Food festival to replace fireworks for Melbourne New Year celebrations

Melbourne will swap fireworks for a two-day foodie festival this New Year with outdoor dining at designated food precincts.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp announced the annual fireworks would not go ahead due to concerns over sparking another coronavirus outbreak.

Instead the city will see a one-off New Year Street Feasts, with traffic blocked from 11 food precincts to encourage “European style” dining on December 31 and January 1.

More than 50 venues will take part in the program, which will only be available for pre-booked guests.

“There are still so many things to celebrate in terms of the resilience and the way that we as a community have responded to the worst health crisis that we’ve experienced in our lifetime. But then that sense of saying hello to 2021, optimism, a brighter future,” Capp said.

New Year Street Eats will take over food precincts at Little Bourke Street, Little Collins Street, AC/DC Lane, Hardware Lane, Russell Street, Spring Street, Flinders Lane, Lonsdale Street, Market Lane, Domain Road and Docklands.