Oh hi. Sorry, I didn’t see you there. I was immersed in the flavours of Sydney’s Good Food Month. Care to join me?
There are only about a billion tasty events to choose from. Okay, maybe not quite a billion but there are a lot so The Urban List team has taken the liberty of pulling together a shortlist of events we think should be at the top of your priority list. For the full schedule, head here.
Before you continue reading, perhaps just slide your keyboard from under your chin. We don’t want the imminent salivation to ruin your computer now, do we?
Night Noodle Markets
A Sydney institution, the Night Noodle Markets return in 2015 with a record 50 food stalls combining to deliver vivid colours, smells, flavours and buzz to Hyde Park. Old favourites such as Mamak and Din Tai Fung will be joined by a handful of newcomers including Toko, Ramen Zundo and Jugemu & Shimbasi. For dessert lovers, Black Star Pastry has teamed up with N2 Extreme Gelato while Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar fame has joined forces with Singleton Whisky to create the Singleton Whisky & Sugar Bar. There truly is something for everyone.
- When: October 8-25
- Where: Hyde Park
- Cost: Free entry
Let’s Do Lunch
There are 42 restaurants taking part in Good Food Month’s Let’s Do Lunch promotion. We started listing our favourites but things just got out of hand. Okay, okay, we’ll mention a couple. Freshly made tagliolini with Spencer Gulf southern calamari, chilli, garlic and Castelfranco radicchio at Caffe Pendolino? Yes, please! Grilled kingfish, crab-filled zucchini flower, fennel, asparagus, olive, tomato and cardamom dressing at Gunners’ Barracks? Sign us up! The $38 price tag includes coffee or tea and a glass of Yalumba Wine, Coopers Beer or Thatchers Cider. For the full list of participating restaurants, click here.
- When: All month
- Where: All over Sydney
- Cost: $38
Have you noticed the sweet obsession sweeping over our city? Us too. And we’re totally okay with that which is why you’ll find us at Sweetfest, a celebration of all things baked, fried, iced, creamed and dusted. The ticket price includes masterclasses from some of the country’s best ‘sweethearts’ including Sydney’s own Andy Bowdy, Nadine Ingram, Amy Chanta and Katherine Sabbath.
- When: October 17-18
- Where: aMBUSH Gallery, Chippendale
- Cost: $20
Regional Italian dinners at Casoni.
Take your tastebuds on a journey through Italy without forking out on an airfare with Casoni’s Regional Italian Series. Head chef Lachlan Robinson’s four-course offering explores the beautiful Italian regions of Veneto, Sicily, Emilia-Romagna and Puglia. Delizioso!
- When: Every Tuesday in October, 6pm-11pm
- Where: Casoni, Darlinghurst
- Cost: $65 or $100 with matching wines
Cider and Slider
We love a good rhyme! For that reason and more we reckon Good Food Month’s Cider and Slider promotion is worth a taste test. Pyrmont’s Biaggio Café and BLACK by ezard, China Diner in Bondi, Surry Hills’ Crown Street Fish Shop and The Cook’s Garden in North Turramurra each boast a specialty slider created to cosy up with a Thatchers cider this month. We’d tell you our favourite, but we think you might as well just try them all.
- When: All month
- Where: A few places
- Cost: A slider and cider for $10
A Cut Above the Rest
The Cut Bar & Grill will play host to an exclusive dinner and masterclass set to seriously raise guests’ meat-cooking
steaks stakes. Enjoy a five-course dinner with matching wine while head chef Joseph Webb shares his tips and tricks for cooking restaurant-quality meats at home.
- When: October 21, 6:30pm
- Where: Cut Bar & Grill, The Rocks
- Cost: $170pp
Sake Fired Up
Along with a host of other renowned Sydney restaurants, Sake Double Bay is taking part in Good Food Month’s Cooking with Fire promotion. Executive chef Min Kim fires up the robata grill to bring you a delicious five-course dinner, with matched beverages, focussed on fire and smoke.
- When: October 21, 6:30pm
- Where: Sake Double Bay
- Cost: $140pp
The Great Culinary Journey
CHISWICK at the Gallery will be the backdrop for this truly unique union of food and art. Inspired by the Art Gallery of NSW’s current exhibition, The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, head chef Laura Baratto has created a menu of culinary wonders. Drawn from the time of Botticelli, Rembrandt and Cézanne, this dual showcase is set to delight guests.
- When: October 28, 630pm
- Where: CHISWICK at the Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW
- Cost: $155 (includes exhibition tour, dinner and beer and wine)
For more information, including how to book tickets, on any of these events, visit The Good Food Month page.
Image credit: Anita Wilhelm for Sake Double Bay