Canberra Good Food Month, presented by Citi, has announced its inspiring, talent-filled programme for March 2018. International and home-grown chefs, esteemed restaurants and flavour-packed collaborations will ignite the nation’s capital and invite locals to reimagine Canberra’s thriving food scene over 31 inspiring days. Tickets are on sale now from goodfoodmonth.com
Venessa Cowell, Director of Food Events, Fairfax Media said: “With hotly-tipped talent, beloved institutions, emerging hotspots and enviable local produce, Canberra’s dining scene is growing rapidly and the capital is standing proudly as a leading food destination in Australia. The 2018 Good Food Month will celebrate the culinary inspiration that fuels the capital, shining a light on the talent that paved the way and those that are shaping its future”.
Good Food Month officially kicks off on 2 March with the launch of Enlighten Night Noodle Markets at Reconciliation Place. The sizzling nights of Canberra’s most unique food and light festival will be packed with signature dishes and innovative tastes from Canberra’s own What The Pho, Grill’d & Spice, Kusina and KorBQ who will be joined by Night Noodle Market veterans Hoy Pinoy, Twistto, Shallot Thai, Donburi Station amongst many more. To make things quick and easy, the markets are also cash-free so guests can spend less time queuing and more time enjoying the night.
Good Food Month will bring together international culinary greats and home-grown talent for a series of inspiring events. Marco Pierre White will join forces with Ben Willis of the two-hatted restaurant Aubergine, for a very special evening at the National Portrait Gallery on 11 March. The Canberra native will recreate some of his favourite Marco recipes, as both chefs introduce each course and discuss the inspiration behind the menu. Willis will also lend his expertise to the latest alumni of talented chefs for Good Food Month’s Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi on 4 March. Three of Canberra’s leading Italian chefs will go head to head in the ultimate pasta-battle, an indulgent feast with matched wine, on 3 March (further details to be announced soon) while James Viles of award winning Biota Dining will lead the charge at The Beautiful Dinner, a stunning shared three course feast presented by James Squire at The Social Club on 9 March.
Citi Australia celebrates its tenth year as presenting partner of the Good Food Month programme. In 2018, Citi are working with some of Canberra’s best restaurants for Friends of Good Food Month, an exciting new event series where leading restaurants are invited to curate and host their unique experiences to best showcase their culinary excellence.
Tanya Smith, Chief Customer Officer at Citi said: “Citi is proud to support the thriving Australian food, wine and restaurant industry and Good Food Month in Canberra is truly a highlight of the culinary calendar. To ensure our customers don’t miss out on the fantastic events, we have reserved a number of tickets to the main events, including a special presale to An Evening with Marco Pierre White.
The Pasta Battle presented by Brand’s Laira, Mezzalira | Saturday 3 March, 7pm | Tickets $85
The gloves will come off as Francesco Petrillo (Italian & Sons) and two other notable chefs soon to be announced will compete to prove who reigns supreme as they battle it out to serve up an indulgent dinner of the freshest pasta this side of Sicily. Each decadent course will be introduced by the defending Chef, and served with a matching glass of equally delicious vino from the Brand’s Laira wine portfolio.
Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi, Aubergine | Sunday 4 March, 12.30pm | Tickets $150
Culinary heavyweight Ben Willis, Head Chef of the two-hatted restaurant Aubergine, will be lending his expertise to the latest alumni of talented chefs for Good Food Month’s Young Chefs Lunch presented by Citi. Willis and these culinary rising stars from restaurants Aubergine, Monster, XO, Eightysix & Temporada will prepare five courses, each dish served with a matching wine. Following the lunch, there will be an inspiring Q&A with Willis and the Young Chefs.
The Beautiful Dinner presented by James Squire, The Social Club | Friday 9 March, 7pm | Tickets $85
The Beautiful Dinner presented James Squire will be set amongst a sea of stunning florals at The Social Club, an architecturally designed space that melds elements of mid-century design with Palm Springs. Guests will enjoy a drink on arrival and heavenly canape, followed by a three-course shared dinner by acclaimed Chef James Viles. James Squire will match a carefully chosen beer to each delicious course, all while listening to the beats of the best DJ in town.
An Evening with Marco Pierre White, National Portrait Gallery | Sunday 11 March, 7pm | Tickets $290
Culinary great and the world’s first ever celebrity chef, Marco Pierre White, comes together with Head Chef Ben Willis of the two-hatted Aubergine restaurant for one night only at the National Portrait Gallery. Willis will recreate some of his favourite White recipes – with his very own twist. Chef Ben will introduce each course and explain the inspiration behind his 3 course menu. Each course will be paired with matching wines.
Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, Reconciliation Place | 2-11 March | Free Entry | Dog friendly
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 5pm; Weekends 4pm
A buzzing, atmospheric open-air Asian hawker market, with delicious food stalls to choose from. Featuring: What The Pho, Grill’d & Spice, Kusina, KorBQ, Hoy Pinoy, Mr Bao, Waffleland, Twistto, Shallot Thai, Donburi Station, Sambal Kampung and Teppanyaki Noodles. More stallholders and menus to be announced soon.
Friends of Good Food Month: 1-31 March across Canberra
Good Food Month invites their Canberra friends of culinary excellence to curate and host their own special and truly memorable occasions. Experiences include: A Champagne and Caviar Masterclass at The QT Lounge; A Fine Marriage of Seafood and Champagne at Capitol Bar and Grill; Chef’s Tasting Menu at Vincent Restaurant and The Ultimate Picnic Feast curated by Eat Canberra, held at a secret location.