New South Wales’ dining scene peaks in October, when Sydney goes all out for Good Food Month. Australia’s biggest food festival is a gourmet gala made possible by top chefs and restaurateurs for an entire month, making the most of the city and region’s producers, bars, and eateries. The star of the show this year is Yotam Ottolenghi, known for his Middle-Eastern style.
Look forward to amazing deals on breakfast, lunch and dessert at participating outlets. Many restaurants taking part are in the Sydney city centre and surrounding neighbourhoods like Surry Hills or Darlinghurst. Further afield there are regional events in the Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Newcastle – grab a car rental from Hertz Australia and you’re good to go.
True gourmands will jump at the chance to dine privately with celebrated chefs at exclusive events or sharpen their skills at a myriad of cooking classes. Be it Asian or Mediterranean you’re guaranteed to learn new tricks at one of these sessions.
Aspiring food writers and food photographers are well catered to with expert workshops (there’s even a culinary photography competition and night photography walking tour).
There are literally options for everyone. Dessert fiends have the Sweet As festival, focused on the Liverpool area, and the Festival of Chocolate. The Surprise Saturday Lunch promises a royal spread for meat lovers. The Halloween Kids Kitchen and the Long Lunch are both a kids-only affair – first they’ll prepare the food, then they’ll eat it. Sydney’s burgeoning African, Middle Eastern and south east Asian flavours will be highlighted as part of the Community Festivals programme. Lovers of Asian food shouldn’t miss the Night Noodle Markets or Asian Town Street Food Festival. The Harajuku Popup Bar is bound to be a visual spectacle in its own right as well as introduce you to new flavours. Beer aficionados benefit from Sydney Craft Beer Week. The mini-festival of Sip and Savour will bring two full days of tastings with hundreds of brews on offer. Drink up.
One-off degustation meals, markets, workshops, bar hops, parties, high teas, food trucks pop-up events … the list goes on and on.