Good Food Month
We hope you’ve got an appetite because October is Good Food Month in Sydney. By Roshan Sukhla.
EVERY OCTOBER ACROSS Sydney, chefs and foodies alike gather together to celebrate Good Food Month. This year’s program features over 150 events including masterclasses, talks, festivals, parties and dinner dates. The city’s most talented restaurateurs and chefs showcase what they do best, and prove why Sydney is a world-class dining destination.
Celebrate the opening of Good Food Month (5 October) in its new home at Hyde Park Palms— a food oasis in the CBD, inspired by the desert chic style of Palm Springs. Party with the industry’s best and enjoy a selection of delectable treats and drinks. Also on at Hyde Park Palms is Africola Sound System (7 October), the brunch series (8, 15 and 22 October), a discussion about the future of food (12 October) and Sydney chefs Dan Hong and Mitch Orr throw a party (14 October).
You’ll love Date Night in the comfort of Hyde Park Palms home where you can treat your chosen one to a delicious night of film and food. Starring Sydney favourite, Ume Burger with a side of moorish umami fries, matched with beer or wine. Slide into sweetness with a choc-top by Gelato Messina whilst enjoying Good Food Month’s pick of classic date night flicks (13 and 20 October).
Hear superstar chef Marco Pierre White in Conversation at the Hilton Sydney on 7 October. He’ll be joined on stage by food writer Jill Dupleix, and fellow chefs Duncan Welgemoed and Peter Gilmore.
There are plenty of one-off events in this year’s program. Learn the art of Chinese noodle making at Chef’s Gallery, or enjoy the Opera Australia wine dinner at glass brasserie, where Opera Australia principal artists Lorina Gore and Simon Kim, accompanied by Tahu Matheson, perform arias and duets from celebrated operas “La Boheme” and “La Traviata”, as well as “Turandot’s” world-famous “Nessun Dorma”. The four-course meal, curated by Luke Mangan and head chef Peter Cassidy, will include glass brasserie classics along with dishes specifically created for the evening. Try a steak and shiraz masterclass at Eastside Grill, and celebrate Australia’s coastline at Bennelong.
The Let’s Do Lunch program offers a great array of lunchtime dining for just $38 (including a glass of wine, beer or soft drink) at some of Sydney’s best restaurants. Choose from Sokyo, Nomad, Public Dining Room, Cirrus, Pilu at Freshwater, One Penny Red, Catalina, The Gantry Restaurant and many more.
The Night Noodle Markets (5 to 22 October) return to Hyde Park with 40 sizzling food stalls serving up the best street food from across the Asian region. Sydney’s very own Asian hawker market features family-friendly live music, DJS, Led-lit dancing dragons, and the always popular bespoke dessert creations by Gelato Messina, Black Star Pastry and N2 Gelato. To make things quick and easy, the markets will again be cash-free, so you’ll be able to spend less time queuing, and more time eating.
There’s a whole raft of food festivals and events in Sydney’s suburbs to coincide with Good Food Month. Don’t miss the Artistry Food Festival at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (1 October), Crows Nest Festival (15 October), Bowral Long Lunch (15 October), Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool (28 October), Parramatta Lanes festival (10–13 October), The Hawkesbury Table (20 October) and Crafty Dining on Foley (11 October).
1–31 October, throughout Sydney and events across NSW. For the full program and to book visit goodfoodmonth.com
Night Noodle Markets.
Night Noodle Markets.
Some of the chefs that are part of this year’s Good Food Month. Photo: Nikki To.