One of the most auspicious dates on the Chinese and Vietnamese calendars, the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival occurs on the date when the moon is at its fullest. Celebrated in many Asian nations, such as Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines as well as in China and Vietnam, it's a popular festival on the annual event calendar.

This year, a host of local retailers in the Valley and Chinatown Mall will mark the occasion with in-venue celebrations, including lanterns and special menu items. Dine out in the Valley on Saturday 26 September and spy roving entertainment including lion and dragon dances, firecracker displays and bird cage bikes.

Get among the Moon Festival festivities at these Valley venues and be sure to book ahead so you don’t miss out!

Wickham Street

Wickham Street has a bevy of restaurants to wine and dine in for a lunar celebration – from authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Vietnam House Restaurant and The Vietnamese Restaurant to specialised Thai menus at Full Moon Bar & Restaurant and Tara Thai

For Cantonese cuisine, we love the southern Chinese dishes from Golden BBQ Restaurant, Super Bowl Chinese Restaurant and Yee Foong Chinese & BBQ Restaurant – mmmm crispy duck!  Need some mooncakes to complete your meal? Stop in at Yuen’s Market for all your Asian staples, or head to Lin & Co Thai Supermarket for Thai ingredients and homewares.

Cathedral Village

Vegetarians (and vegans) are well-catered for during Moon Festival at Tea Master Vegetarian Cafe Restaurant with tasty Taiwanese meals and yum cha, plus bubble tea.  For teppanyaki fun, book a seat at Oyama Japanese Restaurant, which also offers sushi and a la carte meals, too.

Little Street

For all your Thai and Asian meal requirements, plus plenty of snacks and treats to sustain your celebrations, hit up The Valley Grocer on Little Street. 

Ann Street/Bakery Lane

With Asian influences by way of LA, Mr. Mista is a high-octane dining experience on Ann Street. Also on Ann Street, Nonbei Sake Bar & BBQ is perfect for Japanese street food and barbecue dishes, as is Nom Nom Korean Eatery for street food with a Korean flavour.

If it’s dumplings you crave for Moon Festival, head to newly opened Gung Ho Dumpling, a delightful dim sum restaurant tucked into Bakery Lane.

Warner Street

Over on Warner Street, Nom Nom Bao – Burger + Beer is your festival stop for pillowy baos with plenty of addictive fillings. 

Brunswick Street Mall

There’s also no shortage of Asian eateries and restaurants to dine in along Brunswick Street. Located in the Brunswick Street Mall, stop into Sushi Kenzen for fresh Japanese flavours, authentic Thai and Laos cuisine at Thai Wi-Rat hole-in-the-wall restaurant and 8848 Momo House, where you can select from an array of Nepalese dumplings aka momos.

For an authentic TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) experience, visit Wing Hing Herbal Shop at the bottom of the mall for good luck and longevity for the lunar festival. 

Further up Brunswick Street is Ling Ling’s Bar & Late Night Restaurant with a pan-Asian and dim sum menu to help you celebrate into the wee hours. We also love the tasty Asian street food at Shishou Bar & Kitchen, including baos, dumplings and noodles – yum!

Central Brunswick

Central Brunswick is another hub for Asian-inspired eats. From South Asian cuisines such as India, Thailand and Malaysian at Stone & Copper restaurant to learning how to cook five-course meals with varied Asian influences at Kitchen Confidence Brisbane, there’s plenty of scope to celebrate Chinese Moon Festival.

Eat in at Grumpy G’s Kitchen for Vietnamese street food faves, or Gao’s Kitchen for Chinese noodle soups, wontons and dumplings galore.

Chinatown Mall

If you want to be in the heart of the roving Moon Festival action, get along to these Chinatown Mall restaurants. For yum cha or a la carte Chinese, book a table at Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant or Enjoy Inn, or celebrate with Vietnamese cuisine at District 1 restaurant.

Can’t decide what to eat? Go with the flow with Asian fusion at Woka Woka or Umami Restaurant & Bar. To spice up your lunar festivities, dine in at Kasalong Thai Restaurant for traditional dishes.

If Japanese suits your palate for Moon Festival dining, opt for the tasty street eats at Tatsu Ramen & Gyoza Bar on Duncan Street, or Wagaya Japanese Restaurant for more traditional fare.

Where will you celebrate Moon Festival in the Valley?

– September 2020