10 reasons to visit Good Food Month
Good Food Month will celebrate 20 years of unforgettable food events this October with a flavour-packed, talent-filled program
1. To meet homegrown heroes
The best local and international chefs in Australia are set to call Sydney’s Hyde Park home for the 20th-anniversary celebration of Good Food Month. Good Food Month’s vibrant pop-up restaurant, Hyde Park Palms, will return with a range of diverse foodie feasts and conversations during October. In addition, the Night Noodle Markets will also make a much-anticipated return during the month-long festival with a series of one-off events and recurring festivities.
2. See the shape of things to come
This year’s Good Food Month will, according to Fairfax Events’ team, celebrate the influential chefs and restaurants that have shaped Australia’s culinary sphere. It also seeks to celebrate new and emerging players in the culinary world with events such as the Young Chefs Lunch on October 21. Foodies can also join renowned 22-year-old chef Isabella Poti for an Italian banquet on October 6 or celebrate the talented women of the culinary world with a delicious feast on October 18.
3. Join the celebration
The festival program will kick off with Good Food Month’s 20th birthday party where attendees will get the chance to mingle with Australian chefs Christine Mansfield, Neil Perry and Ross Lusted.
4. To bring back the long lunch
The jam-packed program also includes a 90s Long Lunch hosted by pastry chef Andy Bowdy and Le Ho Fook’s Victor Liong on October 7, which aims to bring back the best of the 90s in a retro-food-lovers’ dream feast. Expect cameos from 90s classics such as vanilla slice, apple turnovers and foccacia.
5. Embrace Noughties’ nostalgia
Millennials are permitted to feel nostalgic, too, with the Noughties Long Lunch on October 14 prepared by master chefs Kate Reid and Mitch Orr: think Jatz, finger buns and pecan pie.
6. Get schooled on Alexander technique
Australian foodie heroes Neil Perry, Bill Granger, Christine Mansfield, Stephanie Alexander and Ross Lusted will all hold court in the Hyde Park Palms pop-up with conversations running throughout the month. Southern Californian Cuisine will also be celebrated at this year’s Good Food Month in Sydney as chef Jason Neroni teams up with MasterChef consultant Monty Koludrovic to present a menu of canapes alongside a scrumptious grazing station on October 12.
7. Celebrate regional Australia
Sharon Matrinez, of cult vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters, will be serving up an Italian vegan feast on October 20 while the best of the local countryside will be coming to Sydney to celebrate regional cuisine. Phil Wood of Point Leo Estate, Emma McGaskill, of Adelaide’s The Pot, and Ben Devlin, of Paper Daisy, are all headlining at the festival.
8. To get the scoop
Organisers of the month-long festival have also curated the perfect date night on October 5: think delicious food, a film that gets you right in the feels and a scoop of the best artisanal ice cream in town. This year, attendees will be treated to a screening of 10 Things I Hate About You alongside Ume Burgers’ signature burger and Cow & The Moon Gelato.
9. Chefs give battle a twirl
Load up on carbs with the return of Pasta Battle on October 11 featuring a four-course dinner prepared by talented chefs Federico Zanellato, Fredrica Andsissani and Joel Valvasori-Pereza – all from some of Australia’s leading Italian restaurants.
10. Use your noodle
The Night Noodle Markets will also return from October 4-21, so you can sample the 40 delicious stalls or keep returning for your favourites. Enjoy a host of delicacies from the likes of Gelato Messina, Mr Bao, Donut Papi, Chur Burger and more. There will also be dancers, DJs and live music so you can stay all night. The Let’s Do Lunch program hosted by Peter Lehman Wines, of the Barossa, will serve up $45 lunch offerings while leading restaurants across Sydney will host their own curated events as part of Friends of Good Food Month. goodfoodmonth.com