Australian Foods in October
Sydney's Good Food Festival

Great chefs, international and Australian foods, wine, cooking demonstrations and night noodle markets - your guide to October's Good Food Festival, one of the world's best wine and food festivals.

Cold noodles with prawns Australian fusion food

You're in luck if you're planning to take your October vacation in Sydney Australia.

The city plays host to two great month-long festivals: the Good Food Festival and Sydney Art and About.

And then there's the week long Sydney Rides Bike Festival in the middle of the month as well.

They make for an exciting month.

Good Food (and Wine) Festival

Here's what to expect:

World chefs showcased. The festival's blockbuster segment. Each year leading chefs from around the world come to Sydney to cook. Specially for those who are passionate about the very best in top level cooking and totally committed to pursuing the frontiers of fashionable dining.

The visitors, plus Sydney's best chefs, offer half day, full day and two day themed programs of cooking demonstrations, tastings, talks and recipes to take home. Morning and afternoon tea, tastings and drinks are included as appropriate.

If you prefer the full menu, visiting chefs also take over some of Sydney's best restaurant kitchens for showcase dinners during this month.

Sydney Night Noodle Markets

It's the Asian hawker market experience in Sydney Australia.

Stalls and tables at the nighttime Sydney markets Hyde Park's night noodle markets

A firm favourite with locals, these markets buzz.

You'll find them on weeknights in Hyde Park north. From 1700-2200 (5pm - 10pm).

There are dozens of Asian food stalls, various bars, a beer garden where you can sit, eat and drink and there's nightly entertainment too.

Don't bother with an indoors restaurant. Join the crowds here.

Entry is free and costs are reasonable.

Australian Food Recipes at Growers' Markets

Producers show, tell and even cook for you at farmers' markets. It's a great way to discover our local produce, learn how to use it and take away recipes so you can make Australian foods at home.

There's a growers' market held on the first Saturday of each month (except January) at Pyrmont Bay Park in the city.

Food textures - vegetable mélange The best of seasonal food

Over 70 stalls with fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, local meat, fowl and fish.

There's also a market chef stage with a celebrity chef or cookbook author to show you how to prepare these regional Australian foods.

Take a train to the Town Hall and walk across Pyrmont Bridge, or take the Pyrmont bus from the QVB.

Other special market events during October at

  • Eveleigh Farmers' Market, 243 Wilson St, Darlington (near Redfern Station) 0800-1300 (8am - 1pm)

  • Bondi Markets, Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade 0900-1300 (9am - 1pm)

  • Paddington Markets, Oxford St, Paddington, every Saturday 1000-1500 (10am - 3pm)

  • Northside Produce Market, Civic Park, 220 Miller St, North Sydney 0800-1200 (8am - noon)

Pairing Food and Wine

October brings are lots of chances chance to try different Australian foods and wines together at a reasonable cost.

Weekdays start with the breakfast club - set price menus at some of Sydney's best cafés, including tea or coffee, AUD$20

Or, Monday through Friday, go straight to go straight to Let's Do Lunch - a set main course with matched wine (or a glass of beer) plus coffee, AUD$38.

Drink & Dine at bars, cafés and restaurants around Sydney as sommeliers, winemakers and bartenders team up with chefs, pairing food and wine, with the wine as the centrepiece and the food to match.

You might try rare and aged Australian wines matched to a four course dinner, discover Australian bio-dynamic wines complemented by a special menu, attend a champagne bureau masterclass with tasting plates or try sake and NSW oysters. And there are lots more international and Australian foods to explore.

Fancy a cocktail?   Throughout October bars and restaurants right through Sydney will offer you their cocktail of the month with a matching canapé, AUD$20.

If pub food's your thing head for one of Sydney's many pubs for Good Pub Grub - a gourmet pub meal and a schooner of Coopers Pale Ale, AUD$25.

Dinner, Lunch and Brunch Ideas

So many to choose from!

Hats Off Dinners have become a Sydney institution. Sydney's highest ranked chefs toss out their usual menus and try completely different Australian foods.

Kangaroo steak, one of the classic Australian foods. Plating up a kangaroo steak

Pop ups and Parties for the adventurous. Mystery dinners, hidden kitchens and secret locations. It's great fun.

Food tours, thinking about food issues, the list goes on.

Get Hands On, masterclasses to improve your kitchen skills - and learn about Australian foods in the process.

Or Talk & Taste with experts taking you through focused tasting sessions.

Even kids' hands-on classes. Or take the kids for an October special Sunday Family Lunch at hotels and restaurants around town.

Sydney High Tea Menu

Sydney does a great high tea. We've taken this traditional British afternoon tea and given it a twist. Tasty high tea sandwiches, cakes and savoury bites are a good reason to indulge in a glass of bubbly - after, or even instead of, the cup of tea itself.

Explore Australian foods with an (almost) traditional English high tea. All the big hotels will have high tea menus during October but, for an added bonus, try one of these venues.

Double rainbow over Balmoral beach High tea with rainbow at Bathers Pavilion

Add a harbour cruise to bring our million dollar views to your table

Traditional tea ladies and a 360° view is what you'll get at Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5, Westfield Sydney

Still on the north side, take tea in a grand Federation-style mansion, Boronia Tea Room, 624 Military Rd, Mosman. Fridays to Sundays from 1000-1500 (10am - 3pm).

In the east, Vaucluse House tearooms will be open from 1000-1630 (10am - 4.30pm) from Wednesday to Sunday for classic high tea cakes, sandwiches and savoury treats.

Combine tea with an exploration of one of Sydney's early large colonial houses. There's a rather private little beach a hundred metres or so to the front of the house if you want to add a swim.

Kids' October vacation Fun

Children are well catered for during the whole month. All the outdoor venues are child friendly and there are special activities to keep them busy and amused.

Young child's cupcake decoration - largely on herself Cupcake anyone?

To really get down and dirty though, look at Kids in the Kitchen - cooking classes that are fun, designed for all ages.

They include free, paid, and complimentary (when parents take lunch).

Cupcake Baking classes will have kids of all ages decorating a half dozen cupcakes (which they'll take home in a box) at the Sparkle Cupcakery.

Jamie's Italian will give pasta and focaccia lessons for ages 8-12. Includes a feast of their own creations at the end. (Sold Out)

CitiBank is a major sponsor of Good Food Month. It offers festival privileges and benefits for its customers. Check it out if you're a CitiBank account holder or credit card user.

Get details and book events here (takes you to Good Food Month website)

Discount Accommodation Sydney

You'll need somewhere to stay while doing all this eating. Compare hotel prices throughout Sydney via this link. It'll help you find the best hotel deals at every price point in every location.

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How Big is a Schooner?

If you ask for a schooner of beer in a bar in NSW you'll be served 425ml.

If that's too big for you, try a middy - 285ml.

If you're with a group then order a jug. That will give you 1140ml to share.

What is High Tea?

As we understand it today in Sydney Australia, it's tea (or coffee) served with a delectable spread of tiny sandwiches, hot or cold savouries, scones and sweet treats.

It's often served in several small courses.

Beverages may include a sparkling wine.

Our top hotels serve it regularly every afternoon, other venues tend to keep it for special occasions.