500 restaurants around Australia are going half-price for January

Spent big over the Christmas holiday? January (and early Feb) doesn’t have to be a month of not eating out at Australia’s best restaurants due to tight budgets. A new festival, which debuted earlier this year to great reception, is making it (a lot) cheaper to eat out by recruiting hundreds of restaurants across the country in an attempt to encourage Aussies to explore, celebrate and discover the country’s vast culinary landscape.

TheFork (formerly known as Dimmi) has now become the world’s largest online restaurant booking platform, and to celebrate they will be bringing back The Fork Festival between the dates of 6th January and 9th February. The platform is expecting 500 restaurants (they have 300 signed up so far) across Australia to participate in what will be a budget-friendly five-week deep-dive into the country’s dining scene, where diners will only have to pay half of their food bill.

That’s right, from January 6th your sit-down meal at any of the participating restaurants will be 50% off, making it much more viable to go out and experience as much of these dining hotspots as you can.

You’d need to make your reservation through The Fork’s website (linked below) or their easy-to-use app, booking into one of the participating eateries for either breakfast, lunch or dinner during the dates of the festival. Then all you need to do is show up, eat to your heart’s content, and only pay for half of your food bill at the end of it.

And these aren’t ‘struggling to get customers so we’re going to offer a discount’ restaurants either. Already set to participate during the festival is Uccello, Eliza Food and Wine, The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay, Little Jean, Butcher and the Farmer, Tulum Restaurant, Pascale Bar & Grill, Meat and Wine Co., and Malt Dining.

The full list of participating restaurants will be released on The Fork’s website (or app) on January 6th. And remember, you’ve got five weeks, so make the most of it and go discover your next fav.

For more information head toThe Fork’s official website.

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.