What's on for Canberra Good Food Month 2017

Jil Hogan
Chef Matt Wilkinson will come to Canberra for Monster Mash Volume Two.
Chef Matt Wilkinson will come to Canberra for Monster Mash Volume Two. Photo: Lizzie Halloran

What's better than one star chef in the kitchen at Monster Kitchen and Bar? Two of them.

Chef and owner of Melbourne's Pope Joan Matt Wilkinson will join Monster Kitchen and Bar's Sean McConnell in the kitchen at Monster for a one-off event in March.

​Pals Wilkinson and McConnell will join forces to present a shared lunch at Monster on March 25.

"The idea's to have fun," says Wilkinson.

"How we cook is very what's around and seasonal, and things that we like to eat - simple and delicious but have an edge to them."

Sean McConnell chef at Monster restaurant at Hotel Hotel in Canberra on Friday 28 November 2014 for AFR Photo: Andrew Meares

Sean McConnell chef at Monster restaurant at Hotel Hotel. Photo: Andrew Meares

While the menu will be finalised closer to the date depending on what produce is available locally, the duo will feature some of their favourite dishes, including Wilkinson's grilled calamari and McConnell's famous yabbie jaffle.

While Wilkinson has been to Canberra for two book launches (his bestselling cookbooks Mr Wilkinson's Favourite Vegetables and Mr Wilkinson's Simply Dressed Salads), this will be the first time he gets in the kitchen in the nation's capital.

In between courses, you'll also get to hear from the two gents themselves, in conversation with Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby.

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The event is part of The Canberra Times Good Food Month for 2017, with a range of events around Canberra across the month of March.

Monster Mash Volume Two, with Matt Wilkinson

When: Saturday March 25, 12.30pm
Where: Monster Kitchen and Bar
Tickets: $125 (excluding beverages)

Also on for Canberra Good Food Month 2017:

Sport A selection of Food from the stalls at the Night Noodle Market The Canberra Times Photo Jay Cronan

The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets. Photo: Jay Cronan / Fairfax Media

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

The Night Noodle Markets are back as part of Enlighten 2017. This year there's live entertainment from DJs to illuminated lion dancers, outdoor bars and new food options by Chur Burger, What the Pho and Grilled & Spice. This year's food stalls include Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy, Poklol, Let's Do Yum Cha with desserts from Black Star Pastry, N2 Extreme Gelato and Gelato Messina and more .

When: March 3-12. Mon-Thu, Sun 5pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight
Where: Reconciliation Place
Tickets: Free entry

Young Chefs Lunch

Canberra, meet generation next. The Young Chefs lunch is all about undiscovered talent, giving you a first hand look at the young guns who are going the making big waves soon. Hosted at Aubergine, enjoy a four-course lunch cooked by the young chefs tipped as the city's next big thing by a panel of Canberra's top restaurants.

When: Sunday March 26, midday
Where: Aubergine
Tickets: $150 (including drinks)

Dinner Down the Rabbit Hole

Head on a sweet and sour flavour journey. Whether you're a sour starter or a lover of puckers, this event has you covered. There'll be approachable ales for those starting their sour exploration, right through to mouth puckerers for the most adventurous of tart lovers. Plus live music, amazing food and wild tales of fermentation from the White Rabbit Brewery folks.

When: Thursday March 16, 6pm
Where: White Rabbit Cocktail Room
Tickets: $40 (including four White Rabbit Sours and canapes)

See goodfoodmonth.com/canberra for tickets and the full program