The colossal program for Australia’s largest food festival has been unveiled.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi is the biggest event on the Australian culinary calendar. The program, which launched today, sees the festival welcome the return of old favourites like the Night Noodle Markets and Hats Off Dinners, and a host of new events such as the Breakfast Club, Supper Club and Good Dinners Under $30.
Festival director, Joanna Savill said: “As we relaunch to Good Food Month, an event which started 15 years ago in Sydney, we celebrate all that is great about our outstanding and remarkably diverse food scene. The program is packed and there is truly something for everyone.
“We’re thrilled to unveil some extraordinary events with special guest chef René Redzepi from Noma in Copenhagen, ranked second in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, along with a host of fun and inventive local food and drink experiences that are sure to make October a wonderful time for sharing, discovering and celebrating!”
Program highlights include:
Lunch in the Fields with Redzepi & Gilmore at Johnstone’s Kitchen Gardens (October 26) – “Paddock to plate” takes on new meaning with Lunch on the Farm, hosted by René Redzepi and Peter Gilmore, the quiet genius behind Australia’s most awarded restaurant, Quay. Join them for a truly special lunch on the small family farm in the Hawkesbury district where bespoke produce for Quay is grown. Tour the farm with René, Peter and farmer Tim Johnstone as they pick vegetables for lunch, then enjoy a glass of champagne followed by a six-course meal set in the gardens. A signed copy of A Work in Progress (Phaidon Press) by René Redzepi is included in ticket.
The Great Australian Dinner with René Redzepi (October 27) – René and 10 of Australia’s most inspiring chefs join forces to put Australia on a plate. Includes Neil Perry, Peter Gilmore, David Chang, Kylie Kwong
René Redzepi A Work in Progress at Sydney Opera House (October 28)– In the intimate surrounds of the Playhouse, René Redzepi speaks frankly about his journey to the top, the challenges, triumphs, reflections and realisations about the pressures of being in the culinary limelight – and maintaining creativity and collaboration in the process.
15th Annual Young Chefs Dinner (October 21 and 22) – the best and brightest next gen chefs.
Good Dinners Under $30 (throughout October) – eateries from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Under $30 Guide serve up a two-course meal for $30 or under. Venues include Miss Chu, Spice I Am and Wilbur’s Place.
Night Noodle Markets (October 9-12, 14-19, 21-16) – Sydney’s best loved Asian hawker style food market has been extended to 16 nights this year, now including Saturdays.
Pyrmont Growers’ Market Birthday Bash (October 5) – Sydney’s most iconic Growers’ Market celebrates 15 years of showcasing farmers and producers.
Omnivore Sydney (October 3-6) – themed as ‘100% jeune cuisine’, Omnivore is a French food festival which champions the world’s emerging chefs.
Hats Off Dinners (Tuesdays throughout October) – hatted chefs from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide set aside their regular menus and cook up something wild and wonderful. Dinners include Mr Wong’s homage to multi-Michelin-starred French icon Joel Robuchon, Hats Off to The Australian Women’s Weekly at Bistro Moncur, and The Classics at Rockpool, where Neil Perry remembers 1989 with a retrospective of late ’80s dishes.
Breakfast Club (throughout October) – brekkie is the new black and is one of the best times to catch up with friends. Top cafes from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide create a special breakfast menu for only $20 including a tea or coffee.
Surprise Saturday Lunch (throughout October) – once-only menus and out-of-the-box experiences from the likes of Ms G’s, 4Fourteen, Cafe Sydney and Rubyos.
World Dinners (throughout October) – travel the world without leaving Sydney. From Syria to Singapore, Rajasthan to San Sebastian, the flavours of several continents come to the tables of some of Sydney’s best restaurants including a Manfredi 30-year Italian tribute dinner at Balla.
Supper Club (throughout October) – the likes of Sake, Gastro Park, The Woods and others offer a delicious late-night snack, perhaps accompanied by a glass of wine or two!
Bar Hop (throughout October) – Sydney’s star mixologists shake it up in style this month with a series of Tanqueray gin-inspired cocktails matched with a bar snack for $20.
Drink and Dine (through October) – it’s all about the drinks at these varied events, which include Cider and Swine The Third at Fix St James, Vineyard to Plate Dinner with the Bentley/Monopole team and Yakitori and Prestige Cuvee at Sepia.
Good Pub Grub (throughout October) – Sydney’s best pubs, as chosen by The Sydney Morning Herald Good Pub Food Guide, beer up this October, serving beer-inspired dishes matched with a Coopers Pale Ale for $25.
There’s also a range of Instant Expert masterclasses and guided discovery tours around Sydney by food artisans and experts..
Add new dimensions to a culinary experience with the Art and Food events as well as pop-ups, parties, and markets. Sydney laneways turn into alfresco dining destinations with Laneways Come Alive.
Community and Outdoor Festivals including Best from the West, Jewish Food Culture Fest, Norton Street Italian Festa and Fairfield Culinary Carnivale, bring people together to share, celebrate and soak up the tastes of this vibrantly diverse food city.
Families can enjoy cooking classes with Kids in the Kitchen, and take advantage of the family-friendly Family Table at selected Good Food Guide hatted restaurants.
Green events are in demand as the Grow Your Own movement takes off. The Regional Table producer dinners showcase the bounty of regional NSW, while Kitchen Gardening workshops, Down to Earth menus and Thinking Food talks provide inspiration and education.
Visit goodfoodmonth.com for the full program.