From fine-dining dinners to free, family-friendly outdoor gatherings, Good Food Month brings top local and international chefs, restaurants, bartenders, farmers and artesian food producers together for four weeks of culinary high points. Here are our picks.
FINE DINING AND BANQUETS
A Celebration of Meat with Victor Churchill and The Bridge Room
Providore Anthony Puharich of gourmet butcher Victor Churchill and chef Ross Lusted are teaming up to create an eight-course celebration of all things meat. Puharich and Lusted will discuss their 15-year journey, shared passion and inspiration behind each cut.
Food & Music
In collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bennelong’s Peter Gilmore has designed a menu inspired by music. Set in the newly opened Bennelong Restaurant, each course will be accompanied by an intimate performance.
Where: Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney
When: October 22; noon - 3pm Cost: $195
Classic vs Contemporary Food & Wine Pairing
If you’re looking to learn more about food and wine pairing from a novel perspective, head to Pei Modern. Head sommelier Annette Lacey is teaming up with head chef Matt Germanchis to explore classic versus contemporary matches in wine flights with plated canapés.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, 199 George Street, Sydney
When: October 13; 3pm – 5pm
Caprice revisited: Australian dining circa 1960
The classic Sydney restaurant Catalina sits in the former home of glamorous nightclub Caprice. Here’s a chance to step back in time to Caprice’s heyday for a set five-course menu of some classic dishes from 1957, including filet mignon, fresh oysters and sweet crepes.
Where: Catalina, Lyne Park, New South Head Road, Rose Bay
When: Oct 21; 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Cost: $220 with matched wines; $150 without wine
Smoked meats are having a moment. Cash in with style at Aria as head chef Ben Turner channels smoking techniques from around the world into four courses, with canapés and a gin cocktail or single malt whisky to start.
Where: Aria, 1 Macquarie Street, Sydney
When: Oct 27; 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Josephine Pignolet 25th Anniversary Young Chefs Dinner
Enjoy dinner cooked by some of Sydney’s top chefs at Rockpool on Bridge to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this award (first established in honour of Josephine Pignolet, a young chef who died in a car accident in 1987). The dinner will see each course cooked by past winners including Daniel Puskas (Sixpenny), Dan Hong (Mr Wong) and Mitch Orr (ACME), as well as by this year’s award winner.
Where: Rockpool Est. 1989, 11 Bridge Street, Sydney
When: October 5; 6:30pm – 10pm Cost: $185
Orana Meets Silvereye
Haven’t checked out the new Old Clare Hotel yet? This dinner at Silvereye, opened by Noma veteran Sam Miller, is a good introduction. Miller is teaming up with a chef Jock Zonfrillo from Adelaide’s Orana to explore native Australian ingredients for the night.
Where: Silvereye, 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
When: October 15; from 6:30pm
Dinner in the Distillery
Innovators at every junction, Archie Rose and Black Star Pastry are combining their wiles for a non-tradition menu inspired by the distillery’s craft spirits. Shared dishes from Black Star chefs will be matched by a special drinks list.
Where: Archie Rose, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
When: October 25; 5pm – 9pm
Each Sunday in October The Commons Local Eating House will alternate between a pork and beef feast, sourcing all ingredients from local producers for a festive banquet-style meal.
Where: The Commons Local Eating House, 32 Burton Street Darlinghurst
When: October 4, 11, 18, 25; 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Swapping Ravioli for Roti, a Nepalese Banquet
Atop Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade, Pendolino presents a five-course Nepalese banquet. The dining experience will include momo (dumplings) served with dipping sauce and a tender and fragrant goat curry. Half of all ticket sales go to the Australian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Appeal and Himalayan Healthcare to help earthquake victims.
Where: Shop 100-102, Level 2, 412-414 George Street, Sydney
When: October 13; 6.30pm - 10pm
Where There’s Fire, There’s Fire
Lennox Hastie opened Firedoor earlier this year in Surry Hills - one of the only restaurants in Australia to cook everything over wood. Hastie and fire-loving chef Duncan Welgemoed will be cooking at a hot ticket dinner that pays homage to the prehistoric wood-fire technique.
Where: Firedoor, 1A/22-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
When: October 12; 06:30pm - 10:00pm
FUN AND CASUAL DINING
Vietnamese Street Food
Banh Cuon Kim Thanh restaurant, a Bankstown favourite, will be serving authentic north-Vietnamese rice-flour rolls. The delicate rice sheet is made by steaming a lightly fermented rice batter over boiling water until set, and finished with a choice of fillings – mince, dried shrimp, vegan, grilled or plain.
Where: Shop 7, 313 Chapel South, Bankstown
When: October 4; 8am - 6pm
We Love Wine & Cheese
A classic combination comes together at Fix St James in a special offering of local and European cheeses, served with house chutney and a glass of sticky desert wine.
Where: Fix St James, 111 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
When: October 1, 3, 5-8, 10, 12-15, 17, 19-22, 24, 26-29, 31; 3.30pm – 9.30pm
Paco's Pintxos at MoVida
An ode to the bar snacks of the Basque country in Northern Spain, MoVida will lay its bar with small bites for Paco's Pintxos. Work your way around the menu and fill up on all you can eat, from anchovies and pickles to fried mussels. Your ticket also gets you two complimentary drinks.
Where: MoVida Sydney, 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
When: October 11, 1pm-5pm
The Ultimate High Tea - We'll Take Manhattan
Savour a Manhattan moment at Doltone House in Hyde Park over a high tea featuring bottomless bubbles, sweet and savoury classics including scones with jam and cream, and French tea.
Where: Level 3, 181 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
When: October 10; 11am - 3pm
Japanese Halloween Party
Goro's gets even quirkier this Halloween, when the izakaya bar transforms into a Japanese-themed haunted house. The party features all-you-can-sing karaoke, arcade games, a pool table and face painters. Add tasting stations with sake, Japanese beer and whisky, street food and candy for a truly unique Halloween.
Where: Goro's, 84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
When: October 31; 9pm - 3am
Orange Wine Festival
Get out of town in October to sample the best in the Orange region’s high-quality, cool-climate wines. The festival is held over three weekends and features dinners, tastings, markets and opportunities to meet the winemakers and producers themselves.
Where: Various locations, Orange
When: October 16 - 31
Watsons Bay Cider Festival
For cider – and all things that go down nicely with it – head to The Watsons Bay Cider Festival. There’ll be tasting stalls aplenty plus pulled-pork rolls, paella and other apple-inspired treats.
Where: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, 1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
When: October 25; 11am – 6pm
Sydney Craft Beer Week
This October, the streets will be flowing with craft beer as Sydney Craft Beer Week returns for its fourth year. Over 70 of Sydney’s leading venues including The Wild Rover, Precinct 75 and Frankie’s Pizza will host the city’s largest and most exciting celebration of hipster beer, with more than 120 free and ticketed events.
When: October 17-25; 9am – 11.30pm
Cost: Free- $99
Bauhaus West is known for pub food that's a step up from the usual fare. Expect this and more when they host Bauhaus Barhop. Try an Orange Maple Old Fashioned: Singleton whisky, Cointreau, maple syrup, orange bitters and clove, with smoked Atlantic salmon combining a mix of lentil, goat's cheese and lardons.
Where: Bauhaus West, 163 Enmore Road, Enmore
When: October 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 28-31; 5pm - 12am
FESTIVALS AND MARKETS
Night Noodle Markets
The Night Noodle Markets are back for more Asian hawker market-style buzz in Hyde Park. Sample yakitori style dining from Toko and Ramen Zundo alongside all the usual favourite vendors like Mamak, Din Tai Fung and more.
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney
When: October 8 –25
Cost: Free entry
Dumpling bars, street food and craft beer gardens are the star attractions of this four-night festival peppered among Parramatta’s lanes. You’ll also find vintage markets, live music and art installations on your wanderings, and no meal over $15.
Where: Parramatta CBD
When: October 6 – 9; 5pm – 10pm
Cost: Free Entry
William Street Festival
Paddington’s William Street comes to life for its annual festivities, as restaurants including 10 William St, The London and Paddington Alimentari offer lunch and dinner specials and street-side activations.
Where: William Street, Paddington, Paddington
When: Oct 17; 11:30am - 10:00pm
Strathfield Food Festival
Strathfield Food Festival celebrates the wide variety of Asian cuisines and culture. Expect food stalls, live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and walking food tours.
Where: Albert Road, Strathfield
When: October 25; 11am – 4.30pm
Cost: Free entry
Norton Street Italian Festa
The Norton Street Italian Festa is a celebration of community, food, music and colour in the heart of Sydney’s ‘Little Italy’. There will be stalls offering food, wine and artisan produce.
Where: Norton Street, Leichhardt
When: October 25; 10am - 5pm
Cost: Free entry
A Wild Picnic with Franklin, Igni & Biota
If a wild, woodland picnic in the Southern Highlands sounds like you’re thing, sign up to this one-off event. Myffy Rigby and chefs James Viles (Biota Dining), David Moyle (Hobart's Franklin) and Aaron Turner (Geelong's Igni) will pack you off from Bowral to a secret location. There, you’ll enjoy a lunch of hunted, foraged and gathered ingredients and prepared using just the elements.
Where: Begins at Biota Dining, 18 Kangaloon Rd, Bowral
When: October 4; 12pm – 3:30pm
Barangaroo Welcome Celebration: October Giant Picnic
Barangaroo’s giant picnic will focus on the theme of ‘Sea’, and sees picnic food created specially for the occasion by Luke Powell from LP’s Quality Meats, Joel Best of Bondi's Best and John Susman of Fishtales collaborating with Michael Shafran of Brooklyn Boy Bagels among others. Beverages are provided by Young Henrys, Batlow Cider Co and Cumulus Wines
Where: Barangaroo Reserve, Barangaroo
When: October 4; 11am – 5pm
Cost: Free entry
TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND MASTERCLASSES
Burgers, Ribs & Beers: The Ethics of Fast Food
If you’ve ever pondered the ethical and social ramifications your gourmet burger, this dinner/talk presented by The Ethics Centre is for you. Over a Mary’s burger, Jazz City Diner ribs and beers, Jake Smyth (Mary’s), Luke Powell (LP’s Quality Meats) and Dan McGuirt (Jazz City Diner) will come together in discussion, asking: Are we refashioning nostalgic cheap eats to fight food elitism or is a new snootiness creeping into fast food? Is there merit in bringing fast food back?
Where: The Lab, Level 1, Legion House, Castlereagh Street
When: October 13; 6:30pm – 8pm
Eat Like An Italian
Take part in this festive and communal Italia Sunday lunch to coincide with the launch of the Fratelli Fresh cookbook, Alla Fratelli. All-time favourite dishes from Cafe Sopra and Parlamento will be served by chef Sean Corkery, while food critic Terry Durack is in conversation with author Barry McDonald.
Where: Fratelli Parlamento, 229-231 Macquarie Street, Sydney
When: Oct 4, 18; 12:00pm - 3:30pm
The Chefs, The Activist, The Photographers & The Stylist
Combine your passion for food, chefs and photography in this masterclass, brunch and photo workshop session. Oz Harvest founder Ronni Kahn is joined by industry insiders including Dan Hong from Mr Wong, Michael Rantissi from Kepos and food stylist Berni Smithies to explore these areas and help hone your skills.
Where: Oz Harvest HQ, G3/G4, 46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria
When: October 10; 10am – 1pm
Cost: $120 (15 per cent of ticket price goes to Oz Harvest)
Featuring masterclasses from Instagram’s dessert Queen, Katherine Sabbath, Sweetfest is a celebration of all things baked, fried, creamed, dusted and colourful. Indulge in treats from Brickfields, Andrew Bowden, Sweetness the Patisserie, Flour & Stone, Chat Thai, Kakawa and Lorraine’s Patisserie.
Where: Ambush Gallery, Level 3, 28 Broadway, Central Park
When: October 17-18 October 17-18; Session One - 9:00am - 1:00pm, Session Two - 2pm - 6pm