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Celebrate the Moon Festival in the Valley

With the moon hitting its fullest on Saturday 10 September this year, that can only mean one thing – the annual Moon Festival is upon us! This 3000-year-old tradition is a Chinese celebration with a simple premise – bringing loved ones together to feast on good food, drinks and of course, mooncakes.

From 5:30pm on Saturday 10 September, come and experience Moon Festival in the heart of Fortitude Valley. With unique flavours pouring out of our top Asian restaurants alongside the roving entertainment including lion dances throughout the Malls, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate!

Here’s six ways you can celebrate The Moon Festival in The Valley next month.

 

Reunite with loved ones over a meal or two

The Moon Festival is based around the legend of the Moon goddess, Chang’e, in Chinese mythology and symbolises families getting together. So, if it’s been a while since your loved ones have enjoyed a night on the town, then the Moon Festival in The Valley will be the perfect place to reconnect. Book a table at family favourite Superbowl Chinese Restaurant, or see your meal be prepared right in front of you at Bird’s Nest Restaurant. If you’re looking for something to take you further into the night, celebrate the Moon Festival into the wee hours at Ling Ling’s.

You’re spoiled for choice with Asian dining spots in the Valley. Check out some of our favourite restaurants here.  

 

Head to a rooftop bar to admire the Full Moon

Traditionally, families celebrating the Moon Festival will gather in the evening to appreciate the moon when it is at its fullest. In Chinese culture, roundness symbolises completeness and togetherness. After you enjoy your Valley dinner, why not book into one of The Valley’s rooftop bars and bask in the light of the full moon as you savour your drink. The Valley is brimming with rooftop bars, so there will be no bad view of this year’s moon. Check out the best spots here.

 

Light a lantern for good fortune.  

There will be plenty of light as you walk around The Valley. Not only from the light of the fabulous full moon, but you’ll also notice many restaurants symbolically lighting your path to prosperity and good fortune with their paper lantern displays. Pick up a paper lantern of your own from Dollars and Sense for your walk around the Valley and take the good luck home with you.

 

Enjoy traditional moon festival street entertainment

Street entertainment including colourful roving lion and dragon dances, theatrical performers, stilt walkers and other Moon Festival celebrations like Japanese drumming will start in The Valley at 5.30pm and finish around 8pm. The best places to see them are at the Brunswick Street Mall, the Chinatown Mall and Bakery Lane. You can check out the official Moon Festival entertainment program here.

 

Share a slice of mooncake

No Moon Festival celebration is complete without a traditional, sweet mooncake. The chefs at the Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown will be making their yummy white lotus seed paste mooncakes to help their dine-in customers get into the Moon Festival festivities. 

You can also pick up mooncake pastries to take home. Pop into Chinatown’s Yeun’s Market and Sunlit Asian Supermarket where you’ll find a selection of mooncakes to try.

 

Try a traditional Chinese tea

Traditionally, mooncakes have a rich and thick filling, a thin crust and are shared in small wedges and savoured with a cup of tea. Sunlit Asian Supermarket in Valley Metro has a wide variety of traditional Chinese teas to choose from. If you want to enjoy tea while you are out, you can book into Tea Masters Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant on 115 Wickham Street and unwind with a pot of authentic Taiwanese high mountain tea. Just down the road, Gong Cha at 230 Brunswick Street also serves bubble tea and traditional tea.

- August 2022