favourites or discover new tastes. People can even graze, starting off with a pre-dinner dumpling and moving through to a late night Pad Thai, with a nibble of everything in between,” Ms Minervini said.

Visitors can look out for Shaun The Sheep roaming Lunar Streets for a chance to win tickets to the Australian Premiere of Shaun The Sheep: The Movie.

Lunar Streets will run from 5pm–11pm across various locations – for full details and a map, go to sydneychinesenewyear.com

Other Chinese New Year Festival highlights for food-lovers include:

Lunar Feasts
13 February–1 March at various restaurants across Sydney – prices vary
Sydney’s restaurants are serving up delicious set-price menus that will have your mouth watering and leave you with plenty of change for your Chinese New Year red envelopes. From a yum cha tasting platter at Bodhi Restaurant to a special banquet at Spice Temple, these feasts will send you straight to foodie heaven! Opening hours, booking requirements and terms and conditions vary between restaurants.
sydneychinesenewyear.com/food

Lunar Markets
12–22 February at Pyrmont Bay Park – times vary
The inaugural Sydney Morning Herald Lunar Markets, presented by The Star, will feature a variety of Asian cuisine and culture in the heart of Pyrmont Bay Park. This brand new event is free to attend and if you liked the Night Noodle Markets, you won’t want to miss this. nswfoodandwine.com.au/lunarmarkets

Zensation Tea Appreciation and High Tea
7–22 February at Zensation Tea House – times vary
Discover the delights of Chinese tea and tea culture at Zensation Tea House. A tea degustation with yum cha and Chinese brush calligraphy, Gong-Fu tea ceremony demonstrations and live traditional musicians.

Chinese New Year Banquet
20 February, 6.30pm–10pm at Marigold Restaurant – $88pp (bookings essential)
Enjoy a banquet hosted by the Australian Institute of Asian Culture and Visual Arts, with guests of honour, Edmund & Joanna Capon, entertainment and lion dancing.

Mahjong Play Lunch
14, 21 and 28 February and 7 March – $38pp (bookings essential)
Lean how to play mahjong over a delightful dumpling lunch.

More than 80 family-friendly events make up the Sydney Chinese New Year 2015 program, the largest Lunar New Year celebration outside of Asia.

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