The wait is over for The Age Good Food Month presented by Citi which kicks off tonight and runs throughout November across Melbourne and regional Victoria with a bumper program of more than 240 events.
From the world’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic to one of Latin America’s top chefs Diego Muñoz at the Night Noodle Markets, this eclectic program brings together some of the best in their fields in the most unexpected events and collaborations.
The Good Food Month program has something for everyone with sweet festivals, ramen raves, sugar clubs, movies, masterclasses, book launches as well as the classic Hats Off Dinners, Let’s Do Lunch and Café Collective events.
Hot off the heels of Sydney Good Food Month, Lucky Peach Editor-in-Chief Chris Ying and Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold who will be joined by Attica Head Chef Ben Shewry and Good Food Month Creative Director Gemima Cody for a very special event. Ask yourself – has the Internet killed restaurant creativity? Is life imitating Instagram? Can writers write when they have to write for traffic? Join us on October 30 from 6pm at the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street and these questions might just be answered.
The mega line-up of events also includes the sumptuous new Sweetfest which will take place on November 28 and 29at the Meat Market in North Melbourne. Attendees will get the chance to see the likes of Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff from New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream, drink cocktails from world’s number 10 cocktail bar the Black Pearl and learn tricks from industry legends Philippa Sibley and Pierre Roelofs. At just $20, with a complimentary glass of Redbank Emily Brut Cuvée, a marketplace of sweet treats for sale and access to the names behind Luxbite, Ganache Chocolates, Hoy Pinoy, N2 Extreme Gelato and Black Star Pastry, this is an opportunity not to be missed!
Creative Director, Gemima Cody said: “I think we’ve evolved past the point where we want to just sit and be fed. So this year’s Good Food Month is all about asking the big questions, getting your hands dirty and defying expectations.”
The Good Food Month events are not all solely about great food but touch on the entire culinary industry. Step Up To The Plate on November 22 at Cinema Nova will offer a movie experience like no other, with Melbourne’s top chefs including Florent Gerardin (Pei Modern), Cory Campbell (ex-Vue De Monde), Peter Gunn (IDES, Attica) and Nic Poelaert paying homage to their mentors by turning their greatest works into movie snacks.
The famous New York duo behind Big Gay Ice Cream will be collaborating with Gelato Messina for an Ice Cream Social where they’ll be serving up custom sundaes, drinks and two new cookbooks to the tunes of CC:Disco on November 26at 1000 ₤ Bend in Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne.
If a big pile of mussels on fire, beer drinking and rock music sessions are more up your alley than ice-cream socials, Eclade de Moyle will bring together your loves in the one room. Chef David Moyle of Franklin Restaurant in Hobart and Florent Gerardin of Pei Modern will come together on November 15 to create a traditional French eclade de moules with mussels dramatically smoked under a stack of burning pine needles.
One the city’s most Instagrammed events, the Night Noodle Markets will return for an extended 18 nights from November 12-29. Birrarung Marr will be transformed into an Asian-inspired hawker market, complete with all the colour, flavours and buzzing atmosphere which go along with it. Food and beverage purchases are now able to be made at all stalls and bars via card.
Citi Australia Managing Director of Customer Franchise, Linda Duncombe said, “Citi is delighted to again be the presenting partner of The Age Good Food Month. We have supported the program for three years now, and we are truly excited to be part of such a standout culinary event.
“Importantly, the initiative is complementary to our Dining Program and we are thrilled to offer Citi customers a range of exclusive benefits including access to the ever popular Citi VIP area at this year’s Night Noodle Markets,” said Duncombe.
“Our partnership with Good Food Month allows us to not only reward our customers with such an innovative program but it also continues to build on Citi’s support of the Australian food and wine industry, which remains a priority for Citi.”
Good Food Month goers are encouraged to #jointhefeast on social media by posting photos on Instagram of their incredible feasts. This may include a baking extravaganza, a picnic, a dinner party at home, a Good Food Month event or anything in between. Five winning photos shared using the #jointhefeast hashtag will be picked by the Good Food Month team with the winners taking home double passes to a Melbourne Good Food Month event*.