It’s that time of year again! A celebration overflowing with colour, dance, fun and of course, amazing Asian food. Yes indeedy, it’s Chinese (or Lunar) New Year…Year of the Tiger style!
The GC loves to get on board the CNY bandwagon, so we’ve compiled a list of spots for you to channel your inner feisty feline, and experience the extravagance of this unique festival!
Gold Coast Chinatown
Is there anywhere more appropriate to celebrate Chinese New Year?! On Saturday 5th February, round up the fam and head for the GC’s very own Chinatown in the heart of Southport. Kicking off at 4pm, there’ll be lion dancers every hour, a $5 Food Safari to feast on the many mini-meals on offer (running Saturday 5th – Saturday 12th February), an outdoor movie at 6.30pm, and a spectacular fireworks finale. Boom!
Where: Davenport Street, Southport
Harbour Town Premium Outlets
Everyone’s favourite outlet shopping destination Harbour Town Premium Outlets is hosting a weekend-long vibrant celebration of the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January. On both days at 12pm, captivating lion dancers and colourful dragons will weave their magic. Take in the sounds of playful monks performing traditional Chinese cymbals and drums, and watch LED-lit lion dancers light up the night on Saturday at 6:30pm at Harbour Town Eats.
Where: 147-189 Brisbane Road (corner Gold Coast Highway and Oxley Drive), Biggera Waters
Come join the Queens (and we don’t mean royalty) for a plethora of traditional Chinese entertainment at 6:30pm on Wednesday 2nd February, as Drag Bingo presents “Chinese New Year with the Queens” at Miami Marketta! Gather your folk, book a table and an optional food and bevvies package (as if you won’t…), and absorb the rich cultural history and bolder than bold hilarity of this 18+ event.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Chinatown Carnivale by El Primo Productions
Take a walk along the Great Chinese Wall and the great temple of the Emperor! From 3pm on Saturday 12th February, be guided through the impossible Chinese bazaars during the festival of red lanterns. Dance among sacred dragons and see karaoke-man, ping pong players, the powerful and terrifying monster Nian, and a line-up of stellar artists from Sydney LITMUS.
Where: CBD Live, 36 Scarborough Street, Southport
On Sunday 6th February from 11am, bring the kids and get ready for a fun-fuelled Chinese New Year celebration at Carrara Markets! The spectacular Chinese lions & dragons will parade through the markets and wow the crowds with their colour, movement and grandeur, so don’t forget to pack your cameras!
Where: Corner Gooding Drive & Manchester Road, Carrara
Get the kiddos and grandparents in tow and head for Southport Sharks this Chinese New Year. Celebrating with a healthy dose of family-friendly activity to wow all ages (and tastes), enjoy a traditional Chinese Lion Dance on Tuesday 1st February at 7.15pm. Also, during the month of February, you’re invited to devour special Asian-inspired dishes added to the much-loved Frenzy’s buffet, and to the Café’s menu.
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Aves, Southport
Grand Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
Grand Dynasty brings Chinese New Year to life at The Oasis arcade in Broadbeach, celebrating the Year of the Tiger with enthusiasm! Behold the colour and unmistakable buzz at Grand Dynasty on Sunday 6th February from 1pm, brought to you by their famous Lion Dancers. While you’re there, treat yo’self to an exceptional Chinese feast to heighten the experience. Or if you can’t make it then, watch the Lion Dance wind it’s way down the Broadbeach Mall on the 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th of February.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Harvest Buffet at The Star Gold Coast
Available from 1st February until the end of the month, soak up (or chow down) the Gather. Share. Feast experience – Lunar New Year style. Sample the delectable Asian specialities added to the ever-popular all-you-can-eat-spread, like Roasted Duck, Sweet and Sour Pork, Egg Fried Rice, Singapore Noodles, Spring Rolls and more. We challenge you to try every CNY-inspired addition….and not go back for seconds (or thirds…).
Where: The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Words by Bianca Trathen.