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This is your last weekend to hit the Night Noodle Markets for 2016. And if you haven't been yet, or plan to go back, behold this hot list of all your burning questions answered so you may noodle all the better.
For those just joining us, the Night Noodle Markets, the festival that sees Birrarung Marr become a hawker market for 18 nights, runs until this Sunday, November 27.
Bring your best friend
The biggest question floating around this year was about four legged friends. And the answer is yes, you're welcome to bring dogs to Birrarung Marr so long as you follow the usual rules: keep them on a leash and controlled, and please stay 20 metres from food stalls.
Plot your menu online
If you're packing any sweet dietaries, plenty of stalls have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, but save yourself time and check out the whole menu (marked with dietary requirements) before you get in the queue.
Melbourne weather is as unpredictable as Trump, how will we know if the markets are on?
The short answer is that the markets go ahead rain or shine, but occasionally dangerous weather patterns mean we need to close the markets for everyone's safety. If that's the case, it will be announced via our social channels (@goodfoodmonth).
Go cash free, without a card
The markets are cashless this year which means either using any card you like, or, if you don't do plastic, swapping cash for a pre-loaded card at any of the information points.
What should I eat?
You've seen the nori tacos from Mr Miyagi, the giant bao from Let's Do Yum Cha and the Peking duck loaded fries from Bao Stop, but there's also a gigantic mound of pineapple fried rice from Eat the Chicken, served in an actual pineapple; a dish called liempo at Hoy Pinoy which Adam Liaw dubs "Asian bacon", and bowls from the Satay Truck team uniting coconut rice, rendang and a belado egg with lots of little sides. The point is, go for the glorious Instagram stars (we've compiled our cult favourites) but don't forget about the ugly delicious jewels.
Where should I sit?
This is relevant to everyone, but particularly if you're attending with small humans. Menulog has set up a special area on the middle terrace this year where you can sag into an inflatable couch or lounge over a gigantic inflatable pizza slice, order from one of a number of stalls and they'll bring the food to you. Seats, and no stress.
Open Mon-Tue 5pm-9pm; Wed-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 4pm-10pm; Sun 4pm-9pm
November 10-27, Birrarung Marr (access from Federation Square or Batman Avenue), Melbourne, see goodfoodmonth.com