Spicing up Dickson with the Great Woolley Street Feast

Released 28/10/2019

Pork belly bao with popcorn chicken, succulent dumplings, mouth-watering falafel and aromatic noodle soup are just some of the delicacies to indulge in during the inaugural Great Woolley Street Feast, spicing up Dickson on Saturday 9 November.

The Great Woolley Street Feast is the final event of the City Renewal Authority’s Woolley St. Project, a series of temporary trials designed to create a more appealing, pedestrian-focussed place for the community in Dickson’s best-known dining district.

City Renewal Authority chief executive Malcolm Snow said the project had received positive feedback from the community so far about many of the public street improvements, installations and events occurring in Woolley Street over the trial period.

“Through our previous engagement work, we heard that the community wanted things like festivals, events and public street changes in the Dickson area. We listened to that feedback and have been trialling different activations along Woolley Street to give the public and businesses a better, brighter Dickson,” Mr Snow said.

“In addition to the streetscape improvements, installations and temporary traffic modifications, the street has recently hosted a diverse series of events to coincide with the warmer spring weather, including a community concert, martial arts demonstration and ping pong tournament. Over the coming fortnight we have the Woolley Street Night Markets, Origami and Paper Festival, and Bonsai and Plant Sale, all culminating in the Great Woolley Street Feast.”

The feast will feature eight quality restaurants in Dickson where diners grab a bowl, visit the participating vendors to refill, and take a seat at Canberra’s banquet dining table the length of Woolley Street while enjoying live local music. 

The participating restaurants include Dickson Dumpling House, Super Bao, Alara’s Turkish Pide Grill House, Mekong River, Chonqing Street Noodle, Wukong Hot Pot, A Bite and Co.BAR, while drinks can be purchased from the on-street bar supplied by Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill. 

While the street will be closed to traffic for the feast, all other restaurants and businesses along Woolley Street will be open for regular business, with plenty of parking still available around the Dickson centre. Active travel and public transport options are also encouraged such as parking a little further away and walking, cycling, catching the bus or the light rail.

“The feast will be a truly multicultural community experience and a fantastic way to conclude our events program for the Woolley St. Project,” Mr Snow said.

“All of the activities have been designed to improve the accessibility and amenity of the public spaces in Woolley Street, and we need to hear from the community what they thought and what they liked. This feedback will help guide future, long-term improvements to this key place in the City Renewal Precinct.”

The Great Woolley Street Feast is on 9 November 2019, with the first sitting at 6:00pm and the second sitting at 8:00pm. To book a ticket at a sitting or view the remaining events, visit www.dicksonCBR.com.au/events

To provide feedback on the Woolley St. Project, complete the survey at http://bit.ly/WoolleyStfeedback or email cityrenewal@act.gov.au

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