October means great chefs, special menus, cooking demonstrations and night noodle markets – your guide to Good Food Month in Sydney.
You’re in luck if you’re planning to be in Sydney Australia in October. 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.
Together they make for an exciting month.
Each October leading chefs, bakers, food critics and masters of their art from around the world come to Sydney to cook, talk, judge and show. Specially for those who are passionate about cooking at the highest level or who are totally committed to pursuing the frontiers of fashionable dining.
The visitors, plus Sydney’s best chefs, hold cooking demonstrations, tastings, talks and offer recipes to take home. Sometimes they’ll take over whole restaurant kitchens to showcase their approaches and menus.
Night Noodle Markets
It’s the Asian hawker market experience in Sydney Australia.
A Good Food Month favourite with locals, these markets buzz.
You’ll find them in Hyde Park north.
Monday & Tuesday 1700-2100 (5 pm – 9 pm)
Wednesday & Thursday 1700-2200 (5 pm – 10 pm)
Friday 1700-2300 (5 pm – 11 pm)
Saturday 1600-2200 (4 pm – 10 pm)
Sunday 1600-2100 (4 pm – 9 pm)
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 food prices are reasonable.
The Night Noodle Markets are cash-free. You’ll use your credit card to buy food and drink. Increasingly seen in Sydney, cash-free transactions speed things up, always good when lots of people are waiting.
For another slant on Good Food Month, try the Vietnamese restaurants in Cabramatta . It’s celebrated there too.
Producers show, tell and even cook for you at farmers’ markets.
It’s a great way to discover local produce, learn how to use it and take away recipes so you can recreate their signature dishes at home.
There are growers’ markets all over the city on weekends.
You’ll find a very good one every weekend at Eveleigh markets, next to Carriageworks. To get there take the train to Redfern. A pleasant 5-10 minute stroll will see you at the markets.
A smaller Saturday morning growers’ market in Taylor Square is useful if you’re staying in that area.
On the first Saturday of each month (except January) there’s a large growers’ market at Pyrmont Bay Park in the city. Over 70 stalls with fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, local meat, fowl and fish.
It generally has a 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.
Pairing Food and Wine
Good Food Month brings the chance to try different Australian foods and wines together without breaking the bank.
Monday through Friday, don’t miss Let’s Do Lunch – a set main course offered by restaurants around the city with matched wine (or a glass of beer or cider) plus coffee, AUD$38.
Many of Sydney’s top hatted restaurants join in so it’s a great opportunity to experience the work of some of our best chefs. Not all restaurants offer this on every weekday. Check with the restaurant concerned for availability.
Friends of Good Food Month include restaurants that don’t fit easily into the ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ mould but who also offer special deals. They might be lunch, brunch or even dinner.
Good Food Month changes from year to year.
Some years are particularly strong on more casual eating, others on more organised (and upmarket) dining.
The best idea in any given year is to download the program and see what takes your fancy. There’s a link to it at the bottom of the page.
More Good Food Month Ideas
Pop ups and Parties for the adventurous. They could be any or all of Good Food Month mystery dinners, date nights (movie included), secret locations or morning dance parties (with breakfast). Great fun.
Food tours, talking about food issues, the list goes on.
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 the Good Food Month website)
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