Good Food Month for Sydney kicks off today – here are all the best bits.
Good Food Month is all about celebrating our impressive culinary expertise – and throughout October, the festival will light up tables and kitchens of some of Sydney’s best chefs and restaurants.
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Re-imagine’ and Hyde Park has been turned into a sort of Palm Springs inspired desert paradise called Hyde Park Palms.
The program has been packed with bespoke food experiences, like fine dining lunches and dinners, the hugely popular Night Noodle Markets, and a host of foodie workshops and talks.
Here are Lifestyle’s top picks:
Dessert at the Night Noodle Markets
The Night Noodle Markets have always been a favourite on the festival program – usually offering up a smorgasbord of the city’s best Asian and Asian-inspired fare under fairy lights in leafy Hyde Park.
The markets open in Sydney tonight – and are a great opportunity to embrace balmy evenings, and the onset of Sydney summer. Amongst the 40 stalls serving some of Sydney’s greatest modern Asian cooking, you’ll also find some very enticing dessert options: ice cream icon Gelato Messina, and pastry maestros Black Star Pastry.
Black Star will be revealing their new mango cake, a fruity follow up to their crowd favourite strawberry and watermelon cake. Made of ‘sweet mango cheeks, fresh blueberries, lavender, coconut mouse, and sago pudding on gingerbread sponge,’ the recipe took two years to perfect, and it sounds as decadent as it must taste.
Meanwhile, Gelato Messina are also unveiling a never-before-seen menu of artisan Asian inspired ice cream treats.
‘Kamikaze Katsu’ is a sandwich with deep fried gelato coated in red velvet cake. ‘I think I’m turning Sesame’ features black sesame gelato, condensed milk coffee jelly, miso crunch, banana miso bread, vanilla cream, and coffee powder.
Open from 5pm Mon - Fri, and 4pm Sat and Sun, October 5 - 22, Hyde Park. More info here.
Interestingly – for a festival all about eating – Good Food Month’s program also features some (not so light) exercise too. Hosted on Monday mornings within the Hyde Park Palms festival hub will be Retrosweat – the high energy 80s-inspired workout recently tried and tested by Lifestyle.
Tickets include a 60-minute specially designed Retrosweat workout to a Palm Springs golden era soundtrack, and a breakfast takeaway pack. Inside the pack are sweets and savouries from cake queen Katherine Sabbath and also Black Star – and after an hour of 80s aerobics, high kicks and grape vines, you’ll totally deserve it.
7 - 8.30am on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 October in Hyde Park. $40, tickets available here.
Southern style fried chicken
Good Food Month is also a really great time to try out a few of the restaurants in and around the city that are on your hit list. While it might be impossible to get a table at recently unveiled Chin Chin in Surry Hills for many months to come, Mercado is a part of a new class of restaurants lighting up Ash Street and Angel Place in the CBD.
Opening just over a year ago alongside other exciting restaurants like INDU, Bacco Osteria, and David Thompson’s Long Chim – it’s well worth a visit, led by chef Nathan Sasi who’s worked with Neil Perry, Peter Doyle, and Heston Blumenthal.
During Good Food Month, Morgan McGlone of Belles Hot chicken will join forces with Nathan for one night only. The two will take a trip down memory lane, stirring up the past from their time cooking together at Husk of South Carolina celebrating the unique flavours of the US Deep South.
6.30pm on Monday 23 October at Mercado. $175 including drinks, tickets available here.
Cork and cleaver
Another restaurant on our list is District Brasserie, which opened earlier this year. In the heart of the CBD too, it’s a new sort of business lunch spot, open all day with luxurious accents of green marble and brass throughout. For Good Food month head chef Mark Knox has devised a very classic meal, tapping into the roots of fine dining: premium select beef cuts matched to iconic Australian reds.
Wednesday 18 October at District Brasserie. $95 per person including drinks, more info here.
The future of food
Hosted in partnership with Oz Harvest, Let’s Talk about the Future of Food is a three course banquet and discussion on food sustainability, food security, and all things fresh, local, single origin, and organic. Speaking on the night will be CEO and founder of Oz Harvest Ronni Kahn, as well as some other passionate food industry leaders working to secure the future of food.
Dinner will be sustainably curated by chef Travis Harvey, with desert from Gelato Messina, wines paired by Brand Laira, and beer by The Beautiful Truth.
6.30pm on Thursday 12 October, Hyde Park. $150 per person including drinks, tickets here.
The full program for Good Food Month 2017 is here.