This Friday marks the start of the Lunar New Year and celebrations across a number of countries around the world – among them are China with its famous Spring Festival, Vietnam with Tet and Korea with Seollal. Whether you want to go to a street party, dine out or see a show, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks.
Prospect’s pan-Asian food hall will host an eight-course banquet, with a glass of Grey-Smith Blanc de Blanc or mocktail on arrival. Expect hawker-inspired food like pork-shoulder pancakes with pickled salad; crispy eggplant with a Sichuan peanut glaze; and slow-braised beef cheeks with five spice. DJs will play tunes all night and guests will leave with a voucher-filled hongbao, a red envelope that’s traditionally gifted during Chinese New Year.
Friday February 16. $75 per person. Book online.
3rd by NNQ
Been meaning to check out new all-day diner 3rd by NNQ? Here’s a good opportunity. The team behind NNQ Woodville and Little NNQ are inviting people to their newest restaurant and bar to ring in the Vietnamese New Year. The usual menu will be available; expect a tasty selection of pho, bánh mì, vermicelli bowls, rice bowls and more. Vietnamese beers will be $5 all night, and with any drink purchase, you’ll go in the running to win $50 food and drink vouchers. Doors open at 5pm and a lion dance at 10.30pm will kick off the festivities.
Saturday February 17 from 5pm. Free entry.
The Gouger Street restaurant has put together a special menu for Chinese New Year. Expect dishes such as steamed barramundi with okra and tomato in Assam sauce; beef cheek with massaman curry; lamb cutlet with nashi pear sauce; slow-cooked pork belly; and more. Each course will be paired with a drop from Barossa winery 1847 Wines – or you can opt for food only. A traditional lion dance performance will take place at 8.30pm.
Saturday February 17 from 5pm. $65 per person ($90 for matched wine). Phone 8211 8887 to book.
Chinatown Street Party
Chinatown’s annual Lunar New Year street party returns to Gouger Street with food stalls, live performances and a traditional lion dance. Twenty-seven wineries – from Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Riverland and Coonawarra – will be joining, many of them participating for the first time.
Saturday February 17 from noon until 10pm. Free entry.
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
In the mood for music? The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra is putting on a special concert for Chinese New Year, featuring popular masterworks and traditional favourites. The aim of the concert is to unite cultures through music; you’ll hear sounds from both Chinese and Australian artists such as didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, drummers from the Shanghai Empireast Culture Group, pianist sensation Warren Lee and award-winning soprano Yafen.
Sunday February 18 at 5pm. Book tickets online.