Come November, Birrarung Marr will be strung with coloured lanterns and stallholders will hawk everything from dumplings to dosa. But while the Night Noodle Markets might be the most obvious sign that it’s Good Food Month, it’s not the festival’s only offering. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best events.
Beer Pong x May Chow
Last year, Ivan Orkin (aka Ivan Ramen) took over Supernormal for Ramen Rave – this year, spunky May Chow (from Hong Kong's Little Bao restaurant) is taking over for a night of beer pong and bao. There’ll be ping-pong tables (you can test your skills against Australia’s tennis table champions), cold beers and lots of food.
Wed Oct 26
Southern Session: Africola & Morgan McGlone at Fancy Hank’s
Duncan Welgemoed from Adelaide’s Africola will join Morgan McGlone from Belle’s Hot Chicken and Mike Patrick from Fancy Hank’s for a Southern barbeque. Hope for decent weather – it’s being held at Good Heavens, Fancy Hank’s new rooftop bar on Bourke Street.
Sun Nov 6
Good Heavens @ Fancy Hanks
Brisbane’s Gerard’s Bistro Pop-Up
Ben Williamson from Brisbane’s Gerard’s Bistro is bringing his Middle Eastern-leaning cuisine to MoVida Aqui for one night. Widely considered one of the country’s best young chefs, this is a great opportunity to taste his cooking without leaving Melbourne.
Tue Nov 8
The Art of the Tart with Flo Gerardin and FareShare
Brush up on your tart art and do good at this collaboration class between Oter’s Flo Gerardin and FareShare. You’ll learn how to seriously up your quiche game and fight hunger while doing so.
Sun Nov 13
Wed Nov 16
Longsong Preview with David Moyle
Be the first to experience chef David Moyle’s Longsong, the new mod-Thai grill and bar set to open above Longrain. Beyond a sneak peek into Longsong’s menu, it’s a great opportunity to try Moyle’s cooking if you haven’t yet made it to his other restaurant, Franklin (Hobart).
Fri Nov 18
Virgilio Martinez X Attica
Virgilio Martinez, head chef at Peru’s Central restaurant (number 4 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) is collaborating with Ben Shewry at Attica for this one-off event. Martinez and Shewry are both known for using bizarre native ingredients – expect dishes and flavour combinations like you’ve never tried before.
Thu Nov 24
Virgilio Martinez at Marea Ceviche and Pisco Bar
If the Attica collab is a little out of your price range, then you can still experience Martinez’s cooking when he teams up with Pastuso's Alejandro Saravia. The Terrace Restaurant will turn into an open-air, Peruvian-style market, and the chefs will be turning out nine variations of ceviche.
Fri Nov 25
The Terrace, Royal Botanic Gardens
Spring Social with Fergus Henderson
Fergus Henderson is coming all the way from London’s St John restaurant to cook alongside Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan) and Ian Curley (European) at this Pimm’s-fuelled park picnic. Michael James from Tivoli Road Bakery will be there with cakes and tarts, and Anthony Femia from Maker & Monger will bring the cheese. There’ll be croquet, too.
Sun Nov 27, 12pm
Rippon Lea Estate
Night Noodle Markets
For two weeks, Birrarung Marr will transform into an Asian hawker market. Melbourne’s noodle and grill masters (such as Chin Chin and Hoy Pinoy) will be there, as will dessert gurus Gelato Messina, among others. An obvious – but essential – one for your calendar.
Good Food Month runs November 1–30 at various locations around Melbourne.