We love all the Good Food Month mainstays – Let’s Do Lunch, the Night Noodle Markets and Shoot The Chef Competition – but this year’s program is peppered with a swathe of smaller events too. Don’t miss out on this shortlist.
Cider and Swine at Fix St James
“What got us started was the exciting Australian artisanal cider scene,” says Fix St James owner Stuart Knox of the third instalment of this annual event. Taste 12 different ciders at this four-course pork-filled dinner, ranging from classic English-style sparkling to stinky farmhouse French-style brews. Cider-makers will be on hand to talk guests through the brewing process and tasting notes.
$95 per person (includes ciders). October 28, 7pm–11pm.
Wild Tucker @ Eveleigh at Eveleigh Markets
“Discovering incredibly delicious, sustainably produced native bush foods and edible insects has completely revolutionised what we do at Billy Kwong,” says chef Kylie Kwong. This free event will see Kwong whip up stir-fried crickets with black bean and chilli, while Skye Blackburn of Bug Shop takes the crowd through the health and environmental benefits of embracing edible insects and Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo of Gardener’s Lodge Café discusses her native ingredient products like finger lime marmalade.
Free entry. October 19, 10.15am–11.30am.
René Redzepi: A Work in Progress at Sydney Opera House
Famed Danish chef Redzepi will be appearing at a few special events as part of the food festival. At this talk at the Playhouse theatre, Redzepi will reflect on his journey to becoming the leader of one of the world’s most talked about restaurants. Guests can also take home an advance copy of his upcoming journal-come-cookbook, A Work in Progress.
$95 per person (includes a copy of A Work in Progress). October 28, 6.30pm.
Farewell Darling Dinner at Vaucluse House
Roasted whole bullock rump, gin jelly and Yorkshire puddings will feature at this four-course dinner inspired by a celebratory feast held at the historic property in 1831. Don your best period costume and hear from Sydney Living Museums’ in-house colonial gastronomer Jacqui Newling, who will explore our local culinary history through each dish.
$155 per person (includes drinks). October 12, 6pm–11pm.
Treats of Tripoli with Taste Food Tours
Run by the Benevolent Society, Taste Food Tours is a social enterprise focused on showcasing the best of multicultural Sydney. “There’s a beautiful generosity from the people in the area,” says Lesley Unsworth, business development manager. This tour through Guildford explores the food of seaside Lebanese city Tripoli, visiting restaurants, a sweet shop and butcher with a local Lebanese-French tour guide. Guests can enjoy tastings of samke hara (a baked fish dish with tahini) plus fattoush and hummus.
$80 per person (includes beverages). October 19, 10.30am–2.30pm.
Eat. Walk. Grow.
Champagne and canapés overlooking the city at Indira Naidoo’s balcony garden will kick off this walking tour and progressive, multi-course dinner. For your entrée, sample a dish laced with honey harvested from the rooftop beehive at Wayside Chapel – to which proceeds from ticket sales will be passed on – and finish the night with a meal of spring lamb at Café DOV in Potts Point.
$225 per person (includes a glass of wine with each course, plus coffee/tea). October 12, 5.30pm–11.30pm.
Food Writers’ Festival at The Mint
“I want this event to nourish our brains and stimulate more than our appetite,” says festival creator Barbara Sweeney. Welcoming food writers, scientists and chefs to the stage, this day of talks includes Peter Gilmore of Quay restaurant and Whole Larder Love’s Rohan Anderson. Enjoy a deluxe picnic lunch box by Alex Herbert of Bird Cow Fish and former Longrain executive chef Martin Boetz, including a sour cream and speck tart, fennel, orange and parsley salad, plus goat’s curd and mango smoothie.
$185 per person (includes beverages, morning/afternoon tea, gift bag. Optional lunch additional $65 per person). October 19, 10am–4pm.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month runs from October 1 to 31. Visit goodfoodmonth.com for the full program.