Mark Friday 20th October in your calendar dumpling lovers because following last year’s debut the folks at 206 Bourke Street have decided to bring back their epic free-entry dumpling festival, with some of the city’s best on board. Exclusive pop-ups, a tea cocktail bar, a Brooklyn Brewery beer garden and live entertainment will be set up for a five-hour festival alongside over 50 dumpling varieties on the night, anchored by a dumpling-and-beer pairing experience.
Tim Ho Wan, one of the restaurants that will have a stall at the festival, will also be using the night to exclusively debut their new limited-edition Gold Dust Buns, which are said to be sweet and savory with a slightly crunchy pillowy charcoal bun filled with gooey salted egg custard. They’ll even be handing them out free to the first 500 people that show up – and we do suggest showing up early, as there will be a chance to win free dumplings for a year.
Taking part in the dumpling-and-beer pairing event, promising to be the show-stealer of the night, will be Tim Ho Wan joined by China Red, China Chilli, and Dragon Boat. It’ll be hosted by Good Beer Week co-founder and Brooklyn Brewery ambassador Miro Bellini, so we think it’s safe to expect some pretty good brews to go along with those dumplings.
Melbourne Dumpling Festival
Address: 206 Bourke St, Melbourne (enter via 206 Bourke Street or Little Bourke Street)
Date: Friday 20th October; 5pm-10pm
Bookings: Free entry (dumpling and beer pairing – $10pp – available in four sittings with bookings essential at www.206bourkestreet.com