October is the month of delicious food in Sydney—a celebration of restaurants, chefs, farmers, producers, servers, and anyone interested in taking pictures of the festivities. Bloggers are in a frenzy trying to cover it all and PR peeps are working overtime. With such an overwhelming lineup of hats off dinners and chefs showcases, add a few of these foodie events to your October calendar.
Craft Beer Week
You don’t need to grow facial hair and wear skinny jeans to appreciate a good ale. Now in its fourth year, Sydney Craft Beer Week is all about celebrating creative brewers and offering an exciting array of events to widen your palate and fill you tummy. Take part in tastings, food pairings and some obligatory Oktoberfest celebrations.
Runs from October 17th -25th. Visit Sydney Craft Beer Week for a full list of events.
The Powder Keg’s Foraged Lunches
Follow head chef and foraging aficionado Elijah Holland to discover all the amazing ingredients you’re walking past at the beach or on the street, or go a step further into the forest if you’re feeling a little wild. Then join Elijah to taste what you’ve been missing out on all this time. The dishes will blow your mind and the cocktails, in true The Powder Keg style, are totally unique yet absolutely delicious. If you’re just keen for the lunch bit, these are $155 with the foraging sessions an additional $55-$90.
Email The Powder Keg for details and to book.
Hunter Valley Uncorked
Sunday October 11th will see The Esplanade at Balmoral come to life with a myriad of stalls featuring the very best food, wine and artisan goods from the Hunter region with Hunter Valley Uncorked. Grab a $15 lunch plate and head over to the performance area to catch some live tunes or meander through the stalls, tasting your way through local drops.
Visit Wine Country for details.
Orange Wine Festival
Kicking off on October 16th, the Orange Wine Festival features 80 events over two boozy weeks, all of which celebrate the region’s thriving food and wine industry. From cellar door tastings and all-out wine dinners, night markets, and chef demonstrations, this is a great opportunity to escape the city and fill up on some fabulous cool climate wines matched with the region’s tastiest fare.
Visit Orange Wine Festival for event details.
Casoni’s Good Food Month Regional Italian Series
Take a culinary trip to Italy without forking out for the plane ticket (or dealing with the jet lag) with Casoni’s Regional Italian Series as part of Good Food Month. Every Tuesday in October, Head Chef Lachlan Robinson will take your tastebuds on a four-course adventure exploring a different region in Italy. First up will be Veneto, deliciously followed by Sicily, Emilia-Romagna, and Puglia.
$65 for four courses or $100 with matching wines. Visit their website to book.
Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival
If you’re going to visit The Highlands this season make sure it’s the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. It’s here that you’ll find a mega showcase of local produce, culinary activities, wine tasting and live entertainment from around the region. Don’t miss master classes from locally acclaimed and award winning chefs, free tastings and educational talks. This is an ideal day trip or cheeky weekend away (and we all love a cheeky weekend getaway!).
Visit Southern Highlands Food & Wine for event details.
Paco’s Pintxos @ Movida Sydney
Get ready to spend a lazy Sunday arvo drinking sangria and munching on pintxos at MoVida Sydney. On Sunday, October 11th MoVida chef Ivalu Otaiza is bringing out the big guns with a menu full of his favourite finger foods, including gildas anchovy, marinated olives, Basque green peppers and much more!
$85 includes all day pintxos and two drinks. Book online.
The Delicious Destinations Festival
Get in on local seasonal produce, great wine and good times at Pier One's very first Delicious Destinations Festival this October. Feast on ingredients from the Mudgee, Orange, Blue Mountains and Southern Highlands while enjoying wines from Cloudy Bay and Lowe Wines. And it's not just humans that get to enjoy it all, there'll be a doggy corner with tasty treats and lots of pats for your four legged friend.
Delicious Destinations Festival is on Sunday 11th October from 12pm and is FREE! Head here for more details.
Taste Riverina Festival
Taste Riverina is a month-long ‘menu of events’ celebrating the year’s harvest and showcasing the best food, wine, beer, and produce from the 17 shires in the Riverina. Flagship events include the Wagga Beach Twilight Food Festival and the Regional Indigenous Lunch at TAFE NSW Riverina.
Visit Taste Riverina to download a festival program.
For the Face exhibition
In a foodie event that’s a little different to the others For The Face is a group exhibition that brings together over 16 established and emerging artists to celebrate food in art, design and lifestyle. Curated by Kim Siew of Create or Die Gallery this exhibition will include illustration, installation, photography, film, and workshops too.
Opens October 8th in Marrickville.
Best of Brunch at Dunbar House
Sydney’s stunning Dunbar House at Watsons Bay will do its part to celebrate Good Food Month with a $40 set menu featuring ocean trout and complemented by a bloody Mary, oh and some gorgeous harbour views too. We can’t think of many better ways to spend a late morning/early afternoon (depending on how late you wake up).
Available seven days a week right through October. Book online.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar x Caffe E Cucina 1994
On October 23rd we’re pleased to help Maurice Terzini and his team celebrate Good Food Month at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar with a seven-course set menu featuring dishes like ink dusted calamani and cavatelli with brown butter and mussels.
$125 for seven courses, a drink on arrival and coffee. $195 for matching wines. Book online.
Second Annual Hartsyard Charity Dinner
Everyone’s favourite Newtown restaurant will be putting on its annual fundraising dinner for the second year to raise money for Gunawirra—a not-for-profit organisation working to improve the lives of indigenous people in Australia. A $282 ticket will buy you all of the delicious food you can eat, as well as the knowledge that you have helped Aboriginal families buy food, access education and support for young mums.
Tuesday 27th October. Book online here.
Thinkers & Drinkers Wine Tasting Event
If you’ve always fancied yourself a rather philosophical lush then this event has your name all over it. As part of the Six Nations Wine Challenge, a tasting event and presentation dinner will be held to crown the winners of this year’s wine competition. A degustation dinner will take place at Manjit’s @ The Wharf on October 7th and offers more exclusive access to each winning wine and producer. The following evening a public tasting will attract more than 500 visitors, each eager to sample and buy.
Tasting tickets are $70; dinner tickets are $295. Visit Boutique Wines to book.
Free to Shine Masquerade Ball
On Saturday, October 10th, Free To Shine is hosting a decadent evening of masks and mystery. The evening will raise funds to combat human trafficking in underage women and will include canapés, champagne on arrival, DJ, and a little masked mischief.
Tickets are $70 from here.
Public House Petersham Launch party
Did someone say beer bake-off with Black Star Pastry? Public House, a new pub in Petersham, opens its doors on October 2nd, but come Saturday 24th, they are going all out. The Backyard Brew Collaborative (as part of Sydney Craft Beer Week) will up the ante with some of the Inner West’s favourite showcasing their best baked goodies featuring beer. There will also be a co-lab beer to trry by Willie the Boatman and The Beer Creative, which has been brewed especially for the event. Get merry over plenty of live music, games and pizza from the outdoor pizza oven, all for free.
Image credit: Remy Gerega at Casoni