Celebrate Lunar New Year at Kensington St

Lunar New Year

Kensington Street will be hosting Wine, Dine and Swine next Saturday 9th of February from 3pm to celebrate Lunar New Year, Year of the Pig. The Street will play host to an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary performers including Soul of Sydney, DJ Charlie Villas, Chinese Youth League Dancers, Lion Dancers, activities including an animal loving giant petting zoo, pigs and pinot and of course, food from our 22 eateries.

From 3-5pm Little piggy’s corner will feature plenty of free activities for kids of all ages including games, workshops by L’il Crafters, entertainment from children’s performer Emily McKnight, face painting, balloon animals and the petting zoo (adults welcome).

We’re ecstatic to announce the Handpicked Wines Urban Cellar Door and Kensington Street will be delivering Pigs and Pinot for our animal and wine lovers. For a small donation the Handpicked team will take you through a tasting flight of their wines whilst you hug a hog.  Simple but brilliant. All donations will be directly gifted to an animal welfare charity.

Those wanting to try out their fortune can try their hand at spin the swine, Lunar New Year Bingo or Pop the Pig for a chance to win free prizes. For those in the mood for a treasure hunt, wander the precinct and keep an eye out for red envelopes that will be filled with Lunar New Year delights – restaurant dining vouchers (Olio, Eastside, Bistrot Gavroche, Mekong), free drinks cards, ice cream from Anita, wine from Handpicked Wines – the list is endless. For the keenest of eyes, look out for paper cut outs of our resident – they’re holding the good stuff with Gift Cards and vouchers up to $500 from Spice Alley.

Once you’ve soaked up all the festivities and need a place to refresh, drop into Spritz Bar, Gin Lane, Viet or Kyo-to bar for a lunar special drink before dining at one of our 11 restaurants. For a more casual experience, dine under the lanterns at institution Spice Alley.

Around the precinct:
Olio will be offering a five course set menu including the traditional Prosperity Toss Salad, also known as “Yusheng”, with a Sicilian twist. Pair it with mocktails for $88 pp or with wines for $108 pp. A la carte available. Bookings essential via website.

Handpicked Wines – spend $88+ online OR shop one of their Lucky Eight gift packs and receive a red lucky-draw envelope during the entire Lunar New Year Festival There is a code to redeem a bottle of super limited 2013 Numbered Series Shiraz no.1 (RRP$380) is hiding in one of them – as well as a few other great prizes.

Gin Lane will be serving LNY G&T’s on festival day- Ophyr spiced gin, 5 spiced syrup, topped with tonic and flamed spices.

Newly opened Spritz Bar at The Old Rum Store will be serving a Chinese 5 spiced Mule with pressed lime, Chinese 5 spiced vodka, topped with homemade ginger beer

Koi Dessert Bar has curated the Prosper cake- A gold chocolate mousse, frangelico ganache, vanilla caramel with a hazelnut crisp.

*images by Daria Grove

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