Despite the odds, this year’s Good Food Festival will return this October, with a local line-up of top chefs bringing the flavours of the world to Sydney. The ever-popular Night Noodle Markets will return for another year – but this time in a new format (the City of Sydney has put a stop to large multi-day events at Hyde Park to prevent damage to the lawns). The line-up for the markets will be announced in the coming weeks, but for now there’s plenty of festival activity get excited about – and tickets go on sale tomorrow.

For one night only at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, you can dine on a menu inspired by Naples while taking in Mediterranean-esque views from the spectacularly located venue. In true Maurice Terzini style it’ll be an immersive experience, with everything from the dishes to the wine to the music drawing on the southern-Italian city’s vibrant dining scene.

Meanwhile, Fred’s head chef Danielle Alvarez – who will soon launch her cookbook Always Add Lemon – will host an intimate lunch and dinner at The Apartment at Hotel Centennial. Guests will enjoy a two-course dinner from the chef (who has worked at iconic Californian diners French Laundry and Chez Panisse) with matching wines and take home a signed copy of the cookbook.

Neil Perry will be joined by fish experts Steve Hodges (Fish Face) and John Susman for a night of seafood at Eleven Bridge (which is now an event space). Diners will enjoy oysters, chardonnay and seafood dishes as Hodges regales them with stories of his life and career.

Also at Eleven Bridge: home cook Elizabeth Hewson will celebrate the launch of her second book, Saturday Night Pasta – an exploration of the therapeutic benefits of making pasta – with a multi-course pasta dinner prepared in collaboration with chefs from Rockpool Dining Group. And there’ll be an IRL version of the cult Good Weekend quiz – this time with a culinary bent thanks to input from Good Food’s restaurant critics. It’ll be a step up from your local pub quiz, with snacks, a main course and dessert from Rockpool, as well as wine and beer.

Finally, the annual Young Chefs Lunch will return, with up-and-comers from some of Sydney’s top restaurants banding together to create a plant-based lunch at vegan diner Alibi. This year, to help the hospitality industry after the triple-whammy of bushfires, floods and Covid-19, $5 from each ticket will be donated to a charity of each chef’s choosing.

Tickets for Good Food Month 2020 go on sale at 9am on September 17 here.