Auckland Night Noodle Markets kick off
The fragrant waft of Asian flavours is drawing thousands of hungry Aucklanders to the city's inaugural Night Noodle Markets.
Crowds of revellers ambled through the market at Victoria Park, making the most of the noodles, dumplings and skewers during the opening night on Wednesday.
While it was the City of Sail's first taste of the night noodles, the event has already drawn thousands of people in Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington.
International chefs teamed up with local cooks to cater to the crowds at Victoria Park, with pan-Asian offerings at 20 stalls, including a Singaporean Michelin-starred chef and successful Australian street vendor were among the other offerings on the night.
Founder Vicky Ha said Auckland was a different beast to Wellington, because of the wide variety of cuisines available in the city.
"We always try to have a variety for people, they all have different presentation and texture," she said.
It was a comfortable setting for Ha whose business began at a market - the Wellington City Market.
There was also street vendor royalty among the crowds - Singapore chef Chan Hon Meng travelled to Auckland for the event.
Hon Meng made international headlines earlier this year when his humble hawker stall was awarded a Michelin star.
Fairfax Media NZ events manager Brett McMeekin said he expected about 200,000 people to attend the event in Auckland.
Seven thousand people visited the event within about three hours of opening on Wednesday. Lines had already begun forming outside some of the more popular stalls by 6pm.
"We're getting some quite big queues, but we're trying to manage that," he said.
"The first night is always quite a big learning curve for the vendors."
Filipino barbecue stall Hoy Pinoy, from Melbourne, had long lines for their pork belly and chicken cooked over coals.
However Hoy Pinoy were prepared - having been involved at every other event - with two tonnes of meat and 1500kg of charcoal for the event.
While opening night was busy, McMeekin believed Friday and Saturday would be the busiest.
"People come more than once because they can't eat everything all at once."