If you ask us, dumplings are something to celebrate, and thankfully the city of Melbourne feels exactly the same. Following the success of last year's first ever Melbourne Dumpling Festival, the delicious celebration of bite-sized Asian goodness is returning to 206 Burke Street for one night only on Friday, October 20.

The Melbourne Dumpling Festival will host exclusive pop-ups from Double Happiness Bubble Tea Cocktail Bar and Brooklyn Brewery Beer Garden where you can participate in a dumpling and beer pairing experience like no other. Brooklyn Brewery ambassador, Miro Bellini challenges you to name a more iconic duo: "Dumplings and beer make the ultimate power couple. We're so excited to be back with some of Melbourne's greatest dumpling chefs."

Chopsticks at the ready: the Melbourne Dumpling Festival is back

Melbourne's best Chinese restaurants including Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan, China Red, China Chilli and Dragon Boat will go head-to-head in the ultimate dumpling dine-in. Explore over 50 dumpling varieties with FREE cocktails and beers for every $10 takeaway purchase.

Speaking of free, the festival will have a motza of freebies on offer such as green tea ice-cream, and limited edition Gold Dust Buns developed by Tim Ho Wan - a sweet, savory and slightly crunchy pillowy charcoal bun, filled with gooey salted egg custard - free to the first 500 people. There will be $3,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, and the ultimate freebie; you can go into the draw to win FREE DUMPLINGS FOR A YEAR!

Chopsticks at the ready: the Melbourne Dumpling Festival is back

Melbourne Dumpling Festival
When: Friday, October 20
Where:  Ground Level, 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Cost: Free entry (the optional Dumpling and Beer Pairing Experience costs $10 + GST & BF. Bookings essential: www.206bourkestreet.com)
To win free dumplings for a year visit: http://bit.ly/2xWw3aM

Chopsticks at the ready: the Melbourne Dumpling Festival is back