Paralysed By Existential Indecision? Shut Up and Eat at Sydney Good Food Month!


Of course you are.

There’s an aching chasm of emptiness inside all medium-to-high functioning humans who long ago realised that since we no longer have to fight bears for salmon and since the minds that have the intellectual capacity to plumb the mysteries of the universe total about three or four in a century, humanity is floating in a sea of pointlessness.

But there’s a middle ground.

A way of satisfying primitive instinct whilst also wearing a suit.

It’s called Sydney Good Food Month.

This October, 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, 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.

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.

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.

Given the plethora of distractions a month such as this affords, it’s little wonder that western society has suctioned on like a limpet to food porn.

…They’ll also probably be serving limpets.

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