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F&L Guide: Our 12 picks for Good Food Month 2015

The Sydney edition of Good Food Month, the biggest and most comprehensive food and drink festival, will be returning this October and bringing with it a wildly diverse program of exclusive events to analyse and explore the city's great, evolving dining scene. From October 1st right up to October 31st, classic programs such as Hats Off Dinners and Let's Do Lunch and new events like Sweetfest and Eat Art will be taking over the city, driven by both established and young up-and-coming chefs keen to showcase the innovation that has made Sydney's dining scene what it is today.

While the program of special deals, exclusive menus, one-off featured events, regional experiences, and more may be a bit overwhelming at first, we assure you that with the right planning and some pro choices, this year's Good Food Month just may very well your favourite one yet. To help you along, we've trawled through the program to bring you our top 12 picks, aside from the more obvious ones like the always anticipated Night Noodle Markets, which this year will feature a Singleton Whisky & Sugar Bar from dessert queen Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar, and Singleton.

Note: The exciting Ramen Rave has not been included because that has already sold out.

Sweetfest (October 17-18)

Sweetfest is going to have all your sugary needs in one spot, from masterclasses with the likes of Katherine Sabbath and Andy Bowdy to a journey through all things baked, fried, iced, creamed, dusted, and colourful. You'll have access to treats from the likes of Brickfields, Chat Thai, Lorraine's Patisserie, and Kakawa, and it will be in one of Sydney's coolest event spaces, the aMBUSH Gallery (in Central Park). Maybe schedule in a check-up with the dentist in the following days.

For a full timetable of masterclasses and more information click HERE

WHERE: aMBUSH Gallery, Level 3, 28 Broadway, Central Park, Chippendale
WHEN: October 17-18; Session One - 9:00am - 1:00pm, Session Two - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
COST: $20 includes masterclasses and a glass of Redbank Emily Brut Cuvee

Grower's Market Best of the Brunch (October 3)

Pyrmont's famous Grower's Market turns 17 this year, and to celebrate they are doing something pretty special at LuMi Bar & Dining. Across two different sessions, expect a super-brunch of sorts as signature dishes from the city's best brunch destinations all come together to form the ultimate menu. You can expect involvement from the crew behind the much loved, and much missed Pinbone, Marrickville staple West Juliett, Eastern gem Ruby's Diner, coffee pros Single Origin Roasters, Newtown champs Hartsyard, and of course, LuMi.

From Kale Salad with Poached Eggs to Chocolate Chip and Pink Salt Cookies, this will be the brunch to end all brunches.

For a full menu and more information click HERE

WHERE: LuMi Bar & Dining at Sydney Wharf, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
WHEN: October 3; 8:00am session for 8:30am seating and 10:00am session for 10:30am seating
COST: $55 includes four courses plus beverages

Van Gogh by Vincent: a night in Holland (October 1, 27)

As part of the popular 'Hats Off Dinners' series during Good Food Month, Woollahra restaurant Vincent will be switching their style from French to Dutch for one night only, journeying through Holland as Head Chef Max Vloet draws inspiration from numerous paintings from Vincent Van Gogh, as well as the iconic artist's life. All dishes will be inspired by paintings such as "Almond Blossoms" and "the Olive Trees"

For more information click HERE

WHERE: 14 Queen Street, Woollahra 2026
WHEN: Oct 1, 27; 06:30pm - 10:00pm
COST: $98 - Beverages included: Tanqueray Gin Cocktail or a Singleton Single Malt Whisky

Food & Music (October 22)

The much talked about new resident at Sydney Opera House, Bennelong, will be hosting an exclusive dinner pairing up fine food with fine music. Culinary master Peter Gilmore has worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra to put together a menu inspired by music, where each course will be accompanied by an intimate performance in the head-turning restaurant.

For more information click HERE

WHERE: Sydney Opera House
WHEN: Oct 22; 12:00pm - 03:00pm
COST: $195 includes food, performance and wine - Beverages included.

OzHarvest Kitchen Table Dinners (Oct 12-16, 19-23)

In a similar fashion to their 'Table for Ten' dinners last year, OzHarvest will be using their art-deco warehouse as a stage for a unique series of long table dinners, each bringing in a different chef over 10 days. Each session will seat just 40 guests, keeping thing real intimate while a guest chef cooks up a three-course shared meal. Each event allows OzHarvest to deliver an additional 10,000 meals to those who need them most.

Read about our experience at last year's Table for Ten dinner HERE

For more information on the event click HERE

WHERE: G3/G4, 46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria 2015
WHEN: Oct 12-16, 19-23; 06:30pm - 10:00pm
COST: $200 - Beverages included: includes matches wine and beer

The Ultimate High Tea (Various Dates and Locations)

15 very different high tea sessions will run throughout Good Food Month, in various locations with various themes.

Celebrity baker Katherine Sabbath has curated one at The Tea Salon, available throughout the whole month, bringing her colourful cake creations to life with limited edition triple tiered stands featuring glittery rose gold panna cotta, doughtnut brownies, and more. Other sweet high teas include 'Chocolate Decadence' at The Tea Room QVB, and 'Three-Way Dessert High Tea' at The Choc Pot.

If sweet isn't your thing, then there are other sessions like the 'Classic High Tea' at Vaucluse House Tearooms or a Probibition-style high tea at The Print Room. There's even a 'Dumpling High Tea' at the famed Hydro Majestic.

For more information and to full the full High Tea schedule click HERE

Newtown Good Food Fair (October 11)

Newtown Good Food Fair will be entering it's third year, and if 2014's stunner is anything to go by, heading along to this is a no-brainer. King Street will be awash with food stalls from Sydney's best known restaurants and bars, all keen to show off signature dishes and maybe even some new works. Last year saw Mary's ditch their famous burgers for a day and decide to serve up some really fantastic kebabs so who knows who will come up with what when October 11th rolls around.

Also, if you haven't heard, Mary's, Porteno, and Young Henry's are opening a pub together in November so maybe we'll get a preview of the food that will be on offer. One can hope.

For more information click HERE

WHERE: King Street, Newtown 2042
WHEN: Oct 11; 11:00am - 06:00pm
COST: Free entry; dishes from $8–$18

Aqua Dining's 15th Birthday (October 12)

Milsons Point mainstay Aqua Dining has been around for an impressive 15 years as of 2015 and to celebrate the team, which includes Chef Davide Rebeccato, are inviting a few friends to join them in creating a special, one-off four-course Italian menu. Frederico Zanellato of LuMi and Victor Moya of Ormeggio at The Spit will be helping Rebeccato out in the kitchen, with each chef creating a dish from his own background.

For more information click HERE

WHERE: Cnr Paul & Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point 2061
WHEN: Oct 12; 7:00pm - 11:00pm
COST: $125 - Beverages included: includes matched wines

Art, History & Alfresco Dining (October 14)

As part of the 'Eat Art' program of Good Food Month, this unique event will deliver a long-table experience on the grounds of National Art School, the former Darlinghurst Gaol turned vibrant, and wondrous art campus. The sandstone grounds will become home to glasses of bubbly, canapes, and a four-course feast by renowned Chef Carl Nicholls from Piquant Catering, focused on showcasing diverse fusion plates from past and present using locally sourced produce.

The dinner will be accompanied by a private viewing of Rosmary Laing's exhibition effort + rush.

For more information click HERE

WHERE: National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst 2010
WHEN: Oct 14; 06:00pm - 11:30pm
COST: $140 - Beverages included: Pre-dinner drink and matched drinks

Orana Meets Silvereye (October 15)

Adelaide's acclaimed Orana will be lending Sydney their Head Chef, Jock Zonfrillo, for one night as he teams up with Sam Miller of the soon-to-be-opened Silvereye in The Old Clare Hotel on Kensington Street, Chippendale. The purpose will be to put together an event showcasing native Australian ingredients and using them to deliver some really exciting flavours. Easily one of Sydney's most anticipated openings of the year, Silvereye will only be a few weeks into operation when hits event rolls around, so it's a great opportunity to check out the new kid on the block while also partaking in something exclusive.

For more information click HERE

WHERE: Silvereye, 1 Kensington St, Chippendale
WHEN: October 15; from 6:30pm
COST: $295pp includes beverages

Victorian Era Dining Experience (October 23)

Respected Chef Matt Kemp will be putting together a six-course dinner at the historic Quarantine Station (known as Q Station) to pair food with history as guests explore the types of food served to the different classes of passengers who stayed at the Q Station in the late Victorian era. Kemp's live cooking demos will be playing an historical role in this half feast, half museum that aims to bring some of Sydney's history to life.

More information can be found HERE

WHERE: 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly 2095
WHEN: Oct 23; 06:30pm - 10:30pm
COST: $125 - Beverages included: includes matched wines

Icebergs Dining Room meets Caffé è Cucina 1994 (October 23)

Melbourne's Caffé e Cucina has been an essential part of the city's scene since 1988, and for one-night only the magic that has sustained them will be captured and re-imagined by Iceberg's Monty Koludrovic in a five-course tasting menu of Cucina's most memorable plates. A cast of special Cucina guests will be on hand as well to make this for a celebration from one city to another.

For more information click HERE

WHERE: Level 3/1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach 2026
WHEN: Oct 23; 06:30pm - 10:30pm
COST: $120 - Beverages included: a drink on arrival

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For the full program head to: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/

Get involved this year as Good Food Month takes a more focused social media approach. Use the hashtag #jointhefeast and look out for some Instagram competitions coming up from the festival organisers.

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