Presented by Citi, Good Food Month will celebrate 20 years in October, a gigantic feat for a festival that has left its indelible mark on Sydney’s continuously burgeoning food scene. The talent-filled program aims to do what Good Food Month always does, helping to shine a light on the people that have shaped our culinary landscape and those that will continue to forge its future.
Venessa Cowell, Head of Food Events, Fairfax Events & Entertainment explains:
“Our 20th anniversary program takes a retrospective look at how the local and international dining scene has developed over the last 20 years, celebrating the chefs, dishes and restaurants that paved the way and stood the test of time.”
2018 will see the return of Hyde Park Palms, Good Food Month’s vibrant pop-up restaurant space in the heart of Hyde Park North. Playing host to conversations with the biggest names in Australian cooking, expect to see Neil Perry, Bill Granger, Christine Manfield, Stephanie Alexander and Ross Lusted all visiting the Palm Springs-inspired restaurant between October 4 and 21. Joining them for one-off dining events are the likes of Italy’s Isabella Poti, Los Angeles’ Jason Neroni and nineties and noughties lunches with the rag-tag team of Andy Bowdy, Victor Liong, Mitch Orr and Kate Reid.
The eagerly anticipated Night Noodle Markets will return to Hyde Park from October 4. 40 stalls over 18 nights will allow food lovers to feast on the innovative dishes of Gelato Messina, Hoy Pinoy, The Original Korean Twist Potato, Mr Bao, Shallot Thai, Donburi Station, Waffleland, Wonderbao, Donut Papi, Eat Fuh, Puffle, Poklol, Chat Thai, Teppanyaki Noodle, The Wagyu, May's Malaysian Hawker, Bangkok Street Food, Black Star Pastry, Satay Brothers McHenry Avenue, Grumpy G’s Kitchen, Chinese Dim Sum King, N2 Extreme Gelato, Chur Burger, The Hard Style Kitchen and Thai Riffic, all accompanied by live entertainment.
In addition, running all month long is the ever popular, Let’s Do Lunch series, presented this year by Peter Lehman Wines. Pairing up with a range of Sydney’s favourite restaurants across the city, you can get into some of the best-hatted restaurants for $45. The deal lets you get out and try what all the fuss is about.
Away from the marquee events, check out our complete breakdown of the 2018 Good Food Month below.
20th Birthday with Sydney Greats – October 4
On Thursday October 4, Good Food Month is having its 20th Birthday. The ol’ gal of Sydney’s food events is celebrating by bringing together some of its most beloved chefs and dining legends together for a very big bash. Joining the party are the famed Christine Manfield, Neil Perry and Ross Lusted. Come party like its 1998 and turn back the years.
Date Night – October 5
The following night on October 5, it’s date night, its time to fall in love all over again with October Good Food Month has a special screening of 10 Things I Hate About You. Enjoy all the tasty things on offer such as a tasty Ume Burger, ice-cream from Cow & The Moon and the scrumptious young Heath Ledger.
Dinner with Italy’s Isabelle Poti – October 6
At the tender age of 22, Isabella Poti, is already one of the ten most influential women in Italian cuisine. Poti will bring together colleague Floriano Pellegrino from Bros’ in Lecce and 10 William Street’s Enrico Tomelleri for a must eat dinner for all the italophiles in Sydney.
90’s Long Lunch with Victor Liong & Andy Bowdy – October 7
Bringing the old school back is legendary pastry boss Andy Bowdy and the ever innovative Victor Liong. Bowdy and Liong will be bringing quintessentially 90s dishes and demonstrating the huge influences these concoctions have had on these two chefs.
The Masters Series – October 10, 15, 16 and 17
Join editor of Good Food Ardyn Bernoth and former Goof Food Guide editor and Festival Director Joanna Savill as they bring friends Bill Granger, Stephanie Alexander, Ross Lusted and Neil Perry to explore their most influential dishes at Hyde Park Palms.
Pasta Battle – October 11
If you don’t like pasta, I don’t know what to tell you. Federico Zanellato from two-hatted LuMi, Federica Andrisani from Hobart’s Fico and Joel Valvasori-Pereza from WA’s Lulu La Delizia are pitting their best pastas against each other. The real winner is you.
California Soul – Jason Neroni – October 12
Bringing a taste of the O.C to Sydney’s Hyde Park is Jason Neroni, chef and owner of L.A’s iconic Rose Café in Venice Beach. This is a tag-team affair with Sydney legend Monty Koludrovic of Icebergs Dining Room & Bar helping Neroni by presenting the coolest Southern Californian twists in town.
Regional Dining – October 13
It’s not always possible to see the delights of the regional parts of our country. Good Food has borough Phil Wood of Mornington Peninsula’s Point Leo Estate, Emma McCaskill from Adelaide’s The Pot by Emma McCaskill and Ben Devlin from Paper Daisy in Cabarita Beach.
Noughties Lunch with Mitch Orr and Kate Reid – October 14
Mitch Orr of ACME - the pasta prince and noughties connoisseur - is joining forces with Kate Reid of Lune Croissanterie, the crown queen of croissants, to bring you a nostalgic retrospective on the almost forgotten decade of the noughties. The pair has a penchant for poignant memories, with Orr’s famed baloney sandwich and Reid’s finger bun.
Culinary Women of Influence – October 18
Celebrate some of Australia’s amazing culinary women of influence with a three-course dinner created by Alia Glorie of WA’s Billie H, Alanna Sapwell of Saint Peter in Sydney and Karena Armstrong of The Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale.
Vegan Italiano – October 20
Shannon Martinez is a chef cross magician behind the cult vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters in Melbourne. She brings the best memories of growing up and serves them her own vegan way. Come see what all the plant-based fuss is about this Good Food Month.
Young Chef Lunch presented by Citi - October 21
Mentored by Bennelong head chef Rob Rockerill, Sydney’s generation next plan on bringing you a memorable lunch. Joining Cockerill in the kitchen is 2019 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award finalists Malcolm Hanslow from Oscillate Wildly and Jessica Moore, chef de partie at Bea at Barangaroo. Remember the names, you might see them in lights in the very near future.
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