Queenstown Primary School teams up with Night Noodle Markets

Almost 50,000 foodies came through the Queenstown Night Noodle Markets last year.
Jackie Gay

Almost 50,000 foodies came through the Queenstown Night Noodle Markets last year.

The Night Noodle Markets are returning to Queenstown with a new venue and new dates.

The Fairfax Events team has announced the popular markets will be open for five days from April 19 to April 23 at the Queenstown Primary School grounds.

School deputy principal Matt Leach was delighted with the partnership.

"Our major focus this year is on relationships. As part of that we want to get the school being part of the community. It's a strategic goal."

Queenstown Primary School deputy principal Matt Leach, principal Fiona Cavanagh, Fairfax NZ national events manager ...
Debbie Jamieson

Queenstown Primary School deputy principal Matt Leach, principal Fiona Cavanagh, Fairfax NZ national events manager Brett McMeekin and events operations co-ordinator Janelle Tyler on the site of this year's Night Noodle Markets.

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The school board was particularly keen on the school returning to the "good old days" where it was a focal point for the wider community, he said.

"The school should be at the heart of the community."

Sammy Johnson, left, photographs Rose Siebuhr's pineapple smoothie, at the Night Noodle Markets in Hagley Park.
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Sammy Johnson, left, photographs Rose Siebuhr's pineapple smoothie, at the Night Noodle Markets in Hagley Park.

The school hoped to build a multi-purpose area that could be used by community groups or even the likes of panel beaters at night. The swimming pool and gymnasium were also excellent community spaces.

The concept of the Night Noodle Markets worked because it brought the community in and reflected the diversity of the 560-student school, which  included more than 20 ethnicities.

It was also a fundraiser to pay for future running of the school and equipment.

The ever-popular Hoy Pinoy in action at Christchurch's Night Noodle Markets.
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The ever-popular Hoy Pinoy in action at Christchurch's Night Noodle Markets.

Fairfax Events national manager Brett McMeekin said the response to the inaugural Queenstown Night Noodle Markets, held in September, encouraged the team to return.

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The timing was changed as  organisers expected autumn would bring more settled weather and it would fit in well with school holidays and the Arrowtown Autumn Festival.

Last year's Queenstown Bay site had fabulous views but was logistically difficult, being long and narrow and smaller than the new primary school site.

"And it's great for us to be working with the school. It's obviously a pretty vital part of the community," McMeekin said.

There would likely be 16 food stalls this year - two more than last year.

 Among providers who had already confirmed for the Queenstown markets were Hoi Pinoy with their popular pork and chicken skewers; Vagabond Chefs with pulled pork loaded fries, lemon meringue smash and beef salad; Mango Madness with pineapple smoothies in pineapple; Hakka Noodles and Zero with artisan Thai rolled ice cream.

 - Stuff

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