Sydney Good Food Month presented by Citi is gearing up to turn the big 2-0 this October. To mark the occasion and honour the chefs, restaurants and dishes that have shaped the country's food scene over the past two decades, the food fiesta is hosting a series of throwback-themed lunches. And, because you've been on this journey too, we want you to join the celebration. We're giving away double passes to the two Long Lunch events which will take place in the festival's hub, the Hyde Park Palms, a retro homage to Palm Springs, California (think shaggy carpets, Parker furniture and geometric prints).
The first lunch will take place on Sunday, October 7, and will focus on that bygone era that popular culture just can't seem to let go of: the 90s. This is your chance to literally feed your nostalgia as chefs Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook) and Andy Bowdy (Saga, ex-Hartsyard) create a menu of quintessential 90s flavours. The exact menu remains a secret, but we know Bowdy is partial to the classic 90s desserts (including vanilla slice and apple turnovers), so expect some recognisable flavours from your childhood.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, October 14, Melbourne pastry queen Kate Reid (Lune Croissanterie) and young gun chef Mitch Orr (Acme) will take over the Hyde Park Palms kitchen to pay tribute to the noughties. What they're whipping up remains under wraps for now, but both chefs are well-versed in these throwback flavours. Reid's world-famous croissants in classic flavours like finger bun and pecan pie create hour-long lines at her Fitzroy bakehouse, and Orr's baloney sandwich and use of Jatz in a fine-dining setting have made waves in the local culinary scene.
Time travel unfortunately doesn't exist (yet) but these long lunches are the next best thing if you're craving a dose of childhood nostalgia. The events sold out quick smart so, if you're keen, decide which lunch most takes your fancy and enter below.