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 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 food prices are reasonable.
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’s a growers’ market held on the first Saturday of each month (except January) at Pyrmont Bay Park in the city.
Over 70 stalls with fresh fruit, seasonal vegetables, local meat, fowl and fish.
There’s generally 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 lots of chances to try different Australian foods and wines together.
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.
Cheap Eats – Good value meals with main courses at $20 or less.
Hats Off dinners Chefs at hatted (viz. ‘starred’) restaurants put aside their regular menus for something completely different during October. It often has a touch of whimsy, or harks back to the chef’s regional or family cooking. But it can be anything.
If pub food’s your thing head for one of Sydney’s many pubs for Pub Dining – a gourmet pub meal and matching drink.
Drink & Dine at bars, cafés and restaurants around Sydney as sommeliers, winemakers and bartenders team up with chefs, pairing food and drink, with the wine, beer, cider or spirit as the centrepiece and the food to match.
Fancy a cocktail? Throughout October bars and restaurants right through Sydney will offer you their special cocktail with matching bar snack for $20.
More Good Food Month Ideas
Pop ups and Parties for the adventurous. Good Food Month mystery dinners, hidden kitchens and secret locations. It’s great fun.
Food tours, talking about food issues, the list goes on.
Get Hands On: Opt for one of the hands-on classes for children. Either alone or as part of a family group. Your choice.
Or choose one of the adult only masterclasses to improve your kitchen skills – and learn about Australian foods in the process.
Sydney High Tea
Sydney does a great high tea. Good Food Month takes this traditional British afternoon tea and gives 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. You can even add a harbour cruise to bring our million dollar views to your afternoon tea table.
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.
Good Food Month Accommodation
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.