Citi’s Good Food Month, has heralded its most diverse program for this year’s Canberra festival, packing in a variety of food and drink events found across the city and regional ACT, presenting a great opportunity for local and visiting food lovers to check out the array of special dinners, lunches, drinks and markets across the month.
This year, the program’s categories include Breakfast, Lunch (including Let’s Do Lunch), Dinner, Drinks and Experiences occurring the whole month of March. The highly anticipated Enlighten Night Noodle Markets will also make a comeback from from March 4-13 at Reconciliation Place.
Good Food Month and the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are part of a wider national movement towards a celebration of culture, diversity and, naturally, food. VisitCanberra Director Ian Hill said Canberra’s innovative food and wine scene was one of the key experiences that attracted visitors to the ACT region.
“Our research shows people happily travel to try new food and wine offerings,” he said. “Canberra is fast becoming a foodie destination and that, combined with our national attractions through the Enlighten Festival, is a great combination.”
Good Food Month Creative Director Myffy Rigby said, “One of the greatest things about Canberra is its commitment to local talent, from chefs to winemakers to growers and providores. And we’re excited to bring a bit of Sydney and Melbourne to the mix”.
Featuring this year in the nation’s capital include chef Matt Moran (celebrating the seasons with a garden party at Pialligo Estate on 13th March), and three-hatted Sydney Good Food Month restaurant of the year The Bridge Room‘s chef Ross Lusted, who will host all-star dinner at Aubergine on 18th March.
Other establishments celebrating include Temporada head chef Chris Darrah, who will host a Korean snack party with Sydney ‘s Moon Park on 7th March, and brother chefs Sean (Monster) and Matt McConnell (Bar Lourinha) who will join forces to host a lunch at Monster on 27th March.
Canberra’s best establishments will also host a wide array of events, including a seasonal dinner at Italian and Sons and Mezzalira on 1st March, a paired dinner with wine experts Bryan Martin and Nick Stock at Bicicletta on 10th March, a local wine dinner at Pulp Kitchen 15th March and a sake bar at Lilotang.
Those taking part in Good Food Month can hashtag #jointhefeast on social media and post photos on Instagram of their meals. Photos can range from a baking extravaganza, a picnic, a dinner party at home, a Good Food Month event or anything in between. The Good Food Month team will choose 5 winning photos with the #jointhefeast hashtag and take home double passes to a Canberra Good Food Month event (terms and conditions apply for the #jointhefeast competition.
Image by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.