Sydney Good Food Month presented by Citi is celebrating 20 years of unforgettable food events with a sizzling line-up of Australian and international talent shaking the pans and sharing their plan from October 4-21. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, 31 July at 9am. Here are the events to book, stat.
1. Dinner with Italy's Isabella Poti
What: Rising Italian cooking star Isabella Poti from southern Italy's Bros' restaurant joins Floriano Pellegrino (Bros', Italy) and Enrico Tomelleri (10 William Street, Sydney) to create a fantastico four-course dinner with matching wine and beer. Listed in Forbes' Europe's 30 under 30 and named among the 10 most influential women in Italian cuisine, Isabella's dinner will be one of the hottest tickets in town ($220).
When: 6.30pm, Saturday October 6.
2. 20th Birthday with Sydney Greats
What: Party with us like it's 1998 at Good Food Month's 20th birthday party, with the influential chefs who hold a very special place in Sydney's heart: Christine Manfield (Paramount, Universal), Neil Perry (Rockpool, Spice Temple) and Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room). Ticket price includes canapes by Manfield, Perry & Lusted; Brand's Laira wine, and beer from James Squire ($100).
When: 6:30pm, Thursday October 4.
3. Date Night with Ume Burger and Cow & The Moon
What: We supply the eye candy (Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You), the Ume Burger (Kerby Craig), the ice-cream (Cow & The Moon), and the dutch courage (Brand's Laira wine and James Squire beer). You bring the hot date. $65.
When: 6.30pm, Friday October 5.
4. '90s Long Lunch with Victor Liong and Andy Bowdy
What: Step back in time as legendary pastry chef Andy Bowdy (Saga, ex-Hartsyard, Sydney) and chef Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne), concoct a menu of quintessentially '90s dishes that influenced them, with a new twist. Ticket price includes a long lunch with wine and beer, and one epic '90s pop music soundtrack ($99).
When: 12.30pm, Sunday October 7.
5. The Masters Series
What: Join Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth and former Good Food Month festival director Joanna Savill, as they invite Aussie food legends Bill Granger, Stephanie Alexander, Ross Lusted and Neil Perry to explore the most influential dishes, menus and cookbooks from the last 20 years, over four nights at Hyde Park Palms. Neil Perry (Wednesday 10), Bill Granger (Monday 15), Ross Lusted (Tuesday 16) and Stephanie Alexander (Wednesday 17). Ticket price ($150) includes a three-course dinner with matching wine and beer.
When: 6.30pm, October 10 and 15-17.
6. The Pasta Battle
What: If you love your pasta, you'll swoon over this four-course (with matching wine and beer) feast created by the Good Food Guide's 2017 Chef of the Year Federico Zanellato from the two-hatted LuMi; Federica Andrisani from Hobart's Fico; and Joel Valvasori-Pereza from Lulu La Delizia, Perth's so-hot-right-now Italian restaurant ($150).
When: 6.30pm, Thursday October 11.
7. California Soul
What: Chef and owner of L.A.'s iconic Rose Cafe in Venice Beach, Jason Neroni, brings his famous Southern Californian cuisine to Sydney for the first time. Joining Neroni in the kitchen is Sydney legend and MasterChef consultant Monty Koludrovic – head chef of Icebergs Dining Room & Bar. This is going to be very cool indeed. Ticket includes canapes, grazing table, wine and beer ($140).
When: 6:30pm, Friday October 12.
8. Regional Dining
What: If you can't make it to the country, make it come to you instead. A three-course dinner by Phil Wood of Mornington Peninsula's Point Leo Estate, Emma McCaskill from Adelaide's The Pot by Emma McCaskill, and Ben Devlin from Northern New South Wales' Paper Daisy in Cabarita Beach. Ticket includes a three-course dinner with matching wines and beer ($150).
When: 6:30pm, Saturday October 13.
9. Noughties Lunch with Mitch Orr and Kate Reid
What: Mitch Orr (ACME, Sydney) and Kate Reid (Lune Croissanterie, Melbourne) will take guests on a culinary trip back to the noughties. Ticket includes a long lunch with wine and beer - and some of Orr's favourite noughties hip hop beats ($99).
When: 12:30pm, Sunday October 14.
10. Culinary Women of Influence
What: Celebrate some of Australia's culinary women of influence with a three-course dinner created by Alia Glorie, head chef of Perth institution Billie H and Karena Armstrong from The Salopian Inn in McLaren Vale. Ticket includes a three-course dinner with matching wine and beer. $150.
When: 6:30pm, Thursday October 18.
11. Young Chefs' Lunch presented by Citi
What: Sydney's next generation of culinary superstars showcase their enviable skills. Joining mentor Rob Cockerill (Bennelong head chef) in the kitchen for this three-course lunch with matching wine and beer is 2019 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year award finalists Malcolm Hanslow (Oscillate Wildly) and Jessica Moore (chef de partie, Bea at Barangaroo) ($150).
When: 12.30pm, Sunday October 21.
12. Vegan Italiano
What: Shannon Martinez, chef behind cult vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters (Melbourne), will bring authentic Italian dishes inspired by memories of growing up, to life - vegan style. Ticket includes a three-course dinner with matching Laira wine ($120).
When: 6.30pm, Saturday October 20.
13. Night Noodle Markets
What: Sydney's favourite open-air Asian hawker market under the stars is back! 40 stalls serving the freshest food that's been sizzled, smoked or scorched. This year we'll see everything from dumplings, donburi to… doughnuts (influenced by the flavours of Asia of course). Free entry.
When: October 4-21. Hyde Park.
For more info and bookings go to goodfoodmonth.com/sydney.