156,510 Canberrans ate their way through nearly 25,000 gyoza and 1,050 litres of gelato at the city’s newest food event, The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets.
Held over 10 nights from 27 February to 8 March, the markets turned Canberra’s Reconciliation Place into a food lover’s dream, full of delicious smells from 15 stalls serving everything from traditional Thai and Filipino street food to noodle salads and nitrogen-infused deserts.
The opening Friday night alone drew a massive crowd of 24,000 people, setting the tone for what was an extremely popular first year event.
Fairfax Events‘ Head of Food James Laing said the event’s success meant planning for next year’s event was already underway.
“Planning has already started for a bigger and better event in 2016 and we would love to see a higher representation of stallholders from Canberra. Hopefully now that local restaurants have seen how successful the inaugural Enlighten Night Noodle Markets were they will have the confidence to sign up for next year’s event,” Laing said.
Local Thai favourites, Thirst Wine Bar and Morks sold more than 2,000 serves of their boat noodles and coconut curry noodles respectively. They were joined by a host of popular stalls from all over the country, including Hoy Pinoy (Vic), N2 Extreme Gelato (NSW) and Zagyoza (Qld).
Across the city, another 16 restaurants joined in the culinary celebration, offering a number of fine dining events as part of The Canberra Times Good Food Month presented by Citi, which wrapped up on March 15.
March 2016 will see a full program for The Canberra Times Good Food Month reach the nation’s capital.