More than 25,000 people tucked into oodles of noodles with the late arrival of some spring sunshine helping to make Melbourne's first night noodle market a tasty success on Monday night.
The Asian hawker-style market, part of The Age Good Food Month, was the first to be held in the city after proving a popular annual event in Sydney that attracted nearly 300,000 people last year.
Top-notch eateries including Chin Chin, Longrain, Izakaya Den and Mamak dished up Asian delicacies such as Peking duck pancakes and dumpling soups, drawing a capacity crowd to Alexandra Gardens by 7pm on Monday night, when the doors had to be briefly shut to serve existing queuing customers.
The Age editor-in-chief Andrew Holden urged Melburnians to head to the market early on Tuesday night, with the mercury tipped to hit 30 degrees and thousands more expected to make the most of the warm weather.
"Melburnians love an event, and this has really hit the mark: great idea, perfect venue between the river and the gardens, and a beautiful evening," he said.
"I'm sorry there were some we had to turn away, and the restaurants will work hard to speed up the queues. Like so many other events in our city, the motto is get there early because everyone wants to be part of the fun!"
The market features more than 25 food stalls, bars and nightly entertainment and will run nightly from 5pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends until November 30.