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FOOD & DRINK

Five Events to Eat and Drink Your Way Through During Sydney Good Food Month 2022

Start the year with a Darlinghurst street party, a falafel-making masterclass or a night of Italian eats from acclaimed Australian chefs.
By Ben Hansen
January 12, 2022
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By Ben Hansen
January 12, 2022
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FIVE EVENTS TO EAT AND DRINK YOUR WAY THROUGH DURING SYDNEY GOOD FOOD MONTH 2022

Start the year with a Darlinghurst street party, a falafel-making masterclass or a night of Italian eats from acclaimed Australian chefs.

Sydney Good Food Month, the city's always jam-packed month filled with one-off and limited-time food and drink events, has returned for a special summer edition throughout January. The annual culinary festival puts Sydney's world-class food scene front and centre, taking over restaurants around town, hosting food pop-ups and serving up dinners from some of the world's best chefs.

If you're looking to get into the spirit of the month, the choice is overwhelming — with events spanning everything from luxe French champagne nights to all-star chef collaborations. You can look through the full lineup at the Good Food Month website or, to make your decisions easier, we've put together a list of five of our favourite events you can still nab a spot at this month, ranging from affordable nights out to unforgettable multi-course feasts.

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    A Taste of Stanley Street

    An often underrated and under-appreciated food and drink precinct, Darlinghurst’s Stanley Street boasts a variety of tasty and affordable eateries and an array of exciting bars. As part of Good Food Month, the street is hosting a night of al fresco dining, drinks and live music on Saturday, January 15.

    A Taste of Stanley Street will encourage patrons to sample dishes and drinks from the venues, with each bar and restaurant serving up its own unique $20 meal deal containing a taste of its menu and a cocktail, beer or wine. Some choice selections from the night’s lineup include a taco and margarita from La Farmacia; the return of the London-style boiled bagel with salted beef, tangy mustard and pickles with an IPA from Stanley’s; a pork crackling slider and a pint of Sapporo or Asahi from Dumplings & Beer; and rock oysters and a glass of Doom Juice’s natty rose from Bar Nina.

    Image: Destination NSW.

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    Indu Vegan Night with Rhys Watson-Lamb

    While Good Food Month offers up some extravagant set menus and big-name collaborations that’ll set you back hundreds of dollars, there are also more affordable options if you want to get into the swing of things this January. CBD restaurant Indu hosts regular vegan nights throughout the year, and on Tuesday, January 25 it’s rolling out the red carpet to welcome Rhys Watson-Lamb (Kid Kyoto) for an exciting menu that combines the Japanese and southern Indian cuisine.

    Available for $69 per person, the set menu starts with curry salted edamame, daikon mochi with coconut chutney, watermelon sashimi and wild mushroom dosa. The vegan night’s mains menu is built around a Japanese potato curry which is accompanied by corn ribs, daal, paratha and sushi rice, before the meal is brought to an end with an avocado ice cream and vegan meringue. You can also take things up a notch by adding wine pairings to the meal for an extra $30 a head.

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    Above Par Falafel Masterclass and Middle Eastern Dinner

    If you love ordering falafel when you’re out but haven’t had the confidence to make it yourself, Above Par’s CBD venue is offering some help with a falafel-making masterclass. Chef Efe Topuzlu will take you under his wing to teach you how to make the Clarence Street spot’s sesame seed-topped falafel from scratch, before you sit down to enjoy a four-course Middle Eastern feast full of favourites from the Above Par menu.

    Following the class, you’ll be treated to puffy bread with spiced olives and pickles of entree — and you’ll get the chance to finally dig into some falafel yourself, paired with babaganoush and lahmacun. The mains in your post-masterclass meal will feature chicken shish, lamb kofta and fattoush, before a pistachio baklava is served for dessert. The masterclass and subsequent meal will set you back $79 per person, with sessions from 6pm on January 14, 21 and 28.

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    Nomad x Golden Age Cinema's An Evening in Morocco

    Fulfil your food and cinema cravings in one go with this Moroccan-themed event from Surry Hills favourites Nomad and Golden Age Cinema. The two venues are coming together for a night filled with tasty food and a classic film. An Evening in Morocco will involve a next-level multi-course meal from the team behind Nomad and a showing of iconic Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman-starring drama Casablanca.

    Popping up at Nomad on Thursday, January 20, there will be two sessions on the night, each of which will feature dinner and a screening of the film. Highlights of the night’s menu include barbecue prawns, baked chilli and honeycomb feta, lamb neck b’stilla and smoked eggplant. Classic starters like wood-fired bread and olive tapenade will be on hand to ease you into the night and a mille feuille with caramelised milk, dates and orange will round things out for dessert. The cherry on top of the evening will be a themed cocktail created by the Golden Age team for you to sip while you enjoy Casablanca.

    Image: Nikki To.

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    The Fisherman and The Butcher

    Kensington Street fine diner Olio is bringing together the land and the sea for an extravagant night of cooking from head chef Lino Sauro and Melbourne’s Adrian Richardson (La Luna). Richardson, the co-host of the hit show Good Chef Bad Chef, will collaborate with Sauro and the Olio team to present a six-course feast that combines the best of Sicilian and Australian cuisine.

    On Thursday, January 20, each chef is taking charge of three courses on the set menu. Richardson will be bringing his focus on using every cut of meat from the animal, which he developed at La Luna, and applying it to crispy pigs ears, crackling-wrapped pork loin and filet mignon served with Café de Paris butter in the degustation. As for Sauro’s offerings, diners will be treated to triple-cooked octopus with lemon crushed potatoes and spicy capsicum aioli; a seafood-heavy tonnarelli made with squid ink spaghetti, then topped with a Australian Bay bug, shellfish and spicy pork ‘nduja sauce; and a decedent chocolate mousse for dessert.

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Top image: Nikki To.

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