Noo­dles im­press QT lo­cals

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

Nearly 50,000 food­ies vis­ited the Queen­stown Night Noo­dle Mar­kets and or­gan­is­ers say the event will re­turn next year.

Fair­fax Me­dia NZ events man­ager Brett McMeekin said the five-day Asian food fes­ti­val was a boom­ing suc­cess.

‘‘We def­i­nitely want to come back and it’ll be around the same time pe­riod,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back from lo­cals say­ing it’s a great fam­ily event with lots of kids around and no ag­gres­sion.’’

As things were wind­ing down on Sun­day and light driz­zle started fall­ing, two Wakatipu High School stu­dents said the mar­ket had been pop­u­lar amongst their friends.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has been talk­ing about it,’’ Beatrice Onions said.

Loren Hanrahan said Queen­stown needed more events for lo­cals.

‘‘I think it’s cool to have some­thing in Queen­stown like this.’’

Rain on Fri­day and Sun­day nights didn’t stop the food-lovers from ar­riv­ing.

On the last day of the mar­kets 1600 vis­i­tors came through within two hours of the open­ing.

The Queen­stown crowd didn’t favour one ven­dor specif­i­cally, but Madam Woo’s hawker rolls, Hoy Pi­noy’s skew­ers and Nom Nom dumplings were the most pop­u­lar.

Pot Sticker Dumplings had to hire a lo­cal chef to help two Christchurch chefs make enough dumplings to feed the hun­gry crowds.

‘‘Most days we’d sell out of one flavour of dumplings, but we have our amaz­ing chefs mak­ing dumplings as we need them,’’ a worker said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has been talk­ing about it.’’

JACKIE GAY

Queen­stown Night Noo­dle Mar­kets had al­most 50,000 vis­i­tors in four nights.

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