I think I might take a trip to Canberra for their Good Food Month presented by Citi. And who wouldn’t celebrate the very best of the Canberra food scene? International and home-grown chefs will create unforgettable experiences that leave lasting memories on the nation’s capital, delighting, inspiring and transporting Canberrans out of their everyday. Tickets on sale now from www.goodfoodmonth.com.
Venessa Cowell, Director of Food Events, Fairfax Events & Entertainment said: “This year’s program celebrates some of the incredible influences that have made the Australia culinary landscape what it is today and continue to inspire its evolution, from cooking with fire to Cantonese classics. We are also incredibly proud to shine a light on the young rising talent fuelling our nation’s capital and shaping its exciting culinary future”.
Tanya Smith, Chief Customer Officer at Citi says, “Australians love their food, and increasingly want dining to be more than a meal and a drink. Citi is so proud to partner with Good Food Month as it provides Australians with the experiential element they have been asking for, whether that’s being transported to another time or place with a delicious culinary experience. Good Food Month also allows Citi to show our support for Australia’s dynamic, fast-growing food scene as it continues to thrive. We are delighted to reward our customers by providing a discount to see the best of Good Food Month, and we are offering Citi customers 20% off the ticket price to the three main events.”
Good Food Month officially kicks off on 1 March with the launch of Night Noodle Markets at Reconciliation Place, Canberra’s favourite al fresco food festival. 2018 saw thousands of Canberrans flock to the markets to get their noodle fix, and this year the sizzling nights will once again be packed with Asian Hawker-style signature dishes and innovative tastes from Hoy Pinoy, Chur Burger, Churken, Shallot Thai, Mr Bao, Bangkok Street Food, What the Pho, Bao Brothers, May’s Malaysian Hawker, Twistto, Flying Noodles, Little Kyoto, Waffleland, Wok Master, Satay Brothers, Donburi Station with many more to be announced. Further details on additional stalls, menus and experiences will be announced in February.
Good Food Month will also bring together international and local culinary superstars for three unforgettable food events:
Adam Liaw’s Chinese-Australian Food Odyssey | Chairman & Yip | Friday 15 March, 6.30-10.30pm | Tickets $190
Much like in his role hosting Destination Flavour, Adam Liaw will take food-lovers on an edible history through the past, present and future of Chinese food in Australia with Kwok Keung Tung, head chef at Michelin-starred restaurant, Chairman Hong Kong. Chairman was recently awarded the ‘Highest Climber Award’ and is now sitting at number 22 in Asia’s Best Restaurants of 2018. Together, Liaw and Tung will explore Chinese cuisine through six-courses with matched wines at 20-year old Canberra institution, Chairman & Yip, that reimagine classic dishes such as Billy Kee Chicken and fried ice-cream, as well as discovering bold new directions for modern Chinese Australian food. Ticket price includes a six-course dinner with matched wines.
Fire at Dusk with Lennox Hastie & James Viles | Pialligo Estate | Saturday 9 March, 6.30pm-10pm | Tickets $160
Dynamic duo – Lennox Hastie (Firedoor) and James Viles (Biota Dining) will turn up the heat for a sizzling four-course menu cooked over fire. Hastie honed his wood-fired grilling craft over the asado open fire-pit at the Asador Etxebarri (number six on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants), before opening Australia’s only fully-wood fuelled restaurant. Viles’ award-winning two-hatted Biota Dining restaurant is currently ranked 46 in Australia’s Top Restaurants. Ticket price includes a four-course dinner with matched wines, served with an arrival canape and cocktail.
Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi | Aubergine | Sunday 17 March, 12.30pm-3.00pm | Tickets $150
Three of the hottest rising chefs from Canberra’s top restaurants will take over the kitchen at Aubergine under the guidance of head chef and owner, Ben Willis. Lending his expertise to the latest alumni of talented chefs, the four talented young chefs will plate up their very best culinary creations for an impressive four-course lunch with matched wines in the stunning surrounds of the two-hatted Aubergine restaurant. Ticket price includes a four-course lunch with matched wines.
2019 will also welcome the return of Friends of Good Food Month (1-31 March across Canberra), which sees Canberra’s friends of culinary excellence curate their own special and truly memorable occasions, and Let’s Do Lunch, with Good Food Guide hatted Canberra restaurants offering a unique fine dining experience for just $45. Registrations for restaurants keen to take part are open until 29 January, with the full list of participating restaurants announced in February.
Citi has been presenting partner of Good Food Month for 11 years and is passionate about dining in Australia. Through the Citibank Dining Program, Citi partners with over 440 restaurants to offer Citi cardholders a free bottle of wine when they dine and pay with their Citi Card.
AccorHotels has also joined Good Food Month as the festival’s accommodation partner. They will be amongst the impressive Enlighten Night Noodle Markets food line-up with their candy-land inspired sweets stall. All funds raised from the AccorHotels Stand will be donated to the Accor Community Fund supporting Garvan Research Foundation, Kokoda Youth Foundation, Lifeline and AIME. Those travelling from interstate to experience the best of Canberra’s food can stay at a host of local AccorHotels including Novotel Canberra, Mercure Canberra, Ibis Styles Canberra, Ibis Styles Tall Trees, Ibis Styles Eaglehawk and Ibis Budget from just $143. Visit www.accorhotels.com/canberra