Noodles impress QT locals
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.’’
Queenstown Night Noodle Markets had almost 50,000 visitors in four nights.