Lunar New Year in Sydney

As we welcome the year of the pig, Sydney will be awash in various celebrations of colour, light, sound and flavour. While the first day of the new year is Tuesday, February 5, many events will run for the week surrounding the date, offering multiple opportunities to enjoy.

See: Zodiac Lanterns

Giant renditions of the animals of the zodiac calendar will take residence around Circular Quay. Designed by Australian and international sculptors, each has its own personality and will light up the night.

Experience: Heaven and Earth in Chinese Art

Opening on February 2, this major exhibition at The Art Gallery of NSW displays works from the National Palace Museum, Taipei and celebrates the multifaceted heritage of Chinese civilisation and explores the unification of heaven, nature and humanity through the concept of tian ren he yi. For Art After Hours on Wednesday February 6, the Art Gallery will hold calligraphy workshops, live music inspired by Chinese poetry and a conversation between writer Benjamin Law and chef Adam Liaw. On Saturday February 9, local tea connoisseurs will host a tea ceremony in the entrance court.

Eat: Spice Temple Banquet

Of course, no Lunar New Year celebration would be complete without a feast. From February 1 until February 10, Spice Temple is offering a $99/head banquet menu designed by Neil Perry and Spice Temple executive chef Andy Evans that matches dishes with the principles of happiness, longevity and harmony. Dishes include raw tuna ‘yu shend’ with spicy orange and iceberg, stir fried spanner crab with mung bean noodles, salted red and green chilli and roast pork belly with hot sweet and sour sauce.