Sydney’s love of Asian food is again acknowledged with the celebration of Asia On Your Doorstep, an annual event running throughout the month of October.
The festival, held during Sydney Good Food Month, is a special initiative to celebrate the feast of Asian flavours available at the city’s many restaurants, cafes and food stalls and allows foodies to taste their way through Asia without leaving Sydney.
Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, officially launched this year’s event on Tuesday evening at a function attended by the Consuls of many neighbouring Asian countries and a large gathering of food lovers at the China Republic Restaurant in the World Square Shopping Centre in George Street.
During her opening speech, the Lord Mayor said “Chinatown is one of Sydney’s biggest attractions, with almost half of all international tourists to our city visiting the precinct’s restaurants, bars and shops. The festival gives people even more reasons to explore this fantastic area, enjoy the delicious Asian cuisine on offer and see world class chefs at work.”
Lord Mayor Moore commented that Sydney’s Chinatown had now grown and expanded from its Dixon and Sussex Streets origins to include the adjoining Thaitown and Koreatown villages, where a large range of restaurants and Asian supermarkets can be found.
The Hon. Andrew Stoner, MP, Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Tourism and Major Events was the guest speaker, sharing his love of Asian food with the audience. SBS World News Australia Presenter, Lee Lee Chin, did an amazing job as Master of Ceremonies.
One of the festival’s highlights each Friday evening from 5 p.m. in October is Little Hay Street in the heart of Haymarket transforming into “Little Eat Street” markets. Visitors will be able to enjoy yum cha, teppanyaki, sushi and pho, along with other Asian dishes at more than 15 take-away Asian food stalls.
During Asia on Your Doorstep, hotels throughout the city are offering special accommodation packages to entice and temp food lovers throughout Australia and overseas to visit Sydney, so they can experience the enormous variety of Asian cuisines available at the city’s many world-class restaurants. Diners in Chinatown’s dining precinct during the month long event, will have the chance to win a trip for two to Seoul.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore encouraged Sydneysiders and visitors to immerse themselves in all Chinatown has to offer during Asia on Your Doorstep.
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