Aaron Turner will be cooking in the dark (well, almost) for a good cause. Photo: Supplied
The Age Good Food Month is in full swing. From the excitement of the inaugural Night Noodle Markets on the Yarra (beginning November 18th) to an all-star cast of world-class chefs, Good Food Month celebrates everything from street-style food to hatted restaurants to bars, pubs and producers. Events include Let's Do Lunch, Hats Off Dinners, Pop-ups, one-off set breakfast menus at top Melbourne cafes and much more. There's also plenty for kids to enjoy, with Kids in the Kitchen cooking classes. Visit The Age Good Food Month website for more information about the hundreds of events and special deals throughout November.
Day of the Dead
Celebrate Mexico's tradition with a five-day "festival" at Acland St Cantina. Enjoy $5 Day of the Dead street eats, $5 Pacifico and Corona beers, a $45 four-course dinner, a $20 lunch feast and Mezcal tasting paddles. On the weekend, Mr Mexico will host a free Mezcal Masterclass, starting at 4pm.
Details: Wednesday October 31 – Sunday 3rd November, Acland St Cantina, 2pm – 1am, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda. To Book call 9536 1175.
Brewer for a day
Join Bright Brewery for the ultimate beer-lovers' experience. Get a firsthand look at the brewing process and finish the day with a tasting board of all their tap beers.
Details: November 1, 8:30am, cost: $360, Bright Brewery, 121 Gavan Street, Bright, Victoria. For more information visit the Bright Brewery website.
Melbourne's favourite Middle Eastern chef is home and preparing a banquet at West Beach Bathers Pavilion in St Kilda. The evening will kick off with a Turkish delight martini and a camel race on the sands followed by Malouf's Middle Eastern feast.
Details: Friday November 8, 7pm, $135 per-person or $1500 for group booking of twelve ($125 pp). Price includes Middle Eastern banquet feast, cocktail on arrival and entertainment. West Beach Bathers Pavilion, 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda. For more information call 03 9593 8833 or visit www.westbeachstkilda.com.au.
Harvest 'n' graze
Food, music and wine! Sample a selection of the state's best regional wines, olives, boutique ciders and beers, artisan delicacies.
Details: November 10, 10am - late, Harvest 'n' Graze at Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick. Tickets can be purchased as the door for $29, or $25 online in advance (children under 18 are free). For more information visit the Harvest 'n' Graze festival website.
Pop-up craft bar
The Balvenie teams up with different craftspeople to display their wares. Enjoy the different ages and variants of the iconic Balvenie whisky while craftspeople: Kris and Tim Torma (bar-maker and stonemasons), Cinnamon Lee (metal smith), Tim Kill (luthier), Ruth Allen (glass blower), Nick Haddow (cheesemaker) and Brad Nicholls (designer) all showcase their work.
Details: Monday November 11 -14, The Belvenie Craft Bar, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each day and until 10pm Thursday.
Dinner in the dark
Design studio e2 Melbourne are joining with The Light Foundation to raise money and awareness on the global issue of energy poverty. Join culinary masters Aaron Turner (ex-Loam), Jason Jones (Mamasita), Jesse Gerner (Anada and Bomba) and Pierre Roelofs for an exclusive multi-sensory dining experience.
Details: Tuesday November 12, from 7pm, cost: $120, Raw Materials Studio, 148 Cowper Street, Footscray. For more information or to purchase a tickets visit their website.
Abbotsford Convent is hosting a high tea to remember. Indulge in a selection of vanilla, rose and pistachio panna cotta with pomegranate syrup and Iranian fairy floss, lightly lavender-scented cremee brulees, organic chocolate pots with salted caramel toffee and top it all off with a Pimm's.
Details: Sunday November 17, 2pm - 4pm, Cost: $55, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Melbourne. For tickets, call 03 9417 7771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In its 10th year, the Angels dinner has grown to become one of Australia's biggest charity nights. Over 25 Victoria's top chefs are joining forces, donating their time and produce to cook for 600 people and raise money for Anglicare Victoria.
Details: Tuesday, November 19, event runs from 6.30pm to 11.45pm, $300, Peninsula, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands, Melbourne. For a list of chefs and more information visit the Anglicare website.
Beer and cider festival, Williamstown
More than 20 beer, cider and wine makers will showcase their products at the Williamstown heritage beer and cider festival.
Details: Saturday, November, session 1: 11.30am, session 2: 3.30pm. $40, Robertson Reserve, corner Cole and Hanmer Street, Williamstown. For more information visit the Williamstown heritage beer and cider festival website.
Paris to Provence French Festival
The gardens of Como House features 70 French retailers and producers showcasing Melbourne's finest French inspired food, wine, fashion, books, music, children's clothing and toys, classes and home decor. Coffee connoisseurs will be warmed by the aromas in this sit-down cafe. For families, the children's courtyard allows "les petits" to transform into little Picassos, painting on scattered easels. Bring along a picnic rug and take in the French atmosphere.
Details: Friday November 22nd to Sunday November 24th: Friday 12pm – 8pm; Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 10am – 4pm. The gardens of Como House, corner Williams Road and Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra. Further details can be found on the festival's website.
The three-day culinary adventure that is the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is back with a star-studded line up of talent including Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Alex Atala, Neil Perry and Matt Moran. The program promises three days of beach barbecues, long-table lunches, events and tastings.
Details: November 22 - 24, see gourmetescape.com.au.