Blue Mountains visitors and locals alike will be able to wander harvest-themed stalls, lit by the cheerful glow of Chinese lanterns, when The Hydro Majestic celebrates the 'Moon Festival' on September 26 and Sunday, September 27.
Showcasing local and regional produce the undercover market will also feature a spectacular dragon dance and drum performance staged at 4pm both days. Visitors can also learn about the long association the hotel has had with Chinese culture while they sup on noodles, dumplings, barbecue skewers, wok-fried finger food and Asian-inspired desserts.
Escarpment Group general manager Ralf Bruegger believes this to be the first time a formal celebration with dragon dance will be been held in the Blue Mountains.
"The Hydro Majestic actually has a very rich Asian history. Around the turn of the 20th century, Chinese workers disillusioned with the lack of fortune in the Bathurst goldfields, found themselves stranded in the Blue Mountains with no money to return to Sydney. Mark Foy, the great Sydney retailer who built the Hydro Majestic Hotel, was fascinated with all things Asian and happily employed many Chinese workers such as Louie Goh Mong, nicknamed `Charlie’, who worked as a cook at Foy’s Sydney home and managed the mayhem at the Hydro Majestic for thirty-five years,’’ Ralph explains.
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The Hydro Majestic Moon Festival will be held at the famous grand hotel which has recently been refurbished back to its original glory on the Great Western Hwy, Medlow Bath, from 2pm to 9pm Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27.
Don't forget to taste the traditional moon cake.