Sydney Good Food Month is making up for all those restaurant meal times we lost during the lockdown, with lineup stacked for its 2022 food festival in January. Expect an intoxicating combination of takeovers, pop-ups, unique dining experiences and collaborations between top chefs.
Top of our list? Four promising Indigenous chefs take over CBD Rockpool Bar & Grill for a unique lunch. The gourmet restaurant’s executive chef, Corey Costelloe, will lead the quadrant of chefs – Jayde Harris and Luke Bourke (Rockpool) from Rockpool, Keith Munro (Icebergs Dining Room and Bar) and Sam Bourke (Margaret) – who will each prepare a class. The wines will come from Indigenous-owned Mt Yengo Wines, and $ 10 from each ticket will go to the National Indigenous Culinary Institute, which mentors apprentice Indigenous chefs.
And there is much more to look forward to. Renowned Brisbane chef Alanna Sapwell (ex-chef in Saint Peter) will take over from Middle Eastern restaurant Ezra for a multi-course dinner. Alibi hosts a boozy plant-based brunch, featuring vegan pavlovas, cookies and strawberry sandwiches in collaboration with La Pav, Butter Boy and Sandoitchi. Alessandro Pavoni (A’Mare, Ormeggio at The Spit) joins forces with seafood industry stalwarts John Susman and Jesse McTavish (Bar Elvina, ex-North Bondi Fish) for a meal celebrating seafood.
Meanwhile, the Good Weekend Quiz: Live returns to Rockpool Bar & Grill. Compete with other tables for the top spot while feasting on a three-course meal.
And while the foodie events seem like tons of fun, there are plenty of more casual feasts and parties to immerse yourself in. Butter Sydney and Rising Sun Workshop are co-hosting a two-night chook celebration in two locations. It will bring together the best of both restaurants in a six-course meal, complete with a live DJ and bottomless fart and tinnies. In Freshwater, the Harbord Hotel will host a Baja-inspired pop-up, with Mexican-flavored dishes and a Margarita Bar.
Newtown’s Little Lagos celebrates West African food and culture with a cocktail on arrival, Afrobeats and a three-course meal including jollof rice, ewa agoyin (a bean stew) and egusi (soup) with pounded yams. And Nomad and Golden Age Cinema join forces for a Moroccan-themed menu designed to be enjoyed while you watch. Casablanca. In Pendolino, products from the Boon Luck farm of Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai) will be presented.
And if you’re in the mood to get out of the city and combine a foodie adventure with your summer vacation, Good Food Month isn’t just limited to Sydney. Margan Wines in the Hunter Valley offers tours of her vineyard, culminating in a five-course meal prepared with her produce grown on the estate. Beckett’s Glebe diner will take over the cooking at Sister’s Rock Restaurant in Orange, and a “girl gang” of local chefs will run the show at Pipit in the Northern Rivers for one night only.
Good Food Month takes place throughout the month of January. Tickets on sale now.