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Sydney Good Food Month 2019

The month-long food festival returns with a pasta party, dinner with Alain Passard, a pop-up sushi restaurant by a top Tokyo chef and the Night Noodle Markets.
By Samantha Teague
September 10, 2019
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Sydney Good Food Month 2019

The month-long food festival returns with a pasta party, dinner with Alain Passard, a pop-up sushi restaurant by a top Tokyo chef and the Night Noodle Markets.
By Samantha Teague
September 10, 2019
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Some of the world's best chefs will descend on Sydney for the 21st edition of Good Food Month. Taking over restaurants across the city this October, the annual food festival will see pop-up restaurants and dinners from the likes of Alain Passard, Hiroyuki Sato and Thomas Frebel, as well as pasta parties, vegan feasts and the return of the Night Noodle Markets.

For one night, Restaurant Hubert will host the legendary Alain Passard, whose Paris restaurant Arpège has three Michelin stars and is currently ranked the eighth best in the world. In Bondi, Hiroyuki Sato will transform Icebergs into a pop up version of his highly coveted Hakkoku restaurant in Tokyo (which only has six seats). While this seaside version will be a little bigger (20 seats), it won't be any less exclusive, with tickets to the two dinners going for $1000 a pop, which includes over 20 courses, beer, wine and luxury car transfers (of course).

The luxury theme continues with a one-off dinner at Quay with Peter Gilmore and Jock Zonfrillo (Adelaide's Orana), and with Thomas Frebel (head chef and co-founder of Tokyo's Inua and former head of recipe development at Copenhagen's Noma) taking over Chippendale's Automata for two nights. Frebel is known for hunting down and experimenting with weird and wonderful local ingredients — so expect some lesser-known items to end up on your plate in Sydney, too.

On the more affordable side of the series, cake queen Katherine Sabbath with be hosting a colourful high tea — paired with wine and Pimm's — at the QT, and Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters) will cook an all-vegan feast at the newly opened Mary's Underground. Some of the city's best young chefs will also team up for a pasta party at Otto.

And of course, Good Food Month's ever-popular Night Noodle Markets are back for another season, taking over Hyde Park from October 11. Expect a tasty assortment of over 40 street food stalls, along with a program of performers, live acts and DJs.

For those not wanting to spend heaps of cash, the affordable Let's Do Lunch returns, allowing punters to dine at Good Food hatted restaurants for cheap. This year, lunch with a wine, beer or soft drink will only set you back $45 at these top Sydney spots: Surry Hills' Nomad, waterside seafood spot Cirrus Dining, Bentley in the CBD and Pilu at Freshwater. To check out the full list and lunch details, head to the Good Food Month website.

First image: Leticia Almeida. Second image: Pilu at Freshwater.

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