Sydney Good Food Month is making up for all those dining-out hours we lost during lockdown, with a stacked line-up for its 2022 festival of food in January. Expect a heady combination of takeovers, pop-ups, one-off fine dining experiences and collaborations between top chefs.

Topping our list? Four up-and-coming Indigenous chefs are taking over CBD institution Rockpool Bar & Grill for a one-off lunch. The fine diner’s executive chef Corey Costelloe will lead the quadrant of chefs – Rockpool’s Jayde Harris and Luke Bourke (Rockpool), Keith Munro (Icebergs Dining Room and Bar) and Sam Bourke (Margaret) – who will each prepare a course. Wines will be from Indigenous-owned Mt Yengo Wines, and $10 from each ticket will be donated to the National Indigenous Culinary Institute, which mentors Indigenous apprentice chefs.

And there’s plenty more to look forward to. Well-regarded Brisbane chef Alanna Sapwell (ex-head chef at Saint Peter) will take over fun-loving Middle Eastern diner Ezra for a multi-course dinner. Alibi is hosting a boozy plant-based brunch party, with vegan pavlovas, cookies and strawberry sandwiches in collaboration with La Pav, Butter Boy and Sandoitchi. Alessandro Pavoni (A’Mare, Ormeggio at The Spit) is teaming up with seafood industry stalwart John Susman and Jesse McTavish (Bar Elvina, ex-North Bondi Fish) for a meal celebrating the fruits of the sea.

Meanwhile, the Good Weekend Quiz: Live returns, at Rockpool Bar & Grill. Compete with other tables for the top spot while feasting on a three-course meal.

And while the fine dining events sound like tonnes of fun, there’s plenty of more casual feasts and parties to get stuck into. Butter Sydney and Rising Sun Workshop are co-hosting a celebration of the chook, over two nights across two locations. It’ll bring the best of both eateries into one six-course meal, along with a live DJ and bottomless pét-nat and tinnies. In Freshwater, the Harbord Hotel will host a Baja-inspired pop-up, with Mexican-flavoured dishes and a Margarita bar.

Newtown’s Little Lagos is celebrating the food and culture of West Africa with a cocktail on arrival, Afrobeats and a three-course meal of dishes including jollof rice, ewa agoyin (a bean stew) and egusi (soup) with pounded yams. And Nomad and Golden Age Cinema are joining forces for a Moroccan-themed menu designed to be enjoyed while you watch Casablanca. At Pendolino, the produce of Palisa Anderson’s (Chat Thai) Boon Luck Farm will be showcased.

And if you fancy getting out of town and combining a food adventure with your summer holiday, Good Food Month isn’t just confined to Sydney. Margan Wines in the Hunter Valley is offering tours of its vineyard, culminating in a five-course meal made with its estate-grown produce. Glebe diner Beckett’s will take over the kitchen at Sister’s Rock Restaurant in Orange, and a “girl gang” of local chefs is running the show at Pipit in the northern rivers for one night only.

Good Food Month runs throughout January. Tickets on sale now.

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