Celebrate Chinese New Year at The Valley

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC), in conjunction with the Australian Chinese Jockey Club (ACJC), will bring an exciting Chinese New Year Celebration to The Valley on Friday, 23 February.

Celebrating the Year of the Dog, a crowd of over 8,000 racegoers is expected at The Valley for a night of traditional Chinese cuisine, authentic Oriental performances, live music, giveaways and much more.

The main stage on The Valley’s front lawn will provide a feast for the senses, with chair stack acrobats, Chinese cultural and dragon dancers, a sword and contortionist duo, a fire and acrobatic duo, plus live musical performances.

The night will also feature a Chinese night market serving traditional Asian cuisine to tantalise your tastebuds, as well as an array of Melbourne’s leading food trucks.

Not only is admission free, there will be 500 one-kilogram bags of rice given away – seen as an auspicious blessing in Chinese culture for the Chinese New Year.

The kids will also be kept entertained thanks to the Melbourne City Football Club Fan Zone, which will include soccer clinics, jumping castles, face painting and much more at the North Hill Precinct.

Punters hoping for some fortune on the track can back the Chinese ‘lucky 8’ horses, with specially-designed saddlecloths used in each of the eight races; whilst the feature race of the night is the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes, named in honour of the 2009/10 Australian Racehorse of the Year.

This marks the third ACJC Chinese New Year Celebration held at The Valley, and the MVRC is again proud to partner with the Victorian Government and the ACJC.

General admission is free, with gates set to open at 5.15pm and the first race starting at 6.30pm.