Sydney Good Food Month presented by Citi is back and ready to once again make it near impossible to leave your winter habits behind. We say lean into it. Sydney's annual month-long feasting fiesta kicks off on Thursday, October 4 with its most expansive program yet — and you don't want to miss out on any of it.
Some of it will look familiar — alongside the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets, last year's vibrant Palm Springs-inspired pop-up restaurant in Hyde Park will also make its return. And, in honour of the festival's 20th birthday, the festival hub is dialling up the nostalgia. This year, the festival will celebrate the famed restaurants, influential chefs and up-and-coming innovators that have shaped Australia's food scene through a series of throwback-themed events. Here are just a few of the food experiences you should book immediately.
DATE NIGHT WITH UME BURGER AND COW & THE MOON
The old dinner-and-a-movie date: it's a classic for a reason. Whether this is a first attempt or you've been with your person for many trips around the sun, Friday, October 5 is your opportunity to kick things real old-school. Hyde Park Palms' Date Night event has all the ingredients for casual yet romantic night out. On a platonic mate date? Even better. You can collectively swoon over Heath Ledger in the chosen film for the night: 90s cult classic 10 Things I Hate About You. As you're watching, you'll get to chow down on a burger from Japanese-inspired joint Ume Burger and sip on wine from South Australian winery Brand's Laira, before Enmore's Cow & the Moon provides its renowned gelato for dessert.
Do you fondly think back to the time when Clueless, grungy flannel and Nintendo 64 were the height of popular culture? If you're ever filled with 90s nostalgia (we swear it feels like only yesterday), this Long Lunch event is sure to tick all of your retro-loving boxes. Chefs Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook) and Andy Bowdy (Saga, ex-Hartsyard) will be at the helm, serving up a host of quintessential 90s flavours. While the exact menu is yet to be revealed, we know Bowdy is partial to a number of desserts from the era — think apple turnovers, finger buns and vanilla slice — so you can expect some recognisable flavours from your childhood, but with the added bonus of pairing them with grown-up drinks: Baileys, Brand's Laira wine and James Squire beer. Don that double denim and get ready to chat 90210 trivia.
If you feel like the 90s weren't that long ago (we swear they weren't), it's a rude shock to the system when you realise it's almost been two decades since the start of millennium. To soothe your disbelief, head to the Noughties Long Lunch, where two renowned chefs will be paying tribute to the era that shaped their careers in food. First up, Acme's Mitch Orr. His incorporation of flavours from his childhood into dishes is well-documented, namely the baloney sandwich and use of Jatz on Acme's menu. Orr will be joined by pastry queen Kate Reid from Lune Croissanterie, the internationally celebrated Fitzroy patisserie that dishes up the world's best croissants in both traditional and retro flavours — including pecan pie. Brand's Laira wine and James Squire beer will also be flowing throughout the meal. This is selling out quick, so you better shake it like a polaroid picture and get booking.