Today marks the start of the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated all throughout Asia. This is the year of the pig, which symbolises prosperity, happiness and good health. The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which is now in its 12th year, is holding a series of events all throughout the capital to mark the occasion, featuring food tours, ancient ceremonies and more.
To highlight what will be taking place to celebrate the festival, we’ve created a list of some of our favourite events below.
Asian Flavours on a Lazy Bike
Saturday, February 9th 13.30-16.30
Lazy Bike Tours are an ideal way to see the city, as the provided bikes are electric meaning that cycling is not as strenuous as you might imagine. This tour celebrating Asian New Year aims to highlight Dublin’s connections to China, as well as explaining the history of Dublin’s Chinatown. As part of the tour, you‘ll get to visit the Spring Festival Fair at the CHQ building, where there will be heaps of market stalls popping up to celebrate. Following this, guests will be brought to two top-secret restaurants to indulge in some traditional Chinese fare. The tickets cost just €26.83 per person for this event, so click here to reserve your place now.
Spring Festival Fair, CHQ Building
Saturday, February 9th 11.00-18.00 and Sunday, February 10th 11.00-17.00
This fair, which is inspired by Chinese temple fairs (Miaohui), promises two days full of free fun for the whole family. Alongside the film screenings, face painting and language lab, there will be several foodie events taking place: as mentioned above, there will be a stall with special Chinese delicacies available on the day, including dumplings and noodles from China House and homemade noodle dishes from Xi’An Street Food. Get the full details here.
Pig @ Duck, Fade Street
Duck Hong Kong barbecue restaurant is promising a feast this Chinese New Year. The roast meat master at Duck has created a pig-themed banquet with a traditional Hong Kong style suckling pig as the centrepiece. An assortment of dishes will be available on the night including BBQ pork char siu, crispy pork belly, sticky pork ribs, shredded pork noodles and more. To reserve this special dining event, which costs €420 for 10 people, click here.
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Alice’s Chinese Food Tour
Saturday, February 10th 12.30-15.30
Alice Chau-Ginguene, a Dublin-based foodie who was born in Hong Kong, will bring you on a tour this Saturday to learn more about Cantonese food, language and culture here in the capital. Attendees will learn all about Hong Kong-style barbecue, the history of Cantonese dim sum (yum chai) and more on this trip around the city. Tickets cost €50 per person and can be purchased here.
Traditional Chinese Tea Masterclass at Asia Market
Sunday, February 10th 14.30-16.30
This traditional tea masterclass is perfect for tea lovers of all ages! Hosted by Lei Xue, a qualified acupuncturist, herbalist and specialist in Chinese tea, this class will show guest how to brew the perfect cup of Chinese tea. There will also be a masterclass on the health benefits of Chinese herbs and how to use them to make personalised tea bags. At the end of the class, guests will take home their own 12-piece Chinese tea set, as well as all their newfound knowledge. Tickets cost €50 per person and are extremely limited, so click here to book now.
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Shop & Cook with Kwanghi Chan at Asia Market
Thursday, February 7th 18.00-18.30
Kwanghi Chan, of one of Dublin’s buzziest new restaurants Bowls by Kwanghi, will be on hand at Asia Market this week to educate the masses about Asian ingredients. Kwanghi will showcase some of his favourite ingredients then demonstrate how to cook three simple Asian tapas. Tickets cost €20 and can be booked here.
Teeling Whiskey Distillery tour in Mandarin
Saturday, February 9th 12.00
Teeling Whiskey Distillery is hosting a special tour through Mandarin to celebrate Chinese New Year. The fully guided Mandarin tour will showcase how Teeling’s award-winning whiskey is made right here in the heart of the city. Included in the ticket price is a whiskey tasty followed by a Teeling Irish coffee. Tickets cost €28 per person and can be booked here. Guinness is also offering a tour of the Storehouse through Mandarin this Chinese New Year, so click here to find out more.
There are lots of events taking place to celebrate Chinese New Year in Dublin, so click here to see what else is going on.