If the 2018 Good Food Month program is anything to go by, those stretchy pants are set to get a serious workout this June. Melbourne's annual month-long food fiesta is this year packed with more goodness than ever, featuring top Aussie chefs, masterclasses, rollicking parties and unique dining experiences that'll knock your socks off.
Promising to inject a bit of sunshine into those impending frosty winter days, pop-up restaurant Melbourne Palms brings a taste of Palm Springs to Federation Square from June 13–23. It'll play host to a broad lineup of culinary gold, kicking off with a celebration of homegrown heroes Andrew McConnell (Cutler & Co., Supernormal) and Alla Wolf-Tasker (Lake House), for the June 13 Melbourne Greats Party. All the way from Denmark, pioneering chef Bo Bech (of Michelin-starred Paustian and Restaurant Geist) will give Australia its first taste of his innovative cooking by treating diners to a thought-provoking wine-matched degustation on June 15.
Meanwhile, sustainability and locality will be front and centre when Sydney's seafood king Josh Niland (Saint Peter) shares the inspiration and ethos behind his acclaimed fare, at a three-course brunch teamed with liquid treats from Coonawarra winery Brands Laira. Then, when Tipo 00's Andreas Papadakis joins fellow Aussie pasta masters Mitch Orr (Sydney's ACME) and Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Perth's Lulu La Delizia), diners are in for an all-out pasta party, with a four-course wine-matched dinner giving each chef the chance to win over tastebuds with his signature moves.
Other sure-fire hits include a tasty take on date night as imagined by 8bit and dessert queen Christy Tania's Glacé Frozen, and a much-anticipated collaboration between Longsong's David Moyle and Embla's David Verheul.