Canberra’s newest food festival, the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are a very welcome addition to the annual Canberra Enlighten.
Running for the ten nights before Canberra Day on March 9 (in 2015) they are well worth including in a visit to the ‘must see’ Enlighten projections on some of Canberra’s significant buildings along the lakefront near Old Parliament House.
Don’t be discouraged by the reports of long lines, crowds and parking issues. Like other Canberra festivals with food, it just needs a few good strategies to overcome the challenges:
- Go with a group
- Park away from the main area and walk down to the lake.
- Grab a table and chairs close to the noodle markets (there are nice ones in front of Questacon from where you can also see some of the projections as it gets darkTake your own wine and glasses (not allowed into the actual noodle market stall area) as well as a few extra paper plates for sharing dishes. While one person minds the table and ‘tableware’, others in the group can head to the stalls, each bringing back a dish to share.
- Lines move fairly quickly, even the long ones, but look for some that are shorter.
- Some excellent options (e.g. Thirst, Mork’s) have very short lines. (It’s also great to support these local Canberra eateries).
7. Try to avoid the very busiest times.
8. Time your dining to coincide with the projections starting on dusk, because they are an essential finale to any noodle market visit.
BBQ Pork buns from Let’s Do Yum Cha (5 for $10)
Vegetarian Dumplings from Let’s Do Yum Cha (5 for $10) (Good*)
Fried Pork and glass noodle salad with tamarind jam dressing from Thirst $12 (Good*)
Yellow Curry with Chicken,Potato and Rice Noodles also from Thirst ($12)
Boat noodle soup (dry version without the broth) from Morks $10
Pad Thai (probably from Spanthai for about $12)
Mango Chicken (also probably from Spanthai for about $12) (also Good)
National Portrait Gallery (perhaps the very best)
National Art Gallery
Old Parliament House