The St Albans community consists of many cultures. Past waves of European migration are more recently being replaced by Asian and African migrants. Historically, it has been European migrants which have predominated but recently there have been migrants from Asia and all over the world. There has been particular growth recently of the Vietnamese community, which is the fastest growing and visible in St Albans in the street life, built form and the economic function of the centre. Vietnamese restaurants, grocers and specialty goods stores dominate Alfrieda Street and give it an ‘Asian feel’. In other parts of the centre there are several other shops from many other nationalities.

The St Albans Business Group Association is organising the next St Albans Lunar New Year Festival which will be held on:

Sunday 5th January
Time: 10am - 10pm
Alfrieda Street
St Albans

The Association is looking for businesses that are interested in participating in this festival. This can be done through renting a stall and/or a sponsorship.

If you are interested in participating in our festival and are selling food, you must obtain a Food Handling Permit from Brimbank City Council by the 2nd  November 2019. There are two presentation and registration dates left prior to this date, so please book your place.

If you would like to take part in our festival, please fill out the Application Form located at the top of this page and return it by the 2nd November 2019 or contact Ross Morfea on 0425 741 498 for further information.

The 2019 St Albans Lunar Festival was a huge success. 

Stall holders included many local businesses giving out information on their services. There was information on conservation of water, on the fish in our rivers, opportunities to play chess and much more.

The fantastic food provide by the stall holders and our local restaurants is always a big drawcard for everybody. The traditional lion dance and the lighting of the firecrackers by some of our most famous politicians provided the great official opening.

All in all it was a fantastic event organised by the St Albans business Group Association. We would like to thank our sponsors and all volunteers and professionals who made this such a great day!

The Lunar New Year is the biggest calendar event for Southeast Asian communities all over the world. The St Albans Business Group organises each year the St Albans Lunar New Year which is its flagship festival. It is the first Festival in each Calendar Year and kicks off a long series of other similar Festivals.

The Festival is aimed to support the local community. As it is a South East Asian Festival it has many attendees from that region, but many other people enjoy the atmosphere, the food, the entertainment and the company.

The Festival attracts between 60,000-90,000 people annually.

The St Albans Business Group (SABGAI) is a not-for-profit organisation representing the businesses in St Albans town centre. It has a strong multicultural flavour with representatives from South East Asia, India, Africa and European heritage.

In 2019 the festival will be even more multicultural, diverse and vibrant. We have the following features:

  • An outstanding choice of Vietnamese cuisine and other food
  • A packed entertainment programme
  • Plenty of rides, games and activities

               A very large Lunar New Year fireworks display