Start saving those calories, you are going to be sorely tempted by the feast on offer this year for Good Food Month.
Brisbane’s hospitality industry is taking full advantage of this opportunity to show their style as a city gears up with a mouth drooling program for what they calling the worlds’ largest food festival.
This year Good Food Month month runs from July 9 to August 5 with more than 200 events including the launch of the 2016 Brisbane Times Good Food Guide.
Good Food Month Creative Director Natascha Mirosch says, it’s a celebration of Queensland produce and producers. Expect more Night Noodles, Hats Off Dinners, Let’s do Lunch and Up Late, and do make sure you book early.
The launch for the event was held at Sake Restaurant in Eagle Street and included tastings from their menu pictured here.
Here’s my wish list for the month -
1. Roast Pork Sunday Lunch at Wild Canary will see Tim Somes’ pasture-raised pigs produce the perfect porchetta. Somes’ pecan-fed pigs will be served with grilled pear, rhubarb, turnip, fennel and quince.
July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9; $32.
2. Check out these wallet-friendly Good Dinners, but don’t miss The Spaghetti House Trattoria’s bruschetta with onion jam and buffalo mozzarella, plus spaghetti with prawns and crab cooked in paper.
Two courses for under $30.
3. A legend in the culinary world, Mark Best is an electrician who left the gold mines of Western Australia to cook his way into the San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list three times. Enjoy his food in Brisbane for one night.
Esquire, Thursday July 16; $189.
4. James Viles from the two-hatted Biota in the NSW Southern Highlands cooks up a habitat-inspired dinner reflecting a single-origin approach for a shared table dinner. Sure to sell out fast. Saturday, July 18 from 6pm; $169.
5. 12 nights of Night Noodle Markets with yum cha on weekends, that’s what’s in store for you this time. Take your credit or debit card because this year it’s cashless!
July 22 to August 2.
6. My Country, My Cuisine. Defining an Australian cuisine is a difficult task but these three chefs- Ben Shewry of Melbourne’s three-hatted Attica, James Viles of the double-hatted Biota Dining in regional New South Wales and Josue Lopez of Goma Restaurant - are certainly up to the task. They will share their personal paths to creating menus with an expression of place.
Saturday July 18, 4pm – 5.30pm, $45 per person.
7. This one certainly sounds interesting – a mystery box of rescued food to be rearranged into specialty dishes with one of Brisbane’s top executive chefs and the team from OzHarvest.
Monday, July 13 $75.
8. Brisbane BBQ Festival at Wandering Cooks features teams serving expertly seasoned ribs, brisket, pork and chicken, slow cooked to perfection in a wood-fired pit.
July 18. Entry free.
9. So you want to be a food writer? Food Writing 101 will scratch your itch with a workshop designed for aspiring food writers and bloggers, home cooks and dilettantes. You’ll find out how to get published, learn writing dos and don’ts and discover tips for brilliant blogs.
July 11, 11am – 2pm, $149.
10. Become an Instant Expert on classic Thai marinade with help from Chow House. It’s the secret ingredient in a satay, in crisp fried prawns and Thai spiced beef.
July 30, $75.
Head to Good Food Month to book.
Best tip: Book early.
Disclaimer: Ed+bK is not associated with Good Food Month.